A comic page from pencil to color

One of my favorite things is seeing a project transform from the first sketch into the final colorful object.  I love getting lost in the process from beginning to end!

This comic page started with the Doodle a Day Challenge at The Wanderers (the fantastic Facebook page of Theresa Williams where she chronicles her ideas for her own comic and nurtures a community of creativity – check it out here).  The idea had been brewing in my brain for a while to write a story about a little girl who is able to go into a dream realm called Mirror where she meets her spirit animal, a giant squirrel, and then catches the attention of a nightmare beast.  (This is actually the back story/childhood adventures of a character in a much larger story that’s been growing in my head for a very long time.)

So I doodled the first page of this story.

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Page 1 of The Adventures of Cricket and Mateo

After I continued the story a bit in some other doodles, I drew the first page a second time, bigger, clearer and edited a bit along the way. I find redrawing allows for better definition and editing than tracing.  It takes a little longer, but so far, I think it is worth it.  Then I inked it.

Redrawn, bigger, and clearer.
Redrawn, bigger, and clearer.

And last, I colored it with the enthusiasm of any small child sitting with a coloring book and surrounded by markers!

The first page of a short comic about the back story of Persephone Carrington and her childhood adventures.
The first page of a short comic about the back story of Persephone Carrington and her childhood adventures.

It was fantastically fun.  I can’t wait to do some more!  I will be posting ideas and some random pages from the comics I’m drawing and writing here under the Comics in Progress tab.  So check back to see what’s new!

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