Drawing The Silent Invasion with Aliens Breathing Down Your Neck

The title may seem dramatic but it’s true!

Tiny, chirping, grey aliens are all around my drawing board, causing little mishaps as I try to complete each page. They misplace my pencils, hide my ink, break my pen nibs, and steal perfectly good art work before I can finish it. They claim they’re being mischievous—like that character from the fifth dimension in a comic book that shall not be named. BUT, I know all of these lame tricks are part of an ongoing effort to stop us from revealing the truth behind what these aliens been really doing on our planet over the past 75-plus years!

But they will not succeed! Dark Matter, Book Four of The Silent Invasion graphic novel series will be released on October 19!

And here is a page from chapter four to give you an idea of the process …

Here is a page of “final” pencils. I tend to do all my pencils using a non-repro blue pencil. The artwork is 10-1/4 inches wide by 15-3/8 inches high.

Here is the same page inked and lettered. You’ll see differences between the pencils and inks. Before inking I decided to change the viewpoint in some panels; and the design of the character operating the “mind-O-meter.”

The completed page. Grey “zip-a-tone-like” tones were added using photoshop. And for the sake of consistency, I re-lettered the story on the computer. But that my friends, is a story for another day.

Remember watch the skies! The aliens are coming!

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Author: Michael Cherkas

Michael Cherkas is a graphic designer, art director and sometime cartoonist. He was born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1954 and now lives in Toronto. He grew up reading comic books, watching bad 1960s sitcoms, and reading science fiction. His favourite comic book of all time is Superman 172. He has co-created with Larry Hancock, The Silent Invasion and The Purple Ray. Other comics he has worked on include Suburban Nightmares with Larry Hancock and John van Bruggen; and The New Frontier with John Sabljic.

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