How a cartoonist makes digital art

How a cartoonist makes digital art
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    - I started doing web comics
    about eight years
    ago and my style now is almost unrecognizable
    from what it used to be.
    I drew with a ball point pen on paper,
    scanned it and it looked like this.
    Then I started drawing digitally
    and it changed everything.
    There's a ton of options out there
    and with the right tools anyone can learn
    how to do digital art.
    So this is my main set up and this
    is just a standard, entry level Wacom bamboo tablet
    that you just plug into a laptop
    with a USB cable.
    And I've had this for a few years
    and it has never given me any issues considering
    how badly I treat it.
    Wacom sells a ton of different models
    ranging in price but the new 80 dollar Intuos should
    have more than enough features
    for anyone just starting out.
    I recently got a nine point seven inch Ipad Pro
    and Apple pencil.
    Mainly so I can work while I'm traveling
    but really I just use it to draw in bed.
    I do wish I went slightly bigger
    but it's not a deal breaker.
    A lot of artists say that 10.5 inch is like the perfect size
    'cause it makes all the toolbars accessible.
    But I think this works just fine for me and also
    the new 329 dollar Ipad works with the Apple pencil
    so it makes portable drawing
    more affordable than ever.
    If you don't want to spend 99 dollars
    on an apple pencil or you're older ipad doesn't support it
    keep in mind there are other stylus options out there.
    You just have to look for features like pressure
    sensitivity, palm rejection, tilt support,
    maybe some short cut buttons.
    And this will make the move
    to digital feel a lot more natural.
    Let's take a step back and talk about the basics of drawing.
    To draw this bubble head of Will
    our art director, start with a rough sketch
    laying out the proportions with simple shapes.
    His head is an oval,
    his body is more or a rectangular oval
    and his arms and legs are like thick noodles.
    Then I'll go back and add details like his eyes
    connecting the ovals with more precise lines.
    Now you can start
    the inking layer.
    This is basically going over the rough sketch in a more
    precise way and you have to be
    a little bit more careful
    here as this is the final version
    of the drawing that you'll color in.
    For me the biggest advantage of digital art
    is the ability to work in layers.
    Think of it like drawing on tracing paper.
    Layer allow you to stack the many parts of
    your image on different levels
    to form the whole drawing which makes editing
    the final image easier.
    So once I have the full outline of what I'm drawing,
    I just fill in the colors on another layer underneath
    and for shading I'll add a layer over that.
    Shading can be daunting but it's pretty easy if you think
    about light in the physical world.
    First decide where your light source's
    coming from and use that as your guide to determine which
    parts are the shadows and which parts
    will be the highlights.
    So for the shadows I take a black brush
    which allordo passe to darken one side
    of the drawing and highlight the other side
    in white where the light is hitting the subject.
    The end result is this lovely drawing of Will
    drawn in four separate layers.
    If you're concerned about how
    drawing on glass might affect you,
    you can always look into matte screen protectors
    that will mimic the feeling of drawing on paper.
    I tried one out from a company called Paper Like
    and it really helped bring some resistance to drawing
    on the ipad. So once you have all your tools we're gonna
    move on to software.
    On my MacBook I like to use software
    like Adobe Photoshop but on the ipad I use
    Clip Studio Paint because it's most like a desktop app.
    There's all these other
    drawing apps on the ipad
    like Procreate or Adobe Draw
    but these apps kind of have a learning curve
    because you have to learn each app's gesture controls
    like double tapping to undo.
    If you're not happy with
    any of these apps there's always other options.
    There's software like Astropad or Duet Display
    that lets you connect
    your ipad to a computer so
    you can use it as a second display.
    And if you're in the market
    for a new laptop altogether there's always
    two in one devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro
    so everything's on there.
    You can use the desk top version of Photoshop
    and there's no transferring of files
    like you would have with an ipad.
    Since I'm most comfortable with the Macos interface,
    using a Wacom tablet just make sense for me.
    If you're in a position where you're trying
    to decide what's best for you.
    Think more about the apps you want to use
    and for what purpose.
    But ultimately,
    making art is a personal experience
    so play around and find your favorite options.
    Thanks for watching,
    this is from my new series work flow
    and for more tips on how to incorporate
    tech into your life check out
    Youtube.com/the verge.
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