Friday, June 6, 2014

One More Week Until New Pages!

Dear Readers:

Thanks for being so patient while I've been polishing up the early pages of The Moon Prince! New pages are currently underway and will start running again on June 13th.

In the meantime, here's a little animation showing how I made page 207, starting with the “thumbnail” rough sketch I did on typing paper when I wrote it, then showing the collage layout I made with photos and 3D renderings, then the line drawing I made from that, the colored version, and finally the finished page with word balloons and “gutters” between the panels.

You'll notice that the same person is posing for all the male figures - that's me, because I work really cheap! Queen Melissa is modeled by my lovely wife Melissa, the real-life mom of the real-life Max and Molly.

Thanks as always for reading!


Howell Murray said...

I await your new pages eagerly!. But thanks very much for showing us the steps you take in making a page. It’s great to see how others work. The collage part seems like it would be pretty time-consuming, but it certainly looks like a good way to plan the drawings precisely. How long does that take you?

Kevin Fraser said...

Thanks, How-El! The collage part is actually fairly quick, but partially that's because I do Photoshop for a living so I'm fast at it. Here's how a typical page usually breaks down for me in terms of time:

Writing/loose sketch: 1 hour
Taking photographs for reference, 3D rendering: 2 or 3 hours
Making the collage: 1 or 2 hours
Lettering and balloons: 1 or 2 hours
Drawing: 12 hours
Coloring: 3 hours

So altogether each page takes 20-24 hours from start to finish (heh, which is why I only post one page a week!)