How to cre­ate a comic page

Comic artist Neil Ed­wards walks you through a comic page from script to ini­tial pre­lims to fin­ished out­put

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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!

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