Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Electric and radio balloons, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- So here you are in the script,…you come across TV (ELEC).…Let's check and see what that means…in the Lettering Key.…We go down the Lettering Key,…and there at the end it is,…(elec), electronic Transmission balloon.…Now let's go to the placements…and see what the writers indicated.…You can see here on the placements…the writer's drawn several…spiky outline balloons in this panel,…basically to indicate that this character's on TV…and he's talking.…So his voice should have…something of an electronic effect to it.…Let's go back to the script and grab the text.…So here's our two electrical balloons…from this panel.…I'm going to highlight and copy,…and take note of which words are bold,…"stunning accusations" and "super-criminals."…Now back in Illustrator,…we've got this page set up in our page template.…
This is going to be Astro City 4…in the exercise files, Script Placements and Art.…You can see I've got my sample balloon here,…I'm going to option-drag that over…to the spot where we're going to need to…put our electrical balloon.…
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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