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TECHNIQUES and TOOLSI'm reposting TECHNIQUES because people on Deviant Art aren't able to find my old journals pre 2010. And I get enough notes from people that it's helpful to have it around so I don't have to repeat myself. This is pretty much the same journal as before, although I did alter it a little by adding more dick jokes.TECHNIQUES and TOOLS by seangordonmurphy
I use 500lbs rough Bristol board to draw on. Usually I'll buy it in large sheets so I can cut it into smaller pages and save money. If you can't find it then grab some Strathmore 400lbs press paper (brown cover). It's a little more than the yellow stuff but it won't bleed as much. Lately I'm using DC paper which is pretty much the same thing as 500lbs press. I'll draw on the back of it because I HATE THOSE BLUE LINES. Nothing cheapens original art like those fucking blue lines. And all it does is remind me that I'm a comic book artist and not an illustrator.
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Background TipsHey all! I've gotten a few people asking me about advice for drawing backgrounds. So instead of being a true gentleman and writing each person back separately, I figure it's easier to tackle this with an nice, impersonal journal post! Maybe one day I'll shoot a tutorial or something to actually demonstrate what I'm talking about, but for now a quick list will have to do.Background Tips by seangordonmurphy
*Before I start, a quick disclaimerby no means do I have "it" figured out. My opinions on backgrounds and how to tackle them are always changing. And a lot of what I think is based on the artists on whose shoulders I stand upon. Feel free to disagree with any of this.
Remember those point-and-click adventure games from the 90s? I loved those games! Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Flashback, Full Throttle, Space Quest, Hero Questadventure games blew me away by how beautiful, imaginative and expansi
5 Ways to Avoid Being DiminishedThere's a discussion brewing in comics about artists being more diminished as of late--that readers, reviewers, and publishers are focusing too much on writers rather than the artists who draw the book. I agree it's happening, but I'm not sure it's worth sounding an alarm over. I never felt diminished, but maybe I'm part of the exception. Maybe it's because I'm an artist and a writer.5 Ways to Avoid Being Diminished by seangordonmurphy
Either way, I do have a few thoughts on what artists can do to pull themselves out from under the rug.
1. DON'T DRAW LIKE A COG.
If you conform to a "house style", then you're at higher risk of being treated like an interchangeable cog in the comics machine. Yes, you're more likely to get consistent work, but you won't stand out as much. Therefor you'll be sought after less by big name writers, you're less likely to make a lasting impression on reviewers and readers, and you'll have a harder time getting raises (12 others draw like you and for less money).
I also suggests inking yourself if it helps. Penc