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Draw Every Day!

“How did you get so good at drawing?” I get asked this question a lot. The answer is simple. I draw ALL the time. Sure there’s some latent talent that I tapped into, but let’s face it – EVERYONE can learn how to draw. It’s imagining WHAT to draw that is the difficult part. I’ll […]

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Character Challenge #24: Grandpa may be losin’ it….

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: “Grandpa may be losin’ it….” We all have that person in our family that at […]

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Character Challenge #23: Turkey Hunt

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 “Turkey Hunt”….. Thanksgiving is fast approaching so I thought it would be great to have […]

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Character Challenge #22: Fairy Tale Fail

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 “Fairy Tale Fail”….. I’m sure somewhere among the Fair Tale characters there are a few that they […]

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Coloring and Inking Tips in Illustrator

Hey guys! I did me a little video which you could piggyback off of Dawn’s great Digital Techniques series. I discuss some of the pros for drawing in Illustrator: clean lines, editability and the vector-based format, in addition to showing you some techniques such as layer effects, masking, shortcuts, and templates. I didn’t get to […]

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Character Challenge #21: Monster Mash

Character Challenge #21: Monster Mash 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 “Monster Mash”….. Halloween is approaching and it’s that time of […]

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How to Draw Hands and Feet

Drawing hands and feet has been the bane of a number of budding artists. Even some professionals skirt the issue of drawing these parts correctly by hiding them behind other characters or conveniently placed things like rubble, bodies, etc. I had a friend in college who called it the dreaded ‘foot fear.‘ Well, fear no […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #19: Lunch Lady

  Character Sketch Challenge #19: Zany Lunch Lady Serving Gruul…. 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 “Zany Lunch Lady Serving Gruul”… […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #18: “….for Dummies”

Character Sketch Challenge #18 Species: Any Characteristics: Someone in a trade or profession you would not want to see consulting a “….for Dummies” book. We see them everywhere, they’ve been around for as long as most of us can remember now, those “….for Dummies” books.  Use to be you found them in book stores, and […]

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Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 2)

Annnnnnnd, I am back for Part 2 of this article! As you may have read about in the first part, Illustrator is a lot different than Photoshop in how it creates or builds imagery. I explained the difference between vector graphics and raster, and the benefits of each. Maybe you decided to stick to Photoshop […]

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Starting From Scratch

So you’ve got a creative itch. You’ve been tossing around this idea you have for a comic and you have a great character you’ve been doodling for a little while and you just don’t know where to start. A lot of us have been there. Actually, most of us who are posting our comics online […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #17: Chill Out

Character Sketch Challenge #17 Species: Any Characteristics: A clever way to stay cool in the August heat It surely is the dog days of summer right now, heat indexes across most the country well over 100°.  This Character Challenge invites you to use your imagination and come up with clever ways that someone or something might […]

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Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 1)

  I have done an entire Digital Techniques series mostly dedicated to showing how I create comics in Illustrator… and it has been brought to my attention that a “Illustrator Basics” article to get people situated with the software as a whole may be a good idea. Far be it from me to deny the […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #16: Cosplay

Character Sketch Challenge #16 Species: One of your characters Characteristics: Character in Cosplay for a Comic Con With SDCC just wrapping up last week and other Comic Cons on the way I figured what a great way to give a shout out to the Comic Con industry and how they have started to embrace the […]

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Books on Becoming a Better Cartoonist

I know school is out for summer, but if you’ve got some spare time and are lounging by the pool soaking in the sun and sipping on a cold beverage, consider reading one of these books while you’re relaxing. I’ve compiled this short list of some of the KEY resource books you must have on […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #15: Christmas in July

  Character Sketch Challenge #15 Species: Christmas Characters Characteristics: What Christmas Characters would be doing in July Ever since the 1940’s there have been Christmas in July celebrations.  So let your imagination go and let’s see what our Christmas time friends would actually be doing in July.  Would Santa be stocking up on gifts during […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #14 – July 4th BBQ Disaster

Character Sketch Challenge #14 Species: Any type of character Characteristics: BBQ Disasters We’ve all either experienced them first hand or witnessed them happen, the BBQ that just didn’t quite go right.  Exploding grills, firecrackers in someone’s shorts, Uncle Owen burns his eyebrows off,  rain outs, etc.  Just make sure you incorporate a BBQ scene and […]

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Digital Techniques: A Recap

Although this is not another video tutorial like in my usual Digital Techniques series, I figured now that I’ve show you my current process beginning to end, a little recap of the steps in article form may come in handy. Plus, what’s neater than seeing an animated GIF of the process start to finish. I’m […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #6

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

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Getting Started with Manga Studio

What’s that one hurdle you face when trying a new piece of software? Yep, the darn manual.  Hundreds of pages of really cool stuff; none of which you know how to use.  So, where to start?  I’m going to help you past the first hurdle with today’s tutorial. Okay, what are we?  Artists.  What do […]