Our current Pick of the Week Young Avengers #1 boasts a time-tested and unbeatable pedigree with headliners Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. But that’s only part of the story. A look at the credits shows “arts” by McKelvie “with” Mike Norton. You might wonder just what that means in terms of responsibilities and process. It isn’t as simple or clumsy as the irksome practice of one artist handling some sequences while another picks up the slack on the remaining pages. Anyone who read this week’s issue can certainly attest, the division of pencils is virtually seamless. So, how does it all work?
Jamie McKelvie explained via his Tumblr page with this example from the initial story from last year’s Marvel NOW! #.1.
Here’s McKelvie’s contribution:
And here’re Mike Norton’s additions
A lot of people have been wondering about the division of labour between Mike Norton and I on art, so here’s a quick example from the Point One story. Image 1 is what I send over to Mike via Dropbox, and image 2 is how he finishes them off. I don’t always build Sketchup models for backgrounds – sometimes it’ll just be some rough pencilling. I’d call what Mike does background finishing, rather than background inking, as he adds a lot of form, texture and extra elements than just straight up inking.
All done in Manga Studio.
And now you know. Newsy bodies.