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Gabe / on Wed, Aug 9 2006 at 3:26 am

Armadeaddon wallpaper

I had a lot of requests for a wallpaper based on Frank and the last panel of today’s strip. So here it is:

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It seemed to me that an epic storyline like ARMADEADDON needed a nice big intro comic to kick things off. I thought you might like to see a bit of the process on this one.

Here’s what my pencils look like when I scan them in. It’s all pretty rough but it’s enough to remind me what’s going on in each panel. You can see I hardly drew any of the background or zombies at all. I figured I could work that out in the inks.

This is what it looks like after I’ve gone over it in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. I’ve been trying to focus on doing less “noodling” when I’m inking. For me that means I don’t spend as much time zoomed way in, tweaking and re-drawing little parts of the image. I’ve been working on laying down my inks quickly. It’s not easy since I’m fucking crazy and I could easily spend all day tinkering with one characters face.

It took me about three and half hours to get from pencils to inks and that meant I only had a couple hours left before I had to go home and be a dad for the rest of the night. So I feel like I had to rush the colors quite a bit and in the end I’m really not too happy with them. I feel like I did alright considering how much time I had but I wish I could have had another day. Working under such a tight deadline is actually pretty good I think. It’s teaching me to be quick even when I don’t want to be. Most of the time I think it’s good for my stuff. It’s getting looser and less “vectory”. I just made that word up.

Anyway, that’s my process. Glad you guys liked this strip.

-Gabe out


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