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by chadcabrera

Behind the Madness: Helpful Comic-Making Tips from a Beginner

So I've actually managed to get through my first week of uploading this webcomic and, I have to say that I'm quite happy that I've taken these first steps into creating something I could be proud of. Well... creating something. Anyway. As something of a beginner comic... drawer... guy? Artist! That's the word. As something of a beginner comic artist myself, I thought I'd share some of my methodology in hopes of encouraging other novices trying to start their very own comic and maybe take credit for when they become rich and famous off their work.

Here we go!

Step 1: Getting started with pencils

At the onset, doing your own artwork seems daunting, but keep in mind that crafting your visual masterpiece need not be a long, arduous task if you have the right outlook. I've found that the best way to get started is to simply GET STARTED! Grab a pencil (any sort will do) and have at it! The penciling stage is the most fun part because you get to let loose with your creativity and, if you make any mistakes, you can always erase them later. At this point, you are probably thinking, "Shouldn't I at least make an attempt to minimize mistakes by paying attention to proper anatomy, perspective and, uh... vanishing point thingies?" To which, I say, "Whoa there, Leonardo! Easy with the fancy art school lingo! Did you get your doctorate at the Know-it-all Comic-Drawing University... for Know-it-alls?" 

Let me just say that I don't bother with an eraser, though. Since I am somewhat of a hack (click on the image on the left), I simply keep going until I get tired, hungry, or the voices demand that I appease them with a ritualistic naked moondance, so you can see that I'm in too much of a tight schedule to go around wasting time on something silly like correcting artistic mistakes. I'm not made of naked moondances! Whatever ungodly scribble I end up with will have to do, because, at the end of the day, we're here to make comics! And that, truly, is the important thing.

Step 2: Inking with inks

When you're done with the pencils, the next step is, of course, inking! At which point, there is no turning back, and any errors you make with the lineart will result in dire, dire consequences for you and the people you love. I like to take a moment before I start inking to just step back, get a good, long, last look at the pencils, and weep in shame at my artistic ineptitude and overall failure as a human being. This is a helpful step that only take 4-6 hours, tops, and will save you a lot of time later! Believe me, nothing messes up the inks (not to mention, the paper) like huge drops of the bitter tears of regret and self-loathing smearing your artwork.

There are a variety of options available for inking. Ink brushes with India ink are a popular choice, but you can also use a good old-fashioned pen (which is also much less racist). Or, if you want to be pragmatic, like me, you can simply dip the pointy end of a crow's feather in the blood of a virgin to keep the lineart smooth and free from voodoo death curses. Whatever works for you, really! Keep in mind, however, that virgin blood is a bit difficult to come by, and only the best art supply stores carry it. You will also likely get dirty looks from just asking about it, but stay positive and don't let society's prejudices stemming from false preconceptions keep you from doing what you think you need to do to attain artistic fulfillment. Not everybody gets it. But, you and me, we're artists, man. If all else fails, use your own virgin blood. Just keep a steady hand while inking and try not to deviate from the pencils too much. Blood is pretty important to the human body, and you will probably need it.

Words: boooooring!

Step 3: Coloring (or not)

Whew! When you're finally done inking, rest assured that the hardest part is over. If you and your family are still in one piece (one pieces?), the next step is usually coloring your art. If, however, like me, the sight of colors gives you migraines that hurt so bad they drive you to set fire to your own face just to spare your eyes the pain of seeing them, go with black and white. That is classy as shit. Be sure to wear a monocle for best results.

Coloring is the easiest part! Fire up the most recent, most expensive version of Photoshop you got, plug in that graphics tablet and let your trained monkey do the rest. Don't have a trained monkey? No worries! Like anything in art, coloring with a graphics tablet takes years of practice and discipline, but, in lieu of a monkey, anything that can grasp the graphics pen with a prehensile tail (like, say, your girlfriend) can be trained once you put the fear of God into it/her. Plus, your girlfriend would probably throw less feces (though she probably eats more so take note when doing your budget planning). I can't tell you whether or not your girlfriend is preferrable to a monkey, but do remember which hirsute monstrosity you decided to go with before handing them your page or go out to do boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. Things can get real awkward real fast if you mix them up at the wrong time.

Step 4: Lettering dialogue and SFX

Once that filthy animal is done coloring your page, it's time to letter in the dialogue and sound effects (see the finished page on the right). But that stuff's boring and nobody's going to read it anyway.

Step 5: Show the world your art

Find yourself the nearest webhost and upload that abomination beauteous wonder immediately and do not spare the world a second from gazing upon the magnificence which you, yourself, created. Whatever you do, DO. NOT. HESITATE. Do not stop to think for even a second. If you do, you will live to regret it as much as your parents regret sending you to medical school when all you wanted was to go to art school and be something lame, like a painter or something, and now you have to settle for drawing webcomics while getting tips from me and contemplating all of the decisions you've made in your life that brought you to this point, your whole world inevitably crashing down. In flames.

In conclusion: be brave, be bold, and be the art! Just try your best and have fun making your own comics!

 

by chadcabrera

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my webcomic, The Monstrous Manhunter!

My name is Chad Cabrera and I'm an independent comic creator from the Philippines. I write the ongoing, self-published series Drop Dead Dangerous (which is also available digitally) and have contributed illustrations to Melon, a pin-up book put together with a bunch of friends from the local comic scene. So, although this is my first webcomic and first solo project, I've done a little bit of both writing and drawing comics in the past, and, hopefully, won't mess this one up too badly! Perhaps you will even like it!*

I'll have new pages of The Monstrous Manhunter up every Tuesdays and Thursdays starting tomorrow, and will have content not suitable for children (or anyone, really). For updates, the Facebook page is here. Perhaps you will give it a like!

*No promises!