Latest Update: Added the Comic Strip Artist’s Kit by Disney artist Carson Van Osten.
Always fancied having a go at
Copper is an unusual and beautifully drawn comic, so it’s surprising that the artist,
I use a lot of construction lines since I’m still not able to draw good shapes naturally. I have to work for the image every time. In fact, each time I sit down to work on a comic, especially Copper, I feel like I have to teach myself to draw all over again.
For the actual drawing process, Copper is drawn by hand, with real paper and pencils. He uses a few different pens, but the main inking is done with a
This one is well worth reading all the way though, as there’s lots of useful information in here, and plenty of tips on tools – even down to cleaning the dipping pen.
Hawk has used different tools at different times, but is currently using a
When using paper and ink, he’s mentioned before that he likes
- Forum thread with all step-by-step pictures and Q&A
- ‘Rant’ posts with a brief of each step – Step 1 – Sketch, Step 2 – Inking, Step 3 – Flats, Step 4 – Color, Step 5 – Speech Bubbles.
- Strip 245 – the end result.
- Hawk’s workspace on Flickr, annotated.
- Applegeeks – current strip.
Another strip from Applegeeks has a sort of ‘mini step-by-step’ to go with it – just the pics at each stage, but still worth a look…
Hawk has also made a couple of videos demonstrating how he works with the Wacom Cintiq…
Not content with all that, Hawk has done another video, this time of him inking Alice, with pen and paper…
- Inking Alice – link to the video on YouTube near the bottom of the post.
This one was done whilst working on a banner for them to use at shows and conventions – Ananth posted later to show off the finished banner.
Onezumi is an odd sort of comic. I’d not seen it until Applegeeks linked to their video tutorial. I’m not much wiser having spent a while looking through them. It doesn’t often make much sense, but it does contain flatulance, swearing, and some nice cute-goth artwork. Anyway, the thing that especially interests me about their tutorial is that it’s all done on a Toshiba
Katie Rice on Inking
Katie draws cute girls, and has her own blog. In this post, she describes the
For some odd reason, this one is available from the BunnyTorrent page for another excellent comic strip –
Anyway, the ‘drawing demo’ on the BunnyTorrent page is a .mov file, with a video of the screen as Jeph draws a panel from
The whole thing is done in
If you already use a BitTorrent program for downloads, you can use that to get the file. If not, there’s ‘Easy Download’ links that should automatically run a plugin to do the download for you. I can recommend Azureus if you need a decent BitTorrent client.
- BunnyTorrent – look for “drawing demo – jephdraw-QC.mov”.
- Questionable Content – indy romantic comedy.
- Bunny – I have no idea what at least half of the Bunny comics are referring to, but I still read every day. It just feels like a nice ‘bonus’ when I actually understand one.
- Azureus – a
Java BitTorrentclient – works nicely. The main advantage it has over several others I tried is that it actually does work. You probably need to be at least a little geeky to want this rather than the ‘easy’ options, and if you’re behind a firewall at work, it’s unlikely to get through.
- Evolution of a Caricature from John K, where he shows how his drawings of
Tom Cruisehave evolved with time.
- Draw Angelina Contest – not really a step-by-step, but connected to the post above. John K invited readers to send in their own drawings of
Angelina Jolie, and he shows quite a few of them off.
- Comic Strip Artist’s Kit – A scan of a handout from 1975 by Disney artist Carson Van Osten. Via Boing Boing
- Scott Adams – Life as a Famous Cartoonist – Scott (creator of
Dilbert) has a go at answering a few people’s questions.