Frank Quitely on Digital Drafting

Last night while I was goofing around Facebook I stumbled across a link my buddy Ben sent to my buddy Dave. I don’t normally click on the conversations of others, but this link in particular dealt with one of my favorite comic illustrators, Frank Quitely (We3, All Star Superman). I was pleasantly surprised to find a 15-minute video (see above) where Quitely explains some of his workflow and processes while showing some behind-the-scenes progress shots on some of his illustrations. All of this was done using his giant Wacom Cintiq and Photoshop.

“Quitely demonstrates how he uses his Cintiq to improve his workflow with traditional media and takes us through some of the preliminary steps in creating a cover for the relaunch of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for DC Comics (see the finished version above).”

Man, sure would like to have one of those Cintiq’s. I’m a big dork when it comes to “making of” features so I adequately lost it seeing Quitely fire around a digital format with a tablet. This isn’t just for the comic fans out there, I highly recommend watching the full video to see Frank’s process at work. He shows some super rough sketches and thumbnails right up to the finished drawing and colors. He even sounds like a swell guy.

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7 Comments

  1. Now that’s a tablet!!! Wonder how much one of those runs for??
    Thanks for sharing James!

  2. Thanks for sharing! This is awesome!

  3. Damn Cintiqs cost at least €2000 here in Europe. As much as a 27″ quad-core iMac or Adobe CS5.
    So I bought a brush and some ink instead….

  4. Very interesting. I wish Desmond from Lost or Craig Ferguson dubbed him, though. I can understand Scottish pretty well but Frank’s accent tests my limits :-)

  5. Great tablet but the artist is also amazing!

  6. Hey – thanks for linking to this! Glad you enjoyed the video.

    I don’t understand why folk have trouble understanding him, though – FQ is very well-spoken.

  7. @Gavin, I’m Italian, I live in Poland and I speak English with a (horrible) American accent. Thick Scottish is a little difficult for me…

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