Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a sound effect palette, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- As the letterer, you'll be called on…to create all kinds of sounds,…from dripping water to ear-shattering explosions,…from knock-out punches to electric zaps,…so it's important to have an arsenal…of sound effect fonts at your disposal.…Alright, now that we've finished the sound effects…on this page let's zoom out, take a look.…They're all looking pretty nice.…Zoinks is a pretty versatile sound effect font.…You'll probably find a lot of ways to use it.…But, you know what, if I was lettering an entire comic…I don't think one sound effect font would do it,…it would get pretty boring after a while…to keep seeing those same letters.…
So something I'm doing as a professional letterer,…I'm constantly creating new fonts.…Now it's not something we have time to cover in this course,…but let me show you some examples.…If I was doing an electrical sound effect,…I might use "zzzaapp".…You can see it's a font I've created with lots…of little jagged outlines to look like electricity.…If I was doing a water splash,…I might use Splashdown.…
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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