Making a HijiNKS ENSUE comic, step by step.
These screenshots show my typical comicing process. I start by laying out the text which lets me determine my various panel widths. Then I draw the speech bubbles by hand which gives me an idea of how much room I have left to draw the characters. Then I pencil, ink, color, shade, add in backgrounds, and do any final cleanup that is needed. The whole process, not including writing, takes between 4 and 5 hours on average.
Here’s the final product.
My Interview With The 4th Wall “The Face behind the comics”
5. ”we learn from our mistakes” – this probably applies to you as much as the rest of us, but can you tell me what mistakes you’ve had to learn from while working in comics?
I spent the first few years of my comics career trying to be accepted to the “cool kids club.” After much heartbreak I learned two very important lessons. 1) There is no “cool kids club.” There is no secret meeting of the powerful individuals in your chosen creative field. There isn’t actually any power at all. There are cliques and groups of friends and there is some overlap, but there is no one unifying body that can welcome you into the fold. Be nice, be honest, do good work, make friends and eventually you will be the center of your own cool club. And 2) You do not need permission from anyone to be the thing you want to be. You have to give someone that power over you, and no one actually deserves it.
This interview might contain every piece of good advice that I know. I guess Im done forever.
I was going through the original PSD files for some of the earliest HE comics in order to re-export them at the same size as all the 2009+ comics. I got to the one I did about Jurassic Park 4 and turned off every layer but the background. I decided to share it because it just looks freaking bizarre. Probably my first ever experiment with digital painting.
Here’s a preview of the next HijiNKS ENSUE comic. I missed drawing Hurley.
A reader asked for a hi-res version of this panel to use as a desktop. While the formatting would be a little odd, I thought I’d post it here in case anyone else wanted it. It’s more of a mobile desktop size at 795 × 1280px.
[from THIS comic]