I'm currently drawing #17 of Army of Darkness, part 4 of the "Hellbillies and Deadnecks" storyline. I mention this because, well, I WANT YOU TO PICK IT UP! However, i wanted to describe something new to my process. I’m building things in Illustrator to place into the art. For one, siding on a cabin I’ve been drawing. The cabin is actually my grandfather’s, and my cousin David uses it to hunt. He sent me photo ref of it, both inside and out, and it’s some great stuff! But to draw the siding would just take forever, and drawing this as cleanly as possible, it would just be mess of blue and hb pencil getting it all measured out and drawn. So I just made the same shape in Illustrator, put it all together, then pasted it in Photoshop from Illustrator, and used the transform option under “edit” called “distort” to place the siding in at the perspectives I needed.
I used this process again for #17. I needed to have the character standing on the scaffolding, but to do so when the art would just be in pencil seems like another messy nightmare I’d like to avoid. Also, I think this aids the colorist, because now he doesn’t have to try and figure out what lines were drawn in for what in the background. And I left it on a separate layer to make the process easier for him.
The same can be said not only for using Illustrator, but for laying out the black placement on each pg. Once I’ve fully drawn a pg, I’ll scan it in, and add a layer in Photoshop so that I can just quickly lay out the black. If something in the design isn’t working, I can quickly erase it. No harm done to the actual work. Here’s how this pg looked in the process:
After I’ve done that, I’ll then sit in front of my screen with a board leaning on my cintiq tablet, and draw in all the shapes where the black goes. And yes, suicide does enter my mind at those times!