Tracing paper rough:
Final inked page:
Repeat as necessary.
Here’s a technique that I rather enjoyed… a single, large illustration broken up into many little panels:
This allowed lots of thoughts to take place with a sense of the passage of time while I only had to figure out one background.
white space = no crosshatching.
Continuing with my tracing paper prelims…
This looks to be for the cover of Cerebus 291:
The Cerebus character was added later… digitally.
This was the first time that I used a computer rather than physically cutting and pasting.
(after all… it was 2003: let’s get with the new millennium)
I also did the colours on the computer.
Which means the original art still looks like this:
The little calendar on the side of the desk was added digitally as well.
I was working from home at this point and didn’t know that there needed to be a calendar there.
It doesn’t show up until issue 293:
Which means that Dave was working at least three issue ahead of me at this point.
He had drawn and lettered the calendar which I scanned and added to the cover.