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A shepherd on a distant planet has to make some tough decisions when she finds a wounded ancient beast on her flock's grazing grounds.
A shepherd on a distant planet has to make some tough decisions when she finds a wounded ancient beast on her flock's grazing grounds.
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Anatomy of a Page

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Art on our book The Shepherd marches right along. I thought you would all enjoy a look at a single page, from pencils through colors, because these are the steps that go into the production of a single page of comic art. Let's show you the finished page and work backwards.

First, the finished page. Our colorist, Zoey, did a fantastic job making these colors come to life. Look at the brush strokes in the trees, and the way she gave life to the water. Truly the work of a painter at heart.

Before Zoey could paint the scene, Jake needed to ink it. Here are Jake's inks. Jake uses brushes and India ink to add sharp clarity to Ron's pencils. And with the immense amount of detail Ron puts into the scene, Jake is really offered quite a challenge--which he accomplishes with flying colors.

It's important to note all of our art begins with Ron's pencils. On the art side, Ron is the first to face a blank page, and he lays out the story first in light pencils, and then deeper and deeper to capture composition, shadow and texture. His beautiful work makes the book what it is.

I hope you enjoyed this inside look at the process. We'll keep you updated as progress moves forward on The Shepherd! 

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    1. LateToTheParty7
      Superbacker
      on April 23, 2014

      Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. :-)