Saturday, January 13, 2007

Pee Wee Harris: Step Four


Now the fun begins. The linework is finished and now it's time to add some color. I usually block in big areas first and work my way down to the smaller shapes. I keep my linework on one layer and the color on another. Once the base colors are in I drop in backgrounds and some shading on the characters.

3 comments:

lidanzuiai said...
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Matt Hawkins said...

Hey Mike,
Nice Blog.
A few questions about your process.
When you do the black lines in Illustrator do you use a wacom pen or do you pull paths?
Also why do you do some of the back ground line work in Photoshop?

Mike Adair said...

Hey Matt,
Thanks for writing.
I do the linework using paths. When I first started to do the strip (about 10 years ago) I was using a brush and ink on vellum and then scanning it in. The paths method mimicked my brush work the best so when I decided to switch over that's what I used.
The backgrounds have just been easier for me to do in Photoshop. Frankly, I'm not that good at them and Photoshop allows me to cover up my shortcomings. I've also moved away from outlining the things in the background.
Thanks for asking Matt!