80s comic part 2: what medium?

While thinking about character design, I was also giving lots of thought to what medium I’d use. Here are some experiments with digital colouring.

I was impressed to find that the digital drawing app I use, Leonardo, can do a very convincing pencil crayon effect:

In the end though, I decided I don’t have enough expertise with digital drawing to make a whole comic look as good as I want it to. Always one for the time-consuming and effortful method, I’ve plumped for gouache.

Published by Myfanwy Tristram

I am an illustrator, situated in Brighton on the south coast of England, and with a special interest in comics and graphic memoir. I also work for a non-profit which encourages people to be active in democracy and to exercise rights such as the right to information through FOIA.

One thought on “80s comic part 2: what medium?

  1. Wow, I should definitely check out the Leonardo software – I really thought that it is a drawing made with traditional media, not drawn on a computer!
    In the past I also tried a” Verve painter”, it imitates oil painting. It was very fun to draw with it, but I didn’t know how to properly control options of this software and wasn’t able to achieve the effect I wanted (I’m a Photoshop user). Maybe it will be more useful to you.
    Anyway, nice style! I like the texture of the traditional media, which the digital drawing lacks. The hairstyle reminds me of “Punk Rock Jesus” comic, you should definitely check it out :)

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