I thought that for this post I'd show a production process from a page of Interceptor : Genesis - from Unstoppable Comics.
I work with JayDee the publisher at Unstoppable on several books and we have tight budgets! So in order to keep things flowing and get pages out as quickly as we can I ink digitally on to pencil roughs.
I do sometimes produce full finished pencils for these pages but time is a luxury and so getting the page done as expressly as possible is the focus. Because I am pencilling and inking, I don't have to convey all the visual aspects of the page to another person (the inker). After that the colorist (Mike Summers) adds his creativity to the page. Mike and I work well together and have collaborated regularly for a couple of years now!
So here is the pencil rough for page 11
So, not much in the way of shade and lighting! That comes with the inks and Mikes colours.
Time wise I can produce between 3 and 5 of these types of page a day.
Next the ink stage...
Both of these pencils and inks were done digitally. This speeds the process up a lot for us. Of course if we are giving away a page in say a kickstarter, I will produce 'real world ' A3 pencils. These digital ink pages I can produce at between 2-3 a day.
and now the colour...
The lettering is applied after this stage - often as seen above I will drop in sound effects at an early stage to work around the visuals.