Go big or go home!
For the next Part Time Stories short, I decided to draw the pages at a more standard "comic book art" size. I usually work on 9 x 12 paper with the comic page ruled out at about 7 x 10. It's a little bit bigger then then the printed page, but not much. I have a smaller scanner, and for a long time moved a lot and just need to adjust my art to my life.
I took a 14 x 17 piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum, and ruled it down to 10 x 15. These pages have no bleeds, so I don't have to worry about that. I'm using Brush Pens, along with Higging Eternal Ink (Black Magic next time), and the work is coming out so much easier.
It takes about twice as long at the moment to draw at the bigger size, but having finished the first page's first round of inks (I pencil, then ink, then erase pencils, then go back to detail and touch up inks) I don't think I've ever been so happy with a page. So now I just need to factor in more time when I draw, which is a bummer, but I figure I'll get quicker as I get more used to it. It only took me a day to ink, now that I think about it. I just takes me more time to do the layout.
I took the basic sizes and style for prepping pages from an interview I read about Paul Pope a few years ago.
Here's the page: