Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio: Jules Faulkner
|This post has been submitted by Webcomics.com member Jules Faulkner, creator of Knight and Dave.|
Hi there! I’m Jules Faulkner. You might remember me from such comics as Knight & Dave, Promises Promises, and the Monstrosity Anthologies!
The opposite side is just a closet where I keep my shipping and convention stuff and a bookcase of reference materials. Oh, and my “accounting system”. Yeah, that pile of receipts and post-its in the metal trays. It’s a little unruly at the moment, I keep month-end reports in Quick Books and sort all that stuff out then.
I love working on the Cintiq, but I’m still a little old-school in my process. My comics usually start at my old animation desk, that’s where I do almost all of my thumbnails, rough work, swatch tests etc.
I have a thing for tikis. A friend once told me that they’re actually some kind of bad luck gods. The idea being that if you pay them enough attention, they’ll leave you alone. I don’t know if that’s true, I keep meaning to look it up, but it amuses the heck out of me so I keep my art supplies in a set of tiki mugs. This way I also know they’re getting enough attention every day… just in case.
Once I’m done there, I move over to the computer, check my RSS feed and fart around with my email and social networks for a bit, probably have a snack, maybe play a little Hearthstone. Eventually I get around to scanning in the drawings then I drop them into Manga Studio for clean up and colouring. Photoshop for lettering but I do my writing in my sketchbook and Scrivner, which is a phenomenal program. The pinboard feature alone is worth the price of the software. I prefer the yoga ball to a chair and recommend it to anyone, especially if you get pains between your shoulders if they’ve been sitting too long. Does wonders for me.
This concludes our tour, please exit through the gift shop.
*Before you say anything, my Mum made those curtains.