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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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:iconzilly-the-jellyfish:
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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:iconellenmellenn:
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   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 General 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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:iconthe-last-centurion:
The-Last-Centurion Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooooh. I like it!
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:iconwanderer619:
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This must take a lot of work.
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:iconmagikesh:
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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measlyflee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic! I'm actually starting on my very first, official graphic novel, and I'm running into some of the usual n00b questions and problems. So, this is really useful and informative for me. Thanks for sharing!
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MelancholyLobster Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Love the Process! I am sure the book will be amazing! :)
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:iconstartraveller776:
startraveller776 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! So cool to see your process. Thank you!
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:iconpequo-winfield:
Pequo-Winfield Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist
This fantastic and so damn helpful! Thank you :D
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
These look anything BUT simple, and I can't even imagine how much time total you put into jut one page. :wow: As I delved deeper into the world of comic art of all forms, (publishing a few strips here and there) DC style to manga, neo gothic to modern avaunt guard, I came to realize just how much work goes into just on panel and one page, and why so many comics are now simply grey-scaled just to be able to meet deadlines, where there are not enough people to adequately color and detail in a set time frame. ^^; This is a masterpiece in itself Miss Jenny and I hope you are very proud of what you and you associates have accomplished. :clap:
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StressedJenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
All together this whole process for one page would average from two to three days.
Thank you. ^__^
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Looking forward to reading it! :)
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
neat to see the process
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TheMonsterChick Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Digital Artist
That raccoon...is...CREEPY AS HELL!! O_<

Awesome looking comic tho ^^
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Shaed-Knightwing Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I'd never have the patience for that. I am thoroughly impressed. :clap:
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FreckleOnMyPalm Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooooo I love seeing this kind of stuff! Step-by-steps are always fascinating to me and even more so when the painting/artwork is this beautiful! The detail work is impressive on it's own but to have that much there on top of it being a comic page is amazing.
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sevenluck Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, neat how you make the background sort of continuous. Puts a nice sense of flow to it.
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:iconred-winged-angel:
red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: Awesome!
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:iconavalonrae:
AvalonRae Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :sing:
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GabrielPenaChristian Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really cool.
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FriendsWithSpiders Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness this is so helpful! The way you colored this comic is so freakin' cool!

And it's always interesting to see how artists go about their work. :la: I'm so glad you posted this!!
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MsAntiSocialite Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Son of female dog. WHY U NO LET US SEE WORDS?
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StressedJenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Um, download?
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MsAntiSocialite Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Good enough.
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BethanyRoot Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
By black coloring pencil do you mean graphite/charcoal or something else?
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:iconstressedjenny:
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nope, a faber castel black colouring pencil, it's just the right amount of softness to leave a dark smooth line and it doesn't smudge easily.
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BethanyRoot Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ohhhh yeah cuz they aren't wax based like prismacolors. I'll have to try that
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Wow, that is really helpful and informative. Thanks for this great reference material. Great work too.

I feel kinda bad that so much of the great drawings and colorings get covered up by the dialogue boxes. It's a shame.
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xlozza2x Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this looks amazing, really professional :D xxx
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Sugarstarstudio Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great!
I'm getting really excited for this comic, can't wait to order it and read. :D
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ZantMarx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So the first picture is hand drawn on real paper?
That will be worth a fortune one day make sure you sign it and keep it safe.
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StressedJenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Its all hand drawn, the only digital work is the colouring and layout ^__^
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MikeCaboose Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woah this is awesome looks perfect great job :D
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shaunrtch Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man I hate that part, thee getting in the mood. Every time I pick up a pencil its like blah
And then once the mood strikes you have nothing around to draw with. I don.t know if that ever happens to you but it happens to me a lot. Oh and I love your creepy little racoon.
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Di-Sketch Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you not thumb out your entire chapters before you work on it? Iv'e seen soo many different ways. T^T But comicing is stressful anyway I look at it. xD

GOOD JOB THOUGH KEEP IT UP.

seriously amazing <3
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StressedJenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's diffent everytime. I usually do, but I could afford to thumb say about six pages and then start, then do the last six. I liked to get approval on the thumbs before inking so that was an incentive to do a bulk of thumbs in one go.
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Di-Sketch Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah~ That seems like a good way to do it too. Good luck on the rest of your comicing <3
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WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Mmmkay, I'd definitely be shooting that ultra creepy raccoon.
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Hannahntlovescookies Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Writer
wow...you do all of this? Thats amazing Ms.Jenny keep up on the good work. :iconimhappyplz:
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Wolfen-witch Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just brilliant!
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NixieSeal Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This comic was "inked" with black colored pencil? O_O; How do you avoid smudging it?
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:iconstressedjenny:
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Its a very good pencil. It does smudge, but you'd have to wipe it really hard.
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bubblegumrobot Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
so totally proud of you j-clem, looks amazing! xx
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StressedJenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks buddy! Safe travels back home!
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CountANDRA Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Artist
Good lordy lordy lord, man. How long does it take you to do a page in general? Really, I could tell one has to have a grand load of patience to do all of this!
Beautiful work! :heart:
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