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Arsenic Lullaby, has been nominated for both of the Industries two highest awards, the Harvey Award and the Eisner Award. .
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I’m going to give you a bit of a breakdown on how a page like this ( below) goes from a notion in my head…to a fully functional comic book page. Note that this is page one of a two page story…
This one was a case of me really making something harder than it needed to be. that last panel is the whole joke, and pretty hard to screw up when it comes right down to it. Somewhere between that idea and the final illustration I decided this needed to be the best thing I ever did…that’s bad. That’s when you stop trusting your instincts and reworking everything…usually just to go back to the first draft you had.
The crux of this joke is the glorious feast the vampire thinks he has set himself up for and the pathetic reality. So him seeming creepy and dangerous and whatnot, the reaction to what is really there, and then him lowering himself to sucking the distended belly of some poor starving Ethiopian is the kicker. Above all else the writing and pictures all need to advance those concepts. That’s the mood elements that are important. The nuts and bolts needed are a pic showing how he got there, A pic showing the room/hut. A pic of how malnourished the victim is and of course the final scene. . The second panel, believe it or not, was the easiest. It just fell out of my head. Panels 5-7 …well, there’s a lot of different ways to do that, I probably could have just done it in one shot, but I reasoned that three panels would slow the pace and drive home what a disappointment this is. I can’t really explain why I put int panel 9…I just liked the close up leaving the reader to wonder what exactly he’s thinking…I might change up the expression if I can decide if he should look like he’s got a brilliant idea or embarrassed/ashamed. I dunno…it’s probably as good as good is getting.
ops…almost forgot this one, in case you like to see specific progression
That's pretty much it...some pages come together easier than others...and longer stories have different challenges/advantages...I'll walk you through those next week maybe.
Oh...almost forgot to post the whole's technically a two page spread/fold out

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Arsenic Lullaby - Inking a sketch cover of Cthulhu

 Vid of inking this thing with a brush.
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Arsenic Lullaby - A Lesson in Comic Book Inking

 A very basic and no nonsense vid on how to use a brush when inking.
Douglas Paszkiewicz is a world class illustrator of comic books and magazines. His own book Arsenic Lullaby is a dark humor cult favorite that has been nominated for the Eisner Award, the Harvey Award and the Comicdom Award in Europe. He also contributed to Mad Magazine, Image Comics, Valiant Entertainment, and The Tick.
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Comic Book Illustration BASICS- thumbnail sketch size and dimensions

not just going to cover advanced pro stuff on this page, I'm going to have plenty of very basic stuff. Can't run if ya don't know how to walk.
For instance setting timing over a series of panels isn't helpful information ...if you don't even know what size you're supposed to be drawing.

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