I’m pretty anal when it comes to my artwork, so showing off my roughs/thumbnails for the new upcoming first issue to ElfSong (premiering at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, January 25-27, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ) is tough for me. As an artist who does most of his work in brush & ink right on the final board, I don’t spend a whole heck of a lot of time detailing at this stage because I no longer do “tight” pencil work – or any real pencil work at all. In fact, my roughs are all done digitally on my computer, where I spend anywhere from an hour to two working out the important storytelling and “acting” bits for my characters, making sure the page design works as a whole and is directing my readers’ eyes where I need them to go, and do the very important foundation for each and every piece.
Once I’m done with my roughs, I’ll print out the pages onto my art board in a light blue tone (what used to be called “non-repro blue”) and set to work making everything look finished and pretty.
What I’ve got for you here is 3 pages pulled from the story at random to give you a glimpse at what goes into the art production for each story. I’ll post finished inked pages in the next few weeks so you can compare the before and after shots of each one.
I’d love to hear what you guys think of the new work. I’m putting my everything into the pages and have found that love I had for drawing elves back when I was younger – drawing Elfquest as a fan and then as a young artist working on the official comics for Warp Graphics. It’s like reconnecting with an old friend and discovering you can pick up your relationship precisely where you left off, and the feeling is fantastic!
Make sure to check back here for more updates on the comic, and don’t miss out on ElfSong #1 (story by me and Shawn Granger, with art by me, too!) coming in Jan 2013!