Did you know that Japanese comic authors work with assistants? These fellas regularly handle tasks that can be replaceable. For example, backgrounds such as buildings and environments, gray tones or halftones, lettering and sound effects among other things. But what can’t be replaced is to draw the characters, which makes the style of the author unmistakable and can hardly be emulated. Although sometimes I do the backgrounds by myself because I have a clear idea of what I want. But nobody could notice the difference between a background made by my background artist and a background made by me.
I work with a background artist, his name is Andres Baquerizo. I tell him what to draw after sketching roughly the idea or sometimes giving him very detailed references. All this so that I can focus more on the characters and the story.
In this panel below you can see that the sketch is rough, that is, it doesn’t have many details. But it’s a clear guide of the perspective and elements I want to the scene. So Andres is in charge of detailing it and adding his own stuff that I didn’t draw. Such as those stickers on the bookseller, the pictures on the wall on the left, vases, other details on the bookshelf and some scrapes here and there. The chemistry silhouettes on the right side I drew it because I can add more details when he delivers me the page if I feel like. The same thing happens when adding blacks and giving a general balance to the page if I think is necessary.
So this is just a sample so you can see how I work with him. There are other tricks and methods that I hope to share with you later.
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