After outlining the plot, The Little Warrior was scripted out panel by panel. Below is a page taken directly from my script of Issue #l.
THE FIRST SKETCH
After getting the script, the artist (in this case, the magnificent Joshua M. Allen) does a quick sketch of the page based off of my descriptions. The purpose of this stage is to preview the page before any timely details are completed. This allows the writer to ask for changes (i.e. layout, character positions, scenery, etc.) before the time consuming detailing begins. Below is Allen's pencil sketch of Page 7.
THE PENCILS/INKS (LINE ART)
Next comes the final pencils and/or inks. Below is Joshua M. Allen's final inks for Page 7. You will notice that other than the sharpness and all the detail, not much has changed from his initial sketch. After going over the page with him, the only major difference I asked for dealt with the Little Warrior in panel three. I decided that I wanted the boy to appear more confident and stoic here. Though the initial description called for excitement, I felt it fit the Little Warrior's personality more to have him appear like he does in the final inked version below.
LETTERING THE COMIC BOOK
Next it is time to put some words on the page. With photoshop (there are several other types of software out there you can also use) I built text bubbles, added those sharp tails, wrote and positioned my text, and picked a fun comic font. Though the work can be a little tedious, a bad lettering job can make the finished product look unprofessional. Below is the final version of the completed lettering without the background art.
COLORING THE PAGE
While I lettered, Joshua M. Allen was hard at work coloring the page. Many artists don't do both the line art and the coloring. I was lucky enough to find one that not only did, but did so exceptionally. Because comic coloring is most commonly done digitally, there is wiggle room to make some changes once completed. Below is Allen's amazing finished colors for page 7.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
The final step is replacing the inked line art with the colored version under those text bubbles and VOILÀ! Page 7 is complete! Below is the finished product. Time to do it all over again for page 8...
Thanks for reading! - Joshua G.
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