And now, the conclusion to “War Stories”. It clocks in at seven pages, a bit longer than the first part.
While I’d hoped to get this one finished and posted in January, I’m just happy that I’ve been able to work on it and complete it. Still working on getting my posture up to snuff. I’ve had to rig up some interesting widgets in the studio to help keep me sitting up straight. I ended up inking this entire scene by taping the pages to a scrap sheet of melamine-coated shelving, which I could prop up in my lap or on my drawing desk to minimize the amount of leaning over I needed to do in order to draw without aggravating anything in my neck and back. Also, I often use my iPad to look at reference material while inking, so I set it up on a music stand to make it easier to see without looking down too much.
As you can see in the photo, I’m not above printing out references on paper, either. In this case, I was letting the artwork of Goseki Kojima from “Lone Wolf and Cub” to influence my execution of the forest backgrounds on Page 103. A bonus feature of the drawing board is that I can stick pieces of paper under the taped-down page and have them close at hand so I don’t have to look far to see what I need. It worked out very, very well.
Anyway, enough ado! Go read “War Stories – Part Two”!