Friday, April 20, 2012

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How to Become a Comic Strip, Comic Book and Graphic Novel Artist

A Word About Comfort


You're going to be spending a lot of time at a drawing table and/or in front of a computer screen drawing your comic strip, comic book or graphic novel. So create a comfortable working environment for your self that will reduce eye strain, muscle strain and fatigue, as well as poor posture. You want to stay healthy.

Lighting

Fluorescent lights are BAD for your eyes. They produce a harsh glare that strains the eyes. They also flicker over a hundred times per second. This creates eyestrain and can cause headaches or migraines.

Incandescent lights are GOOD for your eyes. The heated tungsten filament glows with subdued light similar to the afternoon sunlight.

A full-spectrum bulb is the BEST for eyes. It produces light similar to natural sunlight. This bulb provides a full spectrum of color and many people find they are able to see more noticeable differences in colors and shades. Colorists take note!

Have window light coming from the the side opposite your drawing hand so there are no shadows when you draw.

Seating

Invest in a good chair. This is another area you don't want to cheap out on yourself. Buy a chair with good lumbar support.

It is ideal to change your position every now and then. Adjust your chair and backrest at regular intervals. Stretch your fingers, hands, arms and torso often. Stand up, stretch your back muscles and walk around for a few minutes now and again.

Rather than chair with a back, you might want to consider a Ergonomic Kneeling Posture Chair.


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