Lunatic Chapter 9 Process: Spatter!

For the last pages of this, the last chapter, I’m doing toothbrush ink spatter effects, for an alien/spacecraft that shows up (spoiler, sorry). Here are some process shots:

First the basic black ink on bristol. drawing, as the alien pulls the character toward the spacecraft:

Next I cut masks or stencils out of paper, and taped them over the page in the configuration I desired, to get the spatter effect around the alien & craft:

Then I dipped a toothbrush in white Kuratake ink, and (wearing surgical gloves), flick the ink over the paper:

Peel away the paper, and it looks like this:

(OH I didn’t document the process of getting that black spatter around the opening in the space-globe-thing, but it was about the same).

Getting very fussy now: I want to get that white “glow” around those objects, but I also don’t want the edge of the spatter to be too sharp, so I replace the paper mask, but peel back the tape for a slightly larger spatter area…

And repeat, another light dusting of spatter:

See…?

One last thing though. I wasn’t happy with the figure of the character, so I decided to redraw, first brushing black ink over:

Then re-draw it in white ink:

All done! Here’s a proper scan:

Dan
Lives in: Cambridge, Mass. Does: comics. Used to live in: Topanga Canyon, California But grew up in: Cambridge, mostly Used to do (maybe still?): Screenwriter, journalist, teaches some too