Thursday, February 09, 2006

Page ONE

Just a quick look at page 1 from KotOR#1, from start to finish.

The rough is pretty loose-- I'm not too worried how things really look yet, just concerned about where the figures are placed and how the page reads overall ( I made significant changes to panel 2-- switched up the angle to a more straight on shot to give us a better view of our three characters and since there was so much dialogue going on, I took out any non-essential background characters). I still kind of regret not giving Gryph his big introduction shot yet but it was more important here to establish this part of Taris first.

Next I tighten up the drawings, making all the figures cleaner and establishing the lighting and making sure the perspective is okay (I also scan the pages myself now and after the artwork is digitized, I punch up the contrast and get rid of the smudges and blemishes in Photoshop).

After that it goes to Mike Atiyeh for colors . He gets input from both me and the script as well as our editor, Jermey Barlow as to what time of day and what type of lighting is going on. He also adds all the cool stuff like the blue sky and clouds and light breaking from behind the skyskraper.

Finally it ends up with Mike Heisler for letters (the word balloon placement in panel one was a bit off-- Heisler must have thought they were talking inside the building already-- and we changed it so that they pointed to Gryph and his buyer on the bridge).



Blogger Grant Gould said...

cool -- i love seeing the steps like this :)

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Quinnocent-Till-Sith said...

Star Wars isn't allowed ventriloquism? ;)

11:33 AM  
Blogger Feenomite said...

Have you ever considered posting/making the scripts youve worked off available for aspiring artists to try to work off?

4:52 PM  
Blogger BrianChing said...

I've thought about it. I suppose the main reason I don't is that some of the scripts have notes that reveal current and future storylines. Of course I can't show that stuff. Another reason is that no one has ever really asked to see the scripts. I suppose if people were interested I could post up a few pages of script. Are you an aspiring artist, Feenomite?


6:04 PM  
Blogger Feenomite said...

Been trying to get back into submitting my work again after taking a little hiatus to actually put into practice all the advice I've gotten through critiques....
It's hard to get any quality sample scripts to work off to get ready for Comic-con and all the portfolio reviews...
I've been a fan of your work since I was given copies of some Darkness pages you had done many moons ago.
Thanks for posting all the sketch and layout pages here, its really informative to see a glimpse of the process from an actual professional...


10:39 PM  
Blogger BrianChing said...

Hey Dave,

I know it can be tough, but you've got to make do with the scripts that are available out there. When you start working, you won't always get the greatest scripts either-- and editors know this and will look to the artist to make it work. So it's just part of the job- -remember you can make anything look great, it'a all up to you. Best of luck and drop me a link to your pages if you want some quick advice.


5:15 AM  

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