Remember in the last news post how I talked about acquiring a tablet computer and practicing art on that? Well this is the first VW page where the art was done completely on the tablet. From the notes, to the rough, to the lines, the inks, the colors, and the shading.
Honestly, I don’t even know how long this took any more. A couple months? It took a while. Everything took a while. It was mainly having to shift perspective and muscle memory and proportions. Also I might have gotten lost in a haze of power tripping over being able to have different sections of linework on different layers and being able to do transform commands on figures that looked too big or out of place.
So, bad news is that going all digital gives me the chance to be even more of a detailed orientated control freak over minute details most people won’t notice. But the good news outweighs that as it means I can work on the comic in the studio, on the bed, in a bar, in Vito MacSullivan’s, sitting on a stump in the wilderness while people throw questionable things into a fire, while doing my best impression of Spider Jerusalem while I have filthy assistants light things on fire for me, or while simply sitting on the roof waiting with bated breath for the chinese food delivery guy to make it past the mine field. One day, one day he’ll make it.
More good news is I’m a lot happier with the linework here than I have been in a long time. Mainly because digital inking gives me a lot more control and fluidity than I get with simple tools clutched in terrible, convulsing meat hands.
Next comic is currently* in the line work phase. About half way inked with a couple panels left to rough out and ink. As long as we don’t have to fight off any protesters this week, we should have another page ready for you again this time next week too!
*Currently, as in at the time I’m typing this, which isn’t right now but in the past. So the Future Grymm currently inhabiting your subjective timestream might already have the linework done and be diligently coloring the comic and cursing the fact that it’s not really possible to live on nothing but ice cold cokes and chipotle. That or he’s browsing tumblr and looking at Steven Universe and Welcome to Night Vale fanart. And if I find out that’s what he’s doing then I’m going to have words with him! Mark Past Grymm’s words Future Grymm! There will be words!