The Creative Process
For me, there is nothing like seeing a page of story come to life. It never gets tired and as the creative process unfolds in my inbox. It's like giving birth and I'll share the experience here a bit minus the pain and epidural.
It's a digital process as our creative team is spread all over the world. Unfortunately we can't sit around my living room drinking coffee and yoo-hoo, but it's still incredibly intimate and it really feels like the guys are right there with me at each step of the way.
So here's a walkthrough of how this works out…
Step 0/Not shown:
Not seen in the image below is the concept state… it's to random to capture…I start with lose notes in text or MS Word files. Character profiles, story concepts, quotes, etc. After a few weeks of tinkering I'll create an outline using a film treatment style. My writing style has significantly shifted towards the Hollywood screenwriting style over the past 14 months.
Step 1/Image 1 - The Script:
With a completed treatment, I'll plot out the key story points on index cards and start scripting. I use the old desktop version of Celtx... it still works although it is no longer supported. I just don't like the online tool. Mainly because I write a bunch on the train going to my day job and have no connectivity for 90% of the commute.
Step 2/Image 2 - The Roughs:
With a script "completed", I'll send character designs and the script to my artists. For Kid Impact that is the incredible Errol Grencio. More on Errol in another update but I love this guy. Errol will start creating rough layouts and we'll kick those around for a bit until we get what we want. This is a lot of me saying things like, "love it", "yeah, perfect" and "niccce".
Step 3/Image 3 - The Inks:
Once the roughs are approved Errol starts inking and we move a few pages at a time. Mainly for financial reasons as we are not a big shop and we are working within our means.
Step 4/Image 4 - The Flats:
Once the line art is complete the page goes to our Flatter, Ludwig Olimba. This guy is invaluable. As a designer/letter/sometimes colorist/publisher I can't live without flats… The colorist likes them as well because they simplify final rendering.
Step 5/Image 5 - The Colors:
And the colorist Burhan Arif, more on Burhan in another update as well…but yeah, I love this guy. Page by page, Burhan provides beautiful colors and the page is almost done.
Step 6/Image 6 - Design and Lettering:
For Kid Impact we are using a cinematic presentation style… it will make sense when you see the comic… but for now trust me. There's a bit of design needed to get the panels into the format we are using so that round is next. I handle the design and hand craft each page as needed.
Part of the page design includes lettering. I love lettering. During this creative round I also make edits to the script all of the time.
And that's it… a complete end to end creative flow and contributors. I've been working with this team for over a year now on Kid Impact and other projects and its great making comics with friends.
P.S. This is page one of the graphic novel!