Now that we’re a few more pages into the newest Follower updates, I think I can show off some of the process that goes into making a page. Folks who support us on Patreon get early looks at much more of this kind of material, so if you like what you see, please chip in a buck or two to help us keep the comics flowing and get rewards like this!
Let’s take a peek at what an early version of page 26 of chapter six looked like!
This is what the very beginnings of a page look like. As you can see here, each page starts out with a very rough “pencil” sketch. (I work digitally, so not a true pencil, but who’s counting?)
You’ll note that I’ve added in the dialogue text even though there’s no bubble for it to sit in just yet. That step is up next, but in the meantime it helps me make sure that nothing important will be blocked by the text.
After the pencil sketch is done (and this one is just barely a sketch – it’s just enough to lay out where things need to go) then I’ll go in with an inking brush and make refined outlines.
You might also notice some colored guidelines around the edges of the page. These are removed in the end, but these lines let me know where things will be trimmed off when the comic is eventually printed. I designed Follower from the beginning with the intent of printing books, so I use this template for every new page! I’ll talk about making books in a future post.
Parts of the background are left in as pencil sketches due to the method I’ve been using lately. I like being a little more “painterly” and vague sometimes, especially if the stuff is in the distance or is otherwise not part of the main focus. It lets the primary parts of the image pop out clearly – like Leah and her mom in the top panel.
There are a few steps between this initial ink stage and the completed page, but that’ll be a future Work in Progress post. Or, you can join us on Patreon and take a peek at some pages that haven’t even been posted yet!
- Tuesday November 10, 2020: 2:30 PM – Twitch & Picarto
- Wednesday November 11, 2020: 2:30 PM – Patreon
- Thursday November 12, 2020: 2:30 PM – Twitch & Picarto
Full schedule on the Streaming page!
All current Patreon supporters can grab a copy of the wallpaper-sized art from this week’s Twitch streams! It features Dr. Tolio hard at work on his comedy, er, career. (A reference to Joke Night With Tolio, the terrible shorts in between Follower chapters!)
Follower will be returning from hiatus on October 28, 2020! It will resume its regular weekly update schedule on Wednesdays.
If you want to read the rest of the chapter right now, Patreon supporters at all pledge levels can read pages 25-32 in their entirety. For as little as $1, you can quell your suspense and find out what’s up in the camp before everyone else. (And help support the comic while you’re at it!)
We’ve started a new monthly version of our Chio Club Newsletter that includes all the latest bits and bites in the Messenger/Follower/Radio Chio universe! To make things even more exciting, we’re including more freebies and discounts each month.
If you join the Chio Club before October 1, you’ll receive a download code for an exclusive Follower-themed wallpaper. You can only get it by being a Patreon patron (and if you sign up, you can get the wallpaper and tons of other stuff right away), or by getting the newsletter! Future newsletters will include other goodies, but this wallpaper is October 2020 only.
Click the button below to join the Chio Club!
All summer long, our Patreon wallpapers have followed the tale of the Messenger and Follower cast on a cross-country roadtrip in their RV of questionable origin. The story comes to an abrupt conclusion with this month’s wallpaper! Join our Patreon for $2 or more and you can download this wallpaper and many others!
There’s a new Messenger/Follower Discord you can join.
If you’d like early access to comic pages and other behind the scenes material, support us on Patreon! We are also planning to open a similar monthly subscription pack for wallpapers and other bonus content via Gumroad, so stay tuned!
Hey everyone! It’s that time of year, and we just wanted to wish all of our readers a wonderful holiday/winter season! Wherever you are, and whatever you do (or don’t) celebrate, we hope that you’re safe, well, and having a fun and relaxing time.
As a tiny gift to you, I’ve uploaded a holiday-themed wallpaper featuring Chios from Follower and Messenger! Thanks for reading our comics this year. We hope you’ll stick with us into 2016! This artwork was also included in a totally FREE book with pieces from over 40 webcomic artists, which you can download from Gumroad!
Lastly, if you’re one of our Patreon backers, please log in and check our latest updates! We’ve posted a very special gift for you as well, but it’ll expire on the last day of the month, so be sure to hurry!
Thank you again for your readership and support, and have a wonderful and happy season!