Hi Tommy, this strip of yours is beautiful. I love the humor, but I particularly love the artwork. You have such a clean and minimalist style. As an aspiring comic strip artist, may I ask you what size you draw your originals at? I’m gonna guess 10 inches wide by 3 inches tall. Also, what kind of pens are you using? It looks like you are using Microns, perhaps the 05 (0.45 mm) to ink the characters and the 08 (0.50 mm) for the borders and the word balloons? Are you lettering with the 05 as well? Anyway, it’s a gorgeous strip!! Thank you for creating it.
I was absent from my blog for a long time, and I’m not sure responding to you over a year later is of any use to you! I’ve drawn less frequently over the years because I’ve been busier (graduate school and marriage), and because I tend to prefer spending my down time reading to drawing. To answer your questions:
– I draw my comics smaller than I understand most people to: the originals are done on normal 8.5 x 11 printer paper. I actually simply traced the panel size from the Complete Calvin and Hobbes in hardback and adjust my panels as I need to.
– I draw in pencil, then trace using a lightbox in ink. I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head the precise sizes of my pens; I’ve used Faber-Castell PITT artist pens for as long as I can remember and have varied as to what size pens I use for different parts of the strip. Recently I use the “F” or “M” sizes for borders and word balloons, the “S” size for all lettering and images within the panels, with an “XS” for my signature and other small details.
As you can probably tell, I’m not a serious artist and I’m not up on all the various art supplies out there. My strip is really just something I do on my own for fun. I appreciate your compliments!
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