Use pencils in your comic art
Tula Lotay shows you how to add a traditional feel to your digital comic art, using pencils, brown paper and a range of watercolour textures
Tula Lotay gives her digital comic art a real-world feel.
for this workshop I’ll take you through my comic book art process, using the cover for Supreme: Blue Rose #1 as an example. Supreme: Blue Rose is a sevenpart comic that I’m illustrating with writer Warren Ellis, who’s well known for Transmetropolitan and Trees.
I’ll explain my process, including how I add a more traditional feel to my pieces through multiple watercolour layers and textured paper. This cover process is the same technique I use for the interiors of Supreme: Blue Rose.
I use a five-stage process when creating my comics. First, I’ll generate thumbnails for the composition. Then I’ll create the digital line art using custom Photoshop brushes. I usually work in black for my line art or pencils, and tint the colour later on. I’ll then add a scanned, textured paper-base for the background: this is usually worn brown paper or an old book cover – any item with cracks and wear gives the base more character. Next, I’ll add colour flats by hand – rather than a fill tool – which I work into as I go along. Finally, I’ll layer various watercolour scans and textures over the top of the whole image to give it a more traditional feel.