(before you click on download- this is a pretty big image. but it'll be easier to read the notes. )
hey, so here's a quick run down of the steps i took to make this drawing.
there isn't really much to this one now that i've put it togehter, but here we go-
1- i start with a rough layout. i call this weight distribution as the eye has a bit more room to wander when looking at a horizontal layout as opposed to a vertical one.
the 1st rough actually would direct the eye and tell it where to go . this i think woudl work well for a cover ( wrap around maybe) or a pinup that'd you'd like to have one character more dominant than another. this also gives room to stagger the forground/backgrounds characters and play with dominance in size as well.
the last one was pretty much a down shot, giving a real " crowd scene " feel. i think i woudl have gone with this one if it weren't for the fact that these woudl all be super-deformed characters. i didint want to deform them more than they already.
eventually, i just decided to stick to the layout similar to the marvels in the end. giving everyone a chance to shine alone. i felt this layout also gives the eye room to wander as it wants, but without having any "deadends". the batmobile and batsignal eventually became the big character to ground everything.
2- i hate transfering sketches from sketch to paper as it loses a lot of the initial energy, and with this style, less is more and everything line counts. so i draw directly on the paper i will paint on. this way, nothing is lost.
also, for this style, lineweight to paper size ratio is really important for me, so i prefer to work at actual print size with the faces all about the size of a quarter.
3- i start with a palette of jsut skin tones, this is my favorite part of the process as it's where you can really bring out the personality of each character.
6- throw in the clothes. i keep it pretty simple, i am in no way a real painter or know how to work watercolors to create anything real. so again, less is more, keep it simple.
7- 8 after its all done, its almost hard to see soem of the original lines, so the tricky part is to try to start going back to ink it as soon as you can. i usually forget a lot of stuff at this point..
9- i usually have to scan the art in 3 pieces on my 11x17 scanner then stitch it together. then leveled and getting some colors that were lost back. i erase some of the dust and loose lines brought, and done!
thanks for reading everyone.