Menu Close

Category: Art

Color Theory in the Digital Space

My follow-up to the last one for Wacom. Covers how digital art’s primary colors are different from traditional’s, the hue-saturation-value system of color management, how the color pickers in image editing programs work, how to “key” your images for maximum cohesion, and some tips on creating color harmony.

Since most webcomics are made digitally, I hope this helps you.

Published on the same day as the last, but I’m setting this to post a week from now to give you the illusion of more updates.

Read it on Wacom’s Blog

The Nuts and Bolts of Color Theory

Sometimes I write for Wacom now. This article is my best stab at a practical introduction to color theory: Not a list of the different types of color schemes like many other articles I’ve seen on it, but an introduction to light, mixing, and the properties behind them.

Read it on Wacom’s Blog

Some Things, Off the Top of My Head, an Artist Should Know

Please don’t take my extended absence personally: I barely wrote anything in 2017. Let’s change that this year.

(2019 Edit:  So much for that.)

But this post, as the title says, wasn’t planned. It started out as an answer to a Reddit post asking what you should study if you want to go pro, but as I kept writing, I realized it was turning into a blog post.

So here you go: a list, from memory, of what I think an artist with ambition should be reading up on.

Read more

Build a Studio from Nothing

Early this year, I moved a thousand miles and had to rebuild my bedroom studio from scratch, and a couple months later, my laptop bricked itself, forcing me to replace it and all its programs.

So I took that opportunity to tackle one of comics’ oldest questions: What are the cheapest supplies you need to make a good one?

Read more

Tell Better Stories With Memes

…OK, both the title and the page image are pretty misleading on this one.  I’m actually talking about memes as Richard Dawkins originally defined them: bits of knowledge passed from person to person via word of mouth and various media.

Figures of speech are memes, writing styles are memes, and tropes are some of the most persistent memes of all.  In fact, you could argue that stories are just meme golems.  Where do all these bits come from, though?  Both reality and fantasy in equal measure: life inspires art inspires life and so on, and memes travel freely between them.

Read more