The most fascinating part by far of CBR’s Jim Rugg interview is his detailing of how he found the time to draw Plain Janes while also holding down a day job:
First I went through and broke the script into eight page printouts (this was just for convenience, easier to carry around than a 150 page script). Then I made a template in Illustrator of pages sized at 50% of the printed, final page. I printed a stack of these, 4 templates per page, for thumbnails. I woke up an hour earlier than normal each day (I’m a morning person and it’s easier for me to do problem solving work like breakdowns and pencils in the morning). I drew a thumbnail, and then I ruled borders on a page (based on a pre-approved thumbnail) and lightly penciled it. Then I went to the day job. During my lunch hour I’d thumbnail another page. Then I came home, finished prepping the page for ink, and started inking. Break for some food. Finish inking (usually while I ink, I listen to NPR or an audio book). Spend half an hour or so with the wife, read for a little bit, and fall asleep. On Fridays or Mondays I sent scans of thumbnails, inks, and grayscales to Shelly for revision/approval. Once the grayscale pages were approved, I FTPed them to DC. I did grayscaling whenever I could find spare time. On weekends, I tried to catch up or get ahead (ha ha, in theory at least. I’m not even sure getting ahead is possible. Curse you, Father Time). Friday and Saturday nights I usually drank, but only moderately, not much of a tolerance anymore.