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“The David: A Webcomic 4th Anniversary Blogstravaganza: A Behind The Scenes Look, Part 1”

David A Webcomic
Welcome to day three of the David: A Webcomic 4th Anniversary Blogstravaganza! Since today's my regularly scheduled page-making day, I'll show y'all the method behind the madness: how I make my strip! Today, I'll go over the sketching process, tomorrow I'll show y'all the magic of inks and colors (oooooooooh).

Step one: I create a new document. This part should be obvious. After that, I add two additional layers onto the image, the first layer holds the panel borders and backgrounds, the second layer holds the base lineart, and the third layer holds the speech bubbles.

Step two: I add the panels. Since my strip doesn't typically deviate from a standard six panel format, this part is pretty straightforward.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/step_2.png
It's also a lot harder than it sounds. I should probably make a template or something.

Step three: I duplicate the first layer, creating a copy of the panel borders that I then make the top layer. This allows me to fuck with the backgrounds and stuff without sacrificing the integrety of the panel lines. After that, I add two more layers to the image above the first layer, these are my background lineart layer and my sketch layer.

Step four: Since I'm getting funky with perspective in this particular strip, I'm adding a perspective grid. I've created a template since I'm lazy and Sketchbook doesn't have a tool to generate perspective grids.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/step_4.png
The opacity of this thing will eventuallly get lowered.

Step five: First things first, the background. Since my backgrounds typically aren't that complicated and are really mostly comprised of straight lines, I don't typically skech them out.
heh heh assmore
This just so happens to be one of my more involved backgrounds (which, considering this is the first time a major location is appearing in the strip, isn't a bad thing). Now I tend to cheat quite a bit with backgrounds, I copy and paste shit (like the lines and knobs on the lockers, or hell, enitire panel backgrounds wholesale) a fuckton. Hey, it saves time and promotes consistency.

Step six:
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/step_6.png
wait shit wrong step six
Character sketches! Feel free to follow along with my simple step-by-step instructions:
1. First things first, the head. This typically gets drawn significantly smaller than it's actually supposed to be because for some reason it's easier to draw a good circle at a smaller size. Depending on the contents of the panel, this blank circle may be duplicated to create multiple characters.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/char1.png
2. Add the facial features. Most of the time, this is just the eyes and mouth, but some of my characters have beauty marks and/or piercings. Like Kenzie!
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/char2.png
3. Block out the torso. This provides the base of the body.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/char3.png
4. Detail out the torso. Depending on the character and what they're wearing, this could include adding pecs/breasts, shirt folds, or other bodily details.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/char4.png
5. Add pants, sleeves, arms, and legs. This is really where the background layer comes in handy.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/char5.png
6. Add the hair. This is the fun part. Especially if said character is either Lissa or Hannah.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/char6.png
And now, copy that process for any other characters that happen to be in the scene.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/the_rest.png
Step seven: I write my dialouge right after I sketch the scene. I don't work off a script, never have. I just go with whatever feels right when I draw the dang thing.
https://david-a.webcomic.ws/files/fourm_images/step_7.png
After that, I repeat steps 4-7 as needed to sketch out the rest of the strip.
And that's effectively the sketch portion of the strip making process, tune in tomorrow to find out how I ink and color!

See ya then!
- David

Comments:

9/7/2022, 10:12 PM Looks looks good dude! ^^
9/7/2022, 10:18 PM D'aww thanks! That first panel was really fun to draw!
9/7/2022, 10:18 PM You’re welcome dude! ^^
9/7/2022, 10:34 PM 👀
9/7/2022, 11:00 PM 👀
9/8/2022, 5:26 AM I already know your methods, but it’s fun to see them all here in written form. Now I can make my very own David: A Webcomic webcomic! Or, at least sketch it first. I’ll have to figure out how to ink and color later.
9/8/2022, 9:31 AM You'll find out soon enough...