I rough out my comics pages on 8.5” x 11” copy paper. Generally speaking, the more work I put in at this stage, the easier it is down the line. On Gotham Adventures 33 I was really under the gun (my editor, Bob Schreck, wanted the book in a month and I was working days as a storyboard artist on the Disney TV “Tarzan” series), so I decided to spot the black shapes in the rough stage; that way I wouldn’t waste time pencilling things that would be covered over with black. It paid off; I averaged 2+ hours on the roughs and 2 hours on the pencils per page. (On “The Mark In America” it took me 2+ days per page pencils and inks with no day job.
I am serially posting each page from Gotham Adventures #33, published by DC Comics in February, 2001. I will be posting Ed Brubaker’s script, my roughs, pencils and printed versions of each page. This is day 3, page 3.