Last week Pierre started explaining why he prefers digital drawing techniques to traditional drawing methods. Today he finishes explaining the advantages with an example of how it helpped him finish the cover of a comics magazine featuring the Marvel character Nova.
I draw the artwork in pencil on paper... then with my "friend" Photoshop... I turn it into the finished artwork. With Photoshop... it allows me to separate the characters from the BG allowing Jim to move the characters around as needed depending on how much lettering he may want to add to this piece.
For example here is the cover for a new Flashback Universe comic we are working on. On one layer I draw the characters...
On another layer I prepared the background.
This way, if they need to be repositioned to accomodate lettering, it's very easy to do that later.
Also... whenever possible... I will use an assignment to experiment in working with the computer.
I had done various sketches when I did some artwork for the 30th anniversary of Nova magazine. And later I was asked to turn one of the sketches we ended up not using into the cover for the 35th anniversary of Nova magazine.
So I jumped at the opportunity of getting some practice in drawing and inking directly in the computer.
And doing this... it allowed me to keep the characters on a separate layer. That meant that it would be easy to decide to change the background.
I made an alternate version to suggest how the cover could be tweaked if needed. And as happens sometimes.... the alternate version was the chosen version in the end.
But in the end... I was happy with either version... so no harm done there.
Making the artwork digitally makes it easier to make some changes to a piece - if the piece is planned properly and the artist works in layers.
As time passes... you can be sure that it will be expected from artists to produce the work in the computer in order to make the job easier for everyone else in the production.
So if you are an aspiring artist... and if you are hoping to work on a production some day... it might be a good idea to learn not only how to use a computer, but also to learn how to draw in the computer.
So "sharpen" that computer... and let's start drawing. ;)