Hello everyone. My name is Mikhail Dingle, I am the creator of Mythallica: Lux Nova and I want to personally welcome you all to the group! I just wanted to take the time to sort of give a little insight on my personal process of creating work. I recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design where I received my B.F.A in Illustration. Going to school and being around so many creative individuals, really helped to strengthen the way I work today. I have a very intense work ethic that is strictly guided by a schedule I set for myself which sort of mimics the way I worked in school. I’m sort of a hippy in nature haha I mean I did go to art school after all. I do a lot of meditating before I work. I personally find it helps the creative flow of energy and I certainly can’t deny the results! I just wanted to do a step by step sort of layout from pre-production to the finished pages for my comic. To help translate this a bit better I’m going to be using a page from the first chapter of Lux Nova to better illustrate the process I take. So first and foremost, I start off with what I call the punchlines. Not so much in the comical sense, but more so in the sense of the major points I want the chapter to consist of. I do this by setting up the Beginning, Middle, and the end. I am certainly a dedicated practitioner of Joseph Campbell’s “The Heroes Journey Monomyth”. If you have not heard of this process, I highly suggest looking it up! It is well worth the read. Before I go into the process, I want to layout all of the programs I use since I am a Digital artist down to my core.
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Manga Studio EX 5
Celtx (writing software)
So for the first chapter, my “Punchlines” went something like this:
Beginning: Aether and Caelum Prepare to Leave their Home.
Middle: Invaders come and attack the members of their tribe.
End: Aether and Caelum barely escape.
Now that I have the basic flow, I now move onto the script. In the process of writing the script, I am simply filling in the information that takes place between each of the main punchlines. This makes it easier for me to keep track of my ideas to ensure a consistent flow of the story.
To write my script I use a very awesome program called Celtx. It’s really cool because it offers various amounts of formats for different types of projects be it a script for film, comic books, storyboards, novels, and many more. It also has a very cool character database that allows you to layout each of your characters in complete detail. From general to specifics. The writing process is always something that, much like the art, is completely unique to the creator. But I personally like the process of simply writing. Not worrying about editing or any of the technical aspects until I have provided enough information to move forward with. Once I have the script written, then I move on to the difficult part. Or at least the most time consuming: Thumbnails!
I use Photoshop for both the initial thumbnails, and the more finished sketches. I like to thumbnail the chapter completely in a really rough and admittedly shitty drawings. I’m not looking to make them look perfect. That comes at a later time. What I am trying to do it create a seamless flow of information that visually compliments the dialogue and overall flow of the story. After this step is completed, I then draw the pages out with more clarity. The more detailed the initial drawings are, the easier it is for me when I come to the inking stage because all of the necessary information is already there. Now I just have to, well, ink it haha. I do this for each page before I even begin to work them to the finished images. I don’t move onto the inking, until ALL of the pages have been drawn out. Or at least drawn out enough where I can ink them without getting stuck or being slowed down. Then when they are all done, I move on to the inking. I use Manga Studio EX 5 for the inking, and tones for the finished pages. I then switch back to Photoshop (CS6) where I add the text, SFX, and VFX. After all that is completed, I save the page up and voila. I have completely mapped out allotted time for each step in the process. I dedicate about 2 days to ensuring the script is polished and prepped. Another 2 days dedicated to thumb nailing. A week for the more polished sketches. And in the stages of inking, and adding the other elements, I make sure that I complete a minimum of three pages a day over the course of 11 or 12 days. This ensures that I have about 33-36 pages completed and ready for publication every month! That’s basically how it is done, for me. But however I strongly encourage each of you to find a method of working that is natural and works for you in the most productive manner possible.
I’ve had people insist that I used 3d an photos, despite my assertion that I haven’t. You can see the thread here http://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/2ag3ku/this_is_a_painting_iron_man_by_ryan_lang/ But this isn’t for them. This is for people that like to see the process of an illustration. I tried to break it down, but if there are any questions, please ask. I have no problem with artists using photos or 3d in their digital work, so when I say I didn’t use photos or 3d for this image, it was that I wanted to see what I could accomplish on my own (with a couple of filters at the end). And if after this process post people still refuse to believe that I didn’t use photos or 3d….. I will take that as a compliment.
Selfies. Selfies everywhere
DC selfies were a great n fun idea!!!