For a while now I've been meaning to share more about the process on how we create the Ghostbusters comic for IDW. Above you can see the thumbnails, pencils and final colors by the talented
Step 1: After reading
's script, I begin to research locations, props and other visuals. I strive to make the backgrounds, landmarks and other props as accurate as possible. For this sequence (Marie Laveau's reveal and capture) I wanted to capture as much of the character and mood of New Orleans as possible. I find placing the boys in actual places not only grounds them for the reader, but it's also nice for the reader (if they've been there) to say, "Hey I've walked down that street!" It really helps inspire me to add in those extra details the conscious mind might miss, but the subconscious holds on to. This scene takes place at the intersection of St.Peter St. (couldn't help myself) and Bourbon St. Of course I omit any businesses or logos and replace them with fictitious ones (Easter Egg opportunity!). With all that info I sketch out small pages, focusing on what is most important to showcase in each panel. Leaving room for dialog, as well as using elements in the panel to direct the eyes.
Step 2: I print out the panels and clean them up. Since I come from an animation background, I really make an effort to have the characters on model. I also add labels and other elements to help with the coloring process.
Step 3: Luis creates a color feast!
Hope you like the process showcased here