Devil Dice Finished!
I spent the last month, on and off, traditionally penciling, inking and even hand lettering the Devil Dice comic. It was the first big illustration project I worked on since finishing the Jack Kirby Drafting Table. Y’know, not counting that awesome Space Chicken print.
I made the Devil Dice comic with the intent to print them in the style of a Jack Chick-style evangelical-christian religious tract. They look absolutely awesome and I’ve set up Devil Dice Comic Tract Bundles over on the shop!
After making the Jack Kirby Drafting Desk I wanted to work on something the same way Jack Kirby would have done at his own desk. Turns out it was a lot of work.
Kirby worked on 12 inch by 18 inch bristol board that would have been common fro that comics era, and his publishers would have done a 50% reduction for print.
With a little bit of sleuthing, I was able to determine that Jack Chick *also* worked at double size and did a 50% reduction.
I knew the finished comic size of a Chick tract was 5 inches by 2.75 inches. That gave me a work area of 10 by 5.5 inches to do my pencils and inks.
I made a mistake that I didn’t notice until a month later while I was setting up everything to print.
That 5 x 2.75 includes a quarter-inch margin around the page! I used to work in a print-shop, and it completely slipped my mind that to include it.
When I was ready to reduce everything by 50%, I noticed it would need the extra space for printing around the edge… which meant I’d have to reduce it just a smidge more to get everything to fit.
This meant the text is a little smaller than expected, but overall it’s very close and still legible.
Considering the amount of time and effort I put into this it was frustrating to know I only got it 99.99% correct!
I mean, let’s be honest, Jack Kirby didn’t knock it out of the park on his first shot did he? He probably did. Apparently he could knock out up to 3-6 fully inked 12×18 pages a day depending on his workload.
That man was a machine.
I want to do a write up for the Jack Kirby Drafting Desk because it was affordable, I learned a lot, and I feel others would want to see. Not to mention it’s awesome as hell.
I need to finish the How to Stream on Twitch and Succeed book!