Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Dead Man's Duel.

I really enjoy seeing process, so I thought I'd show a little. This is a progression from thumbnail to final for a page from my latest Rex Steele story for Afterworks 2

Once I have a thumbnail I like, I'll enlarge it to letter size on a copy machine (or printer). Then I'll put it on a light box, pop another letter size sheet on top and tie down the drawings. I do this to maintain the proportions I worked out on the thumbnail.

Once I have a rough I'll enlarge that slightly (maybe 10%), put it back on the light box to ink. I usually ink on a large sketchbook paper (I need something thin enough to see through it), and with a brush, brush pen, and a Micron or something similar for the fine lines. Then the finished inks are scanned as bitmap line art.

Once all that is done, I'll spend too much time fretting over what colors to use, try alot of pallets that don't work, and eventually get to something I can live with.

21 comments:

J said...

Bill has a blog!?! Good news!

Josh said...

I have visited every single webpage on the internet, and all crumble in comparison to Bill Presing's blog. Everyone should visit it everyday. Tell your family, friends, and enemies. What's not to like about Bill? Besides his anger management issues, he's a comfortable human being who is non-offensive.

Welcome to the inter-web, Bill.

bpresing said...

Thank you Josh, for your eloquence.

TSM said...

Welcome Bill! I look forward to all the fine goodies you will be posting for us. The Rex roughs are awesome. More please!

Brandon Vietti said...

Hey Bill!

Thanks for starting a blog and making the rest of us look bad. It's great to finally see your work online! Welcome! You have been linked!

Jeff Pidgeon said...

Fortunately, your staging proportions are great to begin with, so it makes sense to hang onto them!

Awesome roughs - as always!

Keep posting!

MANDREWS said...

well i must say...ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!! I can't get enough Presing I need more more MORE!!!!

once a week or more is all i ask.

its all great Bill.

Mandrews out

Anita said...

Woo-hoo! Bill has a blog AND he posted some delish Rex Steele? Well, MY day has been made!

PaulSketch said...

ooo thanks for showing the steps!! I'm working on thumbnails for a comic right now and need some tunbnail inspiration

Mike Boldt said...

Man I love this Comic/story/Characters/THEWHOLESHEBANG! It's such a great idea, I'm glad to see more of it developing. Can't wait!

-Mike

Monkeyfeather said...

Good to see you have a blog Bill. Great roughs, I always enjoy seeing process. The watercolour girls below are GREAT as well. Look forward to seeing more.

flaviano said...

the blogger artist community is a big family and i'm glad to see a new (awesome) son! welcome aboard.
great first posts, i cant wait to see more.
Flaviano

Sugartastic_D_Slim said...

Wow and wow! My day just got better. Thanks for posting this. My copy of Rex is sitting right above my computer... one of my favorites! I remember when I first got the book I scoured the web to find more of your art. Now I won't need to go far. Glad you're here!

Dennis

pbcbstudios said...

great stuff - glad to see you started a blog!

Newsquirt said...

big fan of your work Bill. I remember your posts back on the drawing board and what an impression they left on the masses there. Hope you keep this site updated with the beautiful drawings you are known for.

Thierry martin said...

I like....

Gerald said...

Fantastic Blog Bill. Thanks for sharing your page process. Amazing how much goes into each page from beginning to end.

Rico said...

YAY!!! New Rex Steele! Where do I buy it?!

bpresing said...

Thanks for the warm welcome everybody, I'll try my best to post as often as I can.

Rico,
The new Rex Steele is in "Afterworks 2" you should be able to order it from most comic book stores. It's published by image. And I'm sure one of us will be selling at San Diego. I also did a 5 page Rex story in "Digital Webbing Presents" #29

-b

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