I can't rave enough about what an impact Annette made on this page. They used the picture of Dallas as the preview image for the comic, and they couldn't have done better. Annette took care of all the bullet casings (I forgot them!) and the blood spatters. The drama she brings is magnificent. I've said it time and time again. Annette's not just a colourist - she's a storyteller. Look at the energy that she brings to it!
Whether it's on the page or making the page, energy is a really pertinent factor when drawing comics.
As an illustrator, drawing a single picture is like running a 1 km (2.16miles) race. At about the the halfway mark you really have to dig a bit and for the last stretch you need to find your final wind. It's a nice challenge, but pretty easy.
As a comic artist, imagine that each panel is a 1km race. Each page is like running 5km (not something you want to do daily). Each comic is like running an emotional marathon. And at the end of the day, you're not done til the entire project is done. And you have to keep the energy consistent for the entire page. As I've said before, a page is only as strong as its weakest panel.
Throw in a full-time job... and well... It almost ressembles tough work. My days resembled this:
7:00am: wake up. Coffee. Breakfast. Email. Check proofs from Annette.
7:30am: start drawing
11:00am: Start work at the gym.
8:45pm: Finish work.
9pm: Eat dinner, watch season 3 Veronica Mars (now finished and loved it!).
1230pm: Clean up. Head to bed.
Do that for two weeks (using weekends to basically totally draw - one day I was drawing solid from 6am til midnight) and it's pretty grueling.
I gotta say the one thing that really kept me going on the second book was the fan feedback on the forums and on this artblog. The response, the appreciation, the speculation, the excitement, the trust and the respect have meant the world to me. I love this show, and I apologise if I couldn't give 100% every panel but I gave everything I had left.