Great news! This week, Rafael finished inking Book #3 of the Chronicles of Claudette, MONSTERS BEWARE. Find out what’s next and how Rafael is recovering…
JORGE: Congratulations, Raf! So let’s see, it’s been about a year since you started inking the roughs of Book 3. How does it feel? (Ed Note: Rafael does a rough version of the book then goes back and to re-draw every single line).
RAFAEL: I feel like I want to take a really long nap. But I do feel really happy about being done with this part of the process. There’s still work left to be done though. Our colorist, John Novak,
still needs to do the colors, and I need to do the cover.
JORGE: Making a graphic novel is like competing in a triathlon, huh?
RAFAEL: Yeah, I made it through the swimming part, but we still need to do the long-distance running and ride a bike up the mountain before the Finish Line.
JORGE: So completing something so massive like inking a whole graphic novel, it sounds like it’s a mixed bag?
RAFAEL: Right. I feel a great sense of relief. I’ve been working on it non-stop for a year. I was doing my regular TV animation work during the day and then nights, weekends, any spare time I can steal, I would ink our book. But now that I’m done it’s like there’s a big gaping hole in my life. I feel like I almost don’t know what to do myself right now. I think I’m going to need to find another project to fill this creative hole.
JORGE: How many pages did you ink?
RAFAEL: I don’t ink in the traditional sense with pen and paper. I do digital inking in Photoshop. I inked 157 pages for this book, which was the same amount of pages I did for Book 2, DRAGONS BEWARE.
JORGE: Which of the three books was the hardest to ink and which one was the easiest?
RAFAEL: Well, each book presented its own challenges. With the first book, GIANTS BEWARE, it was the first time I’d ever done digital inking using Photoshop in a project that massive. It took me awhile to get used doing it that way, but I liked the results. Book 2, DRAGONS BEWARE, was challenging because of the scope and amount of characters and environments. Book 3, MONSTERS BEWARE was the easiest because I was used to drawing these characters, environments, and I used a whole new set of digital brushes that felt closest to pen and ink.
JORGE: Enjoy your nap, Raf!
RAFAEL: Thanks I will.