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Step by step


Hello, everyone! Today, you all get a peek at what I do to make Baby Aliens! Make no mistake! This is not a tutorial, this is just a showing of my process for the couple of you who would be curious on the world wide web! This is panels 1 to 4 of comic 13: Fully sick.

My image program is Flash, my tools are a tablet and a mouse and a keyboard and everything.
Before I even start drawing, I've made a template document for myself. It contains all the layers I use, plus the comic's url which appears on every page, and the comic's pallet loaded up. I make myself a copy this document before I even start work on the comic, and then I... work on it. Okay! Now, onto the drawing!

Step 1

My first step is drawing some blue rectangles. I just use the rectangle tool for this, nothing special. These is the outline of the panels. They are done in aqua light blue because its easy to see the black lineart on it when I get around to doing that.

Step 2

Then I sketch in the characters in the rectangles. Most is just rough placement, but I add guidelines where needed. Drawing the child's eyes are full circles is one of these guidelines, it helps me colour them later on. The Q shaped circles with lines coming out of them are guides for where i'd think speech bubbles would look nice.
Both the rectangles and these sketches are on the appropriately named guideline layer. Its under everything, and will eventually just get covered by the finished art.

Step 3

Its now I go to the layer named Panels. And I draw the black panels. This is also when I position the comic URL. And re-size my image canvas to suit the comic nicely. (I start off with all my comics the maximum size for flash)

Step 4

I add in the text here. The text and the panels each have their own layer. The font I use for typing is Mighty Zeo 2.0, most sound effects are done in Comiquita Sans but some aren't! Before I draw the bubbles, I'm always sure to spellcheck! I love how Flash has spellcheck.

Step 5

I do the lineart now. Its on a layer under the speech bubbles and panels, but above the lineart. You'll notice how I changed the expression on some characters, and that's just because I didn't like how they looked in the guidelines. But the guidelines were still good enough to draw the right expression over. Sometimes, I redraw guidelines if they stink, but this is not one of those cases.
I mostly do it in 200% zoom, but zoom out if the picture is too big and I have to do long lines. The first panel of the comic was done without zoom. I use the large zooms as little as possible, I don't think its too important how my comic looks at 2000% zoom because nobody's going to see it that big.

Step 6

The last bit also takes the longest, and its the colouring. I do a lot of the foreground colouring on the same layer as the lineart, but background colours and the like go on a layer behind it. Most of my colouring is done with a mouse, because I do use the fill tool a lot and that's too fiddly to use with a tablet in my experience.
You'll also notice how I added a sound effect, and some details in the colouring. I usually do this, I don't like everything having a black outline.

And that's how its done! Did you learn anything? or did this cause you to forget vital and important knowledge. I am sorry if it did. Goodbye!