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D&D Comic: Bolk

posted Nov 16, 2020, 1:08 PM by Jacob Evans   [ updated Nov 16, 2020, 1:12 PM ]

So here's the next chunk of backstory for Bolk and Dorpos. Most of what I have for Bolk comes from where he lives, so I tried to work that in in a way that doesn't lurch too much, and it let me roughly caricature our DM in the process. He's got a good sense of humor.

This is the second page finished for this little series, though canonically it'd go before Dorpos' post. It's a little closer to proper comic-making: a normal number of panels, much larger text. It's been nice doing layouts this way -- sketching them all on one page, getting them sized and laid out as rough stick figures, positioning the text, adjusting the poses, then doing most of the actual drawing. I used to draw everything on paper, scan it in, convert it to line art, position it, then color. These are all done on the tablet and it feels much more fluid this way.

Normally the detail work and fine-tuning is my favorite part. On oil paintings, art for Protect Your Plant, and drawn pictures like these, I can spend twice as long on the last bits of finish as on all of the rest of it. Roughing in the shapes and positions of whatever I'm drawing usually feels like a slog. But for these, I'm doing something different. I'm trying to bang out comics as quickly as I can without them looking completely terrible. They're closer to sketches than finished, but it's much easier to hammer them out and move on, and I think I'm getting a lot more practice, especially with sequential art, for not slowing down. I often lose momentum on a project, especially something with as much work per joke/line of text as a comic, but these have been much more fun. If I can improve/get faster, and develop some more shortcuts, comics might not be such a commitment in the future.