If there is a way to save time and get good results, would you cheat? Much depends on what we consider cheating and much depends on the situation. But in comics, there are many shortcuts that professionals take to optimize our efforts -and time- where it really is worth.
And one of the things I usually do is to use patterns in my characters. Patterns that I do myself, but I do them only once, or patterns that I find on the net that is free of commercial rights.
Are you better because you make each pattern on every page of your comic? Or are you better because you work faster? If something is going to take time, be sure to optimize your processes and use your energy in things that require more time, such as your story, your characters concepts, your marketing strategy and the planning of work.
In this case, I was the one who made the pattern of the skulls on the dress of Sarah, the main character of my comic LIVE FOREVER. It’s very convenient not to be bothering to draw them whenever they appear. So I copied and pasted them where she appeared.
Remember page one? You could see it here if you missed it. The dialogs are linked to this page two.
Sometimes making a comic is a work of one person, especially comic author, but in my case, I collaborate with a team. Believe it or not, you can do it independently. So I have an editor that helps me see things that I can’t see for being so saturated with tasks to work on a project as BIG as making a comic. Although with a team the workload is reduced, the chores never end, there is always something to do. That is why it’s precious to take care of the time that is used in a project.
In the following post, I’ll show you page three, and the comments that my editor had that helped me to make it better. Wait for it.
Oh, and please share my project! Thank you! 🙂