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Go Go Weekly: May 2nd, 2021

Here we are, another week of updates! As life gets busier, I anticipate I won’t be able to make as many comic strips in a week, but so far the opposite has proved true: the busier I am, the more ideas I have to make into comic strips. My class officially starts back up this week so it may be optimistic to think I can keep up 5-7 strips a week. PLUS! Oh man, I want to make a choose your own adventure book! So bad. So if I start that, you can expect to see some progress shots here!

Seriously, what a stupid program! “We’re gonna NOT do this really good thing for the environment unless you use our loyalty card.” It’s like… You’re still getting money, so maybe you should just do it anyways? People who are loyal to gas stations?? that’s a strange idea to me.

On real Kraft boxes, the serration doesn’t even go through the second layer of cardboard, it’s just superficially scored on the first layer. What’s the point?!

Other than making all those comics, this week I spent a little time making a new “vine brush”. There are some things that I enjoy drawing, and there are some things that are tedious. I’m not big on drawing backgrounds for example- some of my friends LIVE for backgrounds but that is not me. Anyways, when that is the case, I like to make brushes like this vine brush to help lighten the load of how long it takes to draw backgrounds. In the “Royalbot” comic, the background crowd in panel three is a “crowd brush” I made. Instead of drawing and having a line come out of the stylus, you pull the pen across the screen and voila! A crowd (or vines, or cityscape, or or or) appears. I’ve made quite a few of these in Clip Studio. They can be a time saver, but they aren’t for any and every situation.

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Cool logo, good colour scheme

My daughter declared tonight that she wants to design tshirts like me, which I suppose is technically true because I have designed T-shirts in the past, but it struck me as funny that she considers me to be a designer of tshirts. Anyways, she’s learning how to draw digitally, which is tons of fun because it just happens to be my favourite way to draw! Here are my top ten reasons for drawing digitally.

  1. It’s expensive upfront. Buying a good tablet, the software, etc, it’s not cheap.. but that’s the only real expense. With physical medium, you’re always buying paper, markers, it’s friggin financial death by a thousand cuts! And if you get into oil painting, it isn’t long before you’ve spent a thousand bucks anyways.
  2. my entire art studio fits nicely in a backpack. Seriously, 5 years ago, a half-as-equipped drawing set up took up a whole desk, but the era of Accessible digital art is here!! Especially now that the base iPad has pencil support.
  3. undo- you don’t have to get it right the first time and wreck 9 hours of painting because you sneezed and splattered ink on everywhere
  4. pinch zoom- so you can add details easily
  5. vector erase- why waste time carefully erasing line art when a vector layer makes quick work of it?
  6. Vector scalability- because if I want to print a panel that’s meant to be 2 inches tall the size of the Empire State Building and still have crisp lines, I should be able to!
  7. No scanning- if I want to share something on social media, it’s e a s y
  8. lettering is easy when you can just type it onto the picture… although cool comic kids prefer hand lettering, but I mean, my hand writing sucks.
  9. you can save stuff in different states.
  10. layers! Seriously!
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quality VS convenience

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I realize it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog-archive, so here’s a new post, with my musings about digital art!

The big thing in this update, art-wise, is the big shift back towards a little cheapie intuos drawing tablet.  I say cheepie, but these are going for $100 now?  Yowzaz.  I’m pretty sure I only spent like $75 on mine.  In any case!  This downgrade has been a (surprisingly) large factor in leading me to update regularly once again.

Digital art is meant to be convenient.  No scanning and clean up, the awesome “undo” feature, copy and pasting, resizing and transforming, not really having to be too careful to wreck something irreparably with poor drawing decisions or coloring, etc.  It’s great for comics.  And I’ve always been lucky enough to steadily upgrade my drawing setups and software so that nothing technology-wise was ever limiting to what I wanted to make.  Super convenient!

BUT toddlers aren’t built for convenience, they’re built to knock things off of desks and pull everything out of drawers and generally just make a glorious mess.  That has been a big hinderance to me using all my fancy and expensive digital drawing tools, because the anxiety of me not wanting them to get wrecked has led me to… not draw with them that often.

But the little Wacom is a tough little unit, and i’m not too worried if it gets pulled of the desk and dropped.  I lose a LOT of capability with that setup, but it’s not like these comics are redefining digital art, so it’s an acceptable compromise.

Go comics go!

Also- I do fully intend on reviewing some graphic novels I’ve been reading lately.  I just want to figure out a good format to do it.  So if you’re like me, and you like spending $10-15 dollars on a graphic novel that’ll take you a week to casually read and enjoy, but you JUST DON’T KNOW what to get, stay tuned!