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February 13, 2010


Hey, all!

I do 100% of my work in Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4.  Everything on my DA account was digitally created with my trusty Wacom Cintiq21UX.

I search for blogs, posts, and articles on digitally creating comics, so if you know of a pro, a site, another Draw Dog--who or whatever--is doing this comic book thing completely digitally, I'd love to hear about it.  The more I can learn the better.

My goal is to do all of my own line work, leaving only colors and letters to others.  On my own projects, I find myself just "roughing" out the digital under drawing in Photoshop ("digi-pencils", I for lack of a better term), and doing the actual drawing in Illustrator, mimicking the inking process ("digi-inks", I suppose).

I chose Illustrator for "inking" instead of Photoshop because I drool over clean vector lines, and because I'd like to find a place artistically that really uses digital tools to break past simply attempting to replicate real media.  Illustrator's textures and design capabilities have a lot to offer sequential media in my opinion, and I'd love to break out digitally and really explore what digital tools can do for the medium in their own right.

I'm not there yet, but that *is* where I'm headed.

So, if you know anywhere I can go to soak up some digital wisdom from a Jedi of Photoshop or Illustrator, let me at 'em!

Thanks, all!


(Oh, er...and if there's somewhere else I could be discussing this, tell me that, too!  I didn't see a "FORUMS" or "DISCUSSIONS" section...feel free to move this somewhere else if it fits elsewhere!)
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bsimser Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do all my work digitally. Right now everything is on my iPad using a program called Paper. It's simple and one of the best drawing apps for the iPad (next to SketchBook Pro). On my Mac I use SketchBook Pro with a Dell touchscreen. I was offered to get the Cintiq (by my wife) but I turned it down. It was expensive (but I think worth it) but I'm just a hobbyist and not making my living with this. If I break out and do this full time (doubtful since I worked in comics 20 years ago and haven't really been back) then I'll probably get a Cintiq and work with that. I grew up as a traditional artist, not doing anything digit until a year or two ago but I don't know if I would go back.
Chys Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
I've some questions for anyone who's in the know: What is the best program to use for digital drawing/inking/painting artwork? This is probably a matter of opinion but I'm curious. Is there a cheap or free one out there? Is it easy to use? Are there places that penniless amateurs could go to find these resources? If anyone knows, I'm all ears!
drewerd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I ink digitally with Sketch book pro and color with PS CS2

But I also work traditionally with brushes, pens, and nibs. I sometimes watercolor and use markers also.

I think it reall matters what I am trying to do or the effect I am trying to accomplish. Some times I mix the 2 (digital and traditional). They both have their times and places.

I enjoy them both.
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
because I'd like to find a place artistically that really uses digital tools to break past simply attempting to replicate real media.

I like that philosophy. So many folks focus on using programs like Photoshop or Painter as simply ways of doing "real" art with digital tools, instead of embracing the nuances that pure digital art itself has to offer, especially since it can streamline some of the more tedious parts of the drawing process and allow the creator to focus more on the creative aspects of comics.

Aside from using a mechanical pencil, my work is generally all digital. I prefer it that way...I could probably never go back to using traditional tools to ink or color.
raMbo1911 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i do some stuff digitally, mostly colors, some times inks

although i belive the mass effect comic by Darkhorse is done entirely digitally
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love that book--had no idea it was being done digitally. Neat!
raMbo1911 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha yeah i was surprised too, they had it on the Darkhorse site, in the Making of a Comic section
Supajoe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've drawn every one of my comics digitally. First with an intuos2, and now with the 12wx cintiq. I use Photoshop, because I use that with my day job, so I'm more comfortable with it than Illustrator. Lately though, I've been using Manga studio for warmups and for digital pencils on commissions.

With my comics, I've just gotten so accustomed to drawing with a tablet and Photoshop, it's like second nature to me now.
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Joe, do you sell prints primarily instead of sketches for the secondary art market? I have pals that are apoplectic that I'd go digital and leave behind the opportunity to sell the actual physical pieces of art if I had stuck with traditional media.
Supajoe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
i do sell prints at shows, but i still do traditional sketches and commissions. i'm planning on doing skottie young's technique for my pages soon. he draws them digitally then inks traditionally, so he has original pages to sell. i've found people tend to want traditionally inked originals more so than prints.
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