Here’s a basic layout of how the Kerkitori drawings are made. These can be done both traditionally with pencil and paper, or digitally. Though working with a tablet allows you to draw faster (since the scanning process is eliminated), it’s really up to the artist to decide which method they find more appealing. I usually work in Manga Studio or Photoshop with the use of a tablet and dgitital pen, but sometimes I’ll grab the old lead head.

Now, as with most things, it all starts with an idea or a concept.



Kerki Tori Sketch

The sketch or rough draft forms the basis for what we want from a drawing. What or who’s involved, what goes where, poses and where everything is in relation to each other. It’s always handy to use different colors for the different layers of the drawings (I prefer blue for sketches, red for breakdowns, but it’s up to you).



Kerki Tori Breakdowns

In (web) comics, breakdowns refer to the more detailed form of the sketch. This will eventually form the basis for the inks. The purpose of the breakdowns is to get a good idea of where and how how dark you want your inks, so that when you eventually get to that part of the drawing, it’s smoother sailing.

When putting together the breakdowns, it’s important to pick a light source so that you know which side your shadows will need to be depicted on. Things like the brightness, size of your light source and its distance from the subject will determine how dark your inking needs to be.

Keep in mind that your final inks usually don’t look exactly like the breakdowns, sometimes they’re even completely different. This is because breakdowns give you a better idea of what you want your drawing to look like than the sketch alone so that you can make changes during the inking phase if necessary.



The inks, or line art, make up the look of your drawing. Line art and inks are often used interchangeably ast they refer to the same aspect. How much detail you want to put into a drawing is very dependent on your line art. You can either ink in as many details (such as shadows covering muscles, indentation) or choose to let the coloring reflect that.



Coloring your drawing is optional, but usually makes for a more appealing look. As with the inks and breakdowns, it’s important to use your light source as a reference. You don’t want the shading in your colors to come from a different direction than in your inks.


So that’s it! Now you know how these comics are made.