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I draw a comic strip called RibRoast, because all of my characters that act like humans are pigs for no particular reason... But any way I'm currently in the process of putting together my best strips and sending a submission to United Features syndicate, so that it could start appearing in actual newspapers.
I write, draw, pen and electronically color and shade all of the comics myself. Ive been working on drawing comics is a comic strip format for more than a year now, and you can probably see the difference between some older and newer strips. One main difference is that the text in older ones is lowercase font and all cartoons have all Capps text.
So enjoy! Oh and tell me which strips you thought were the funniest or best that could help me in putting together my syndicate package!
printersdevil78 wrote:So what's the process behind something like this? Are they hand-drawn, computer-generated or a little of both? I've always been fascinated by comics creation.
A little bit of both. The strip really takes its form on paper and then i spice it up via Photoshop. I start by measuring and drawing the panels then i go over it with an ink pen. Then i add pencil lines for the dialogue and arrange it, because its much easier to move characters around than it is to move around dialogue. Then i sketch in figures, and then add more detail with a thinker pencil. Finally i go over the figures with the ink pen and rub an eraser over the entire strip, then i move to the computer by scanning my strip.
Recently though, Ive started to only use the computer for Sundays and Ive been shading the dailies with really awesome prisma-color cool Grey markers. It makes the same effect but in half the time!
Ive thought about doing the text on the computer but i realized it looks much more traditional with all Capps handwriting, and i think i mentioned before, i find it critical to make sure the text is arranged before the figures.
But that's cool that you've had a comic strip for 30 years, I'd love to see some if you don't mind!
^ When I started mine, I drew it on notebook paper, if you can believe it! Sometimes I even incorporated the holes into the story, or as an O in the dialogue.
I worked as a drafter for a few years back when we did drawings by hand, so my handwriting got to be very good, and still is today. In my dialogue, I use upper and lower case lettering. That allows me to use all caps to express anger or surprise (or yelling).
Sad to say, my drawing skills are...lacking, but everyone says the it's the storyline that makes it what it is. I've never been able to do a short two- or three-panel one with a quick joke that would be used in a daily newspaper. Mine are long adventures with humorous bits along the way.
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