Monday, May 23, 2011

Pipe Dope Thumbnails

Apologies again for not posting new Pipe Dope panels this week, but believe you me, the break is doing me good and helping me nail down the roadmap through to the finish line, which will be Friday, February 3, 2012. (Practically just around the corner!) Anyhow, for the benefit of anyone who might be interested in such things, here are my sketchbook pages with thumbnails for the past five weeks:

Some things you might take away from these pages: Weeks 12 and 13 were as much (if not more) about the number of panels each day as they were about what was drawn in those panels. And this past week, in #75, I really didn't know how I wanted to do that sound effect until I was working on the actual panel.

I think with the upcoming Week 16 I might start including the thumbnails in the last post for every week (ideally on Fridays, too often on Saturdays). Just a thought. We'll all know what I decide on Friday, June 3.

I hope you enjoy this peek behind the curtain, and I hope you all come back this coming Monday, May 30 for #76. Have fun in the meantime. Yo-ho!


  1. You're much more organized with your thumbnails than me. I just scribble out the layout in a fashion that gives me the kinesthetic experience of drawing the layout before I move to the final page. Unfortunately, this means I won't be able to show my designs, or god willing, sell them for a profit. ;)

  2. I start with a script in a Word document and then knock out these thumbnails before touching the actual page, but that's just because I tend to be more than a bit OCD. My technique for outlining the articles I write for American Cinematographer is truly ludicrous and makes my comics workflow look utterly slipshod by comparison. The only right way to do something is the way that works for you. (Anyway, that's what I keep telling myself...)