Category Archives: Comic

Original Doodles Available on Etsy

There is something about original pieces that seem to gives them more character. It could be the time put in to them, the idea of having something that doesn’t exist anywhere else, or simply the look and feel you just can’t get from a copy. Thanks to sites like Etsy, it’s easy to find original work from independent artists.

I’ve been doodling since before I can remember. I’ve never considered myself much of an artist, but when my girlfriend suggested that I put some drawings up on Etsy, it seemed like an idea worth trying. Etsy makes it easy enough to create your own store to sell your original artwork that there really isn’t a lot to it.

Etsy is an online service with the goal in mind of giving independent artists and crafters a place where they can sell their work online in a place where potential buyers go with the purpose in mind of purchasing original art and crafts. Etsy has a philosophy of connecting makers with potential buyers in a more personal level than you would find on a bigger commercial site such as Ebay or Amazon.

The first batch of drawings I’m putting up on the site are made with felt tip pens and 8.5″ x 11″ card stock. This may change as future batches are made available to through Etsy. Also, depending on how well these do, I may live stream me drawing them for you to big on.

The drawings are being made with the idea in mind of allowing you to hang them either vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference.

If you purchase an item from me, I will promote your Twitter username (if you have one) to the community. I would also like to see where you decide to place it, so please send me a digital photo once you receive it.

I certainly don’t consider myself an artist, though doodling is one of my life-long favorite pastimes. Etsy is a great platform for artists and other creative sorts to sell their creations to the world. They even make it easy for non-artists like me to give being an artist a shot.

Do you make art and/or crafts in your spare time? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

How to Make a Web Comic

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been uploading comic panes and sending them out to my Twitter and Facebook pages. People have asked me exactly how I make these, and so I thought I’d make this video to explain exactly how to make a comic.

These comic panes have been generated using both ToonPAINT for iOS and Comic Life 2 on Mac OS X. These applications, when combined, help me to create something in an easy and simple way that no other single program I’ve seen yet has.

First, you’re going to want to take a good shot of yourself using ToonPAINT doing something worthy of a humorous caption. Perhaps there’s a situation or idea you’ve always thought was funny, but haven’t quite had the ability to express it. You could even just take a snapshot of yourself making a goofy face.

Once the picture is taken, ToonPAINT will give you the option to tweak the look of the resulting image. You may decide to use a black and white cartoon or go with something more colorful. When you are satisfied with your art, simply email it to yourself (full size).

At this point you can transfer the file over to an application for Mac OS X called Comic Life 2. You can use the original Comic Life, which is available on both OS X and Windows, but the caption text just seems to look better in Comic Life 2.

Here you can add a caption bubble of your choosing, position it how and where you want it to go, and type away. Once you’re done here you can export your final cartoon and share it with the world.

The only downside to this process is that you have to use two different devices. An all-in-one solution would be worthwhile, especially if it can be contained in a single iOS app versus having to go to a desktop or notebook computer to complete the process every time.

To the Cloud! [COMIC]

The slogan for Windows Cloud proclaims “To The Cloud!” The service claims to connect everything from your PC to the Cloud. Use it to create photos, documents and movies. Connect to the people and files you care about the most. Share what matters anywhere – anytime – easily. Doesn’t that give you warm, fuzzy feelings just thinking about it?

To the cloud! [COMIC]

There are many other services out there which can accomplish the same things. It’s getting tough these days to know which one may be “right” for you. How do you decide?

Dіck Figures – A Bee or Something

The folks behind the Happy Tree Friends are bringing you some hip new animated characters: the Dick Figures. Mondo Media has what seems to be an unlimited supply of funny up its sleeve. In this first episode, Dick Figures — A Bee or Something, Blue got dumped. He’s having a bad day. Red’s voice becomes auto-tuned. Now Blue is having a worse day… until Red’s voice grabs them a whole host of dancing stick-figure hotties.