For those of us who live in the 21st Century, it's the computer that effects everything. This includes drawing. There is a ton of digital art being produced. I experimented with digital painting myself when I produced my Christmas card last year.
|This illustration was painted completely digitally|
I had never really considered line drawing on the computer until recently. The idea of it intrigued me so I looked into it. What I found was this, there are two ways to do it using either a Cintiq, or a Wacom Bamboo Tablet.
Both devices are plugged into the computer. With a Cintiq, the user literally draws on a screen as if they were drawing on a sheet of paper. It's like having a digital drawing board.
|This is a Wacom Bamboo|
For my purposes I decided to work with a Wacom tablet. I started experimenting the same way I started drawing way back when. I pulled out my George Bridgeman book and started drawing from it. It took me a while before a realized that the way to go was to do my "roughs" in "blue pencil" and then the next stage with a "2B pencil".
|Done with blue "pencil"|
|The finish on top of the blue|
There are things I have yet to learn with this.
After my initial drawings I decided to do my comic book roughs completely digital. Here's the result:
|My blueline digital rough|
|my second more finished digital rough|
|The final drawn on bristol board by hand|
Once the roughs were finished and approved, I finished them up the usual way. I prefer to have the finish be by hand - at least for right now.
For more information on digital comic book illustration, check out the excellent book by Freddie E. Williams, The DC Comics Guide To Digitally Drawing Comics.