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New Process

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:15 AM

For those of you who like it when I talk shop, I thought I'd show you the new way I'm trying out to create SHELDON.

Traditionally, I'd take a 6"x14" piece of paper, pencil the strip, ink over those pencils, erase, scan and color.

NOW....I'm replacing the pencils with a digital process, before I ink the strip the usual way. Here's how it works:

1.) I "pencil" out the strip on the computer, which allows for greater flexibility, manipulation, and experimentation.
2.) Then, when everything feels right, I print out that "pencilled" strip, and bring it to my drawing desk.
3.) Using a lightbox, I now hand-letter and ink the strip with archival inks on acid-free, Bristol vellum stock. This is exactly the same as how I've always done it...just that there's no pencil underneath my ink.
- When I've inked the "original art", I then scan and color the strip in Photoshop.

I've pasted a visual guide, below. And here's a much larger version, if you'd like to look in more detail [CLICK HERE].

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San Diego Comic-Con

Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 01:49 PM

I'm at San Diego Comic-Con this week, at booth 1228. Just look for the big Sheldon/Drive/Stripped sign on row 1200.

1.) I have an exclusive poster at the show, this year, snag yours early: I'm only printing 50 numbered posters.
2.) Original art is $25-off at the show, but I need you e-mail me and tell me which strips that you want! Date, punchline, or broad topic is fine ( )

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Anatomy of an Anatomy

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 04:30 PM

Back to the normal cast, we go!

Thank you all for the kind words and feedback, during the recent run of Anatomy strips. There were a few of those that were among the most-shared, most-retweeted strips I've ever had. More importantly to me (and my sanity), they were immensely fun to do, after SEVENTEEN STRAIGHT YEARS of drawing Sheldon. Even the most-loved things need a break, now and again!

We're about half-way through the "Anatomy" book I want to draw...but we're going to go back to the normal cast for a bit. I imagine we'll do the second half of the Anatomy strips...somewhere toward the end of July or August? Somewhere in there.

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