I get asked a lot about my process, I’ve been meaning to make a blog post about it for a while, in order to direct questions to. So here we go.
I have picked an image from each step of my process here, but because I am a bit disorganised and have a terrible filing system, they are actually each from a different page of the same story, because I couldn’t be bothered to wade through my files! But I think it should explain it enough.
So I actually spend a lot more time writing than I do drawing, I don’t know if this is standard for comics, I’ve always wondered. First I make a lot of confusing and messy notes in my sketch book, which probably only I can understand. Then I write them up as a prose short story, which I then go through and work out how I will slice up into panels and pages and whatnot. My work tends to be pretty text heavy, even with a lot of the description from my original story coming out. Which is always a little sad. (Probably I secretly just want to write epic novels or something!) Then I pencil, changing the text as I go to make it fit. And then I ink using a brush pen, scan, clean up, add a bit of colour on photoshop and add the type using my typeface (which is based on my handwriting). And hey presto there you have it. TA DA.
I love Isabel’s process - especially the focus on writing. You can really tell when it comes to the finished piece that a lot of time has gone into working out the story and the pacing. I think a lot of that get’s lost when you work panel to panel.