Starving Artist's Sage Advice

A template for final file size for creating digital comics.

If you don’t TRY impossible things, you don’t GET impossible things.
A Song for the Season
This is a T-square

If you’re a traditional artist working with comics, it is your best friend. 
Not only is it essential to getting lines to run perfectly perpendicular to the page, you need one if you’re going to rule your own pages. It’s a time-saver, believe me, and using a ruler is nowhere near as accurate on its own. 
You can get one for about $20 at most local art supply stores, OR you can go rummage through an office supply store like Staples and find one for approximately $10. It will not have inches marked out, however it’ll work just fine!

This is a T-square

If you’re a traditional artist working with comics, it is your best friend.
Not only is it essential to getting lines to run perfectly perpendicular to the page, you need one if you’re going to rule your own pages. It’s a time-saver, believe me, and using a ruler is nowhere near as accurate on its own.
You can get one for about $20 at most local art supply stores, OR you can go rummage through an office supply store like Staples and find one for approximately $10. It will not have inches marked out, however it’ll work just fine!

drawlequin:

kotzebue:

New Page! 

http://hominidscomic.com/

Here is my drawing process from start to finish on the latest page of my comic, Hominids. I love seeing how rough it starts at the very beginning.

Read my pal Jordan’s awesome comic, peebles! The art just gets more stunning with every page!

An incredibly thorough article/tutorial that explores gouache as a medium. Includes a step by step tutorial on technique as well as the history of gouache and a comparison to other traditional media.
Aspiring illustrators may want to give this a look, gouache is the preferred media for many classical illustrators because of its versatility and forgiving nature as a material.

kelpls:

A BUNCH OF PEOPLE askd how i color hair/skin/clothes but I REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT SOBS I GUESS icould do a step by step if u guys want idk i

Color wise i honestly just do it randomly tturns AWAY BUT YEAH I NOTICED I STICK wiith purple-blues alot expecially for shadows!! i’m sorry i don’t know wat to say omg

kelpls:

SK IN COLORING CAUSE i received a bunch of asks on this omg i don’t know if this is the right way or anything but it’s a quick way i use to pick skin color s YEAH BLUES AND PURPLES add a nice bit of variety to the skin i feel idk IM SORRY I KINDA GO ON INSTINCT WHEN IT COMES TO THE EXACT COLORS 

If you’re ever not sure of skin colors it’s always best to look up a ref of a RL person of that approximate skin color!! 

shadowlill:

dommifox:

Much like my leaf tutorial this is another crazy simple guide but it might help a few of you! I love to get a lot of thumbnail type ideas down first before I settle on something final so I like to use this quick method as a way of exploration, basic research into what I’m trying to achieve and a means of creating variety in my work (I hope!) On the flip-side I know a lot of people struggle with creating environments in general, this could be a good way to ease yourself into drawing them without getting too bogged down in details and technicalities, just blasting your ideas down onto a canvas!

i needed this

cosmic-nerd-angel:

a quick and sloppy tutorial on drawing profiles for the anon who requested it. hope this helps some people! 

sinvraal:

Quick an’ dirty tutorial on how to create that car paint metal shading, for anyone who’s interested. It’s easier than it looks, it just takes some tricksy use of Photoshop’s layer blending modes. This was done in PS CS5, though it should work in just about any version.

This should work with any color using the same principles. Once the base is done, dirt and damage can be used to add some wear and tear, either painted by hand or taken from grunge maps.

:)