While any solid advice is appreciated, I am hoping to get the attention of someone who is on the downhill slope of the same hill I'm just now starting to climb.
My interests as an artist can be split into two catagories: Comic Books and Band Art.
I prefer to do as much by hand and at home as I can. But have been running into problems that seem to start from the moment I add coloured inks to any work. So my questions are as follows:
Let's say that I have a page, 11x17 bristol paper, completely pencilled and inked (black only) and wish to have detailed instructions to get me from that point to a finished comic book. What are the industry standard steps? And there's no such thing as too much detail when it comes to the break down.
I realize that now a days almost everything is or can be done digitally. But, I don't like the way it looks and would like to know how the comics I had as a kid (early 80's) were made and how to get something made in that manner. So what are my options at each of these steps? And again, I'm wanting industry standard. There has to be a book or video or class somewhere that can tell me.
I've been able to find a decent amount of reference pictures when it comes to original pencilled pages and inked pages. I've even seen inked pages with preprinted text (titles, comic code stamp etc) glued and even taped on. I know that in the old days this page would then be printed on a new 11x17 to be coloured (and perhaps lettered further) before printing. But is that required for a good quality book? I'd like to do as little in an editor as possible.
If I use an editing program I'd like to have a very specific list of what I should adjust. (I have already gotten a few good replies to this part but more opinions are welcome)
Once scanned and edited (whether I do it myself or not) what is my next step? What format do most printers want the work in and are there any reputable places I should try to order my comics from?
When it comes to the comics, at least for now, I would be the client. The order would return to me to then be distributed.
As far as band art, I figure that once my comic book questions are answered, everything but shirts would be covered by those answers. When it comes to shirts, what should I consider during the design phase to prevent problems during printing? I'm not sure what kind of technique we would employ and am open to suggestions and stories from experience. I am, again because I'm nostaligic, considering old school screen printing. I assume there is a level of detail taht won't come through in the design or will make it look a mess.
As always, thatnk you for sharing your experiences in these matters and sending me in the right direction.