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The Page Procedure by Robaato The Page Procedure by Robaato
Here's my comic page process (and the overall process I'll be following while working on :iconrat-rage:)!

1. To begin, I do all planning and drawing in Sketchbook Pro. I pseudo-"thumbnail" in the sense that I lay my page out in a small pixel count/size. The layout you see here is about 10x15 inches at 72 DPI. This is so I don't get bogged down with the tendency to add details. I also make sure I have room for my dialogue balloons. If it doesn't work, I'll rework the panel and play with different poses and stuff to MAKE it work.

2. I blow the piece to 150 DPI and draw it out. I draw out my gutters. I don't really have "panels" in my pages unless it's an inset panel. I have two separate gutter widths to separate time and scene sequences so it flows with the eye better.

3. I then draw the lines out. I draw at 150 DPI for a two reasons: 1) Line control is more easier to, well, control; and 2) When it's blown up at 300 DPI, the lines don't look super perfectly sharp and clean. I'm trying to give an old-school hand-drawn anime screen-capped look in the end overall, so having perfectly crisp lines gives it too much of a "digital" look.

4. The bare-bone lines! On to colors in Photoshop!

5. I flat out the piece. The grey scenes are easy, heh. Just drop 50% grey on it. For the colored panels, I throw the necessary flats on the characters.

6. I then drop the 1st layer of shadows. This is done with the lasso tool in Photoshop, selecting the areas where I want to cel, and dropping the paint bucket on it.

7. I added a second layer of atmospheric values. You can see the shift in colors in Panel 1 to show that they're having a pretty sunny day. In the greyscale panels, you can see more gradation in shadows and highlights.

8. Third layer of atmospheric values. Added a final gradient in the bottom panel to visually separate the inset from the last panel. If I had not done this, the panels would mud together harshly, as seen in Step 7. I painted clouds on the inset panel. I also painted the background on Panel 1. I knew I wanted to blur this to show focus, so I didn't get too much into details when painting it. Just enough so you could make out the city of Ratopolis behind them.

9. And finishing touch time! Before finally embarking on the lettering journey, I add a tonal Gradient Map over the whole page to give it that film look (you can really tell this by comparing the neutral grey of the other steps to the slight browning on this one). I also add a slight film grain noise filter layer over it to give it that final touch. I then draw the sound FX over it, and then make a separate 300 DPI file for lettering!

And that's it!

Be sure to keep up with Chapter 0, I'm going to be posting it faster than the original rate I was going with. You can begin it here:
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Handy stuff, starting to take a crack at my own comic/graphic novel project (finally) so I'll probably be referring to this a lot, heh.
darkzero779 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love this comic process, i use sk pro, and i use this as a guide sometimes.
i did the process similar with a few comic pages i done here
there the only 3 i done sofar,but im gonna keep trying, so i can do my comics.
i am just doing a fanfic or two to help me figure my own out
JDMagee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
super helpful! i was actually wondering about page sizes and dpi in sketchbook.
jwhytis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A really nice tutorial. Thanks!
Bon3z Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
sweet!!! I suck at sequence, this is great reference spanking!!!
StreetKnights901 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   General Artist
Now thats profession at its best!
Oderaa Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Thx for sharing the process Rob!!!
marcotte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Thanks for sharing your process. Looking forward to reading it when it comes out!
Randommode Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This was awesome, when I saw this, I was like- MY GOD! This is HOW to make comics!!! Amazing! You're a comic god!!
Robaato Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL I'm not a comic god; far from it. Heck, I'm still learning new shiz everyday myself. :)

Thanks dude. :thumbsup:
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