Hello, and welcome to the tumblr for the webcomic The Muse Mentor! This is where the author will be putting extra art, reblogging fan works, alerting you about updates and all that other comicking jazz. Feel free to ask a question or just have a look around. We're pretty tame.
despicableplankton said: Man, Sam’s kind of a butt.
The newest debate topic here on weekly hotspot The Muse Mentor tumblr:
Is Sam A Butt?
BONUS: If Not Sam, Who IS A Butt?
Sunday Spotlight: The stages of pages
Hello! It’s Amy - I’m back. I thought this week I would show you the ridiculous (but, I suppose standard) process my pages go through! Read on, my friends.
I start with some really messy thumbnails. No, like… really messy thumbnails.
Only I can decipher these things, really. But they are just to give an idea of where things are set up AND, believe it or not, I can ink right over ‘em. Observe:
See? No penciling stage. I’m familiar with my scratchy sketch mess, we have a good relationship. After this, I send the page off to the workshop, also known as my sister kayzig (whom I highly recommend you check out! she makes comics and art, too!) who will put in some preliminary flats for me. I am terrible at setting up flats, so having her along on this step is the only way the page ever makes it on time.
Of course, I still go in and fill in the colors to my liking afterward, as you can see here:
Once I have the palette set up and the colors are all (more or less) correct, THAT’S when I can shade, get the speech bubbles in the right place - by the way, important suggestion, DON’T wait until this step to set up speech bubbles from scratch. I DO go in and make sure everything will fit into its proper panel when I first set up thumbs. Make sure you know where those bubbles are going from the get-go. It saves headache. D’oh - anyway! - color the linework, and add all the finishing touches and color adjustments that make a page!
Voila! Ready to be posted. I hope this has been educational! Or at least funny. If you don’t think it was funny, scroll back up and look at the thumbnail stage, again.
GIF WARNING BELOW for a little animated frame-by-frame:
So hey, I had the Countershot Sunday spotlight, today! I know some of my long-time followers have already seen how the comic comes into being, but if you’re new (or just want to see it done on a newer page), you can check this out!