Once the cartoon is finished and signed, it's time for the computer!
While I draw traditionally, I will use the computer to process and upload artwork to this webpage. My setup is simple - a laptop with some graphics editing software (in this case, I use Photoshop 6.0) and a scanner.
Using my scanner, I scan the cartoon to my computer; from there, the file goes into my graphics program where I retouch and format the cartoon. The caption also gets added. Two copies are made - a high quality to reprint in a possible book one day and a lower quality image for display online.
By the way, here's the finished cartoon!
I hope you enjoyed this inside look at how Tiffany & Corey gets produced. And now, please go back to viewing the cartoons!
ATTENTION: AS OF 3/3/2019, THIS KICKSTARTER IS CANCELLED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND MY CONTROL! Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to announce my next Kickstarter. On Saturday, April 13, 2019, I will be launching a crowdfunding drive to fund a 24-page digest size comic (5.5 x 8.5 inches) titled "Tiffany & Corey's Funhouse".
(DISCLAIMER: The above image is a mock-up and will not be the final cover.) Tiffany & Corey's Funhouse will be funded by a combination of self-funding and crowdfunding. The goal for the Kickstarter will be to raise US$400. Of that amount, $200 goes towards the printing of the comic which will have a total print run of 500 copies. $125 will go towards mailing supplies and first class postage to backers. (I did some testing by mailing a copy to myself.) That comes to $325; all remaining funds will cover anything unforeseen as well as paying for processing fees and the 3-5% cut taken by the Kickstarter people. Again, the goal for this Kickstarter is $400. Now let's talk about our rewards. Just as little as US$1 gets your name printed in the comic on the editorial page. A pledge of US$3 will get your name printed in the comic plus a copy of Tiffany & Corey's Funhouse mailed out to you anywhere in the USA. If you reside in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe or anywhere else in the world, a pledge of US$5 will get your name printed in the comic plus a copy mailed out to you anywhere in the world outside the United States. A special limited tier will be available for retailers (those who own a comic shop, storefront, and so on). A pledge of US$20 will get you 10 copies of the comic mailed to you plus some point-of-sale goodies! This tier will only be limited to backers in the USA. I will have some tiers at the level of US$50 & US$75 where original art will be available too. This will be cross-posted to the Sunnyville blog as well. Mark your calendars! We launch the Tiffany & Corey Kickstarter on Saturday, April 13!
ATTENTION: AS OF 3/3/2019, THIS KICKSTARTER IS CANCELLED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND MY CONTROL!
Now for a brief interlude, fans. Tiffany & Corey is chiefly done in black & white. In spite of this, I do occasional color work. Since this work is chiefly drawn traditionally, I use traditional media to color cartoons or illustrations.
Markers are my tool of choice to color any work with Tiffany & Corey. I get good quality markers from art supply stores but these brands like Prismacolor, Copic and so on can cost a lot of money. Lucky for me, I look for bargains and shop around where I can.
Picking up from where we left off last time, the Tiffany & Corey cartoon gets inked once the pencils get finished. Using black India ink and a nib pen, either a Hunt 107 nib (narrow lines) or a Speedball 512 (medium lines), I start inking the pencil lines.
I ink the figures first, Tiffany and/or Corey along with the co-stars Alessandra or Corey's cat Pepperoni. Backgrounds and tertiary characters get inked last. In the photo above, I'm using a Hunt 107 nib which gives a thinner line. While the Speedball 512 and Hunt 107 are my workhorses for Tiffany & Corey, I occasionally use other pen nibs like the Speedball A5 and C4 or specialty pens like the Uniball.
I won't keep the paper upright either. I may turn it around sideways or upside down during the inking process.
Once the cartoon is finished, I'll just let it sit and dry for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. What comes after that? Alas, that will have to wait for next time.