Storytelling 101f

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

For today’s comic, I’m going to show everyone how I draw Zip and Li’l Bit. I thought this would be an easy topic to write about but I’m realizing it’s not. There is so much to talk about when it comes to drawing that it’s tough to narrow it down. In the future I’ll talk about stuff like drawing the characters and perspective and things like that, but for now I think I’ll just stick to talking about the process I go through.

When working in pencil, I like to draw on paper with a rough surface and I work big (I draw each panel on a separate piece of paper at about 7.5 x 7.5 inches) so I usually start out my drawings on cheap sketching paper. Cheap is good. ;) I’ll begin with a really hard pencil (about a 5H) so that my pencil lines are very light and will erase easily. Typically, I’ll use my eraser just as much as I will the pencil. Once I’ve got everything lightly sketched in, I’ll grab a softer pencil (an HB or a 2B) and go over everything to get a nice dark, crisp line.

Here’s a sample panel from today’s comic:

Sample Sketch

You may notice that the lines on this drawing are pretty much the same as in the finished comic — especially the linework on the figures. From here I’m going to trace over this drawing on a piece of smooth white paper and then go over everything in ink. Before I do that though, I like to have the drawing pretty far along so that when I do start working in ink, I don’t have to worry about where the lines go and can concentrate instead on the character and thickness of the lines.

So that’s the topic for next time — inking.