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smilingbeef

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A question regarding my new project
« on: 16 May 2005, 21:26 »

Hey guys, I was wondering if some of you could help settle a debate between my wife and I.  I've been doing a webcomic for a few months and recently started up a little side project called Animals Have Problems Too.  In it, I draw animals with problems (pretty simple, I know).

The problem is my wife thinks I should use a fine point sharpie (as evidinced in "Snake with Dude Teeth") and I like it better using a Pilot G2 (all the other ones).  I dig the rougher, less cartoony style of the G2, but I can see why she likes the sharpie for clarity.  Let me know what you think.
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Druid

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« Reply #1 on: 16 May 2005, 21:39 »

I like the G2.
I think there are Extra Fine and an Ultra fine sharpies that may be a good compromise between the two.
I like the Extra fine sharpies just for labeling things; they seem to be clearer.
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« Reply #2 on: 16 May 2005, 21:41 »

This is a pretty cute idea!

I like the heavier line weight as well, but mainly because it's smoother-looking. You could achieve the same effect with the thinner pen by drawing big and shrinking the images down before publishing them.
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smilingbeef

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« Reply #3 on: 16 May 2005, 21:49 »

the biggest problem at the moment (i hope) is i don't have a scanner and am using a pretty old digital camera to get the images on the computer.  That leads to a lot of cleanup, and sometimes the lines get lost in translation.  the good news is my wife works for a nonprofit that inexplicably has computer equipment donated all the time, so i'm going to get a scanner from them in a few days. thanks for the comments!
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« Reply #4 on: 17 May 2005, 07:16 »

I'm afraid that you and your wife are both wrong.

You should be using these:

Brush pens

They cost about $4 per pen (CDN$) and are the best pens I've ever worked with.

If you're going to work in a non-digital format, these pens are the way to go.

They also have finer point pens, and graphics pens (surf the site).
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smilingbeef

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« Reply #5 on: 17 May 2005, 09:31 »

you're gonna make me go to hobby lobby, aren't you? dammit!
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« Reply #6 on: 17 May 2005, 10:05 »

Maybe I should buy some of those brush pens, gotta be better than the crappy rollerball I'm currently using.
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Sideways

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« Reply #7 on: 17 May 2005, 11:17 »

Anything is better than ballpoint.
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« Reply #8 on: 17 May 2005, 11:50 »

Isn't a ball point a biro?
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« Reply #9 on: 17 May 2005, 12:02 »

What the heck is a biro?
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« Reply #10 on: 17 May 2005, 12:15 »

shugga frugga dick dastardly


biro


Similar to what I use, does the job.
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Sideways

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« Reply #11 on: 17 May 2005, 13:04 »

Ok... but they're both ballpoint pens... the biro pens just have a tiny ballpoint compared to a standard Bic pen.

So that Biro is better than a standard pen... yeah... but nowhere near as good as a proper art pen/brush.

I used to love inking with a proper nib, and india ink... but it just gets so damned messy.
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« Reply #12 on: 17 May 2005, 13:09 »

Fine MOTHER, I'll buy a proper art pen. guh next you'll be telling to use a ruler when drawin straight lines. YOU'RE SO UNFAIR! I HATE YOU!
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Sideways

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« Reply #13 on: 17 May 2005, 13:50 »

Would it KILL you to use that ruler your grandma knitted for you?

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smilingbeef

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« Reply #14 on: 18 May 2005, 12:42 »

Well, I went all over my tiny little hellhole of a town (read: I went to two places) and didn't find those brush pens.  I will keep up the search and may find some next time I head to Houston, but for now I'm sticking with the G2 but making sure I get good pressure on everything and being very careful with my clean up work.  Hopefully that's a happy medium.

PS - Jeph, how did you like the Emu with ADD?
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« Reply #15 on: 18 May 2005, 14:14 »

those brush pens or ones very similar I think I've seen at Wal-MArt before.  I don't remember how much they cost I just remember seeing them before.  I like the ones with the ballpoint pen though it gives character.  It doesn't have to be perfect.
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smilingbeef

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« Reply #16 on: 18 May 2005, 14:20 »

yeah, i know, but I'm interested in trying out the brush pens anyway.
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« Reply #17 on: 18 May 2005, 14:23 »

oh yeah I think they'd be fun to try out....liek I said I think you can find something at least similar at wal-mart.  although Idon't know where you live.  I live ina  tiny town but places like that tend to have a decent selection of art stuffs.  Nothing like real arts and craft stores but they usually have something
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« Reply #18 on: 18 May 2005, 17:59 »

cute comics!

I definately gotta try the brush pen myself.  Currently, I use a black gel pen <covers head>.

I tend to be a bit of an engineer and less of an artist at times with my drawing.

Gotta love that Racoon with OCD! :D
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smilingbeef

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« Reply #19 on: 19 May 2005, 06:53 »

yeah i'm a fan of the racoon, but I have a new favorite that went up today (I've switched to daily updates).  don't be ashamed of the pen God gave ya!
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