So I've been experimenting with using Tumblr, http://awcomix.tumblr.com/ I've had the thing since 2009 and used it occasionally but I never wanted to cheat on my main blog right here. I still don't want to give on the ol' blogspot, but Tumblr seems like it's going to suit my needs to share images and check out what other people are up to. I think I won't give up on the blog completely and I still think it is a good venue to host links to things I'm doing and discuss larger ideas. Who knows I could be back in two weeks begging my blog to take me back. Update (27/02/2013): So I'm still hanging out on tumblr and it's working out pretty good for my comics/drawing posting needs. But like I said I haven't completely given up on this blog, I think it will be good to use it for the occasional tutorial post amongst other things.
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
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.