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Issue 16 Page19 Process

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How about another peek at 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. I enjoyed how the last panel turned out, and with the great dialog Erik wrote, even to this day I chuckle when I read it :)

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 festive holiday of color!

Hope you like the process showcased here :)

I've also opened up my Q&A here so feel free to ask any questions you have, and I'll do my best to get to them!


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Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
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Egon, sweetie, were you seriously gonna blow up nine proton grenades?? I love you Egon!! You're a little crazy from time to time, but I love it!
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 I'm guessing you thumbnail the page layout then draw each panel individually? Do you draw in a regular sketch book or on comic book cardstock? 
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This is incredible, how did you learn to be so good!?
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liamharperProfessional Traditional Artist
Hey there, what do you feel is the most important thing that editors are looking for from a new artist? I thought I would ask because I would like to submit my own work one day to IDW and thought It would be wise to ask. Thanks for your time. liam
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shadowispProfessional Filmographer
Do you really go from the blue ruffs right to clean? SO much extra detail added! and Perspective fixes and everything? If so, crazy impressive. (well, it is either way.)
And I love your attention to staying on model and background detail, it makes the books feel really solid.
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rain or shine or end of the world event will not stop us to get our ghost
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zillabeanProfessional Digital Artist
You are astounding, Dan.  I love seeing the creative process take form, and not only have I been a fan of your style for years now, but your attention to detail in backgrounds is just crazy.  Thank you for sharing!
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JonRiggleProfessional General Artist
As always, awesome awesome awesome. So you're inking the pages traditionally? Or are you using a prog like photoshop or manga studio or painter?
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erikburnhamHobbyist General Artist
Dan? Inking? (;

When I found out how Schoening built his pages, I marveled.
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JonRiggleProfessional General Artist
lol I'm still marveling at the mystique thus far.
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secoh2000Professional Digital Artist
Man the amount of lines in this and the details... just astounding.  I love seeing these!
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DanSchoeningProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you digs :)
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SibsyProfessional Filmographer

so good.
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DanSchoeningProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks Sabs! I blush!!! :)
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XAMOELProfessional Digital Artist
you have patience to draw backgrounds, i dont have that patience to draw backgrounds :D
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DanSchoeningProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I kinda look at backgrounds like they are characters, it helps me focus on adding more detail then too :) Cheers
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