Webcomic Process: Grayscale
Here’s another look behind the curtain on making a webcomic, or at least on how I do it. This is the grey stage. It’s the hardest part for me as I always want to charge ahead and splash colors all over everything and be done with it. That always ends in a mess.
Not that this won’t end in a mess, but by having a process in place, I’ll be able to improve the art over time and get it to where I want it. In this step I flatted all the figures. That means coloring them in with just grey.
After that, I throw in some subtle shadows and highlights. Subtle is the key word and it’s the hardest part of this hardest part.
The backgrounds are combos of vectorized photos and some square brush work. I’m trying to push the style towards something I’m not comfortable with which means further away from attempting to draw pure realism. A little abstraction adds some energy methinks.
And you can see just the inks in this post from a few days ago: http://theconjurers.com/the-webcomic-is-real/