POTM Interview: Steve Ogden of Doctor Magnifico

I hope you have enjoyed finding out about Steve Ogden’s new comic Doctor Magnifico.  If you haven’t dropped over to check out the comic do so now…well, after you finish reading this of course, then do so.  It’s been a great month spotlighting Doctor Magnifico and seeing another great work by the super talented Steve […]

Breaking The Studio Chains: A Drawing Tablet Comparison

Why is PORTABILITY so great? Currently, I work 100% digitally on a Gateway C-141 XL Convertible Tablet. It’s about 7 years old and has served me well, although I am stalking social media threads on similar devices in preparation for my next workstation. The key proponent of my Gateway tablet, one that has spoiled me […]

Mix tapes, comics and time

Authors note:  I wrote this post a  few years back for my site bobthesquirrel.com.  I’ve chosen to re-imagine it from a comics pespective because I think the parallels are pretty similar.  Plus, I fixed a lot of the grammar. 🙂 Enjoy! Those of you that were born in the mid-seventies like me, who were on […]

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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WACOM Alternatives!

  Let’s face it,  most people can’t justify dropping 3,000 dollars on a high end tablet. Unless you’ve made the big time or work for a big corporation, having a CINTIQ made by WACOM is more of a pipe-dream than reality. Over the last few months, there have been a bunch of reviews of hardware […]

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Handling Your Fear of Starting a Freelance Career

Fellow Webcomic Alliance member Dawn Griffin tossed this question out on Twitter the other day: “Would you rather have a steady, reliable job that you simply tolerate, or do what you love but be terrified about bills and insurance?” Easy answer for me: Do what you love.  Not so easy for most folks, so let […]

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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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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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Drawing with Drezz #1

Okay folks, the first drawing with Drezz video has landed. Wanna know how I draw El Cuervo? Check out the secrets behind my “pro”cess in this first video of the series. It’s about 30 minutes long, but well worth it. Got any questions? Feel free to give me a shout in the comments section below. […]

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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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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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Ready, Set… ACTION Pose Tutorial

Get your pencils ready, kids – today we’re going to learn about drawing out a character sheet that shows off a series of different action poses. This character sheet is a good way of developing a bible or encyclopedia that ensures your character’s design remains consistent from every angle – similar to a character turn-around. […]

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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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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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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 […]