Being a cheepscate and in general just having a hard time deciding what art program to use, I’ve developed a process that should work on just about any art software. All it needs is the ability to use layers, and Multiply and Overlay layer modes. That’s it. In this tutorial I’m…
The comics of Faith Erin Hicks were one of my favourite discoveries of 2012. One of her new books, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, is currently being serialized by Oni press. I’ve read and enjoyed the whole thing, but what I want to draw your attention to tonight is her blog post in which she answers a reader question about perseverance in the face of criticism and self-doubt. Ms. Hicks has her head on straight.
Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Bandette is one of my favourite new comics of the year, and one of the big factors in its charm is its vibrant colour. Coover shares her Photoshop and general tips here.
I know I need to do this sometimes rather than buy or find a giant scanner - in fact, I don’t have a scanner at all anymore. Handy tips here for those of us who don’t know photography as well as we should.
I used to be pretty lukewarm about The Oatmeal back when it started, largely due to the crudeness of the drawings, but as the years have passed I am firmly pro-Oatmeal and have a lot of respect for Mr. Inman, both for the site and for his wonderful smackdowns of trolls (not to mention kickstarting a Tesla Museum!) Anyway, there is a lot of truth in here.
Today I gave my students a quick presentation on some of the basic considerations for composition, which I am now sharing with you! I’ve given them separate talks about color and tonal value/contrast, which are also super important compositional concerns. (I’ll be sharing those presentations too once I properly format them) I personally love learning about different compositional techniques. It’s fun to think about the ways that the brain views & sorts images, and how we can trick it into feeling a certain way or looking at certain aspects of an image first! It’s easy to fall into compositional ruts (which I am also guilty of) because a lot of art gets by with mediocre, though serviceable, compositions. If you can generally understand what’s happening in an image then it’s generally fine. However, it’s the truly great compositions, where everything in the whole image has been considered and ‘clicks’ together, that bump up an illustration to a visual slam dunk. NC Wyeth is one of my favorite artists for this reason: his compositions are rock solid, varied based on the image’s intent, and always enhance the mood or action he is depicting. For extra reading, some online compositional resources that I’ve found helpful or interesting include: Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (download it for FREE. Such a great book all-around.) Gurney Journey (check out the “Composition” tag, but really everything he posts is great) The Schweitzer guide to spotting tangentsCinemosaic (a blog by Lou Romano with some truly WONDERFUL compositions captured from various films) Where to Put the Cow by Anita Griffin Happy composition-ing!
Very good advice for those who, like me, want to make comics that people look forward to reading and might even pay for one day. Gene is the author and artist of some great books, including American Born Chinese and The Eternal Smile.
Ok I was recently reminded that this exists (i-I think someone DA-famous linked it or something because WHAT) and I think this may be relevant to tumblr’s interests so here’s my~female body variation tutorial~ whoo~
This came from some things I scribbled down when I was trying to keep my character designs consistent, and I realised that it kinda made me see bodies/proportions somewhat differently so I pasted it into this smarmy old tutorial, now cut up into (I hope) tumblr-friendly chunks so right-click for full size I think? (disclaimer: I don’t know anything and it is so far past my bedtime that it’s been tomorrow for a whole day so I’m going to nap and then maybe regret posting this.)
Because one of the most common requests I get is for tutorials on how to draw women. :)
Inspiring stuff! One thing that I always fret about is the loss of “energy” if I ink my own pencils, so I wind up perhaps overworking the pencils, making them too tight. Stewart inks straight from roughs!
Check out his webcomic, Sin Titulo, and his other stuff. Talented guy.