Progress Report: Flatting Sucks

Flatting sucks!! Well that’s not entirely true , but it is an extremely tedious process. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about. Flatting is the process of laying down the base colors underneath the line art, I’m using the Lasso tool to outline each shape in photoshop and coloring them accordingly. After that’s done I can move onto adding the highlights, shadows and texture. I almost think It would be quicker to paint the whole thing.

As you may have guessed I have made some progress since my last post. I finished inking ,scanned, cleaned-up and created the sound effects. Also I created a 2 fonts of my handwriting to letter the comic. After writing out the alphabet more than a grade 3 class and failing miserably at getting a clean trace of inked letters, I stumbled across a site that compiles a font from a template that can be downloaded or printed out. The site is called myscriptfont.com, it was super quick and it did all the heavy lifting. To get clean letters I practiced writing in photoshop with my old Wacom Tablet. After a few hours of undos and erasing I ended up with 2 fonts. Here’s a few things I found out about comic lettering, first they are all caps so I made 2 versions of each letter for variation (in each font). Second, when an I is contained inside a word it has no crossbars at the top or bottom. Finally I added some symbols that are used only in comics like this.

WordBalloon

There are a few free font editors that I have found but they can be quite involved, I plan on using one to tweak the fonts that I have already made. So far I like what I see, when I do get to the lettering I should have a better idea of what needs to be modified.

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