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If you have read any of the Moo-Cow Fan Club Print Editions or visited our comics page then you are probably familiar with the comics I do about the MCFC gang. I thought I would share some of the process of how I create one of those comics. For an example I'll use the Toll Tale comic from the Pioneers edition.

 

I start my comic process by doing a really, really, really rough sketch of the comic just to get an idea of how it will flow and what the words will be. Sometimes I work from notes I've made, and sometimes I come up with it as I go.
Comic Page Sketch

 

Then I sketch out how the characters will look in this comic if they are not wearing their normal duds.

 

MCFC characters as cowboys
Sometimes when these sketches come out well, I'll use them in the comic. For instance these images ended up being used in the first panel.

 

Once I get the look down I print out some light gray comic boxes from the computer. I use one sheet of paper per comic row so I won't have to draw tiny little pictures. I draw my pencil sketches in the boxes and try to get the comic down as closely as I can to how it will finally be. Sometimes I'm better at this than others.
For instance this row is pretty close to how it ended up in the final comic.

 

But that's not always the case!

Look at how much that row changed!

 

All those changes were not made on the page though. They were made on the computer. Because after I do my pencil sketches I scan everything into the computer and generally tweak, stretch, squish, cut, paste, and all around manipulate it until it gets close to what I want to see.

 

Once it gets to that point I can start inking it.
Well, actually first I put all the words in to make sure they fit and then I start inking. I ink the comics using a electronic pen and tablet that hook right up to the computer. This kind of tablet has become a much loved tool by artists these days. From illustrators to painters, the art world is largely going digital. Since I can easily erase the "ink" I can make many more changes at this stage.

 

Then once everything is inked I get rid of all my pencil layers and have just the final black lines. But that's not the end, in fact it's far from it. Coloring usually ends up taking longer than all of these other steps put together. You would think that since I'm doing it on a computer it would be extra easy, but it actually seems to take me longer than when I color with the watercolors!

 

Then I color it and presto! A comic!
Toll Tale Comic

 

Click on the image above to read the comic, or you can always pick up a copy of the Moo-Cow Fan Club Pioneers Edition in our store.

 

Oh, and have you noticed we have a fan comics section now? This means we need all of you to send in the comics you do so we can put them in there!

 

 

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