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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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Inking Techniques – Traditional vs. Digital (Part One)

Hi folks! Over the next few articles, I’m going to show you all the differences between traditional inking and digital inking. They both have their benefits and inconveniences, but being fluent in both methods will make you a more well rounded artist overall. In this first part, I’m going to show you the basics 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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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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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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Logo Basics: Video Tutorial

With all the video being bandied about on the site, I didn’t want to be left out. So I gave it a try! In this 13 minute video, we’ll look at some of the basic elements in building your logo. I’m on a Mac using Illustrator in CS5, but you don’t need those tools to […]

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Wacom Tablet Tune-Up

Hey there Webcomic Alliance folk! Today we’re going to get under the hood of your WACOM Tablet to boost its performance and increase your production! By making adjustments through the calibration options that come with your tablet, you can easily make it conform to your drawing preferences. For those of you just starting out with […]

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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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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 […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #5

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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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #4

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 […]

Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #3

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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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #2

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am alway 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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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #1

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am alway 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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Mastering the Comic Balloon

If there was a defining symbol of comics as a medium, it’s the comic balloon.. bubble… Holding shape for the text. Heck, we even plopped one in our Webcomic Alliance logo. So, at some point as a cartoonist, you need to master the balloon. But not just the balloon itself, but the flow of the […]

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Coloring In Manga Studio

Many users of Manga Studio don’t even realize what a powerful coloring tool it can be. It is slightly different from PhotoShop or Corel Paint, but for comic strip artists, Manga Studio proves to be a worthy coloring tool. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you the basic steps of coloring as I do […]

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Digital Inking 101

If you’ve been creating comics for a while now, you’ve probably debated if you should switch to digitally inking your work. The thought of no pencil lines to erase, no ink to accidentally spill, and the powerful control/command-Z option is intriguing, is it not? Heck, if you can sketch your comic digitally, the scanner even […]

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Comic Brand-Aid

This is an ongoing series where we take a look at the concept of branding and how it applies to your comic.

Creating Panels With Manga Studio

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I create my panels using the Panel Tool in Manga Studio. For this tutorial, version EX4 was used. As with any tutorial, there is more than one way to skin a cat, so experiment with the method I use and see what’s best for your style! […]