Comics Math!

I’m currently working out the maximum size canvases I can get away with in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Procreate on my iPad Air 2.  I love drawing on my iPad, so I’m trying to get as much penciling done on there as possible before I switch over to working in MangaStudio on the desktop.

The default page template I’ve been given by my publisher is 6.25 x 9.25 @ 600 dpi, with a live art area of 5.25 x 8.25.  For the most part I’m not working full bleed, but within that live art area, which equals 3150 x 4950 pixels.  The largest size canvas I can create in Sketchbook is 2227 x 3500, which is pretty good.  However, I can get a couple hundred pixels closer in Procreate: 2603 x 4090.  I’m going to try switching over to Procreate a for a bit and see how
that goes.

The truth is that you can work on pencils at a slightly lower resolution, then size them up and they’ll mostly look all right, and have more than enough detail to allow you to do your inking.  However, the Little Women graphic novel is going to be 100% digital, and I like having the resolution as high as I can reasonably get it for most of the production stages on this kind of project.  You never know when those extra pixels will come in handy!

At the end of the day, what I’d really love is to be able to
do a full size, full resolution page of pencils entirely on my iPad and
then import into MangaStudio for final clean ups.  I’m keeping a close watch on the iPad Pro announcements/specs, so here’s hoping! 

Womanthology Pages – Delivered!

The artwork for “The Vesta” is finished! After making a few last minute tweaks, I uploaded the final pages to the IDW server last night. Right now I’m in a state of shock. I can…leave the house this weekend! I can go outside! I don’t have to stay up until 2am painting!

What a concept.

That said, I’d like to take a moment to share out a thing I did I’m proud of. This is a panel from page 7 – I spent a lot of time angsting over the “SEAL” display on Shriya’s suit. I wanted it to look like it was part of the fabric, not a hard-plastic add-on sewn into the clothing. My first attempt just didn’t look right. So I spent some time digging up reference on Google (keywords: wearable technology, thank you Richard!!!). I’m happy with how it came out. That said, no one is going to be able to see that detail on the finished page, it’s going to be way too small. So here’s a close-up:

the-vesta-page7-closeup

 

We’re Here!

We survived a detour through California’s agricultural heartland, intensely bad traffic outside San Diego, even worse traffic inside San Diego, craziness with the convention shuttle buses, and a magic treasure hunt to find our badges. But we are NOW HERE! Up bright and early, heading on over to the convention hall to check out the Lego “Hobbit” figures. Archaia signing at 10am. Wish me luck!

San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Signings!

Here’s my current signing schedule for SDCC 2012. There will be three Fraggle Rock signings and one for the Vampire Academy graphic novels. Here’s the current schedule:

Fraggle Rock signings @ the Archaia booth (#2635)

[Official Archaia schedule]

Thursday, 7/11
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Table 4

Friday, 7/13
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Table 3

Saturday, 7/14
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Table 3

Vampire Academy Graphic Novel Signing @ the Penguin Booth (#1117)

Saturday, 7/14
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

For the Vampire Academy signing especially – please do come by! I’m a huge VA geek and I would love the chance to yap with other fans about Richelle’s books. I’ll probably drag along my sketchbook and see if I can doodle up a few more VA chibis.

I will update/tweet as I get more information.

Manga Studio Pencils

The first page of the short comic I’m working on in Manga Studio EX 4. I’ve been using the pen tool for sketching, as opposed to the pencil tool – I just like the feel of the pen tool more. I love being able to work on different layers! Each layer is assigned its own pen color, which makes it really easy to remember what’s on which layer.

Me and My Kindle: Page 1 - Pencils