So how does a Tiffany & Corey cartoon get produced? First, I go to my notebook looking for ideas.
I scour through the notebook for something that can be drawn. Once an idea gets selected, I start work. The caption for the cartoon (if any) is scrawled on the back of the cardstock paper in 2H pencil.
Welcome back, Tiffany & Corey fans, for another round of the inside view of how Tiffany & Corey get drawn! I am old-school in drawing Tiffany & Corey. I use pen and paper.
This is where the magic happens - I draw at this desk loaded up with pens, pencils, inks and other inspirational items.
I draw with black India ink. I make sure it's the waterproof variety as anything else like water-based, water-soluble and non-waterproof will smear when erased, even after drying.
I use a round watercolor brush to mask in areas of black in the cartoons. But the brush is not my main tool. Tiffany & Corey cartoons get drawn with a nib pen.
I use a metal nib held inside a plastic holder. I will usually use a Speedball 512 (show in the photo above) or a crow quill nib if a thinner line is required. As for my paper, I use a white cardstock paper of 8.5 x 11 inches of around 100lb. weight so the paper doesn't buckle. I usually buy these in bulk for cheap at craft stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Next week: an actual cartoon gets drawn!
Welcome back, Tiffany & Corey fans! In today's behind-the-scenes look at how this gag webcomic is made, I'll share how ideas for Tiffany & Corey get generated.
First, I make sure I'm sufficiently stimulated. By that, I drink coffee or ingest some other caffeine to energize my mind. Then I go looking for ideas.
Yes, I said that I "look" for ideas. I go through joke books looking for material; I like to search used bookstores, secondhand shops and yard sales to get more joke books as the jokes inside can be turned into good gags for Tiffany and Corey to do in their cartoons.
In addition to joke books, I search through books, magazines and websites for older gag cartoons from 1946 to 1999, searching more ideas. Some of those punchlines can be converted into material that Tiffany and Corey can do.
Magazines are another big source of jokes. I scour through all kinds of magazine archives for jokes I can use. Some titles I look through are Highlights for Children, Boys Life, Playboy (!) and Reader's Digest.
So what do I do with all these jokes and ideas I find?
I write them down in a notebook!
I have recorded years worth of jokes to use for Tiffany & Corey. Already, a second notebook is sitting by, ready to have even more jokes recorded inside.
Welcome back, everyone! It's a BRAND NEW YEAR! I aim to make this year a good one and I have something special in store for you Tiffany & Corey readers. I will be sharing my creative process of how Tiffany & Corey gets made! I will be sharing a post each Saturday throughout January and February, showing a behind-the-scenes look at how the cartoons get made. So how will we kick off this behind-the-scenes look? How about with the origin of Tiffany & Corey? Tiffany & Corey came about from a dream I had years ago. As a little boy, I had a dream sometime around kindergarten or first grade (I can't remember when exactly). Everywhere I went - in my home, to school, out to the park, out shopping, etc. - I was accompanied by a beautiful woman in a white dress and high heels. I didn't forget this strange dream I had and thought about it as the years went by. After my move to North Dakota in 2014, I toyed with the idea of doing a webcomic and struggled with an idea. I wanted to do something simple like gag cartoons I used to see in newspapers and magazines. The idea was on and off for awhile. While I wanted to do a webcomic, I didn't have characters to use. Then I remembered that strange dream one day and started to think about that pairing - a beautiful woman and a little boy as the protagonists in a comic or webcomic? That's original and I hadn't seen anything like that elsewhere. I developed the ideas more, doing sketches and choosing the names of 1980s pop idol Tiffany along with actors Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. That's how this series came into being. Next week: I share how I generate ideas! Stay tuned!
Happy new year, everyone, from myself, Tiffany, Corey and Alessandra! Speaking of Alessandra, the cartoon you see above contains her new rounded face design. This 3/4 view and front view are much easier for me to draw. Here's to hoping 2019 is a great year for me and for Tiffany & Corey!