Script to Thumbnail:
Here's the script for Screen 1 again. Let's watch Cesar take these words from thumbnail sketch to pencils to inks.
Night at the Western
Words: Ray Nayler
Images: César Sebastian Diaz
All gutters and trim full black where panels are not full bleed. Colors are muted, dark, a focus on reds, browns, oranges and the occasional blue.
Screen 1: Night. Splash full-bleed full-color of the Western Motel sign: a neon sign shaped like a cartoony cactus with half of its letters burnt out announcing the W STE
N OTEL and ACANCY in cursive below. Post-card-like insets in sepia-tone show different views of the Motel in better days.
Post card 1: an L-shape of rooms with and office at the left, long end of the L and a detached café. Sleek 40’s cars lined up in front of the rooms.
Post card 2: A pump-jockey in a paper cap filling the tank on a bulletnose Ford with a big grin on his face.
Post card 3: A man in a car coat leaning against the café counter, dinking a coffee and laughing while the waitress leans across, taking his order. Behind them, “Western Motel Café” is painted across the window in 50’s script (backwards from this angle).
Caption: It was the Coke machine that made us stop, and a lonely set of gas pumps on an island between the office and the coffee shop.
Caption: The Bronco’s gas gauge was below the red line and the little yellow E on the dashboard said it was stop now where we could maybe get the tank filled and a cup of coffee . . .
Caption: or stop later on the side of some lonely country road.
Here's Cesar's thumbnail sketch of what I'm going for:
Thumbnail to Pencil:
Which he uses to develop this amazing penciled screen:
I didn't see the thumbnail until we decided to put this page together for you -- Cesar would just send me the finished pencil so that I could proof it before he inked it. Since he nails the mood I'm going for here, and the details (with a few minor differences I would not quibble over -- see if you can catch them), I gave him the thumbs-up, and he went ahead and inked screen 1, the results of which you can see after the jump:Pencil to Ink:
Cesar's inks are so immaculate that part of me wanted to stop right here, make this a black-and-white comic, and forget about color. But then he sent me a color sample . . .
And I was completely sold . . .
In the next post:
Lettering, and rounding out the Night at the Western team . . .