As I've explained previously, I'm having a bit of trouble drawing these days.
Pencilling is fine - I can go loose and free, but when it comes to inking the precision required is a bit tougher with the tremor and arthritis, therefore my two webcomics as well as my current editorial cartoons have become hybrids of drawing and Photoshop trickery.
I don't hand letter anything in these cartoons anymore. It's all done in Photoshop. I use commercial fonts for the strips but for the editorial cartoons I use fonts made from my own hand lettering using Fontifier. Now I can just type it and wa-la - it's still my lettering. Some of the spacing between letters comes out a bit funky and I have to adjust it by hand but other than that it works fine. I rarely use the comic strip font but it's there if I decide I want to use it.
I'm always on the lookout for good state house backgrounds to use in the UP on the HiLL Violet Finch strips.
I saw this one the other day on Twitter - loved the contrast with the deep shadows. So here's an example of that hybridizing...
Top: the original.
Middle: I removed all the people. I'm getting better at this, but you can see some repetition in the steps where I cut & pasted. I don't have any fancy apps for this I just do it with cut, paste & blur.
Bottom photo shows how it might be used in a comic strip - I ran it through a paint dab filter and dialed back the saturation so the figures pop out more.
Art geekery from an old dog learning new tricks.
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