The process in which I create my comics can be roughly broken down to six stages of development. The first of the steps starts with a concept that I want to run with for a particular strip. In the case of “The Hanna Express”, as the strip plays with the tropes often found in manga or anime, I take a particular trope and develop that. The next step is to sketch out a rough draft of what it is that I want to create. With digital media, this means that I create a layer solely so that I would be able to sketch with. In cases where I require certain action poses, I usually look for a certain reference in order so that I could produce a rough sketch that looks similar to the effect that I am looking for. Often, this is done with a light blue colored digital ink as this allows for me to perform the next step with relative ease. In addition, the panels that would define where the art would be contained, along with any word bubbles, are also drawn in, to see what the end product may look like with all the elements in place. The final inking stage is where I use black ink and line the art based on the rough sketch. The final step of the process involves the use of gray tones, to produce depth and contrast in an art piece that would have been merely black and white. From there, if there is any need for particular dialogue, the artwork is then imported into Photoshop, where the words are then applied to the appropriate spaces in the comic strip. Once that has been completed, the product is then saved as a .jpg file and is sent to the editor for him to look over the artwork. Any additional suggestions are then taken into account and integrated into the comic to create the comic strip.
The tools that I normally use are an Intuos Wacom tablet, Paint Tool Sai (for rough sketches, final inking, and gray tones), and Adobe Photoshop (for any dialogue).