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I realized that the workspace I had on my profile is sorely out of date and I was having fun drawing today so I thought it was time for an update! Yes, I still have that beautiful light-table drawing desk, but I seldom use it. I've been drawing my comic digitally for over 100 pages. It's much faster, saves a lot of paper and ink, and my lines have gotten so much bolder and blacker that it's taken my art to a new level.

So here's what my screen typically looks like while I'm working. I do all my drawing in a program called Sketchbook Pro. The red you see are my roughs, and I pencil in black on top of that layer. The colored lines are my horizon lines for perspective drawing.

Top left we have James McAvoy smoldering at me for photo reference, as well as a few of my character drawings opened up to make sure I'm drawing on model. I usually have 20+ photos open for reference for any given page. For this page I had actor photos, character sketches, and photos of military hospital tents, amputee kit, lanterns, wells and Colonial Williamsburg heritage sheep breeds!

Bottom right is historical documentary to keep me company. ^^; This one is a PBS special about Billy the Kid, who happens to have been my first real historical interest back in my middle school years. I remember trying to track down Pat Garrett's biography and when I did, not believing most of it, and wishing he'd used half the words for the rest. Real people can lie in non-fiction books? Lesson best learned early!

Anyway, I make a historical, romantic, adventure webcomic about the American Revolution called The Dreamer! [link]
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Aranglinn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
enlightening :P
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DragonBrushStudio Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Hello. I love your work! I realize i'm a bit late here, but are you using Sketch Book for the entire book? I've only been sketching with the app and couldn't see how to layout a comic book. I've been using Manga Studio but don;t find the drawing tools as good as SB. 
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional
I have the program for my Mac, I don't use it on my iPad.

I used to draw with SBP and a Wacom Intuos tablet. These days I use it with a Cintiq.

I do all of the linework for my comic in SBP.  Colors are in Photoshop.
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DragonBrushStudio Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Thanks for the info, I'm trying to create my comics on SBP at the moment.

Best;
Henry
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This looks really good. Keep up the awesome work!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Mista-Heesh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really like your work space a lot! ^w^ AND OH MY GOSH JAMES MCAVOY IS SO LOVELY!!! :heart::heart:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional
I whole heartedly agree. :flirty:
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SaraSilkwood Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks for sharing this! I've been reading The Dreamer for a while now (I have to take a break every now and again to wait and let you put up more pages or I get too impatient waiting for Wednesdays and Fridays!) and I've been wondering how you created your characters and kept them looking consistent. I'm working on a similar character driven project/story and I love being able to look at how other artists work add the proverbial "tools" from their "toolbox" to mine and see how they help with my own process. Thanks so much for doing what you're doing and for not quitting! I can't tell you how much you have inspired me over the years.

Thanks again!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional
I have a photo reference folder for each character based on an actor. That James McAvoy photo open on my desktop in this image is actually one of 20--profiles, different expressions, head at different angles, etc. So I have a folder for every actor (for my main characters--I have several, actually) then I just open the whole folder in previews and can flip through them as I need them.

It's helped me draw on model. That, and, I studied animation in art school. That teaches you to do the same. Good luck!
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
JAMES MCAVOY is your model for reference?? New favorite character, right there XD
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:iconcomic-chic:
comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional
Mmmm. Yes. I've been waiting to draw him for a long, long time! :flirty:
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MegSyv Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I missed thumbnailing. Like, a LOT. :heart:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional
And it has missed you! :glomp:
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witismydog Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay Lora, you've got my brother asking just what breeds of sheep they had there? He's a bit of sheep freak.

I've never heard of Sketchbook before, does it just do drawing or could you paint in it too?
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional
You can do painting in it, but not nearly as well as photoshop or Painter. It does a decent job at simulating marker though!

As for the sheep, tell him to search history.org Colonial Williamsburg works really hard to preserve 18th century breeds of livestocks and types of plants!
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pirate-ahoy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Thanks for the sneak peak! I always love seeing your characters in progress.

I love Sketchbook Pro! My only complaint is that I can't open reference pictures in the program, like in Photoshop, but that is easily adjustable, as you've shown. One day my studio space will have a working extra monitor and that will make life a lot easier. :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
My only complaint is that I can't put a permanent anchor point for the ruler (for doing perspective drawing). If my vanishing point is on the page, that's fine because I can mark it there, but if it is off the page and in the margin, there's no way to mark it. :( So I have to do all of my directional lines to that VP at one time, and then if I missed something and have to go back, it's just trial and error until I find the spot again.

I don't mind using preview for my reference--I do that even when I'm working in Photoshop. They have the nice folder option, so I can open, for instance, my James McAvoy folder in preview and have 15 images there at my disposal and just flip through them as needed. Way better than 15 open windows in PS. In my opinion!
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Silvre Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Wow. Who ever is in the top right corner (your character) is pretty cute! Love that hair!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
Thanks! [link]
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Silvre Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
That's who I figured it was. :heart:
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arcanehalo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I want a lighttable...

we just moved and originally I was gonna have a lighttable built beside my bed, but my room size that the architect designed made it...inconvenient.

So now I have no light table...and I'm a manual inker. PSH. XD
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
I used a light box for most of my life! The light tables are really nice but not essential.
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arcanehalo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't get either lightbox or lighttable...I don't know where to get one around here.... TT3TT </3

though I should consider looking for a light box.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
Art supply stores! Or get one online! way cheaper and easier to store than a light desk!
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arcanehalo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll try to find one around here. Not allowed to order online...
I need to find an art supply store. I only know of one in the area, I didn't check for a light desk yet... SIGH. LIMITATIONS. I SHALL OVERCOME.

Upto now I've been sticking a flashlight underneath this glass table we have. XDD It's a real hassle and it's only half as effective since the light doesn't fill the space. XD
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Imalshen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
smolder! lol James McAvoy is the hotness. I'm hoping that since he's on your workspace he's going to be making his grand entrance (of his adult self) soon? :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
I can neither confirm nor deny this.







...uh... but who else would be cutting off a leg...?
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Imalshen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
EWWW!!! HAHAHA! lol
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taviannah Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   General Artist
ah hah!!! that's where Bea's running to! Thanks for sneak peek! ;)
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional
I thought, "Why should my facebookers get all the spoilers?" :XD:
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ebturner Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're a history teacher's dream. (And I don't mean a romantic dream!). Sure wish you would do history comics for after the Civil War. If I taught early American history, I'd definitely have your comics in my classroom. Not necessarily to use in a lesson, but certainly to draw their interest into the subject matter. You certainly have a way of keeping it fresh and I love how you try to make things historically accurate. Awesome, simply awesome. I've been following you for sometime (not stalking, mind you, just following your work!).

Haha...kinda sound like a love-sick puppy uh?
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
Thank you! I think of stories like mine as introductions to real history. If you can get folks invested in the people and the times through a narrative, they're way more likely to be interested in a real biography or non-fic book on the subject! How many of my readers knew or cared about Dr. Warren before? Only the handful who had already read Johnny Tremain or seen his episode on Liberty Kids.

Case in point! :D
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! One of these days I need to get a wider monitor so I can have more than one thing visible :XD:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
Or a second monitor!
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooo . . . tempting . . . but then I'd have to get a bigger desk. :XD:
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FreeNarnian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Ahhh, McAvoy. That explains a lot. :D

~ Faith
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
:aww: He's kind of my biggest hollywood crush. Making Dr. John one of my favorite characters for all the wrong reasons....!

I've been waiting to draw him into the comic since 2007!!! :excited:
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FreeNarnian Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Did you see him in 'Penelope'? So fantastical.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
It's one of my favorite feel-good movies! He's adorable in that film! :love:
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FreeNarnian Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I could see John climbing a fence like Max... hee!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional
:aww: I had a "John Warren" / James McAvoy dream the other night. He looked and acted like Dr. Warren but sounded like Mr. McAvoy, lol. And he was grumpy about something. #notsurprised
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kimbo-smarties Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This looks great! I can't wait for John's entrance! :D

Also, have you posted the Warren family photo and I just missed it, or have you not shared it with your adoring fans yet?
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional
Not shared it yet. The coloring was never finished and I just don't have free time for fun stuff like that these days. :(
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the behind the scenes look, Lora!

And...wait a sec. You use James McAvoy for a reference for John Warren??? Dang it, girl!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional
I said I was enjoying work today! :giggle:
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lol - you would, wouldn't you? By the way, that's quite a good resemblance you captured there.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional
why thank you!
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
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