Asked by Anonymous
I don’t use a lightbox. I do breakdowns digitally then print them onto board. But at no point to I “trace” anything. That’s never worked for me. It loses energy. Guys like Campbell and Art Adams do that though, and their work has never lacked energy. So it’s really just a personal preference. For me, I hate feeling like I’m WORKING when I’m drawing, and that’s what tracing makes me feel like. I want to feel like I’m discovering something new at every stage, making mistakes that turn into something I would have never expected. So I try to get my layouts and compositions right on thumbnails. Then I do some stuff in Photoshop to make sure my compositions are just right and then I pick up a regular old number two pencil and go nuts. I will say this, though. The reason I know this works for me is because I’ve tried everything else. It can’t hurt to try new methods and see what works for you. Take what works, leave behind what doesn’t. All part of the learning process.