Materials and Techniques Part 1: Introduction to Comic Craft

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A presentation by Becca Hillburn and Heidi Black introducing the basic materials utilized in creating comics. Covers pencils, leads, papers.

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<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? &amp; copy paper (20lb, 24lb, 28lb, 32lb also in sizes of letter, legal, a4) &amp; thicker papers (cardstock/presentation paper) &amp; manga papers (deleter, maxon, copic) &amp; bristol board (canson, strathmore) &amp; other media/illustration boards (for wet media/paints) </li><li>pencils &amp; Graphite pencils mechanical, wooden, drafting/lead holders &amp; Varying lead hardness gives you different values </li><li>Non-photo blue pencils &amp; nonphoto blue pencils are a favorite of comic artists because they can be easily dropped from art &amp; great for working out perspective, anatomy, etc before committing to a line with pencil or ink &amp; jetpens.com sells nonphoto blue (soft blue) mechanical leads &amp; other colors can be used use hue/saturation/lightness in photoshop to drop that color </li><li>Inking tools &amp; tech pens: copic, pitt, micron, rapidograph &amp; brushes: watercolor/sable brushes are great &amp; brush pens: felt tip or synthetic bristle &amp; nib &amp; ink (dip pens) &amp; fountain pens </li><li>Other tools &amp; ruler/t-square/triangle/straight edge &amp; french curves &amp; circle and ellipse templates &amp; eraser (vynl, plastic, kneaded) </li><li>Computer programs &amp; adobe photoshop considered the standard &amp; adobe illustrator difficult to learn &amp; corel painter better for illustration &amp; manga studio offers a lot of templates, screentones, used by many professionals &amp; paint tool sai cheaper alternative, also good for coloring &amp; 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 &amp; short stories are usually best to start with &amp; many artists do autobio comics about events that happen to them &amp; gag cartoons/comic strips are also good first comics &amp; try to avoid your 2000-page epic as your first comic </li><li>Starting with a script &amp; a script will keep you on track with your story &amp; a script can be very simple such as bullet points and actions, or very complex &amp; scripts are also much easier to revise than art </li><li>thumbnails &amp; thumbnails are your first draft they help you visualize what you want on the page without committing too much time/effort &amp; thumbnails can be very simple (stick figures) &amp; making multiple thumbnails using different camera angles can help you create more visually interesting pages </li><li>roughs &amp; a tight rough is usually page size &amp; refining what you worked out in your thumbnails &amp; this is the place to work on things like perspective </li><li>Pencils and inks &amp; some artists will make another pass at the pencils before inking &amp; if you mess up, you can use white paint or a white gel pen to erase mistakes. &amp; or photoshop. </li><li>screentones &amp; screen tones are often used in manga &amp; tones can be bought and pasted on original art, or applied digitally &amp; other ways to make grey values include hatching/cross hatching, dry brush, watercolor/ink wash, and copic markers </li><li>Colored comics &amp; various techniques to make colored comics digital media, markers, paints, colored pencil, mixed media &amp; 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>