High on Life Cover Page Preview [Issue # 20; June 2017] and process on how I make webcomics

High on Life Cover Page Preview [Issue # 20; for June 2017] and process on how I make webcomics.
May 22, 2017

Hello,

Here’s the cover page and the process on how I make my indie/webcomics. I’m going to start making issue # 20 for June 2017 “High on Life”, Chapter 1 come June. I’ve also updated my online portfolio site this past weekend:
http://arvinvalenzuela.com/

If you think I fit your needs for a graphic artist/illustrator, just message so we can talk and let’s see if we can do something, okay? Thanks!

So, here’s my process. There are a lot of ways to do this and I’m not saying this is the best way because you can do all this digitally. I am just sharing my own process:
First off, I pencil the page:

And then, I ink over my pencils using technical pens and markers:

Now after that, I’ll scan the inked illustration at 300 dpi to have my lineart ready and then I will clean the image I just scanned on Photoshop and play with the levels, curves, brightness, contrast and other settings to achieve a crisp and sharp black and white lineart. The image below though still needs a little bit of tweaking for the final lineart that I want before I start adding colors:

Lastly, I’ll put flat colors for the lineart. This is the cover page. Sometimes though, I’d make the cover page like a digital painting but most of the time since I started adding colors to the cover pages of my comics, I just put flat colors to it. And that’s it. It’s done.

Cheers,
Vin

Sketches of the main characters below.