Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Being professional, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- In my 20 plus years as a professional comic book…letterer and designer,…there's one question I've been asked more than any other.…So, of course, I saved it for last.…How do I become a professional in the comic industry?…First I'll tell you the qualities I think are necessary…for being a pro letterer.…And then, I'll give you suggestions for getting your foot…in the door,…or even smashing it down Hulk-style.…Since most comic books are published monthly,…comic creators are almost constantly on deadline.…And since the letterer is at the end…of the assembly line process,…each day that the writer, artist, and colorist are late…is one less day that we have to do our job.…
As a result,…lettering jobs are nearly always in a rush.…Here's a handy guide to staying sane and succeeding…as a letterer.…This might be obvious,…but turning in quality work, on time,…to the requested specifications.…If they ask for a 300 dpi pdf lettered at artwork size,…give them exactly that.…You'll save yourself time and headaches.…Be calm, cool, and mistake free under pressure.…
This course deconstructs the lettering process for comics, in terms of how to think about lettering and how to execute your vision in Adobe Illustrator. Professional artist John Roshell begins with a brief history of comics and then jumps into the design of word balloons, type treatment, captions, and sound effects. At the end of the course, John goes overs some basic business know-how, so members understand how to successfully collaborate with other artists and publishers.
- Understanding the main goal: storytelling
- Arranging the lines of dialogue
- Drawing word balloons and tails
- Emphasizing words with typography and sound effect stylings
- Adding captions and special types of balloons (thought balloons, whisper balloons, etc.)
- Creating sound effects
- Creating PDF proofs
- Charging for your work
Skill Level Beginner
2. Word Balloons
3. Type Treatment
Fitting into tight spots6m 39s
4. Captions and Other Balloon Styles
5. Comic Book Sound Effects
6. Finishing Touches
7. Final Output
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