I still can not draw

by kalbzayn on May 16, 2007

…but I can start my own webcomic. The first one that will be more than a single page at least.

I just posted the first page late last night…or maybe it was early this morning.

I still can’t really draw and I’m not really trying to at this point. I’ll keep practicing more realistic stuff but until I get a bit better, I’ll stick with the very basic images I think. I did include two special effects and a couple damage indicators so it can’t be all bad.

The first entry actually starts a little bit before the beginning when a couple characters find out what happens when the Gods get bored after they hack their characters and give them max stats.

The next posts will be the real start where the party starts to get put together and begin their big adventure. Since I’ll probably be posting other unrelated comics and other stuff on the same blog, the category for this particular story for now is called Cheaters Never Finish.

Did I forget that it will be inspired by the CRPGs that I used to play back in the 80s/90s. I never really got into the real RPGs but I loved to kill many hours playing Bard’s Tale and Might & Magic, etc.

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Paul May 16, 2007 at 11:58 am

How did you do the frames of your comic? Do you have a template or did you just draw them in? I looked on the web a while back for templates for the frames of comics (such as the standard three frame comic) but never found anything.

kalbzayn May 16, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Magic. I wish there were magic. It took a lot longer than it should have. I tried setting up a template using Microsoft Paint but it didn’t handle inches the way I expected. Then I tried in Gimp and it would have worked but I didn’t measure properly.

So, I grabbed a sheet of blank paper, pencil and ruler and just drew it on. Each box is approximately 2 1/3 by 3 making the whole thing 7′ish by 9. Then once all the penciling was done I just drew over the rest of the frames that were not buried under talk bubbles.

Once I scanned it I shrunk it down to somewhere around 700 X 900 pixels and did all the colors. Then added some space for the title and copyright junk.

I’ve thought about doing something more template based and just printing it but will probably hand draw them for a while so that each page doesn’t have to be 3 X 3 with equally sized boxes.

I should probably work up some common templates though and make them available over there in a couple different formats.

S William Shaw May 16, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Drawing is the opne thing I wish I could do. I just wish it didn’t take so long to hone the craft.

kalbzayn May 17, 2007 at 5:34 am

I grew up with friends that were really good and practiced all the time. It never really clicked with me. The fun thing about comics is that the artwork doesn’t have to be amazing or even good to work. Have you ever read xkcd. Really basic stick figure art but it is still very popular.

I’d still like to be able to sit down and draw perfect hands and faces and make them all fade toward the vanishing point. Someday.

Paul May 17, 2007 at 10:05 am

Thanks for that description of how you do things. Even that little bit of detail helps me. Since I was a kid I have had an idea for a comic strip but never really put it on paper (though I still draw the character on birthday cards, etc.). I may have to try this. My local newspaper has been printing user created comics, and I think I could get mine published. We’ll see.

kalbzayn May 17, 2007 at 10:11 am

Then you’ll have to start the Struggling Comicstrip Writer blog.

Does your paper let you do one time strips or do they have to be daily? The daily thing would be rough.

Paul May 18, 2007 at 8:27 am

The newspaper does either. They have been printing many different comics, though most of them seem to be cutesy ones drawn by 11 year olds (literally).

kalbzayn May 18, 2007 at 8:36 am

Is that the same paper that does the fiction contests that you are always doing? If so, you have a pretty cool paper.

Paul May 18, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Yep, it’s the same newspaper. I guess they are pretty cool. They really do try to involve the readers, though if you think about it they do get free content out of it.

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