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!

timely advice from an apathetic friend

2014-9-9-sigh-  well, if something’s gotta give, it might as well be “complaining”.

I’m always trying to refine the process of making these comics to be faster, more intuitive, with a higher-quality output.  In the history of this comic, there have been a few major advancements…

1)  Moving from a tiny, old Wacom Bamboo tablet to a Tiny, newer Wacom Bamboo tablet that was more accurate and intuitive
2)  Moving from the tiny new Bamboo to a large Wacom Intuos 5 tablet, enabling broad strokes instead of tiny little “sketching” (which marked the end of my drawing hand/wrist feeling like i was getting carpal-tunnel)
2.5)  Moving from drawing on a computer to drawing on my iPad (so I could save time and draw whenever)
3)  Moving back to the computer from the iPad and switching from Photoshop to Manga Studio… the tools look and feel so much better.
4)  Moving from my mac to my Surface Pro
5)  Moving from my Intuos to the screen on my surface Pro, basically enabling me to have a cheap cintiq!  (I would prefer a larger screen, like on the Surface Pro 3, but the surface works well for now!)

The latest little adjustment in my comic-creation process has been my Note III… It doesn’t really work for finishing comics, but it works great for sketching out the first layer.  I usually make a sketch layer first and then “ink” over it with the finished product, and with my phone, I can sketch pretty much whenever and have lines that accurately reflect how I would draw on paper.

For me, technology and my art have become very interconnected… Although, this is really more of an issue of time than it is of preference.  I fear art and technology are becoming inseparable, and it would be nice to be able to continue drawing comics if there were a zombie apocalypse and technology was gone…  But the last time I tried pinch-zooming a piece of paper, I kind of realized It might be too late for me.

Anyway, I have the whole drawing process down to about a half-an-hour, depending on the complexity of what i’m trying to draw…  but the WRITING process!  OH MAN.

I need to find a way to get faster at writing.  Sometimes it’s super easy, but lately, it’s like pulling teeth.

Have a great tuesday everyone!

 

ALWAYS have netflix on.

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Gotta say, if I had a free couple hours every day, I would continue to do these full page strips!  they are a LOT of fun.  It’s a lot of fun to draw with the wacom again!
In reality, Coffee the dog isn’t big enough to knock anything over.  I think I’ve seen her almost knock over a glass of juice precariously perched on the unstable fibres of our living room carpet, but as far as dogs go, Coffee seems to be incredibly aware of everything, and terrified of most of it.  Have a great day everyone!  If you like the strip, consider sharing it on your facebook profile?  Or, purchasing a book in the store?  Both of these things help me to continue makin’ these here strips!