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Layout? We don’t need no stinking layout.

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I don’t enjoy creating clothing. I like wearing clothes. I like getting clothes that fit. I like looking at clothes. I couldn’t care less about what’s hot right know and I rarely remember brand names.

But designing clothes for characters in a supernatural thriller graphic novel or comic book? It just feels wrong.

I kinda hate playing dress-up. It’s not my thing. At all. However, Page 16 reminded me, yet again, that designing clothes when characters change position or perspective, is a necessary evil.

What’s also important is consistency. After all, it wouldn’t make sense for a character to, say, fight a giant supernatural snake on the previous page, only to look like they don’t even have one scratch on the next page. That includes clothes just as much as skin. It’s the little details that bring stories to life. After a fight scene, they better damn well look like they’ve been in a fight.

It’s sequential art, after all, and a sequence needs to be maintained. Pre-fight > fight scene > aftermath. Makes sense to me. Though, remembering both sequence and a million little details isn’t the easiest thing for me. I get by. Somehow.

I still kinda hate designing clothes. Don’t even get me started on shoes. One my characters does run around barefoot, but that’s just the nature of the character. If she wore shoes of any kind, I would, begrudgingly, draw them. I would hate myself a little, but I would still do it.

Some suffer for beauty. I suffer for art. And I like it that way.

I’ve seriously considered designing a graphic novel based on a nudist colony. No clothes. Just nudity. Yeah? Yea votes? You never know.

Subtitles and Lettering

One major part of lettering is trying figure out how to write a series of letters that emulate sound effects. For me, it’s a lot of fun. But, there has been many times when I’ve struggled with writing a sound effect. It’s completely outside of the rules for any human language. It’s just how it sounds when you put certain letters together.

Subtitles to the rescue! With the popularity of online streaming, subtitles have advanced a lot. Every word and sound is spelled out. It often inspires me and sparks my imagination. In the panel sample below, Misty is whimpering behind Sam. How the whimpering is spelled I took from the subtitles while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Drusilla makes the best whimpering sounds.

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