How to Become a Comic Strip, Comic Book and Graphic Novel Artist
Tools of the Trade
49. PHOTOCOPY MACHINE - This is a tool you don't have to own, yet comes in very handy. You always want to make copies of your work at the pencil stage and inked stage to document it for yourself. It is also good if work has gotten lost in the mail so you don't have to redraw it. Inkers can lightbox the pencil copy and ink on a board. A good clean copy of inks and lettering can be used for reproduction.
You can use it in the production process. Your thumbnails can be enlarged to print size. Tighten up your drawings and then print size can be enlarged to original art size. Finalize the art and original art size can be reduced to print size to get a sense of how screens and other things will reproduce.
Create montages, duplicate backgrounds, figures and many other uses.
Now because of advances in technology, you can own a portable photocopier, scanner and fax machine, sometimes all-in-one. I advise against the all-in-one machines as when one function is broken, the you lose the use of the other functions.
This leads me nicely to the digital tool set. So next time we will begin looking at the software and hardware available to use for cartooning and drawing.
Next... Digital Tools
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