Drawing comics with Adobe Illustrator

ai.jpg Starting with Episode 16, I am drawing my comics 100% in Adobe Illustrator. From rough sketch to final lettering, Q-Burger is going to be generated completely in this environment.

It’s not a decision made lightly. For the past year or so, I’ve done a combination of sketches and pencils in Photoshop or SketchBookPro, and then exported completed pencil work to Illustrator and then done the inking and lettering there.

Illustrator is a complicated drawing application that isn’t very intuitive. A large number of the methods one uses when drawing with Illustrator doesn’t happen in a ‘natural’ way, i.e., as an analogue to putting a pencil on paper and scribbling.

So artists used to physical mediums or drawing apps like Photoshop or SketchBookPro, are put off by Illustrator. I know I was.

It took an investment of many hours of video tutorials, actually seeing someone use the program, to get me over the hump and in a position where I could use Illustrator effectively.

I’m going to try to put together some video tutorials for using Illustrator to make comics in the near future. There are lots of cool techniques that I’d love to share and get feedback on. And, of course, I’d love to hear about new tricks as well.

For now, I’ll just point you to artist Brian Denham’s site. This guy’s a comic artist who draws with Illustrator and posted a few tips here and there that inspired me to really take a serious look at Illustrator as a comic-creation tool.

He’s got original art from a 5-part Iron Man mini-series for your perusal, and he’s also currently drawing the new X-Files comic being published by Wildstorm (DC).


Brian Denham’s site

And as a bonus…

an Illustrator page template created by Joe Webster

Bite the bullet and buy Adobe Illustrator from Amazon.com