Petty Dreadful Progress: Changing Gears

February 18, 2012 by  
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So after inking my first page of The Front: Petty Dreadful, I was dismayed. As happy as I was to be working on The Front again, it took far longer to pencil, ink, and flat the first page than I anticipated. There are many reasons for this (and I plan on talking about on the Lean Into Art Cast next week), but the big idea is this: I am extremely busy, and I need this book to take as little time as possible.

The analog inks from yesterday’s page again:

But I don’t want to sacrifice quality. This comic is extremely important to me, so it has to be the best representation of what I can do as a cartoonist.

So call me crazy, but before I take another step into production on this book, I want to explore all options in regard to a production method. This afternoon I started playing around with inking in Manga Studio:

I’m pleased with how crisp and clean the inking lines are, and the vector inking allows for some really tight yet fluid lines. The vector eraser also allows me to work fast and loose while making cleanup a breeze. Going compare the speed between inking on paper vs digital inking to see if Manga Studio might not be the way to go.

It may be a situation where I just need to accept that this particular book will take longer than I had anticipated. If that’s the case, then at least by inking digitally I can easily stream the progress for those who are interested and document a bunch of the process for a possible series of podcasts later. I’d also be getting a crash-course in digital inking through the project.

We’ll see. I’m also re-naming this blog post series to make it easier to follow after the fact. Planning on documenting as much of this as I can, since this book isn’t bound by any publishing or licensing agreement (yet?).


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