I am currently working on a short story called Guilty for the Something Wicked anthology due out next year from FutureQuake. This will actually be my first published comic! The story was written by the amazing Michelle Wilkinson.
I am also trying out something new for this project. I am inking and doing tones completely digitally. I recently snagged a Surface Pro 3, and I have been putting in lots of time with it. I switched to Mac over a decade ago, so readjusting to Windows has been the hardest part. I forgot how much you have to get under the hood to get anything working right. Once I got everything set up and installed the invaluable Frenden brushes for Manga Studio 5, I got down to business.
The pages are all hand-drawn as I started this project just before I got my Surface Pro.
I also wanted to traditionally ink the first page, just to have a comparison:
Here are the digital inks:
Overall, I really like the digital process. I am able to make lines with greater confidence since I can just “undo” any mistakes. Inking digitally has opened me up to more experimentation with my line, and I think the results are more exciting. It is also a blessing to be able to ink the background without worry of messing up the foreground. However, it is MUCH harder to do complex architecture and backgrounds digitally. It has been very challenging to vary line weight while simultaneously making straight lines. I definitely miss architectural scale ruler on paper for complex backgrounds.
Here is a look at the inks for page 2:
And here are the pencils and inks for page 3:
I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on working digitally! Which do you prefer?