I draw ~85% on paper, just with a pencil, line drawings. Then I scan those and do the rest of it digitally. The other 15% of the actual drawing (not counting coloring, shading, etc.) is made up of fixing/cleaning up hand drawings or drawing directly on the computer, with a/the stylus/pen on a touchscreen.
I'd go crazy if I did everything traditionally. I have done so in my youth, before digital art even existed. I respect and applaud anyone who produces their comic this way. I find that for me, the combo is the best way to work. Lots of extra freedoms in the digital realm. (And headaches, too, but true on both sides.)
Hi AlexHarvey! Welcome n' stuff. I understand the trepidation, but fortunately it's unwarranted - there's a lot of welcoming fun & help & sharing & coolness around here. You'll be fine. But since you've been "lurking" for a while [apparently a little longer than me (not that I'm any sort of old-timer, just an observation)] you probably already know. :) At any rate, glad you decided to join in the wacky.
The Letter M:Do many people do each panel in a separate document? That sounds like a lot of work. You'd have to do a bunch of measuring to make sure it ended up as the right sized rectangle by the end.
As I said, I do this. As to your question/s, perhaps I should explain: I make the full page with blank panels and all the text. Then I copy the page and delete all but the panel I'm working on and make it as it's supposed to be, then put it in its place on the 'actual' page. This way it's already the correct sizing and whatnot. It might be a LITTLE more work, but it's not like it makes/takes any real difference/time. And the headaches it saves is worth it.
I guess I should add making a whole page as a whole page. Now I make each panel unto itself and plop it into the whole. Certainly helps with eliminating ump-hundred layers! (Thank goodness for layer folders!)
I just had my 2 year anniversary of my comic. So I've not been at it very long, or been at it a long while, depending on perspective?
I'd already been proficient with & had Photoshop, so there'd been no learning curve there.
Looking back, the only thing I can think of trying to squeeze in a bunch of dialogue into the panels using smaller font sizes. Now I keep the sizing consistent (not counting shouting or such), and have learned to pare down dialogue to the essentials.
Not really a beginner problem as it still happens from time to time, but related to the above: In my head a page is sometimes much bigger than it is -- meaning it seems like a certain amount of story will fit, but no, it's actually way too much to and has to be split into another page. Not exactly a problem, though.
I don't see any reason to take it down. Unless it's truly a hassle for you to maintain it. You never know when it could "explode" somewhere, and if you remove it, that's one less bit of fuel potential.
I've got just one more page left to make and then I can FINALLY get back to a character! He's been at work and hence "off camera" for the last 70 pages! (Counting my buffer.) I will be SO happy to see Floyd again. Especially since the story arc he's about to launch is one of the first storylines I had conceived for the comic. (Technically this arc already launched, albeit subtlely.) Of course, now that this story gets going, Floyd will be around much more. S'okay with me. I like him. :)
Anyone else ever relish the joy and experience the long anticipation of getting to revisit characters?
It's derived from the witch's "familiar", isn't it? Even though a witch would likely be villain character, the familiar can be used by a benign character as well. For instance, Athena and her owl. (Although she may not actually be benign, come to think!) At any rate, it's partly that (witch familiar) and it's also convenient to have either a quick shot to comic relief, and more importantly, some"one" that the character can relate to and share thoughts/feelings with whenever needed. (To reiterate what Sikyanakotik said.) So, in essence, it's really sort of a plot device. :)
Although he's not connected with anywolf in particular, there's a raccoon character that runs through my comic.
Hi Bradford! Welcome. I'm going to second what Chippewa Ghost said: "This place is nuts!" To me it had both a warning and a celebratory tone to it, which I liked. This place is full of fun and help. Someone usually has the answer if you have a question.
I like the premise/setting of your comic, and the drawing style definitely fits it. Curious to see more. Best of luck to you in your "new year" endeavor. I, too, started my comic as a "New Year" activity. Have fun with it. And, SAY!! Thanks for subscribing to my comic!
See ya' around.
Oh... what I know about the crocodile is that its a gator, not a croc. And its name is Kyo, named for the wonderful guy who makes Comic Fury possible. I'm sure there's more to it than that, but I've been learning as I go and never actually directly asked. You've got spunk. :)
Last night/this morning I made the panels and speech bubbles for the next page. I uploaded the next (future) page. I drew some of the characters for this next page. I also sketched out another page to come (I'm 4 pages ahead in page sketches [meaning planning panels/pics].) Will be making panels for the next page tonight. Pretty much something every day. :)
Matt Comics:Come on, werewolves are cool people. I heard someone makes them hang out and eat pizza and whatever else. (I should really start reading this story...) They wouldn't invade/destroy us on a whim.
Where'd you hear that??? ;) MY 'wolves in town wouldn't, no.
But you should still beware... for there are those that DON'T live in said town, and they would.
Thanks for the astrological report, ChristianRepass! (sincere)
I also kinda remember reading there's no full moon this February. So you might be safe. But then, not all 'wolves change on but the moon. ;)
Oh sure. All the time. Well, when appropriate or it comes up. I mean I don't just mention it out of the blue to strangers.
However, I do wear my logo and/or characters on t-shirts and hoodies and always use canvas tote bags with the logo.
And yes, I have business cards to give out or put down in places (like at the front of a store or bar where people you know... put them).
I don't have any books yet, but that's coming "soon". I did finish the first 'volume' (i.e. Main's first big introductory story arc) recently. The current page online is not yet up to the end of the arc. But yes, I do plan on making a compilation available. And yes, I will see about putting copies in my local comic shops.
I'd mentioned this before on my Shameless Advertisement thread, but while out with my tote bag someone came up to me and said, "Hey! My friend just told me about that comic and said I should read it!" So I told him I'm the guy that makes it and gave him a card.
So, overall - Yes. Yes I do.
(No other ideas that I can think of at the moment...)
What keeps me focused and driven on it is that I am so darn entertained by making it. The main character (and this whole "way" of drawing werewolves) has been with me for decades now, both in drawing and sculpture forms. Off and on. And now it's grown into something with back story, stories being told and stories to come. I just love storytelling, and it's such a thrill to be making USE of these werewolves in a way other than a random collection of semi-amusing pictures. It's terrific to see them in action, so to speak, to develop them. To "see" their lives beyond the scope of a one-off drawing. Besides this gushing, I'm driven by want of getting to the stories that have arisen, and bring them to the page, and the world.
For the "alternate" version of the question as to what makes my comic great: Uniqueness. I've got a pretty neat idea here that hasn't seen the (moon)light before that I'm aware of (meaning specifically werewolf town, as opposed to all/other animals). Plus, my version of them - as per werewolf lore and mythos that I'm expanding or contracting or deciding upon what stays and goes. It's a "fresh" perspective in one way or another.
Plus, something normally seen as scary made into a cute romp reminiscent of Hanna-Barbera is rather charming, I think.
And given the feedback and responses I've gotten, I know I'm not the only one who thinks so. ;)
Heya Dubiz! Welcome n'such!
Glad you found this magical place on the web. I'd been rather pleased, too, when I discovered it a few years ago. You'll find plenty of entertainment & education here if you poke around. Sit back or dive in to the silliness and seriousness as you need, and above all, have fun. Best of luck to you!
I find the fact that the pattern on the couch is parallel to the viewer rather than going along the angle of the couch to be the most jarring. And it appears that you forgot to put white in the eyes? (Seems the grey & white check working background is there.)