How to create a comic page
Comic artist Neil Edwards walks you through a comic page from script to initial prelims to finished output
Comic artist Neil Edwards explains how he takes a script through to finished panels.
Arggghhh! That dreaded but exciting feeling when looking at a blank page! This is always my favourite part of working on a book, thinking through the script in my mind and alternate versions that might be.
I’m currently working on a hugely exciting Torchwood book, published by Titan Comics and written by John and Carol Barrowman. It follows Captains Jack and John adventuring on a techno-jungle planet, so there’s lots to think about, and plenty to research and have fun with!
This page is from Torchwood 2.4. For this article I wanted to explain how I use Clip Studio Paint to develop a strong action page that shows a variety of shots and some good texture rendering, too. In this walkthrough I’ll take you through how I go from initial thumbnails, reference and my technique when working on a page (and all the mistakes that I make). I work on a Cintiq Companion 2 to create the prelims, and then for the actual page I’ll use a 27-inch Cintiq hooked up to a 21-inch iMac with 4GB RAM.
Every page is always challenging and hard work, but thoroughly rewarding, so always try to push yourself and above all have fun with it. Okay, enough chat – let’s go!