How I Draw A Comic
I have been asked by a lot of people to share my drawing process. I believe in sharing information, as it is the only way to grow as an industry. But, up until recently, I’ve not had a good way to capture my drawing. I do all my work digitally and most of the programs I’ve tried that capture your desktop were of low quality, or really expensive. I found one that’s not only free, but delivers top-notch video quality. It’s from Picarto.TV and the App is called Open Broadcaster. You have to sign up at the Picarto.TV website to download it, but again it’s free. The site is designed to allow you to stream live video to an audience. But, the app also allows you to record a session and not broadcast it. That’s how I use it. The output video is an FLV (Flash) file, but I convert it to an AVI so I may edit it in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The quality holds up very well, even when YouTube has processed the video.
For those that do not know, I use Smith Micro’s Manga Studio EX5 drawing software to create all my illustrations. It’s a fantastic software package and I highly recommend it. My tablet is a WACOM Intuos 4 PTK-840. I do not have to say how excellent WACOM is, it’s an industry standard.
So this video is of the comic that posted January 26th, 2015. It is a teaser comic for the upcoming story and features Bud standing in an ocean being eyed by a smiling shark. The video takes you through the entire process from raw sketch, to final pencils, inking. coloring and shading. I know it’s 36 minutes long, and that’s compressed down from over 2-hours, but if you watch the video over on YouTube, in the description you’ll find timecode shortcuts to take you to the segment you wish to view. Very nice feature, YouTube!