Grey Garou:I have to agree with gary cramer, designing panels must include knowing what dialouge will go into that particular panel to account for the space needed. I've seen too many panels and pages that everything but the characters were covered and sometimes the balloons amputated the characters. I went through my growing stages in that, experimenting with font, font sizes, and shape of balloons. I letter in Corel Photo Paint and have found that rounded squares work more efficiently than ellipticals in amount of text they can hold and how much space they occupy. For captions and narrative, sometimes I lightly shade the box to distinguish it better from my word balloons.
When it comes to size, that depends on how big the original art is. In fonts, I prefer to use sans serif fonts that are either bold or somewhat fatter. I always place legibiity first, and I do use several fonts to emphasize emotional states. I also use the spiked ellipse and the cloud ellipse as well. My assesment of whether my lettering is good is I feel it augments the art and doesn't crowd it.
Yeah, I feel like I am just starting to ATTEMPT to figure out placement, font, and wording. Luckily with a gag-a-day I feel like these things are a little less important, but I am excited to figure out how to do the basic stuff quickly (bubble placement) that way I can work on honing these finer skills.
After playing around with the above suggestions, it doesn't look like there is a super fast way to do word bubbles on the computer that doesn't look awkward with my comic; they just look too out of place.
I feel like wording choice is another elusive topic. I start to think too hard about these things and then word things awkwardly, which kills a gag-a-day. Oops!
So far I have been inking by hand and using Adobe Photoshop to color in my comics. I tried writing the dialogue but realized my handwriting was indecipherable (I always thought I had good handwriting)! So what I have been doing is drawing the speech bubble by hand and then entering text in Photoshop. I estimate the size by lightly penciling in the words. Is there a better way to do this? Preferably in Photoshop?
Thanks for the help, I'm just getting started here :)
Well, I'm pretty impressed with how civil this thread has been. I actually have a political affairs degree of sorts (mostly focused on environmental politics but whatever). There are obviously a lot of problems with the political system in the US (and many other countries) and a lot of related problems with how people go about discussing these issues. I guess what I'm basically trying to say is: congratulations on being more civilized than most news pundits, political activists, etc.
Hi, I just started posting comics a week or so ago. I like web comics and drawing (obviously) so I wanted to try just drawing doodles for fun (as opposed to more refined pieces) and learning a bit about art on a computer (territory I had not ventured into before). So far it's been really fun! Nice to meet you all.
I would certainly second the bit about the letters being bigger. It was discouraging trying to read it. I do really like the artwork, so I can understand not wanting the words to take up too much space. Perhaps try saying the same thing with slightly fewer words, and bigger lettering. The story is engaging so far, but I was distracted from it by trying to read the small type and occasional grammar errors (I'll reanimate lambie pie after the RITUAL IS (not "rituals") over.
Hope this helps! I really like the unique look your comic has.
Today I had to do an online training module on ethics of handling laboratory animals for work. There was a special section on how to kill baby animals (apparently it can be especially difficult to do so) and even though I won't have to do anything like that it made me feel like a dirty person who lives in a horrible world.