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The Anders Loves Maria Process

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Sep. 10th, 2008 | 10:56 am
music: If I Don't Write This Song, Someone I Love Will Die - Hello Saferide

I did a little post for Twitter followers, and I think this sort of thing really is better suited for Live Journal. So here you have a bit of my working process. All these are from when I did the comic by hand, which is such a rewarding process. I look forward to returning to it one day. Nowadays I do everything from thumbnails, layouts and finished work in Illustrator. This is much more fun:


Scripting/Ideas

Ideas for individual pages usually end up on anything that I happen to have at the moment. Usually these are not so much dialogue based but emotionally or visually based because the plot/script itself is already written, for the most part.












Thumbnails/Layouts

Then I'll do thumbnails or layouts on low grade printing paper. I outline these with any dark pen I happen to have so it will show through better on a lightboard.


























Inking

Then I ink on A4 illustration board, using a #2 sable brush. This, to me, is the perfect size for achieving varying size widths. If you can't afford sable (they aren't THAT expensive don't worry) then at least use natural hairs. Don't use synthetic brushes they hold very little ink and are just generally shitty.





Colouring

Then I colour with watercolours. This is a really fun and rewarding process but kind of scary. A nice tip is to make sure you wet the section you are about to paint with clean water. It prevents your colours from drying too fast.





Ta Da!

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chamonkee

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from: chamonkee
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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Wow seeing your process is awesome and it's nice to know other people use brushes for inking. I was beginning to give up hope. Most people I know don't

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Krista

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from: pleep
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Hand painting is a lot more fun than Illustrator. What kind of watercolor do you use?

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from: spockrock
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I feel so...I don't know what word to use, somewhere between satisfidied and full. As if my soul has just eaten. Seeing how you make your art is like watching someone prepair you a wonderful meal, and in the end you get to sit down and feast with your eyes.

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Leigh, who's interesting and fun

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from: phthoggos
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm kind of disappointed that they don't speak Swedish in your drafts.

And you didn't lose my email! I just failed to get back to you. Because I am a failure. Soon!

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Rene Engström

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from: eggstorm
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
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My original scripts are in Swedish, but they are not shown here. When doing layouts I layout for English because that's what's printed.

I'm sorry? Mail? I'm confused? :S

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Leigh, who's interesting and fun

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from: phthoggos
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Sorry for not being clear! It's Leigh from Top Shelf.

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Rene Engström

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from: eggstorm
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Aaah! Yes! Get on that mail, you bad boy! ;)

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Dale O'Flaherty

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from: daleof
date: Sep. 11th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
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This was really great! It taught me a lot!

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fascinating!

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 11th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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this was wonderful to see!
i've been trying to do a webcomic, but am discovering that it absolutely devours time. i'm very happy to see that you do yours by hand- it's what i've been doing, but it had been seeming like everyone else does theirs on a computer.
thanks so much for the insight!

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Kartos Dal'Avier

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from: kartos
date: Sep. 12th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
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Those are fantastic brushes for inking!

I love seeing your process, especially the very first steps and how you do your storyboarding and page layouts. Thanks for sharing! :)

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gaudeamus igitur

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from: retro_andi
date: Sep. 12th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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hey thanks for sharing! I've been reading your comic ever since Meredith Gran did a guest strip and I'm enjoying all the twists and turns. keep up the good work!

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Rene Engström

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from: eggstorm
date: Sep. 15th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I might sell them one day but I am really, really attached to them. Everytime I go to sell them I raise the price to like a million. I could auction off the layouts though. But the original paintings. I'd have to sell those for at least 1000$, or maybe 2 or 3.

They are my babies! You can't have them!

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from: icanhasdna
date: Sep. 14th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
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you're so cool and your comic is so awesome *_* your inking is just so beautiful and the watercolurs are amazing!

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