Snowbody knows…

I live in Central New York. Central New York is a place where the traditional four seasons do not exist.  We have two, two-and-a-half seasons: Snow, Road Pre-Construction and Road Construction.  We are hardened snow removers.  Some get massive snow blowers, some get plow attachments for their riding lawnmowers and some just look up the […]

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What Is Art/ What Is A Great Artist?

(Note from Byron: Tom Falco is a contributor here at he Alliance and today he chats about what is art and what makes an artist great. This is to open up a conversation on these subjects, so feel free to chime in one way or another with your opinions) I saw this article on Medium.com […]

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Criticism – How it hurts so good.

Long ago, in the beginning,  once upon a time… a nomadic prehistoric human painted a picture on a cave wall.  It depicted an event:  a great hunt.  Charging wild beasts being chased by other wild beasts with spears and axes.  The reason for the painting could have been for any number of reasons: Maybe to […]

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In praise of R. Crumb

I like to drink coffee, but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur. I limit myself to just one cup a day: large, black, one or two sugars. Many times, I’ll opt for black only.  People who know my coffee preference cannot fathom drinking it damn near straight like that.  No creamer?  No cinnamon? No […]

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Backgrounds-Schmackgrounds…

In my best Asgardian impression let me answer that question by saying: I SAY THEE, NAY! Comic strips do not NEED backgrounds. In fact, I submit to you that drawing backgrounds in a comic strip is more of a luxury than a necessity. One does not NEED to draw backgrounds in each panel in order […]

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Character Design Basics

You can’t have a comic without characters. Having well-designed characters that can express elements of their personality or temperament is quite helpful to the reader, but there are some tips that can really take your characters to another level. There are so many characters from comics, cartoons, TV shows, movies, and other media that have […]

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A Guide to Hand-Lettering Your Strips…

I think I should start this article off by letting everyone know this really isn’t an article about HOW to hand-letter your strips… that would be akin to writing an article on how to draw – and let’s face it, there isn’t one single article that will be able to teach you how to draw. […]

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Talking ’bout Sketch Cards!

Hey kids! Today, I want to talk to you about sketch cards and show you how you can make your own custom cards that will, hopefully, help you stand out from the convention crowd. Sketch cards have recently taken off in popularity the last couple of years – and, as you might guess, there are […]

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180 degree rule

Crafting a Viewer’s Perceptions What is the 180 degree rule? We see it in use the most in film. If a character enters from the right side of the screen, they stay on that side and face the same direction, even when the scene cuts from shot to shot. This helps create a sense of […]

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Drawing With DAWN #1

Here at the Alliance, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but a VIDEO…. well, that’s just GOLD. So, while we have mastered the art of writing about drawing, how about we actually show you what we do. Once a month, we’ll post a VIDEO of our process- drawing, sketching, inking, coloring, or any […]

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Contest Results – Draw an Alien!

The Entries… By Pluto’s revoked Planetary status, did we get some fantastic entries!  The creativity!  The color!  The occasionally bizarre!  You all delivered in spades!  In fact — Dawn was so excited by the response that she decided to have not one, but TWO winners…A Webcomic Alliance Choice…and a READER’S CHOICE!  Scroll down for the […]

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Inking tutorial by Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver is a multi-talented artist and many of you may know him from his work on the Disney cartoon “Kim Possible” (one of my favs).  Here he’s showing how he inks an illustration of the “Rocketeer” and explains his techniques.  Click the banner above to read the original post on Stephen’s blog.  Enjoy!

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My favorite iPad app

BIG UPDATE FOLKS: Because I contacted Stephen about this article and asked his permission to use the photos in this article, I got a great e-mail response from him. Here is what he says: “Thanks so much. Just to let you know, because my programmer and I were excited about this, at midnight tonight till […]

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CONTEST! Draw an alien.

Lets see, so far we have challenged you to WRITE your own comic page, and LAYOUT a background or setting. Now it’s time to test your character design skills, Alliance community! If you have your own comic, you probably have characters you have labored over and have evolved over time… almost claiming a life of […]

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Background Stars

Only one of them gets the prize… …but in my book, everyone that entered the backgrounds contest is a winner. Why? They all used different ways to create a story by making the setting a star! So today, we’re going to make THEIR work the star, and demonstrate three things YOU can add to your […]

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Contest! Backgrounds with Character Challenge!

What’s the big deal about Backgrounds? It’s not just your characters that can have personality and moods — your backgrounds do too! Are your backgrounds bringing out the best in your work, or are they missed opportunities? They matter to everyone This isn’t just for long-form comics either — It can be key for a […]

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What Art School Taught Me About Comics

If you caught the reference in the title graphic, well, you’re probably a product of an art school yourself or just love indie-films about art school. We’re a different breed, we definitely didn’t have the usual college experience… no frats or sororities, lots of “free-thinking” and unstructured projects, probably twice the drugs, and a whole […]

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Character Challenge #27: Hobos

Every other week, we accept a challenge from one of the Webcomic Alliance members as well as contributor Todd McElmurry. This weeks challenge is brought to you by Todd, and the character subject is: “Hobos” Hobos have been a part of our culture and our lives for many, many years.  We’ve seen them on the […]

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Character Challenge #26: Year of the Dragon

Every other week, we accept a challenge from one of the Webcomic Community’s biggest supporters – Todd McElmurry. Todd has brought us challenges such as BBQ Disaster, Christmas in July, Dummies for Dummies and a whole lot more. But change is upon us with the new year, so this week’s Character Challenge is brought to you […]

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Character Challenge #25: Mall Santa

Every other week, we accept a challenge from one of the Webcomic Community’s biggest supporters – Todd McElmurry. Todd has brought us challenges such as BBQ Disaster, Christmas in July, Dummies for Dummies and a whole lot more. Today’s challenge is: “Mall Santa working” Well it’s that time of year again.  The malls are packed with […]