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Drawing Comics Lab by Robyn Chapman

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UNIT 4

Materials and Techniques

WHEN CARTOONISTS FIRST START to learn about their craft, the second question they usually ask is what tools they should buy (the first question being, “How do you make any money doing this?”). Tools are important, but they don’t make the cartoonist. A certain variety of brush or a certain brand of ink won’t magically produce beautiful drawings. However, finding the right tool for your drawing style will go a long way toward making your drawings the best they can be.

The following labs are designed around the tools most commonly used by cartoonists, but it is not an exhaustive list. Really, anything that can make a mark on paper is a possible art supply. I’ve read some wonderful comics that were painted, sketched, ...

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