I decided to act on my life's regrets, and start cartooning again (held part time comics jobs in the 90s). I'm trying to embrace the new medium of the internet where the comics aren't being shrunk, and realize I really missed an opportunity in the past decade. No better time than now to catch up on lost time eh?
I still love to draw by hand, although I'm making progress with a small Intuous 5. Although I find many webcomics pleasing to the eye, I find the very smooth and monotonous line drawing lacking the organic aesthetics seen in comics such as Pogo, Bloom County, and Calvin & Hobbes. I'm slowly finding some brushes in Photoshop that look more like liquid ink, but then I'm not comfortable enough looking up while drawing down on the Intuous. I'm actually holding out for the Surface Pro as it's cheaper than Cintiq and more portable. In the mean time, I'm making it a point to draw a minimum of 30 minutes a day on paper.
My webcomic is still an infant, rolling around in it's own feces because I'm trying to find my style and technique. On top of that, I'm partly colorblind and trying to find a color scheme that looks good to me as well to non colorblinds. . So without further ado, let me regurgitate a few pieces so far, a bit of info about it, and if anyone has some pointers I will be busting out thank yous.
Drawn last December on a Large Wacom Tablet, and it's a true story. I'm not doing the text by hand at this time, and discover I love watercolors. At this time I'm just downloading watercolor brushes into photoshop, set size in the 2000's, and keep clicking once, hit undo, and reclicking until I find a placement I like. It's a hackjob, but it's all I know how to do at this time.
Drawn by hand, scanned into photoshop, took steps to remove the paper texture background and darken the ink lines. Still not my own handwriting, and slapping down photoshop brushes and seeing what sticks. The ink lines look nice and smooth on paper, but look roughly when in photoshop. I'm positive this has to do with the editing done beforehand, and I blew a few hours on google to find a perfect method - I was not successful.steaksmoothie.com/?p=194
Linked this huge monster. I drew every frame by hand - one drawing per page of paper. Each scanned individually into photoshop, with many hours of 'how the hell do I do this' piecing it together and arranging it. This comic turned into a massive haphazard learning experience that has roughly 80 layers in photoshop! I learned several new tricks, but at the same time worry there's many more I could have used. I haven't done anything this intensive again yet.
I replaced my large Wacom with a Small Intuous 5, because I found it more comfortable and drew this above comic. I kid you not, swear on my heart, a few days after I had this idea the news hit that pubic lice are endangered. I foretold the future! I barely colored it, because I'm not happy with my hackjob in photoshop with watercolor brushes.
I spend a whole weekend trying to find a new style and new ways to apply color. I find Corel Painter 12 and much better watercolor tools, and have a new direction.
My first quick doodle with Intuous 5 and Corel Painter 12. I haven't even touched all the buttons, but find the watercoloring much more authentic than my barbaric photoshop brush slapping. There is unfortunately, a lot less tutorials and FAQs on the internet for Corel Painter compared to Photoshop.
My latest full toon. Drew by hand, and scanned into photoshop. This time, I did not try to remove the paper texture or darken the ink lines, but didn't get far into coloring because there's so much to color and yet I had so little knowledge of Corel Paint at the time. I decided just to call it "done" for now and move onto my next new style. Besides, I don't want to keep churning out random ideas in single panels, I actually want to do a normal webcomic strip with reoccurring characters in a regular storyline.
Now onto my doodles of the new style. Drawn by hand, scanned into photoshop, kept the faded ink lines and keep the paper background. In my eyes it looks stylish (but in the eyes of one casual observer, it looks sloppy). I like this style, but feel somethings missing. My wife and a few other friends say it looks great, but none of them are artist, and ya... ultimately that's why I'm here making this thread for you guys.
And I'll finish this off with the very rough draft of the debut comic I'm working on - 4 of 6 panels ink/scanned/arranged, the dialogue whited out. I plan on keeping the natural paper texture background, and watercoloring only 50% of the surface as not to overdo it.
So what do you guys think?
Also, thank you for whoever set up this forum and put that SAVE DRAFT button. I finished this entire thread, hit preview, and mistakenly hit the X on my browser instead of preview window. If I wasn't at work, I'd be freaking screaming. I started a new thread, saw "SAVE DRAFT" blink, and thought "what's that?" Five minutes later, whamo - found this draft. Awesome.