Pretty Landscape

Another experiment with some ink wash

Joe Winter

A colouring test

How to Fail and love it

At the start of this month I decided I wanted to undertake the 30 day challenge for November. I had done similar challenges before, drawing and or creating every day for one month, and I had wanted to do it again and kickstart my drawing habit. I had hoped to start work on a series of short comic strips which involved taken some already written material and translating them into 3 panel comics. Well it didn't really happen the way I thought at all, but I'm ok with that. Something about the time period was good for me mentally. I had a good hard look at myself and all the excuses I had been making not to draw recently. I had been telling myself that with full time work and kids I should not be so hard on myself for not drawing, which to a certain extent is true. But then two truths occurred to me. Firstly, other artists I know work full time, have kids and still draw, and secondly, how much time do I spend on the web surfing twitter, Reddit and various another sites and dist

Day 2 - eBooks instructional

How to turn your comic book into an ebook  I was recently playing around with some file formats for comic ebooks. I have had some hit and miss results in the past and wanted to get this monkey of my back. In my last batch of trials I believe I may have hit on the right combination of factors. I'll share them with you here. First some background   I create my digital print files by scanning in my artwork at 1200DPI and then after some cleanup converting it to Bitmap mode (50% threshold) and save as LZW compressed tifs. I then compile these field using Adobe Acrobat Pro for a file I can take to the printers. This is not necessary for the creation of the eBook but rather just demonstrates why I have to shrink my files down to iPad size. This means I have to some how change these files from hi-res bitmaps to low res jpeg, PNG, or GIF files. This would be a slow and painful exercise to do one by one. Luckily you can create a batch process using actions in Photoshop.

Sketchbook Comix no.4: 'Rose Parade'

The fourth in the series of 'Sketchbook Comix', (Out Soon!) Click here to download

Sketchbook Comix No.3: 'In the Lost & Found'

The first in the series of 'Sketchbook Comix', An autobiographical comic which follows my search to fit into a new country after moving to Canada in 2008.  With Guest artwork by David Collier ebook version coming soon

Sketchbook Comix No.2: 'Stupidity Tries'

'Stupidity Tries' is the second comic in a series of four comics. With guest comic by Mandy Ord ebook version coming soon

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