Dec 30 2014
Macbeth is coming in just a month. The official release date is Feb 10th. You can pre-order it with your local/favorite indy bookstore or on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, etc. I will sign all pre-orders placed with Politics & Prose, and you can order signed copies directly from me starting a few days after the release. The eBook should also launch on Feb. 10th on most platforms.
To whet your appetite, I have set up an official product page (with interior preview) here. And now, I’m going to give you a look at the process I used to create this book…
As usual, I sketched the rough layouts using Adobe InDesign. This has the advantage of being super-easy to edit as I go along (as well as later, after I get feedback), being able to quickly move things from one page to another, use type and object styles to control document-wide formatting, and have a single master file. The main disadvantage is that the master file sometimes gets too big. I’ve learned various tricks to deal with that but it can still be a little tricky to manage.
After sketching and editing the rough layout, I printed each page in a light yellow and drew over it with pencil.
I scanned the drawings back in, used a b&w adjustment layer to get rid of the yellow lines, then did a greyscale value painting on a multiply layer over the pencil art.
I added textures I had created with ink washes on watercolor paper, then I added local colors and effects.
Sound effects go on their own layer so they can be removed or changed if the book gets translated into another language.
Finally, I dropped the art back into InDesign and drew clean borders and speech balloons.