Comic book pages here in the United States are traditionally drawn on 11″ x 17″ boards. There are usually blue lines printed on these boards to help the artist determine where the live area, trim area, and bleed area lines are on a given comic book page which are super important things to keep in mind when going to print. (Read up on page sizes and live, trim, and bleed. I swear you’ll thank me.) Now, if you’re creating your own webcomic, you don’t have to adhere to any industry standard. There are plenty of creators out there who draw on US Letter sized paper (8.5″ x 11″, most often because it’s cheap and common), manga sized boards (A4, 8.3″ x 11.7″), comic strip art boards (5.5″ x 17″), and so on. You can draw your comics on bar napkins for all I care, but however you create your artwork, it must be digitized if you want to make it a webcomic.
Have you ever notice how certain comics seem to have "softer" line art than others. You can't put your finger on it, but the line art tends to blend well with its surrounding colors. Chances are, you're looking at a comic that has colored line art. The official industry term is "color holds" but for those of you don't speak Photoshop-ese or think it's an altogether stupid name, I'll just refer to it as colored line art. Since, you know, that's a name that actually makes sense.
The intention of this blog is to share discussions and discoveries about art, illustration, and production. In the coming weeks, I'll be compiling articles I've already written from my webcomic site and my Tumblr to share with you lovely readers. Having said that, if you already follow my work (all six of you), you'll likely have seen this stuff already. Hang tight, be patient, and there will be fresher posts soon. In the mean time, enjoy the Jules Rivera classics.