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30th Sep 2018, 2:27 PM
Awkward introductions for Burkhard this time around!
Lately I've been doing my pencil roughs digitally to speed things up and honestly there's a temptation to embrace it completely. That said, I feel I would likely lose something of the existing hand-drawn aesthetic. In this regard an all-digital/colour comic might be best saved for a separate project…
Another thought; would you folks say these pages are large enough onsite? They're drawn up at A4 so I could export them a little bigger if that would be preferable.
30th Sep 2018, 3:52 PM
I switched to an iPad Pro a couple of years ago and it’s fantastic. I do miss pencil roughs on paper—there’s a real satisfaction in working and erasing a line until it’s just right—but I can’t deny that it’s sped up my workflow tremendously. The thing I need to watch is to make sure colors and lighting don’t go wacky. A piece could look fabulous on my iPad, but my desktop monitor might say something else entirely.
30th Sep 2018, 7:35 PM
Thanks for the comment StLOrca.
I've kept doing some pencil work on the side to keep that enjoyment, however I find that like you my roughs come together a lot faster, not to mention satisfactorily when I can easily reshape what I'm drawing digitally.
As to colours I've noted a similar problem in my freelance work. I tend to bounce between three different monitors with differing settings to make sure colours look good across a variety of displays.
30th Sep 2018, 5:45 PM
I think what makes your artwork so special is the cross hatching and all the textural details that you put into it, they are very stimulating.
30th Sep 2018, 6:00 PM
The problem with drawing tablets for me is that they are plastic, and so the drawings end up looking like plastic. You have a plastic surface you are drawing on, and a plastic pen with a plastic nib, so your strokes end up looking greasy and super smooth because they are sliding all over the place. With a pencil, you have a natural, organic piece of wood in your hands that resonates against the texture like a stylus on a record player as you drag it across the paper you are working with. I think this makes you more connected with your art, and produces art that is more natural, harmonious, and integrated, and true to your original thoughts.
On a basic level, a pencil doesn't slip as much as a digital pen does because there is friction from the drawing surface that allows you to more carefully guide the strokes you are making with your pencil, giving you more control, and thus, producing an image that more accurately reflects the idea you had in your mind while drawing.
With a digital pen, I get nervous because I don't have as much time to think things through. I have to work faster, and make quick, bold strokes.
I know it sounds absurd, but it is on a gut level and subconscious, because I don't think you can consciously register all the little micro movements you are making with your pen. It's kind of like the frame rate in a movie, like 32 frames per second for instance, during each one of those frames my subconscious mind is helping me to control the direction of my pencil strokes, but if I have a slippery pen, I may lose those subconscious embellishments..... :)
30th Sep 2018, 7:44 PM
Many thanks for the interesting thoughts Chris-tar. I definitely do enjoy the act of drawing with a pencil more and everything your saying sounds right to me.
On the flipside though, when I rough out a comic page I often find myself messing with composition a lot as I go along, with digital making it easier to resize and move things on the fly. Ultimately it just makes it quicker to get the foundations for a page right.
I'm still going to finalise in ink to keep that analogue feel, so the finished comic shouldn't lose anything aesthetically I hope. I would be interested to try making a 100% digital comic with colour, but Like I said, I think that should really be another project; Apothecary Supreme has established itself in this medium so I'll be sticking with it :)
16th Oct 2018, 10:40 PM
Looking good as always. I particularly like the layout and for your question about the size of the page, it looks just right to me!
21st Jul 2019, 4:08 PM
Thanks DT! Sorry for the super later reply, I've been solidly stuck in RL workland for a good 6-months and I'm just getting my act together again!
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