Yesterday, well-known comics artist and author Scott McCloud, and his family visited Adobe. I had high expectations for his presentation because I read his first book, Understanding Comics, several years ago. I’m not a comics artist but his book was very influential in my thinking as a graphic designer. If you haven’t read it—you should definitely check it out—especially if you are a graphic designer, illustrator, or user interface designer. It is as much about visual communication and graphic devices as it is about comics. I look forward to reading his new book, Making Comics, with relish. Scott uses both Illustrator and Photoshop to create his comics.
One of the many really interesting things about his presentation was that his 8th grade daughter, Sky, did her own short presentation about their yearlong road trip. Obviously influenced by her father’s rapidfire style, she did a very impressive job of giving a condensed version of their travel adventures. What a fantastic experience and educational opportunity Scott and his wife Ivy are giving to their two children. You can read the family blog on their website.
For those of you who do make comics, I found an excellent set of Photoshop tutorials specifically for comic artists. Try the one on Blending Modes for starters. Some of the tutorials are a little old but they still work well. If you know of a good tutorial that you’d like to share, please go to the Submit a Tutorial page on this blog and send in the link. Thanks!