Occasionally I find the time and inclination to have a crack at something different. The weekly Oz comics face book group challenges offer this sort of opportunity and it's always great to compare and contrast what different artists come up with.
I use the sequential challenges to practice my comic page layout, lettering and inking. I find experimentation easier using other peoples work than my own, benefiting from a detachment from the source material I think. I always try to add a little personal flavor or plus the story in a way not covered in the script page. In this instance it was having the character reluctant to join in the brawl pick up the stool tossed out the window and go to sit on it as he delivered his line, and having Killeroo go into the bar fight with a cricket bat and ball. What's more aussie than having a kangaroo fighting bikies with a cricket bat?
Anyway here is the progression of working up the page from rough , inking and to final rendering. The script for the challenge and model sheets can be found here.
Rough blocking. I pretty much use the same process for drawing comics as I do when I storyboard. Here I lay out the the panel frames and block in the visuals and speech balloons. I also tend to think cinematicly when drawing comics and tend towards almost beat boarding the story as if it were a film. I also like like the 180 rule of cinema camera placement which I think a lot of comics could benefit from adapting. I also try to make sure I'm telling the reader as much , if not more in the pictures than the speech balloons are. I'm a show not tell kind of guy and like to think that if you pulled the speech balloons off the page the reader would still know what's going on.