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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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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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Sugarshockdoll 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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