Over time, I have gotten several questions that were asked so often that I felt the need to write this up. As much as I love answering questions, please refer to this FAQ and the FAQ tag on my blog before you send me something in my ask! Someone else may have asked the same thing way before.
If you have any advice-seeking questions, do check the ADVICE tag as well.
What art program/tablet do you use? What fonts? What comic dimensions?
I use Photoshop CS5 for a majority of my artwork/gifs. I sometimes use Pencil, MSPaint, and online art programs.As for tablet, I use Wacom Intuos3
For fonts I generally use Century Gothic. But in my comics I use “Anime Ace” for speech bubbles and Gills Sans MT for titles.
My comics file sizes are 700px wide and 3000-10000px long.
How long does it take to draw your comics/art/etc?
Doodles usually take a few minutes.
Nuzlocke comics take 5-7 days (provided I take about 5 hours a day to work on the strip). Artwork can vary from 1-6 hours or more.
Please give me some art/comic tips?
I am not sure if I am well-versed to do this but…for the most part my tumblr’s tutorial tag might help you a bit. If you already had read that…here’s are some other tips.
- Study the hell out of the things you want to draw: Like drawing Humans? Animals? Cartoon characters? Anime? Look up some reference pictures and photos (photos are better) and practice drawing different kinds of whatever subject you wish to draw. It will not always come out nicely at first and will be hard. But in the end, you will get the hang of it and utilize those skills developed during practice to draw other things.
- Synthesize your own style out of others: There is no harm in copy and mimicking styles because you like them but you will probably deviate from those art styles and end up with your own. That might seem very disappointing but over time you will incorporate different things into your style (as rudimentary as it might look at first) and get something you will be more or less happy with.
- Plan comics out!: You can make short spontaneous lolcomics but for more longer projects, plan things out. Make scripts or plot blurbs; write out your character and possible development plans; thumbnail your strips or have a distinct plan before starting. And even keep a schedule for comicking. Little organization things will keep you sane and help you chug along.
- Keep an open mind: Despite having certain expectations on what you want in a picture, your hands might not be able to produce exactly what you want; and that is okay. Your mind’s artistic vision might be far more advanced than your artistic skills, which will challenge you and hopefully spur you to improve. Just keep that in mind and don’t be disappointed!
Can I critique your work?
You are always free to provide me any feedback on any of my drawings (be as harsh as you like). Just comment or send a note and I definitely will consider them. I always strive to improve, even if the progress does not show immediately.
I want to be your friend!
Talk to me regularly, be friendly and patient. I am more than open to conversation and willing to be friends with almost anyone.
What is Nuzlocke?
Look here [link]
Give me some Nuzlocke game/comic tips!
For game tips, check this thread: [link]
For drawing tips, just refer to the previous art tip question before.
Can I draw/write about your ocs/nuzlocke characters?
Please do it! And link it to me so I can see it…I really appreciate when people draw my characters.
Do you script the Nuzlocke while you play or after you finish?
After I finish I look at my notes and plan a overall plot
Which Nuzlocke runs do you read/follow?
I have not read a lot of runs recently so I cannot really recommend any off my head…just search the nuzlocke forums and I guarantee you will find something you’d like.