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SYAC - Methods by TomPreston SYAC - Methods by TomPreston
This is a series I call “So You’re a Cartoonist?” which deals with all of the typical questions or remarks I receive whenever I tell people that I draw cartoons for a living.

I’ve been coloring my work on the computer since the 80’s and “Deluxe Paint” yet it still surprises me how even in the year 2011 so many people don’t grasp the concept of drawing first on paper and then coloring on it the computer. For the average person out there it can only be one or the other and it confuses the hell out of them when you try to explain it.

I don’t often get this from other artists, but when I do it tends to be because a lot of people were brought up on the idea that you can draw directly into the computer with tablets. While I do use a tablet for some things (such as touch ups and drawing shadows) I don’t feel comfortable classifying my work as exclusively digital since I do so much pre-planning, sketching, and inking by hand on ordinary paper.

If you wanna know more about my specific inking and coloring methods, please follow these links...
Coloring Tutorial: [link]
Painting Demonstration: [link]
Drawing Progression: [link]
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Critique by MMKeene Feb 25, 2011, 12:04:15 PM
Seeing this from you sorta brightened up my day because I can never wait to see this series from you. Many younger and even professional artists can relate to this series because it fully explains the things that people don't understand about us artists which is why I like it so much.

Anyways, I feel a lot of emotion and frustration going through this comic, which is typical for any artist but you've portrayed it quite well and the hand movements and expressions on yourself even make me feel angry.

The color composition though, such as yellow, peach red, and blue really throw the eyes off in this. You may want to, in future comics, consider the color wheel and how colors mix together.

Other than that, quite good. I enjoyed reading this and can easily relate that people don't even understand how an artist draws on the computer in the first place even though that's not what was presented in here. Those were just my first thoughts when reading this though.
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Enucleator Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Why is it funny to be mad at people who are trying to understand what you do?
Piddies0709 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
1.-First you draw a pictrue.
2.-Then you scan it in.
3.-Then you paint it, shade it or whatever.
4.-Last you print it.

I know you get it but dosn't anyone else get???
ChazFullmetal Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student General Artist
I know that knowing how to do this is necessary to produce good-quality comics and manga on a large scale
but i have yet to master this process....
TeamCullen1600 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't draw on the computer, it just never comes out the way i want it too.
But I need to colour on the computer cause I am not good at colouring on paper.
This is awesome, this is my second time reading the series, cause it's just so damn funny xD
tschreurs Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i just love your sense of humor :)
o-Kirio-o Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I'm really not sure how someone cannot grasp this type of method. It's so simple! Drawing with hands, scan onto a computer (Do you still use 9x12 paper? So awkward for me... not sure how it works.) Use effects, coloring, blah, blah, blah... aaand.... You're done! PRODUCT! But after explaining something you already know, I'll just say I became a recent fan and absolutely love your work. Truthfully. I've tried art before: Hand, mouse, tablet, and I absolutely failed in all criteria. I'm just stuck with my cheap rental viola in a small 50 or so person orchestra.

"If Kris-Wilson rules Candyland,
StormroseDewleaf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I can't draw on the computer and I can't colour on paper. xD Always seemed a fairly normal thing to me, really. I didn't even know there were people who can't grasp that concept.
Painbooster1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Blueboxer89 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
actually I kind of find it very hard to draw on the computer, I suck at it very badly compaird to the traditional way. how ever I have heard of people coloring their work on the computer a long time ago so its easier to get the colors exactly how you want. I just use the traditional mediums since I don't have a scanner and the art programs I need to use digital mediums
osundu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Young people just don't get it sometimes. This is what we called the mixed medium art.
Anyway, thanks for sharing this issue on your comic. I'll maybe check your tutorial links as well! :)
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