Quick Word Balloon Tutorial

A quick 6 min video about common mistakes making word balloons, and my personal approach to addressing these issues. While there are several industry rules of thumb for word balloons, there is also a lot of experimentation across the board when you consider the full range of comic artists. Some prefer hand-lettering and hand-drawn balloons. […]

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How to Make a Graphic Novel/Comic Book – Part 3(Layout)

In the last two installments, I covered brainstorming/writing/scripting and the basic drawing mechanics used in my graphic novel, El Cuervo. This time, I’m going to show you the process of laying out my pages in a traditional book format, as opposed to the webcomic format. “Why did you do two different methods,” you ask? To […]

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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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Composition 101 – Laying out your Comic Page

Layouts with proper composition will capture your reader’s attention and keep them focused on your comic. If this is done poorly, chances are, you’ve given them the opportunity to exit your page instead of leading them through it. Today, I’m going to show you how to improve the composition of your page layout. This should […]

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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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Inking Techniques (Numero Tres)

Hey kids! We’re back with the final instalment of the inking techniques tutorials. This week we’re going to learn about some methods to do inking digitally. If you have a WACOM tablet or ink using your mouse (hardcore!) you’ll find some of these tips that will work with favorite software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc). Let’s get to it! […]

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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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Illustrator Tips, Tricks and Techniques: Working With Layers

Hey everyone! I did a video look at how I use layers and some of the effects that I employ when I use them. This is a good next step from Dawn Griffin’s Adobe Illustrator 101 videos (part 1 and part 2) Illustrator Tips, Tricks and Techniques: Working With Layers Hello there! My name is […]

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Inking Techniques (Part Deux)

Howdy again folks, we’re back at it with part two (deux for you Frenchies out there) of my articles on Inking Techniques. I will explain a variety of different traditional inking techniques you can try out on your own hand drawn works and in part three of this series, I’ll explain how to apply them […]

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Coloring in Photoshop – Basic Tutorial

Okay folks – back with another tutorial on coloring techniques. Since most creators use Photoshop, I’ve created the tutorial using the program – but, the steps are fairly basic and can be ported over to your artwork software of choice. Today, I’m going to show you how to color a simple character you’ve drawn and […]

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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 […]

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! […]