I'm working on page 82 for my graphic novel Jacob's Apartment, and thought I'd post my process again. I usually start out with super loose roughs (on the right). On this page, I thought I'd revise the top plan for the panel, in order to fit some of the text from page 81 that I thought made that page too busy into the first panel of this page. This caused a minor change to the layout. I then ruled out my panel borders, inking them with a micron, then did quick pencils. I used to labor over my pencils a lot more than I do now. As you can see, I leave the pencils relatively loose, due to the fact that I can get more detailed with the inking:I then start inking with micron pens, the contour line work in the panel.
Then I use my pentel pocket brush pen to add fills, and lines which require brush work:
Once I've completed inking all of the panels, I erase the underlying pencil marks, then use a brush to clean off the page:
Then I scan the page into the computer, which looks like this:
I then use gausian blur, and curves in greyscale mode in photoshop to solidify the blacks in my inks... Then I convert the file to CMYK, and use channels to separate the black lines from the white:
Once the inks are separated, I then begin coloring... This is what the ink layer looks like while I'm coloring:
I flat and render underneath the inks on a separate layer in photoshop... Here's what it looks like without the line layer:
I hope this has been helpful, or interesting to those of you guys reading my blog... If so, I'll keep doing these occasionally!