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Bayou Arcana step by step. by StressedJenny Bayou Arcana step by step. by StressedJenny
So while working on The 'Skeeter for Bayou Arcana, I really wanted to show you the process behind how I would put a page together, so here is page two in nice simple chunks.
I've made it look a lot easier than it is. There is a lot of time spent on planning and faffing around, getting in the right mood to draw.
I'd spend about a day drawing a page, but because it was only tackled in the evenings, I'd spend about a week and a bit on each page from start to finish. Not to say it was that linear. To keep things consistent I'd draw all the pages first, then scan them all together, layout and then colour. I was fortunate to have some comic paper with the page guides printed on it so I could work traditionally straight onto the paper, and there are plenty of places online where you can download guides.

I traditionally use a lot of gradients for highlighting characters when I colour but wanted to keep it simple because of time restraints, so coloured this comic differently compared to how I'd usually work, and I really liked it. The characters stayed completely flat, while detail and shading was applied to only the background layer.
This meant I'd have 3 levels at the most for colouring;
Characters,
Background,
Lighting Effects.

I think my favourite stage was the layout and adding the dialougue, This was the stage where it all came together and started to look complete. ^__^

Hope it interests you. I just wish these stages were that simple, haha!

Check my journal for details on release dates for Bayou Arcana and where to order ^__^
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Zilly-The-Jellyfish Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm so glad I bought this at the Expo :heart:
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Freakin' awesome!!
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ellenmellenn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
So cool! I want to make comics eventually so seeing something like this makes it seem way more plausible in my head :D Thanks!
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Sockless-Sheep Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
This is superb! Thank you very much for sharing your technique - it's extremely useful and the outcome looks fantastic. :D

~ Sheep xx
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :D This makes it all look so simple... XD
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saminal625 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
looks like it would take FOREVER!!! {then again this is coming from a hobbyist who never spends more that 30 minuets on a single piece><}
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Elegy0fEmptyness Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what programs do you use to color? both me and my friend were curious, he hates coloring by hand lol
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The-Last-Centurion Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooooh. I like it!
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This must take a lot of work.
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magikesh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see an example on creating a comic page from start to finish! Looking forward to see more of this!
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