Saturday, June 07, 2008

Flight 5

I've recently contributed a 10-page story to Flight 5, which will be published July 22nd. As the publish date draws closer I'll post more stuff from it. Above are a couple of shots of me hard at work, outlining the helmonautical adventures of Myles Preston Thackerly III...I'm inking on a series of horizontal cards with a few panels per card - sort of in Euro fashion (I've heard some European stuff is done like this?) I wanted to work very large so the detail didn't get all fiddly and I could let the inking flow more loosely, but drawing the whole page at once at a large size made the original art somewhat cumbersome. So this was the compromise, to draw the art in pieces and put it back together again in the computer...


Blogger Pinkhamster said...

Wow, that Big Dome flying suit looks amazing! A flight of fancy to use a horrible pun.

Is that a repetitive stress injury brace on your drawing wrist, though? Ouch. If so, hope the Canadian health care system is treating you right.

(I'm that dude who asked you to contribute sketchbook material to the Comics Journal fifteen years ago (!), by the way. Time flies faster than Mr. Big Dome.)

7:26 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Thanks for the comment JP--nice to hear from you! Yes, time flies!! What are you up to lately?

The wrist bandage is more for prevention--I've learned that when I draw a lot my wrist gets sore, so wearing the bandage staves off the problem.

(As an aside, the health care system is not what I gather it's touted to be in the US media, I've directly experienced it and know lots of people who also have, and although there are many hardworking great people in it, the system is in big, big trouble...)

11:19 PM  
Blogger Roberto Zaghi said...

Awesome drawings and interesting process, inking must be fun! Do you do the page layout in a smaller sheet before?
Maybe Moebius works that big on Bluberry's pages, it looks like they are splitted in two halfs, each done with incredible detail.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Hi Roberto, thanks for the comment, yes, inking was fun! I've experimented with different pens and so on.

I used to use a smaller size original but I found it too small for finer was also easier to find paper pre-cut into pads, I used the 11 x 14 inch size, then I just put them in my printer to print out the bluelines. I could have also put big sheets through and had an original sized 14 x 22 inches...but it gets a bit awkward to move around.

I've seen photos of early USA comic art where it looks like they used really big original art like that--
and yes, I assume Moebius works that way, on half pages, they are named "a" and "b" which suggests that.

12:35 PM  
Blogger warren said...

Hey Paul,

Where did you find an oversized scanner compatible with a Mac? (I remember you telling me you were using a Mac...)

12:15 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

HI Warren,

The scanner is a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL...just bought it at my computer store, a few years ago...I didn't know this was an issue? It just plugged in and away I went.

Are you having problems with this?

10:02 PM  

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