If you've ever wondered how comics get made, here's a really brief visual explanation of how I make mine. The panel is taken from the latest School Street comic.
The first step is the pencils. Actually, pencilling can be several steps. Often I'll make a quick thumbnail sketch in a sketchbook just to get a basic idea of the layout and poses. Then I'll pencil a first draft on the artboard for the final piece. Often I'll refine this draft before the next step.
My favorite part of the process is inking. This is where ink is applied over the pencilled art. This is where everything comes alive. The compositions start to sing, the figures start to pop, and the thing starts to look like a real drawing.
When the inks are done, the cleanup process begins. First the pencil lines are erased. Then any inking errors are corrected with Pro White correction fluid. Finally, the finished artwork is scanned. On the computer the text is added and the white and black levels are adjusted.
And that's pretty much it! It's actually a lot of work and very time consuming. But it's one of my favorite things to do, and there's nothing cooler to me than a finished comic. I think they're truly beautiful!