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May 28th, 2018, 8:21 am

Hiddenfolk

Update and Hiddenfolk creation process.

Just a quick note to all our readers and whoever might be interested in knowing how the Hiddenfolk story evolves.

With the end of book 8 we got to the end of the pages completed so far, so although the whole story has already been written, the next batch is being currently produced.
This is quite a lengthy process, as both of us (Kris, the writer, and Robert the artist) have to accommodate Hiddenfolk within our everyday jobs.
But as we firmly believe in this project, we try to do it in the best possible way to provide an entertaining and quality read for you all.

So I thought it would be nice to share with you updated of the whole process that goes into creating the story. As said, Kris has already written the whole story in form of novel , but for the comics version he does a mark up with thoughts and notes that are not necessarily fully explained within the novel, and in the meantime possibly editing the dialogue as well.

With this mark-up I (Robert) start what is the most "draining" but also rewarding part of the creation process: the storyboard. Basically I take the marked-up novel, and I turn it into sequential storytelling, with more or less precise sketches of the panels, along with notes, alternatives, suggestion for extra dialogue notes etc.
Along with the storyboard sketches I also start thinking of the cover concept.

Once we have the storyboard of the whole book - due to our work commitments that might keep us from Hiddenfolk for some short periods, we prefer to have it all in place before moving forward - Kris and I meet and review together the whole storyboard, and see what needs to be improved.

Then once also the cover is decided on, I start on the pages, usually 2 at a time (although for the above work commitments I start out with a batch of 6-8 to have a good buffer in case of heavy workloads - plus the cover of course!) - first the pencils which get another last review along with the dialogue, and then inks (all traditional so far) and quick colours (digital).
It is a lengthy process, but hopefully it ensures quality especially from a tight storytelling point of view.

So I do apologize for this momentary hiatus, but I just wanted to tell you that the new pages are being produced right now, most of the storyboard for book 9 is done and hopefully we'll be back online fairly soon. And yep, things are going to get pretty intense at Emerald's party!

Looking forward to seeing you soon (and in the meantime here you go with a small taster from the storyboard, if you're interested just give me a shout and I'll try to share more)

Robert

user comments

May 30th, 2018, 7:22 pm

caftw11

Thanks for the update! Glad to know the comic is going to continue and it's always fun hearing people's work process.

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June 1st, 2018, 2:54 pm

Hiddenfolk

You're welcome, and I'm happy to hear you're patiently hanging in there, really appreciate it.
I will do my best to share the cover sketch soon as well.

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