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Comics is not the same as simply drawing from a script

4 Nov

Comics ain't writing plus drawing

Breaking into comics is hard, even if you can write a draw pretty well. There is more to comics than mere drawing and mere writing. There is also panel  and page design. In fact, that is what makes comics unique from other forms of art.

That is all.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 30

4 Nov

The weirdest thing I can think of I heard on the Art & Story podcast from Jerzy Drozd. He talked about someone taking great pride in showing off his illustrations of clowns with crucifixes, two things that should never be mixed. It’s just too bizarre to think of.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 30

This fan art is made to help sell an excellent comic book, published as a collected trade of the web comic PC Weenies by Krishna Sadasivam. The comic book is called Rebootus Maximus.

After I sketched the drawing with pencil, I inked with a big brush pen, scanned it, and filled it with flat colors in GIMP. I then exported the flat colors of the hat, jacket and pants each as separate images, which I colored in Art Rage 2, and imported those back into the GIMP image. After some retouch I finally exported it as a TIFF file, which I uploaded to Flickr.

That is all.

I’m here to make you look cool! – part 3

4 Nov

I'm here to make you look cool, part 3

This one was a tough. I had to use a Pentel blue lead in my mechanical pencil to pencil this one out and I guess there are plenty of mistakes I forgot to correct in a quick editing pass before inking.

The idea was prompted by the fact that some people think too long about their comic, and it becomes all stiff and formal. Presumably mainstream American comics is to blame for this, because in that art form, story has become the underdog and it’s all about stunning art. No roughs are allowed by editors, only top-notch artwork.

But sometimes just blurting out a comic is the best you can do, because it’s fresh and rough. That won’t do for a multi-million dollar company with shareholders, of course, but a lone cartoonist can still get away with it.

Oh, in case you were wondering why the comic is on its side, that is a limitation I have with It forces a 450 pixel wide image size on you. If you want to change that, you have to pay a monthly fee to unlock the style sheet editing feature. You can either turn your head, turn the monitor (or laptop screen), or print it out (go to the largest size on Flickr, download the image, and print it) and read it in the correct position.

That is all.