Thursday, 19 April 2012


A couple of years ago I was asked to produce a comic strip review of the film Cargo for the movie website, Electric Sheep Magazine. The result is the following…
cargo-1 cargo-2
Just in case it isn't clear, I really enjoyed the film. You should try and see it if you can.

What’s interesting to me about this strip is that it features an early attempt of lettering on the computer by me. Since then I feel that I’ve improved a lot (see Thunder Brother: Soap Division).

Anyway, a few months ago, I received an email from the director, Ivan Engler. He had seen the review, liked it and, being a comic fan, asked if he could buy the original artwork. At this point, I started to feel slightly uncomfortable because, for years, I had been drawing my comic strips on various bits of paper and assembling them on the PC.  Ivan seemed happy with this but, thanks mainly to this embarrassment, I have changed the way I work.

I now draw my strips old school style. I try and make the original artwork look as good as I can and keep the Photoshop correcting down to a minimum. Obviously, I still use the computer for colouring and, in the case of Thunder Brother: Soap Division, the lettering and bordering (but only so they maintain their consistency with earlier episodes. Other strips I have drawn have been hand lettered and bordered.) Hopefully, you can see the difference but it doesn’t matter if you can’t because, at the end of the day, I’m the happiest I’ve been drawing comics for a long, long time.

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1 comment:

Rol said...

Cool strip - and insight into the crazy working methods of Rainey!