WoWL Tools and Sketch Process

Basic tools to get the job done - HB pencil, 0.7mm clutch pencil, eraser and A3 paper

Basic tools to get the job done – HB Pencil, 0.7mm Clutch, eraser and A3. paper

With my trusty HB pencil, 0.7mm clutch pencil, grubby eraser and a pad of 220gsm Smooth Surface A3 cartridge paper I thought I’d share some of the process in making the first WoWL book.

Since developing our story with a script and storyboard, I’m now focussing on drawing out the various scenes. The way I like to work is to plan each panel, along with the script and storyboard, is by first doing a very rough outline using an HB pencil on the cartridge paper. This helps me to plan the positions of the characters and the action, basic effects and other details. It also allows me to quickly erase and edit each shot. Once I’m happy with the basic arrangements, I then outline the rough drawings using the 0.7mm clutch pencil to refine the sketches into a complete drawing.

After I’ve completed all the pages we need I’ll switch to inking in the pencil drawings. What I love about this process is that I have an original “master” which is fun to look back on and see how the cartoon has taken shape over time.

I’m somewhat a traditionalist (and romantic) at having the original drawings – something which you can’t have by doing drawings straight onto a computer.

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