How to Cut Corners to Meet Deadlines
Submitted by Fabricari on March 16, 2006 - 15:02
xmung wrote:This was mentioned in a different thread and I thought it'd make a good topic on it's own. What do you do to shave off drawing time when the hour's getting late and you need to get that comic rolled out on time? Talking head's is a classic, yet effective trick. Some folks are pretty good at recycling their old art (copy/paste?). My biggest cheat trick is to spot fill areas with black. I'm constantly bringing the camera in to avoid perspective and background details. Sillouettes work well, too. And it never hurts to fill up space with word balloons. You can always have the character tell you what's happening, instead of drawing it. For example, draw a shocked expression as the character says, "Dude, you really didn't need to smash that poor mook's skull in like that, and how'm I suppose to get that stain out of the carpet? Now I'll never get my deposit back."
it really depends on the amount of detail in a page (notably, the number of different characters i gotta draw) - but usually it can take 4-5 hours for a drawn/ fully coloured/ web ready page. and that's if i'm lucky. these days i try to include at least one panel per page that has a close-up of a character's face cos that helps cut down on the drawing time overall.