How to create an invoice
Getting paid for a project is always great — except for the first time you get asked to submit an invoice. If you’ve ever been embarrassed to admit that you didn’t know how to do this routine business task, here’s […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
“I want that on a T-shirt!”
The accusation was puzzling. An artist tweeted that bots had been developed to seek comments like “I want that on a shirt.” Then, they would swipe the art and — of course — slap it on all sorts of print-on-demand […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
How to manage commissions
Offering commissions can be a great way to add an income stream to your business. It can also be an effective Patreon reward. But managing expectations and communicating clearly with clients and backers can be a delicate dance. Here’s how […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
December To-Do List
It’s already December. It’s a month dominated by holidays — both preparing for and celebrating them — and it’s the end of the year. It’s probably the most challenging months for a webcartoonist, so let’s get organized.Read more
Patreon Pro Tip: Setting links to expire
Here’s a handy pro tip for people running Patreon campaigns. If you’re like many of us, you love Patreon, but many aspects of navigating the Creator Feed are… lacking. And you want better for your backers. So — once their […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Clip Studio Paint — 50% off
Clip Studio Paint — software I strongly endorse for comics production — is on sale for 50% off until Tuesday, Dec. 3. If you’re making the leap from Photoshop to CSP — or if you’re just embarking on digital art for […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Blambot Cyber Monday sale
Blambot is one of my favorite places to discover new fonts. Next Monday, they’ll be launching a 30% off sale — Dec. 2-6. It will definitely be worth setting aside some money for. Here’s some good bets:Read more
Drawing a person with black hair can be tricky. If you’re not careful, you can end up with someone who looks as if a stack of vinyl records melted on their head! This three-minute Clip Studio Paint tutorial shows my method for adding intricate looking (buy easy to do) highlights that will allow color to radiate through — giving you character a textured and nuanced appearance.
Highlights for Black Hair
The effect, when color is added, can be quite beautiful.
Successful social media relies on engagement. The more a post is engaged, the more widely it gets distributed. There are many forms of engagement.
- Acknowledgement — for example, clicking the Twitter heart or the Facebook thumbs-up — is one of the simplest forms of engagement
- Association engagement interacts with your content. It’s a reply, a comment, a mention, a follow.
- Amplification engagement spreads your content. It’s a retweet, a share, a reblog.
- Action engagement moves beyond your content. It’s a click through to your website.
This episode of ComicLab is sponsored by Wacom! In this week’s show, the ComicLab guys discuss how big a comic’s cast of characters should be. Also on the show: Improving your comic by varying the line weight. Then a question asker asks if Brad would ever do a non-superhero comic, and finally Dave shares why he thinks bookstore signings are a waste of time.
BUT FIRST… Brad’s kids gift the Kellett children with thirty pounds of LEGOs.
ComicLab enamel pins
Each pin is available for $10 apiece. But ComicLab backers can get both for ten bucks. That’s like getting one of the pins for free! And you have two choices in which to make your purchase…
- How big should a comic’s cast of characters be?
- US to leave the global postal union? (Update: They recently negotiated a deal to stay in the union)
- Line weight
- Would Brad change teams?
- Bookstore signings are incredibly inefficient
A young person majoring in Sequential Art at a well-known art school wrote in with a list of twenty questions for me. I was happy to answer them, but since the questions seemed so universal, I asked permission to answer the questions in the form of a video so I could share it with others as well. This is the second of a series that will be in four parts — maybe more.
In this installment, I discuss the following topics:
- What is the etiquette of approaching someone you don’t know, like an employer or another artist?
- Do you deal with your finances yourself, and if you do how do manage time for it? Or do you hire a financial advisor?
- Being an artist is a risky one, how do you set a safety net for yourself
- What are your thoughts on art school for comics artists?
- If someone is looking to attend art school in the hopes of being a working comic artist after graduating – what should they be looking out for in a good school?
- If school isn’t an option – what are some good resources (outside of webcomics.com) to prepare one’s self for working as a comic artist? I.e. – books, workshops, groups, etc.
Cartoonists make a lot of unnecessary mistakes when they try to show a character using a quiet voice. They’ll use grey letters — or worse, they’ll shrink the lettering. These aren’t great choices because they decrease the legibility of the lettering — and that’s one of the very few cardinals sins in comics.
Remember Guigar’s Law of Lettering: Nobody’s gonna read your comic if they can’t read your comic.
Here’s a simple way to denote a quiet voice or a whispering character without sacrificing readability.
Lettering a whisper
To show whispering in a word balloon, don’t shrink the words.
Instead, enlarge the balloon!
The extra white space around the lettering will make the words seem smaller — even though they’re they same size as the rest of the lettering on the page! It’s a simple, elegant solution that doesn’t damage legibility (like greyed-out lettering light).
From a recent livestreamed drawing session, here’s a closer look at what I’m talking about…
This episode of ComicLab is sponsored by Wacom! In this week’s show, the ComicLab guys discuss analysis from paralysis! How do you stop overthinking a project?! Also, in this show, an update on Brad’s assistant, how to boost your confidence, and UNhelpful questions. Along the way, a listener asks for help with motivation and the guys discuss the perception that The Far Side is returning as a webcomic.
BUT FIRST… Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe only earned $9 for writing The Raven? … and he was inspired by Charles Dickens’ pet.
- What did Brad learn by hiring an assistant?
- How do you build your confidence when it’s low
- “The Far Side” … returning as a webcomic?
- UNhelpful questions
- Please motivate me
- Conquering paralysis from analysis
Patreon has unveiled a new feature that makes it easier to track your backer’s payment history. Here’s a quick guide to help you use it to its full potential.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
This episode of ComicLab is sponsored by Wacom! In this week’s show, after Dave Kellett shares an update on his ongoing Kickstarter, the ComicLab guys share their plans for the next one year, three years, and five years.
BUT FIRST… Dave marvels over an elephant’s ability to take a leak.