Materials and Techniques Part 1: Introduction to Comic Craft
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DESCRIPTIONA presentation by Becca Hillburn and Heidi Black introducing the basic materials utilized in creating comics. Covers pencils, leads, papers.
<ul><li>Intro to Comic-Craft Or, all the stuff you need to know to make some manga </li><li>So lets make some comics! Lets start out with the tools of the trade... </li><li>Paper You mean there's more than one kind? & copy paper (20lb, 24lb, 28lb, 32lb also in sizes of letter, legal, a4) & thicker papers (cardstock/presentation paper) & manga papers (deleter, maxon, copic) & bristol board (canson, strathmore) & other media/illustration boards (for wet media/paints) </li><li>pencils & Graphite pencils mechanical, wooden, drafting/lead holders & Varying lead hardness gives you different values </li><li>Non-photo blue pencils & nonphoto blue pencils are a favorite of comic artists because they can be easily dropped from art & great for working out perspective, anatomy, etc before committing to a line with pencil or ink & jetpens.com sells nonphoto blue (soft blue) mechanical leads & other colors can be used use hue/saturation/lightness in photoshop to drop that color </li><li>Inking tools & tech pens: copic, pitt, micron, rapidograph & brushes: watercolor/sable brushes are great & brush pens: felt tip or synthetic bristle & nib & ink (dip pens) & fountain pens </li><li>Other tools & ruler/t-square/triangle/straight edge & french curves & circle and ellipse templates & eraser (vynl, plastic, kneaded) </li><li>Computer programs & adobe photoshop considered the standard & adobe illustrator difficult to learn & corel painter better for illustration & manga studio offers a lot of templates, screentones, used by many professionals & paint tool sai cheaper alternative, also good for coloring & free alternatives such as gimp, open canvas </li><li>That's a lot of stuff! Relax! You don't need all of those things Start simple. Find what works best for you. It isn't the same for everyone! </li><li>Now we have stuff, so lets make some comics! Where do we start? </li><li>Everyone has a story to tell & short stories are usually best to start with & many artists do autobio comics about events that happen to them & gag cartoons/comic strips are also good first comics & try to avoid your 2000-page epic as your first comic </li><li>Starting with a script & a script will keep you on track with your story & a script can be very simple such as bullet points and actions, or very complex & scripts are also much easier to revise than art </li><li>thumbnails & thumbnails are your first draft they help you visualize what you want on the page without committing too much time/effort & thumbnails can be very simple (stick figures) & making multiple thumbnails using different camera angles can help you create more visually interesting pages </li><li>roughs & a tight rough is usually page size & refining what you worked out in your thumbnails & this is the place to work on things like perspective </li><li>Pencils and inks & some artists will make another pass at the pencils before inking & if you mess up, you can use white paint or a white gel pen to erase mistakes. & or photoshop. </li><li>screentones & screen tones are often used in manga & tones can be bought and pasted on original art, or applied digitally & other ways to make grey values include hatching/cross hatching, dry brush, watercolor/ink wash, and copic markers </li><li>Colored comics & various techniques to make colored comics digital media, markers, paints, colored pencil, mixed media & its your comic, do what makes you happy! </li><li>So what's the secret to being an awesome comic artist? Practice. A lot. Read comics. A lot of them. A huge variety of them. </li></ul>
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