Learning anatomy is an ongoing process. The body is complex and subtle in how it carries weight, balances, shifts, and expresses emotion. And yet all those subtle nuances are based on large, simple forms. I was slow to get a grasp on anatomy. I’m still grasping and probably always will be. A lot of books
Here are some of my useful finds while mining the internet. Blambot – Lots of free and paid fonts here. I have used fonts from here for years and the site is definitely worth perusing. Dick Blick items on clearance – I never remember to check this. But I should. Blick has great prices to
“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal “Simplify, simplify, simplify, throughout!” – Alex Toth Generally speaking, if I can’t communicate the general idea with a few lines, I probably don’t really understand the object I’m trying to draw. Break things down.
Why are crayons associated with kid’s drawings? They’re sticks of color that can be put down on a page. What has that got to do with youth and immature skill? Marketing, that’s what. Too bad, because they’re really good for anyone who wants to experiment with color and color relationships. If I ever open a
It’s easy to think you don’t have enough time to get better at drawing. The demands on your time with work, kids, church, or other commitments definitely fill up your life pretty quickly. But, I’ll bet there’s more time in your life than you realize to get in some drawing practice. Read interviews with
HOW TO COLOR A COMIC IN PHOTOSHOP – COLOR AND TEXTURE OVERLAYS WHAT IS AN OVERLAY? An overlay in Photoshop can help add a little extra to your colors. Two ways to achieve this are through either a texture or color overlay that can help unify the page. You don’t have to do
HOW TO COLOR A COMIC IN PHOTOSHOP – SHADOWS AND HIGHLIGHTS Last time I went over how to color your comic with flat colors. This time I’ll go over some more fun stuff: rendering shadows and highlights. So far you should have two layers — one for the lineart and one for the flat colors.
HOW TO COLOR A COMIC IN PHOTOSHOP – FLATTING COLORS Last time I showed how I scan in artwork and get the layers set up in Photoshop for coloring. This time we’re going to go over flatting-in colors. Your layers should look like this (Note: You can rename your layers by double-clicking on the current
HOW TO COLOR A COMIC IN PHOTOSHOP-SCANNING AND SETTING UP LAYERS There are probably a bunch of ways to color in Photoshop, and other comic books artists might have methods that differ from mine. But this way gives you a good result and is a good starting point for understanding the basics. You don’t have
File this one under: Notes to Myself. I posted this with one of my webcomic updates (which, if you’re not reading, feel free) and thought I would include it here as well. It’s easy as a comic book artist, especially early on in a career, to forget to give enough room to lettering. We get