At the suggestion of a ghostly assassin dubbed “Dead Grant”, Ninja Dan has trekked across Eastern Europe to arrive at a gypsy camp where he hopes to revive a mysteriously incapacitated Eben07.
Here are my study sketches for this strip’s chinchillas, done on the back of an already printed upon piece of paper. Oh yeah, I’m all class. I was more afraid of drawing them than any other part of the strip for some reason.
Remember awhile ago when I demonstrated my previous method for creating the strip? I’d like to kind of expand upon that now that I’m doing more by hand nowadays. Consider this an introduction, however, as I don’t have a step-by-step process documented yet. Instead, I’m going to show you the main manual tools of my trade; the nuts and bolts, if you will. First, we have the instruments for production:
From left to right: A Sakura Micron 08 pen; the mystical Uniball Vision Fine; an ancient 0.5mm mechanical pencil, a Pentel I believe though the logo has rubbed off after all these years; a Sharpie permanent marker; and a trusty kneaded eraser. These aren’t the plans for my final tools. I’d like to pick up a nice set of real artistic-quality pens, perhaps some brush pens, but I’m still new in the inking by hand scene. I also need to pick up a non-repro blue pencil to help ease the time it takes to erase.
Next, we have my trust straight edges:
Not much to explain. They help draw straight lines. The metered ruler on the bottom is used for the pencilling stages. The triangle has ink edges that allow me to draw lines with a pen without touching the paper directly next to the ink, preventing smudges. Very nice.
Lastly, here’s my workspace:
The weapon is a replica of an 1860 Colt Army, a beautiful black powder pistol that I love despite being the most non-violent person on the planet. You can clearly see my downloaded chinchilla images I studied from. Also pinned to the wall above my desk is the script. I’m drawing the strip on bristol board in a 10″ x 15″ area. I doodle in the margins, too.