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My Work Space by comic-chic My Work Space by comic-chic
I realized that the workspace I had on my profile is sorely out of date and I was having fun drawing today so I thought it was time for an update!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
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. 
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.
DragonBrushStudio Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Thanks for the info, I'm trying to create my comics on SBP at the moment.

AuroraArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This looks really good. Keep up the awesome work!
comic-chic Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional
AuroraArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:
comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional
I whole heartedly agree. :flirty:
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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