Alright so it's not actually a tutorial, but whatever. It's kind of just a guide to how I do things. Now, let's get this party starteeeeeeeeed:
Before I do anything, I mix up all the colours that I think I will need, I have a basic pallet of reds, blues, yellows and purples for most of the comic, green hardly comes in. So this is what I use, regular watercolours, some brushes, water (lol), and inking pens, look how neat and tidy my desk is:
*gigglesnort* YEAH RIGHT.
First, I do a small sketch in my A5 moleskine, with just the basic pannel layout and where the speech bubbles will go. Yeeeaaahhh
Ok, when that's done, I draw up the big version on a4 watercolour paper (180 gsm, hot pressed so it's completely smooth). I draw it up with pencil, then using inks I go back and link everything, writing the speech bubbles and words first before drawing the pannel edges and finally the actual characters.
I don't have a photo for this step because I completely forgot. Anyway, I started off by putting a pale lemon yellow wash over everything except the speech bubbles, before going back and doing base coat colours for the skin, hair, clothing.
After I've done the base coats I add in some background shadows in purple.
Some detailing on the walls, and the clothing. Ugh why did I think Peacock feathers were a good idea? Oh so tedious.
So that's all the base colours done, time for shadows and things
After I have done all the base coats (or most of them) I go back and ad shadows using a dark purple. Using black for shadowing just makes it dirty in my eyes, and it takes away from all the colours.
Then, after all the shadows and little details are done, I go back and colour in the backgrounds in my shitty way. I then add highlights using white paint to the eyes, nose, cheeks and teeth of characters, as well as in their hair, on their clothes and anything else that needs a white highlight to make the object "pop". I add in extra text after all of this, I lay down the basic letters in black sharpie, and then go over them with white paint again to make it "loldramatic"
The final step is scanning the image, altering the colours so it's closer to the original, and adding the black border to make it a proper comic. UHhhh and that is it.
Hello, ok, sooooo some stuff. Basically, this is just kind of an experiment, just to see if I can pull it off. I've never been great with water colours and telling a story visually, so this is going to be good practice for me. However, because this is an experiement, this opens up some inevitable problems:
1. I do have this planned out, but that doesn't mean i will finish it.
The sad truth is, is that even though I DO have it all planned out, I may run out of steam or run out of ways to draw the pannels or even decide the story sucks half way through and I may just throw down my pencils and stop. :U oops. It kind of sucks, but it's better you're prepared for it now then when I'm like, 50 pages in and just randomly stop.
2. School may get in the way: this may lead to a hiatus. So same as above but for different reasons. As this is my last and most important year of school, it may require comics to take a back seat so I can focus on work (Oh for shaaaaaaame)
3. :I it is watercolour, so that means... inconsistancy, sometimes, like in colour and stuff because I can't produce the same thing twice... I might be able to later on, fucked if I know, if someone can see in the future and see if I improve I want them to contact me now.
:U well that was fun. Enjoy, unless I stop and die, then you don't have to enjoy it.