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

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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.

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