part 1 scripting here[link]
I like to thumbnail by scenes. Usually in batches of at least 4-6 pages. These are very rough and illegible. I don't post these because they look like dark scribbles. I don't stick to the thumbnails often. I use them to commit to a panel layout and to remind myself not to draw the same exact head shot in every panel. (as shown in the crude scribble of the upper left) The time spent on this is negligible. I don't spend time trying to make panels interesting. I just double check and make sure I can follow the action/dialogue. I pretty much draw what's the first thing to come to my head.
I draw and ink the panel layout on my pages. Here's a big time saver. I work as small as I possibly can. which for me is a half sheet of 9x12 (which ends up being 6x9) (also saves me money on bristol paper). This also only takes a few minutes.
I sketch fast and furiously on cheap computer paper. This allows me to draw outside the frame and not loose proportion on unusual cropping. This also allows me to overlay characters on more complex backgrounds or interactions. I am also too lazy to erase and I draw as dark as humanly possible. I use a lightbox to transfer a to a clean pencil on my bristol paper. I will reverse my drawing for a check here. (rough drawing on the upper right) Pencils usually average about half an hour per page. I will usually do a batch of 4-6 in a couple hours.
I use micron pens. I use a 01 for details, backgrounds and stuff like facial features and a 03 for larger, longer lines, like body and clothes. Inks usually also average about half an hour. Again, I will usually do a batch in a couple hours.
An average day of pencils+inks
On a morning that I work, I will wake up at around 3:00am and have my breakfast, coffee and relax until I get ready for work at 4:30am. I leave the house at 5:00am. I work and usually come home around 12:00pm. I will take another hour or two to relax and eat lunch.
I will spend the rest of the afternoon until about 7pm, working on the pencils and inks in one sitting. In a harder scene more complicated scenes this may carry over to two days. I take breaks to eat, make dinner, browse the interwebs and send text chats.
cleaning up the inks in photoshop cs3 is expanded upon[link]