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The Smack! Process - No. 122

A long time ago (a couple days ago. Insomnia affects time span) I was asked on Tumblr about the process I go about in making my art. So since I spent the whole night working on today’s Revolutionary Times comic I figured it would be a good place to start. (There was actually supposed to be a SpeedComic video about it but…sigh, that’ll be addressed in a later date)…

…so where do we start? Oh right, that’s where Brandon (the writer) comes in. He writes up a rough script for me to get the basic idea and flow of the scene/comic. And in turn, after an hour of Xbox procrastination, I send him a simple thumbnail sketch of the basic layout of the comic…


Once he sees that, we flesh out the story more as far as scene, backgrounds, and dialogue. And THEN…it’s completely in my hands. So of course I take a good nap for five hours…

…and after waking up on carpet, staring at my new friend Roachie, I realize that I have to get a comic down in two hours. So using the trusty internet (it’s more than for porn, people) I get reference pictures, in this case pictures of Troy Davis, royal-like gates, and The Dude from The Big Lebowski. And then to the pencils I go!


And once I have the rough pencils laid out, I scan everything in and head to Illustrator, my go to Inking Station…


From there, I open up the trusty Photoshop and begin to lay out background colors…


And then the character flats…


Now this is usually when I’d do some cel shading but I haven’t done those recently because…well I suck at laying in shadows and figuring out the light source. Maybe next tutorial I’ll be good enough to teach that. But after the flats are laid down, I go into adding extras like the heavenly glow, highlights, etc…


And then I add the trusty Smack patented texture to add some flavor….


And viola! There you have a Smack! produced piece of art. Now take these steps and go and BE somebody!* Until next time, Smack Fiends (yes, that’s a new name I’m calling fans. Deal with it).

*I don’t want you to be anybody. I want all the fame and glory for myself so I can swim in gold coins and splash the asses of my French maids. Of course this is what Evil Smack would say.

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