Sunday, February 26, 2012

Today's Phantom -- Nomad takes a dive!

Today's Phantom Sunday strip -- from rough to inks to final colored strip.  Pencils and inks done digitally in Manga Studio.  The blue pencil rough is a small screen capture -- sorry I don't have a bigger image for that.  Click on the other pics to see them bigger.

Previous Phantom Sunday artist, the late Eduardo Barreto, figured out a new template for the Sunday strip that allows for the taller vertical panels you see here -- particularly appropriate for the jumping off the cliff sequence.  This would not have been half as effective in the standard horizontal panel format. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Phantom - inks to color - 2-19-12

 The Phantom for today, 2-19-12 -- inks to color.  This is still a completely digital production -- Manga Studio and Photoshop.  Come back next week for more!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Today's Phantom -- work in progress pics.

My first few Phantom Sunday strips were drawn digitally, using Manga Studio and Photoshop.  For this page, I took a few screen shots of a selected panel as I worked, so I could share a "behind the scenes" look at the process.  Using the pencil tool, I sketch out the scene in blue.

The inking tools in Manga Studio are amazing -- and look and feel like the real thing -- but without the chance of spilling the ink bottle!  Of course I inked the Phantom first!

Background now inked -- penciled loose -- so much of the drawing done in the inks.  I changed the gun from the pencil stage, so he's not just reaching for it, but has it in hand.

 Finished panel, with blue pencil layer dropped out.

The whole Sunday page partially inked.  Some of the pencils still unfinished/rough here.

 And the published version -- inks done -- lettering done in Photoshop (ComicCraft fonts) -- and color by Tom Smith.  The next several pages were all done this way.  Eventually, I switched to printing the blue pencils on bristol board and inking by hand, so there is a piece of original art, rather than just a computer file -- but the digital process allowed me to hit the ground running and get the strip (which had fallen behind) back on schedule.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Phantom Sunday #2 -- B&W and color

My second Phantom Sunday is in print worldwide today.  And just so you can see how much colorist Tom Smith brings to the table, I'm showing you the black and white "ink" art as well.  I put quotes around ink, since the first few of these were drawn digitally in Manga Studio -- no real ink involved at all! 

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Adventure begins!

My first Phantom Sunday strip -- published 1-29-12.  
Click on the image to enlarge.