Ready for Amulet 6: Escape From Lucien?! Here’s a sneak peek of one of the scenes from Kazu Kibuishi (boltcity) PLUS an explanation of how each page comes to be!

First Photo - Blue Line:  While many of the pages in Amulet begin with a very rough and scribbly version of the page, this is one of the examples where I let the art direct me where to go with the dialogue and story. I knew I wanted to draw the large panel of the Colossus being prepared for battle, so I went right ahead and began penciling the page with a blue pencil and added dialogue after the drawings were done.  I use a blue line so that when I go to ink the page, I can cancel out the blue color in the computer and leave only the clean black lines on the page.  This process feels a bit like I’m drawing with invisible ink or pencil.

Second Photo - Inked Page:  I call this the “inking” stage, but what I’m really doing here is using a regular graphite pencil and drawing over a large printed copy of the blue line image.  After the page is “inked”, I scan the image into the computer and adjust the contrast of the penciled linework to make it look more like ink.  Using a pencil is not only easier on my hand, but it creates a nice, flowing line that makes the image look a little bit like it’s moving. This is also the stage where most of the dialogue writing occurs.  The font is one that is based on my own hand lettering, and I just type drafts of dialogue on the inked pages until I feel the dialogue works.

 Third Photo - Colors:  Once the inks are scanned into the computer, cleaned up, and adjusted, we add colors digitally.  Working digitally allows us to paint a lot faster and adjust things much easier than if we painted everything on paper or canvas.  We use Adobe Photoshop to achieve a painted look and feel.  This stage is overseen by Jason Caffoe (jcaffoe), who works with me to establish the colors and settings in the books.  On this particular page, I simply gave Jason notes on what kind of setting I wanted to see, and he established the imagery in the background.  After working with me for so many years, Jason has a good sense of what I’m looking to achieve, and nearly always hits the mark.


this is painfully accurate.

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Amazing posters from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s “Know the Line” campaign which aims to prevent and reduce the harm of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. 

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Puts on suit and Google some fanfiction


Hunger games.

Oh god

"For excitement, the vest can vibrate to influence the reader’s heart rate by making it beat faster."

"If a character is embarrassed, a heating device will change the temperature of the skin."

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