I thought I would take this time to include a brief blog about the process I use to bring you new Moth & Ethan strips every week. Right or wrong, love it or hate it, every artist has a method and technique that they are comfortable with or are constantly honing to produce their craft. This is one of mine:
I buy this in large packs at Arvey or Xpedx.
I made the template so I wouldn’t have to measure every time.
I don’t usually render the drawings any more than this since the characters are pretty simple and familiar to me.
Older classic Moth & Ethan strips were inked with brush and India ink. Brush markers, while less sophisticated or opaque, are also not as messy.
Some artists avoid this kind of clean-up by inking over a light table on a separate sheet, or just inking digitally.
I am currently running a new generation Mac Mini, to which I’ve connected a 12″ Wacom Cintiq, and new Brother large-format scanner, both of which are tremendous time-savers.
Black & White or Greyscale images scan faster and make it easier to adjust the levels.
This is also the point where I digitally clean up the inks and fix mistakes or make changes – a common occurrence..
Selection tools, Paint Bucket, and Brushes are all used to fill in the colors. I also have a color palette specifically for Moth & Ethan and a few of the other characters.
That’s about it! Hope you weren’t too bored and I hope it doesn’t take away the “magic”. Feel free to ask more detailed questions via e-mail or in the comments section below.