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January 12, 2011

How-to

As someone who turns frequently to blogs and youtube tutorials for information on how to do stuff (viz.: breaking in Doc Martens, baking biscuits, re-foaming my 40-year old advent speakers, applying liquid eyeliner) I am obviously already totally sold on the concept of the internet as a great big cloud-powered encyclopedia of know-how.

 

And perhaps you are, too, in which case I'm preaching to the choir. But! Preach I shall.

Blogs that share tips and little peeks into the cartooning process are one of my favorite forms of this open-source knowledge culture. Here are some I've enjoyed a great deal lately, which you may well enjoy also!

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1) A recent blog post by Jason Rainey on the kick-ass webcomic "Americus" (soon to be a First Second book!) about creating gray tones for black line art with a lightbox.

 

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3) The Comics Tools blog continues with tips both basic and esoteric for cartoonists of all stripes.

 

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