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Charcoal
mag at 2:02PM, Jan. 30, 2006
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I haven't seen a comic done in charcoal. Is there a reason for this or does everyone but me just not like it?
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LostPriestess at 2:09PM, Jan. 30, 2006
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I believe I've come accross a couple in my days, but I don't remember any webcomics done in such off the top of my head.

Charcoal is a medium that leds itsself very well to large sweeping strokes and gestures; and very poorly to the fine details and smaller scale found in most comics. It's the same reason that you don't see a lot of comics done in water color, chalk, oil pastels, or any kind of paints. They just aren't media suited to the normal look and structure of comics.

Someone sttempting to do a comic in charcoal would really have to know what they're doing both with their art, paseing, and layout; as well as with charcoal to get such a comic to look good.
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blu at 4:38PM, Jan. 30, 2006
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plus, i've tried putting a charcoal drawing in my scanner and i had to wipe it down afterwards. its pretty messy. :>
other than that, this comment is pointless.
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mykill at 8:30PM, Jan. 30, 2006
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Charcoal - work big, do digital letterring - know it's going to be a bitch to print unless you halftone the entire thing.

You may want to do something like 1 panel per piece of letter size paper and combine the pages as comic panels digitally. Please letter digitally.

Charcoal is difficult to work with. You will make a mess on your scanner unless you get some spray fixative and coat those pages. have some damp tissue to wipe down the scanner anyway. Don't inhale fixative fumes unless you want to kill your brain cells all that badly.
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ozoneocean at 9:20PM, Jan. 30, 2006
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What everyone has said here is perfectly correct it's also very well thought out and pretty interesting. But if anyone ever wanted to actually do a charcoal comic, this is how I'd suggest they go about it:
Work HUGE, draw on nice big sheets of paper. When you're finished with a page, tack it flat to a wall, set-up a good digital camera on a tripod and photograph it with the highset resolution. Put all subsequent pages in exactly the same position as the first so you don't have to change the settings on the camera or the lighting.
Upload them to your computer, letter digitally, and you're done.
 
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T_K at 9:46PM, Jan. 30, 2006
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too smudgy.
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kat8kit at 4:25PM, Feb. 1, 2006
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yeah the big thing with charcoal is dont even attempt to smudge with your finger b/c that makes one hell of a mess.

its a wierd choice for comic. ive mostly seen charcoal for quick case studies of figure and such
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mag at 6:14PM, Feb. 2, 2006
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thanks for the advice. I was just messing around with some charcoal and I wasn't sure about using it.
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