Making The Illustrator

October 2012 saw the release of Stray Lines, a comic anthology crowd sourced on and put together by Paddy Lynch.

Featuring stories from some of Ireland's top artists, it also includes a 12 page story called The Illustrator by Chris Judge and me. The pages below give a brief look at the way Chris and I put the story together over two months, by looking at the various stages of development of one page of the story. (Click on the images below for enlarged versions).

Step 1: The Story

The Illustrator started as a short story I wrote for a competition a few years ago. The first step was to go through that story and pick out parts that would work as illustrated storytelling.

Step 2: The ScriptThe next step was to turn those parts into a working script that both Chris and I could work from.

Step 3: StoryboardsThen a set of storyboards were done in order to get a rough idea of how to pace the tale.

Step 4: BackgroundsNext I drew the backgrounds, scanned them and sent them to Chris as they were finished.

Step 5: Characters

Chris tidied up the pages and drew in the characters.

Step 6: LetteringMeanwhile I did separate sheets with the lettering.

Step 7: Final CompositionAll of these layers were combined into the finished art work.

Step 8: FinishedAnd finally, a few weeks later, the finished product.

Stray Lines is available to purchase online through Cardboard Press and will also be available in all decent Irish comic shops.

Be sure to also check out the other brilliant artists involved:

Philip Barrett,

Barry Hughes,

Gus Hughes,

Chris Judge

Paddy Lynch.

You can also check out the making of Suduko City, our entry to the Observer one-page comic competition in 2007, as featured on