THE NUTS & BOLTS
Making a webcomic takes work. And having the right tools makes it all the easier.
1) Draw as large as you can and shrink your image down. This makes for a sharper line as well as allowing you the possibility to print later on, saving yourself the trouble of redoing your work.
2) A basic set up is a computer with a drawing tablet. A Bamboo or Intuos Pro work great. Don’t worry about a fancy Cintiq tablet. Many, many professional artists create phenomenal work with a basic tablet.
3) Scanner. A lot of artists will draw sketches or finals and then scan them and finish or tweak them using drawing software. Scanners are very affordable these days. Most printers now come with great scanners.
4) Software. A great set up, if you can afford it, is to get the Adobe CC suite. For a monthly price (around $50), you get Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, all of the Adobe design products. Plus, they stay updated and you can use all of the extras like color palettes and fonts and brushes. If you aren’t ready to pay that much you can get free software (GIMP) or inexpensive software (Clip Studio, formally Manga Studio). Many artists use clip studio to create comics.
5) Don’t forget your library. Many libraries offer free computer, scanner and design programs for you to use. Usually, you need to sign up in advance and may not get unending time to work on your project, but it’s a great way to get started.
Always work in 300 DPI or higher. Period. If you ever want to print your work as a book or stand alone prints, you need high quality images to begin with.
Create in RGB — and — Print in CMYK.
Storyboard and thumbnail your comic before diving into the final pieces. Much easier to edit and brainstorm in pencil than changing ink!
MAKE RULES FOR YOUR COMIC
This might sound counter-intuitive—why give yourself rules? Be FREE! However, making rules for yourself will make your comic stand out and look consistent.
They don’t have to be complicated; pick a few to give your comic a unified look:
Hand drawn w/ ink and brush
Only drawn on computer
Only 4 color palette (besides neutrals)
Panels sizes all square or maybe all in big rectangles
Hand lettering only
Computer lettering only
Make your own font
For example, I usually turn my hand drawn art into vector art to create a consistent look. (See below).