Comic art & technique

Postby BJ on Fri Jul 14, 2000 4:10 am

History lesson!!<P>In the olden days (like, the '30s & so on) when newspaper strips started and cartoonists worked in-house for one paper, they just used a non-photo blue pencil and scribbled a shade where a certain screen tone was supposed to go. Then, at engraving, the engravers would do the toning for print. So if you find an original of any of the old comics (and they are beautiful pieces of art, btw), you'll see sections that are tinted light blue. When the comic saw print, those areas were greyed in. Sundays were done the same way, with the comic artist submitting a colour key to printing along with the strip; they didn't hand-colour the originals. I believe that holds true today.<P>For Jackie's Fridge, I hand-Zip each Ada and any of the grey or machined patterns in the background, for the sole reason that I don't have a computer.<P>Belive me, if I had access to and knowledge of Photoshop, I'd be there in a flash. Formatt tone is $6 a sheet, and I can't get it locally. Not only that, but I've noticed that it tends to peel after a few years.<P>I'm planning on starting a "Techniques" page in Jackie's Fridge that details what I'm up to artistically and any of my favourite artists and whatever I know of their technique, strengths, weaknesses.... If any of you are interested in the read, let me know.<P>--BJ, the One who Likes to Talk
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Postby Karva on Fri Jul 14, 2000 5:06 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BJ:
<B>History lesson!!<P>In the olden days (like, the '30s & so on) when newspaper strips started and cartoonists worked in-house for one paper, they just used a non-photo blue pencil and scribbled a shade where a certain screen tone was supposed to go. Then, at engraving, the engravers would do the toning for print. So if you find an original of any of the old comics (and they are beautiful pieces of art, btw), you'll see sections that are tinted light blue. When the comic saw print, those areas were greyed in. Sundays were done the same way, with the comic artist submitting a colour key to printing along with the strip; they didn't hand-colour the originals. I believe that holds true today.<P>For Jackie's Fridge, I hand-Zip each Ada and any of the grey or machined patterns in the background, for the sole reason that I don't have a computer.<P>Belive me, if I had access to and knowledge of Photoshop, I'd be there in a flash. Formatt tone is $6 a sheet, and I can't get it locally. Not only that, but I've noticed that it tends to peel after a few years.<P>I'm planning on starting a "Techniques" page in Jackie's Fridge that details what I'm up to artistically and any of my favourite artists and whatever I know of their technique, strengths, weaknesses.... If any of you are interested in the read, let me know.<P>--BJ, the One who Likes to Talk<P>
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Hey, that's cool! <P>--Karva, the One who doesn't Like to Talk<P>
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Postby Jackiesfridge on Tue Jul 25, 2000 12:22 am

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Postby BJ on Tue Jul 25, 2000 5:20 am

Um....Umm.....<P>No comment.
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 54 on Tue Jul 25, 2000 6:35 am

hey bj! i was wondering what zip tone was. personally, i really dig your comic and art. the whole concept is very cool and even though you're doing reruns right now, i really think you've managed to create something special. that strip with the photograph and melissa had me connected. thanks for a great comic and a kick ass history lesson. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P><P>------------------
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Postby David Stripe on Tue Jul 25, 2000 11:09 am

I, for one, would love to see a techniques page. Cool beans!<P>I love the artwork in Jackie's Fridge. Great strip and loadsa fun....<P><P>------------------
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Postby BJ on Tue Jul 25, 2000 11:50 am

David, I can't wait until you see the new art.<P>Seriously. I really, really can't wait. It kind of hurts to see that old stuff up there. I blame Shannon.<P>But hey! All it takes is one interested person. If you'll read it, I'll write it. I'm going to be gone until mid-August, so you might not see the techniques page until I get back, but you know.....I do love to talk.<P>--BJ<P>------------------
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