Thanks to our appearance at Fan Expo Vancouver in April, we’ve seen an exciting increase in the Sky Pirates of Neo Terra comics! We thought this would be the perfect time for us to share the comic art development process with our fans.
First up is the page and panel creation. All of our comics are drawn by the talented Camilla d’Errico. Illustration fans may find it interesting to know that Camilla has a very traditional process when it comes to concept work. Preferring the analogue route, she first sketches all comics out in pencil and then inks in her work using Bic pens. The difference in workflow compared to other digital processes helps to lend a unique look to the Sky Pirates world.
Next, we scan the pages as high resolution files and send them off to a colorist. We work with several colorists, which allows us to have more than one project in development at the same time. The colorists bring Camilla’s pages to vibrant life, and sometimes make minor adjustments to body shapes/feature placement. As you can see in the above image, colour can help to change the tone or mood of an image. For many, this is the most exciting part of the process!
Last (but not least) we see dialogue and thought bubbles added to the comics. Placement is important at this stage – you want to ensure no key artistic elements are obscured by text, but also make sure that the dialogue flow is obvious and clear enough for readers to follow. Without dialogue, our comics would simply be gorgeous artwork! And while the art can certainly stand on its own, being able to engross our fans in the rich history of the Sky Pirates universe is one of the main goals behind our comics. To read the entire series of Sky Pirates web comics, click here.
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