Hey all, my name's Eric Lide and I draw the webcomic Station Square. Today I will share some of my comic-making process.
So, things are pretty simple for me. First I start off with pencils. Most comic artists do thumbnails for pages-- I usually don't unless it's something that I'm going to have trouble visualizing in my head. Otherwise, I go straight to pencils. I draw on just typical 8.5 x 11 printer paper, nothing fancy, and I use a pretty basic Pentel 0.7 mechanical pencil. I pencil very quickly and roughly first, and then draw over it with some details a second time.
After the pencils are done, it's time for scanning!
First, I dump into it photoshop and make panel borders. Since this page is during a flashback scene, the borders are black here. After I do the borders, I import them and the pencils into PainterSAI as separate layers. I do all my digital inking in Sai because I like the feel of the brush tool there more:
Once the inks are done, I send everything back into photoshop where I drop in the lettering and graytones:
After that I shrink the drawing down to a size for the site and upload! You can check out the finished page here!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Guest Post: Eric Lide, Station Square Process
Vigilante comic artist, illustrator, and comic craft blogger at www.nattosoup.blogspot.com. I have an MFA from SCAD in Sequential Art, which means I'm highly educated in the art of drawing funny picture books. I specialize in comics aimed at young girls, and enjoy the finer things in life- seinen manga, whiney autobio graphic novels, and science fiction.