How I work Now…

I have altered work methods and I’ve jumped from averaging of sixteen pages per month to 12 pages per week. PER WEEK.

I’m moving through a slightly perfect storm of technique and confidence in my own work that I haven’t gone through in a number of years (which means I’ll end up forgetting it). But here’s how it works (and I should note, I’ve lifted much of this from watching how John McCrea works – a consummate professional and one of the hardest working people I know).

Layouts: I draw layouts on a pdf version of the script using the surface pro (yay! My surface pro has finally found a use!)

Pencils: I pencil at roughly A4 size in Canson 180 pads, using a HB pencil.

Scan these in to Manga Studio where I enlarge then print them out.

Inks: I ink using Zebra brush pen (for larger things) and Kuratake Pigment markers, numbers 01, 02, 08 and 005.

I don’t second guess my self on pencils, and I seem to be using a lot more instant photoreference, which I’ll usually directly ink.

Two pages per day is a pretty comfortable speed to hit (though it’s hard to judge cus usually I plough through three-five pencilled pages per day then spend the next few days just inking). Three pages is more than possible.

In print you can still pick up Gunsuits, ep 3 is due out soon (and here’s a page I like). Coming up: something fun with nazi zombies, and I’m in the middle of drawing Dept of Monsterology book 2…

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Author: PJ

PJ is a Belfast based comic artist, and has been for some time.

1 thought on “How I work Now…”

  1. 12 pages a week, wow! Very impressive. Would you please elaborate on you use of “instant photoreference”? What is it? How does it work? Do you consider it “cheating”? Thanks in advance!

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