Now, in part 2, he tells the story of his unexpected success at DreamWorks Animation and provides fresh perspective on the power of persistence.
How To Draw Comics
My friend Jason Brubaker has achieved impressive success in both the mainstream entertainment industry and as an independent creator.
He held a coveted Visual Development position at DreamWorks Feature Animation, broke Kickstarter records with his original graphic novel reMIND and now makes his living entirely from personal projects.
In this episode, Jason and I discuss his first big break, midlife crises, the brevity of life and the desire to create work with meaning.
“You’re not a professional because somebody pays you to draw. You have to turn your mind toward professionalism.”
In this episode, we interview one of Chris’ best buddies in the industry – Justin Copeland – storyboard artist for Marvel Studios.
Justin is working on the new Avengers cartoon for Disney XD.
He tells us the story of his transition to a successful career in animation after struggling in comics for a a few years.
He talks about the differences between working in comics and working in animation and explains why all comics artists should, at some point, learn to storyboard for animation.
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He gives some fascinating “behind the scenes” insight into the production of animated, action TV shows and tells some honest stories from his own life that will help to ease the minds of comics creators who hope to become storyboard artists. …right before he lays the smack down.
He shares his passion for filmmaking, SketchUp and the production process and gets Chris so revved up he almost explodes.
We’ve been talking recently about the importance of lettering when making your own comics. In my two posts Comic Balloons & Clarity and The Comic Lettering Spell the discussion in the comments turned toward discussing our own processes.
Personally, I use a program called Comic Life.
A lot of you asked to see how I use Comic Life to letter my comic, The Dreamer. So while the topic is still fresh, I recorded my lettering process on the most recent page of my story.
In This Tutorial I Will Show You:
- how to import and export between Photoshop and Comic Life so the process is seamless.
- how to create and use Styles to easily format all your balloons in one time-saving click.
- why lettering your comic early will help you make better, stronger comic layouts.
Read on to learn how I use this simple program with professional results…