Lowered Expectations
November 8th, 2013

Lowered Expectations

We actually wrote this strip well before we saw the movie, but since we saw it last night, we can now 100% confirm for you that this scene DOES happen in the movie.

Without spoiling anything or really getting into it, I can tell you that we really liked it!

Euge wrote a blog post about it, in fact!

We’ll probably let it breathe a little so more people have time to see it before we start doing a million spoiler comics about it, but we’d fully recommend it.. I mean, if you like movies about Thor or superhero-type stuff. If you’re not really into that kind of thing, it might not be for you.

Since I can’t really go on and on about the movie like I’d like to, and since this strip being so late is pretty much all on me (due to life and stuff), I thought I’d share some of my process on it in a behind the scenes kind of way.

I mean, it’s not going to be revolutionary or anything. You’re not going to learn that one of my secret steps is voodoo or anything, but maybe this will be interesting anyway.

Step 1. Technically the real first step is Euge and I talking about what we wanna make comics about and then getting way off track for a while and then eventually throwing something together. So this is like, drawing step one. Here recently I’ve been doing my main pencils digitally. I don’t know why, but that’s what I’ve started doing. Often I’ll have to just get the idea of something down and then actually pencil it or do tighter pencils with an actual pencil, but the process is starting to feel a little easier/more natural.

Step 2 (Part 1). Here I have printed the blue pencils out onto bristol board and inked them the old fashioned way. You’ll notice I got froggy and decided I’d try to hand letter this. It looked kind of okay on the paper, but didn’t scan as well, so once I had it in the computer I replaced it with digital text. Maybe I’ll try it again another time. You can also see here that I tightened up the design of the toy Thor helmet Euge is wearing from the really loose digital pencils. If you’re still reading this, I apologize for how boring it is. I promise there’ll be some gifs at the end or something.

Step 2 (Part 2). ┬áHere you can see where I blew up the movie screen panel of Thor to try to do a better job of getting some of the detail into the costume and just to make it look better overall. I know this isn’t the case for some people, but the smaller something is, the worse a job I do at inking it, so it helps give me some wiggle room to try to make it look as good as I can. This gets shrunk back to normal size in the final comic and a lot of the detail I fiddled over is barely noticeable, so ultimately, this is a complete waste of time.

Step 3. The other steps involve scanning the art, putting it all together in Photoshop, lettering, and then coloring it, but I don’t have any pictures for that. Here is an awesome gif instead:

Fresh new kicks, advance, everybody.

xo
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