This is a panel for an upcoming Hawaiian Dick story, written by the talented and patient B. Clay Moore. Dick is kind of a dream project-- private detectives, lovely secretaries, and supernatural murder mystery in 1950's Hawaii. Drawn in 2b pencil, processed in photoshop.
You can see the whole spread here, with a lot more prattling on about color.
Because of the location and the traditions established by Steven Griffin, color is a major part of the book. I did my linework with color in mind. The pencils don't read very well on their own, but they aren't meant to-- they're just another visual ingredient to be processed into the finished confection. The linework serves to give a little texture, interest, and specificity to the painting underneath it. The naked colors are actually a lot clearer and easier to read than the pencils, and are doing most of the storytelling work in the final panel. Color tends to ride backseat in comics, almost as an afterthought, so it's fun to let it drive for a bit.
Holy smokes, y'all.
I love making comics.