Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Website thrills

Hello there! I thought you might like to know that my website has just undergone a rather snazzy re-design courtesy of my divine better half. Why not have a look here: http//danmcdaid.com then pop back and let me know what you think?

Now here's a picture of Witchblade. Hurrah.

Dan McDaid Witchblade

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Excitement Alert!

Sorry I done no posts in ages. Bad blogger, indeed. The word is that I'm writing and drawing A LOT at the moment (stuff which I can't even talk about, boo), which leaves little brain room for blogging. But I still love you all!

Now, what's coming out this week? Oh yeah, DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 394 WHICH HAS MY COMIC STRIP IN IT is coming out. Woo! It's £3.99 from all good newsagents. Buy loads and make me very happy.

In the meantime, here's an honest to goodness guide to process on one of the pages, from roughs to pencils to inks to colours. I hope you get a kick out of it.

First, the roughs. These are done at a5 size and really quickly. I work out where I'm going to spot the blacks and how the page should be shaded. I did these last year and since then I've discovered the joy of thumbnails, so I now do very tiny pages then work up.

The pencils. I start out using an HB pencil and work it out really loosely, then I go over it with a mechanical pencil to get it (kinda) tight. These days, I tend to just ink off the initial rough lines.

Inks. From being a fairly hesitant inker a few years ago, I now do most of my drawing with the brush. Inking is the best bit, for me.

Dan McDaid Doctor Who
Colours. This is probably my least favourite part of the process - I love black and white anyway, and by this time I'm ready to never look at these pages again. But I'm also a control freak, so I really like to colour things my way. What can I do about this? I dunno - maybe drugs are the answer.

Well, that's all! Please comment!