So this year I’ve been doing my webcomics all digital. From start to finish, pencils, inks and colors. Getting great results from it and getting more done. However, a few years prior to this though, I was all traditional. I didn’t like the idea of doing anything on the computer. I would actually look down on it.
One thing that has been bugging me. I’ve notice when I tell someone that I’m doing digital art, some people give me the stink eye. The idea of all digital puts a bad taste in their month. Something about no original, nothing you can hold. The question is just about digital vs traditional, web vs print. What it boils down new vs old. How we use to do things to how people are doing it now. So why do all digital? The reason for me is simple, it’s time. Digital is quicker and can create better results. It’s simpler to fix and get something done.
The thing I do find a little interesting though. It’s not digital vs traditional. It’s inks vs digital. The idea of not inking by hand makes people upset. The idea of doing digital will kill inkers. Now we can talk about how traditional is better then digital with inks. No question there. The skill of an artist with a brush and ink is more impressive and a better result then digital. The face you can hold their finish and be amaze of the skill by hand is impressive. I love seeing this and do still practice inking by hand. Here is my question to anyone that says digital is wrong.
Why is it the norm to digital color a comic but nothing else?
The idea of doing inks digital is almost a sin. However the idea of coloring outside of the computer is just crazy. Every artist I know in comics that talk about doing art only the traditional was is that way tell the colors. You can’t do the pencils, the inks but yeah the letters and colors of course. What other way would you do it? An old saying comes to mind for me at this moment. ”It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” So couldn’t one say the goal of the piece is more important then the piece it’self?
The other thing I have love with doing the comic digital and other art. I have more time to watercolor. I can finish a lot more projects which means I can do more with watercolors. It’s a medium I love and wish I could do more with. I would love to do a full comic with it, however the medium of comics isn’t about art. It’s all about production. So not the best ay to work doing a fully painted comic unless getting paid to. It’s nice to sit down and do things the old fashion way. Espcially since most comic artist I know now a days don’t wanna learn how to paint. The other add bonus to all this digital?! I do my pencils digitally and print out to watercolor. Clean smooth paper making it easier to do the painting in.
Now I’m not saying break your pens and brush, the digital age is in. Blah, that is backwards thinking and childish. What I’m saying over all is, learn all you can. New artist, learn to do things the old fashion way. Getting a ruler and pencil out. That’s how I learn, not only that but I learn how to hand letter. I don’t use that skill that often but I know how. Learning how to do things the traditonal way will help you and your pit falls in the digital way. Also, a guys I tabled with a couple years ago, only knew how do most of his art digitally. Coming to a con he forgot a lot of his supplies and took him a second to remember how to do it off a screen.
To the guys set in never doing anything digitally. Try it, try draw and inking and painting in it. Who knows you might like it? Or more importantly, you might learn a better way to fix some mistakes incase you miss the first time. You might find setting up your pages digital is a lot easier. There are a world of things you might be missing not giving it a shot. I notice comics, we’ll try new style or characters or creators or even food. However asking to try new tools can be hard it seems.
I dont’ know, to me there is a whole world of art and I wanna explore all of it. So for now I’m doing Scotty all digital. I wanna tell the story more then the art. I rather have the first edition book be worth more then a page. I don’t want inkers or pencilers to go away. Some of the best art I’ve ever seen done is watching Dexter Vines or Karl Story ink. Another one is Mark Schultz, that man has some tricks that only the old school guys know. They are all masters of the brush. If you get the chance to talk to them do. That’s just my thoughts, Here are some images from my desk top. Have a good one.