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Haunted America Pt3 Process

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For a while now I've been meaning to share more about the process on how we create the Ghostbusters comic for IDW. Above you can see the thumbnails, pencils and final colors by the talented :iconluisdelgado:

Step 1: After reading :iconerikburnham:'s script, I begin to research locations, props and other visuals. I strive to make the backgrounds, landmarks and other props as accurate as possible. With all that info I sketch out small pages, focusing on what is most important to showcase in each panel. Leaving room for dialog, as well as using elements in the panel to direct the eyes. The locations in panels 1, 3 and 4 were inspired by the three popularly recognized crash site's in New Mexico.

Step 2: I print out the panels and clean them up. I like to keep the characters on model as much as possible, so I strive for that in every issue. I also add labels and other elements to help with the coloring process.

Step 3: Luis creates a chupacabra of color!

Hope you like the process showcased here :)


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Thanks for posting these. Been trying to get back into drawing and these step by step compares help greatly. 
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zillabeanProfessional Digital Artist
Apologies if someone's already asked this, but do you still do your thumbnails and rough sketches by hand on paper, than scan them in and clean them up for digital inking?  It looks like actual non-photo blue for the sketches, then digital inks :)
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razoremblemHobbyist Filmographer
alien ghosts?
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REGULAR ghosts were bad enough.  The vengeful spirits of ALIEN INVADERS is just a whole new level of "we're all gonna die."
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richmbaileyHobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent collab.
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chadporterHobbyist Digital Artist
I will never get tired and amazed of how this process all comes together :clap:
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Those backgrounds look like such a headache. Most artists I know, including myself, like drawing characters much more.

Anyway, happy birthday.
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DanSchoeningProfessional Traditional Artist
You can get the whole arc (Volume 3, collects issues 9-12 + an amazing bonus story from :iconT-RexJones:) on Comixology, Amazon, from IDW's store online or you local comic shoppe :) Glad you digs!
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TheOctoberScarfHobbyist General Artist
I have no money,its just I'm a huge ghostbusters fan,and I always wondered if aliens had ghosts.
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