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Olivia Lathrop
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States


Comic Process
In light of my tablet breaking,
I thought would be fun to share a quick example of how I make ITDP comic pages (page featured is #3 from chapter 3) :

Step 0: yes, there is a level zero. I keep a template set up with my bleed outline, overlay textures, signature and type set. Also folders for separating layers -because I am the worst at excessive layering. Which helps keep everything the same and beautiful. 

Step 1: Sketch out draft panels & layouts. I usually go through several different drafts before it feels like it meets the pacing and conveys the right emotions/message of the script. Lots of face-planting involved. I also try to decide how my light source & atmosphere work at this stage, and put in the speech bubbles.

Step 2: Line art. This is the most time consuming part for me, especially when heavy backgrounds are involved because I get stuck in the little details. Reference pics help A LOT, in keeping with consistency or perspective, etc., whether they're from previous pages or inspiration pictures -i.e.: castle architecture. For brush, I use the default Photoshop "30" with a custom texture setting to give it some roughness. Once finished with the line art, I change the color from black to a soft grey-brown and set the layer on multiply. It softens the outline and lets some of the color bleed through.

Step 3: Flats. I will have died at least six times by this stage. I keep palettes of reoccurring characters so I don't have to go back to previous pages and eye-drop somebody's hair color every time. The flats go all on one single layer and any patterns on varying separate layers. 

4: Shading. This is my favorite part because it brings both me and the page to life! My current method is rather tedious and needs to be streamlined for time's sake. But until then,
I use the lasso & gradient tools to varying degrees of layers, transparency & effect settings. I use off white for highlights and soft grey-brown for shadows set to color-dodge and multiply. For reflections on armor or silky fabrics i set the layer on Hard-light and stack it underneath. 

5. Field blur. At this stage everything should be finalized, and I go to town with the field blur tool. I feel like it gives panels a cinematic feel, creating the sense of depth and movement.
(important: I save a merged image of the page and blur that, I always keep my original layers)

6. Extras. Shortly after I've merged it all and blurred it to heck and back, I realize I've missed or forgotten details. Like, to draw an entire person...(true story. happened on page 5)...
so I usually end up with an "oops" folder on top, and repeat steps 2 through 5 as necessary. Will add in extra details like action swooshes and what not here too.

7.FINALE. Walk away, cry a little, come back. I add the last layer affect: LE CURVES FILTER! adjusted to increase the depth of the shading and overall vibrancy.
Honestly it's the icing on the cake and just makes everything pop. Lastly, I finesse the type and readjust any speech bubbles, add my signature, and upload the dang thing.
Achievement unlocked: comic updated. 

And there you have it!
Hope you guys enjoy, and thanks so much for your patience with the updates! Love 
You: What's your 'no update' excuse this time, Olivia?
Me: BHB Emote Tombstone Headstone Dead RIP my tablet.
Ione chp3-Break 2
Chapter 3 - Fellowship of the Spring
(Read from left to right)
Start from the Beginning
Previous — Next (in progress)

Remember when I said you'd learn more about that statue's significance later?
Well some script changes happened and it turned out a lot sooner than later. Lenny Eyebrow Wiggle 
Went a little more overboard on this break page than usual. You might say, I was drowning in creativity. :lol: 

Follow the comic on tumblr


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sobbing-jester Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
THANK YOU by sobbing-jester
I envy your big coffee cup (in your ID pic) xD mine is tiny
I have to refill it 100 times a day.
Alyvia-Write Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
Looking forward to seeing more of your art!

Hahaha thanks :D It's so big it usually sits around half-full and gets cold. :lmao:
sobbing-jester Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
jesterji01  I’ll do my best!
*beats up her stressful life*

Ah well cold coffee is still good caffeine XD
Alyvia-Write Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Serena / Usagi Funny Icon  You are absolutely right.
kovacsgreta Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!! :love:
Alyvia-Write Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! I really enjoy your style!
kovacsgreta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! c:
Namco-NintendoFan-88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Happy belated 'n 24th Birthday and Valentine's Day! :party: :blush:
Only one more year left to turn the big 2-5 for your anniversary! ;) :happycry: :heart:
Alyvia-Write Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
AceOfStCanardKLy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016   Artist
Happy birthday! :iconchampagneplz:
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