Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

What kind of paper do you use?
flapjack1995 at 11:21AM, Aug. 7, 2009
(online)
posts: 941
joined: 11-29-2006
I use the regular old multi-use paper from Staples. What do you use?
|GTR|FJ|MSC|
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:30PM
Ryuthehedgewolf at 12:19PM, Aug. 7, 2009
(online)
posts: 1,340
joined: 9-2-2007
A4 Cardstock paper, which I got from Staples.

It's the same size as copy paper, so I didn't need a bigger scanner, yet it's about as thick as bristol. It's good stuff.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:16PM
flapjack1995 at 2:05PM, Aug. 7, 2009
(online)
posts: 941
joined: 11-29-2006
Hmm… I hear good things about A4… might as well try it? How many can you buy at once?
|GTR|FJ|MSC|
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:30PM
Ryuthehedgewolf at 4:01PM, Aug. 7, 2009
(online)
posts: 1,340
joined: 9-2-2007
flapjack1995
Hmm… I hear good things about A4… might as well try it? How many can you buy at once?

Well, A4 is just a size.

A4 is about 8.5 x 11 inches.

And it all really depends on the paper.
Most (if not, all) printer paper/copy paper is A4.
Cardstock is also A4.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:16PM
flapjack1995 at 7:53PM, Aug. 7, 2009
(online)
posts: 941
joined: 11-29-2006
Right! Sorry, wasn't sure what A4 was till I looked it up. I can get a 500 pack or a 5000 pack at Staples. Thanks!
|GTR|FJ|MSC|
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:30PM
byronrempel at 9:13AM, Aug. 10, 2009
(offline)
posts: 15
joined: 6-6-2009
for my comic I have used water color paper, which was great, photocopy paper which warps when I color it, but its cheap as hell, and I just got a few thousand sheets from my brother. It was discard paper from the print shop he works at.

If I had cash I would by bristol board or thick(ish) watercolor paper.
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:35AM
Disgruntledrm at 4:47PM, Aug. 10, 2009
(online)
posts: 298
joined: 6-24-2006
Man, I feel pretty lame. I just use the cheapest printing paper I can find.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:12PM
confusedsoul at 7:58AM, Aug. 14, 2009
(online)
posts: 269
joined: 1-9-2006
I use 70gsm paper in an A4 WH Smiths sketchbook. They're useful for keeping the drawings together, but I the quality can vary from page to page depending on ink absorbtion, which isn't good.

For my more water colour and marker comic, I have to spend a little more for a 220gsm smooth cartridge, just so it won't warp all the time.
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:44AM
mattchee at 9:43AM, Aug. 14, 2009
(online)
posts: 347
joined: 1-18-2008
I primarily work digital, but when I do traditional work I prefer Strathmore 400 series smooth bristol, though you'll usually catch me using 300 series smooth cause its cheaper and more readily available where I live.

I also have a TON of the Canson “Fanboy” bristol comic boards in various formats that I stockpiled when the line totally failed at Michaels (the only art store in town) and they unloaded it dirt cheap on clearance.
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:55PM
skoolmunkee at 10:02AM, Aug. 14, 2009
(online)
posts: 7,058
joined: 1-2-2006
I used to use Bristol board, til I figured out that cardstock worked just as good and was far cheaper. Now I only do the pencils on paper and the rest is digital, so it's printer paper all the way :]
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:42PM
Aghammer at 1:01PM, Aug. 17, 2009
(offline)
posts: 1,391
joined: 6-11-2008
I'm exactly the same… prefer 400 but do 90% or more of my work on 300 series smooth strat. Bristol. I also have a stack of the clearance canson stuff :) I do work on a smaller size =9x12 normally also I work on 11x17 occasionally.

mattchee
I primarily work digital, but when I do traditional work I prefer Strathmore 400 series smooth bristol, though you'll usually catch me using 300 series smooth cause its cheaper and more readily available where I live.

I also have a TON of the Canson “Fanboy” bristol comic boards in various formats that I stockpiled when the line totally failed at Michaels (the only art store in town) and they unloaded it dirt cheap on clearance.
last edited on July 14, 2011 10:47AM
mattchee at 4:23PM, Aug. 17, 2009
(online)
posts: 347
joined: 1-18-2008
The other day I was surfing around and found some 11 x 17 STRATHMORE pads that were ruled for comics. I think they came in 200, 300, or 500 series (what? no 400?).

Anyhow I was shocked cause I'd been looking for something like that for years. I had kind figured that they didn't do their own because they'd be undercutting people they supply that make a similar product (most notably Blue Line). Maybe its the economy!

http://www.strathmoreartist.com/fineArt_sequential.php

last edited on July 14, 2011 1:55PM
Nicotine at 7:07PM, Aug. 17, 2009
(online)
posts: 494
joined: 6-18-2007
Ahah, I really don't even know.

Well, what I do know is that I work out of a 8.5“ x 11” Bienfang sketchbook. I do the complete lineart on paper then ink it by hand with a pen as well.

I'm about to run out of pages in my sketchbook, so if anyone has any suggestions on good ones I'm all ears. XD
last edited on July 14, 2011 2:16PM
Hyena H_ll at 10:35AM, Aug. 18, 2009
(online)
posts: 1,568
joined: 11-13-2008
11x14" Strathmore 300 series Bristol. Although their recycled stuff (the green pad) ain't too shabby. I might switch to it!
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:52PM
Nicotine at 6:25AM, Aug. 20, 2009
(online)
posts: 494
joined: 6-18-2007
Hyena H_ll
11x14" Strathmore 300 series Bristol. Although their recycled stuff (the green pad) ain't too shabby. I might switch to it!

Man, I'd kind of like a bigger skechbook. But I don't think there's one that can fit on my small scanner. D:
last edited on July 14, 2011 2:16PM
Eirikr at 8:02AM, Aug. 20, 2009
(online)
posts: 1,634
joined: 2-7-2006
I use 8.5 by 11 printer paper. For the fancy stuff I use bristol board.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:20PM
Hyena H_ll at 9:44AM, Aug. 20, 2009
(online)
posts: 1,568
joined: 11-13-2008
Nicotine
Hyena H_ll
11x14" Strathmore 300 series Bristol. Although their recycled stuff (the green pad) ain't too shabby. I might switch to it!

Man, I'd kind of like a bigger skechbook. But I don't think there's one that can fit on my small scanner. D:
You can always scan half a page at a time and piece it together in photoshop. I go to Kinko's to scan mine, unfortunately- on account of not having a scanner. But with that size they can only scan on one of their copy machines, and have no control over a lot of settings. :mad:

But I don't think I could work smaller than that- especially if I'm doin' multi-figure panels. I couldn't work larger either, because it takes long enough to get a page done as it is.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:52PM
Aurora Borealis at 1:49PM, Aug. 23, 2009
(online)
posts: 1,289
joined: 3-2-2008
I want to learn to draw much larger somewhere in the future (drawing A4 right now), some huge format… so that then I can release a book in A3 (11.7 × 16.5) format :D
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:08AM
Phillby at 7:39AM, Aug. 25, 2009
(offline)
posts: 195
joined: 3-12-2009
I use A3 scetchbook paper. Lucily I've got a Mustek A3 scanner (dirt cheap and terrible quality) so I don't have to cut my pages up and reasemble them in photoshop.
last edited on July 14, 2011 2:43PM
ran at 1:08PM, Aug. 25, 2009
(offline)
posts: 8
joined: 1-8-2006
I also use A4 cardstock from staples. It's really durable, which is necessary considering the state of mess my office is.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:00PM
demontales at 1:43PM, Aug. 25, 2009
(online)
posts: 305
joined: 7-18-2009
Right now I use one of the Sketch tablets, but I didn't start the clean pages yet. Might switch to another one then, if I find paper not too expensive that accepts inks as well.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:10PM
sagittarius at 3:52PM, Aug. 29, 2009
(online)
posts: 18
joined: 1-10-2009
Ryuthehedgewolf
A4 Cardstock paper, which I got from Staples.
I also use that for making splasher image/colored pages and plain A4 paper for comic panelling.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:17PM
Friedenmann at 10:39AM, Sept. 8, 2009
(online)
posts: 87
joined: 11-26-2006
Ryuthehedgewolf
A4 is about 8.5 x 11 inches.
No, that's Letter.
A4 is 8.27“ x 11.69”
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:31PM
repoman at 1:22PM, Sept. 21, 2009
(online)
posts: 44
joined: 1-19-2009
I work mostly digital, but when I gotta' break out the paper for inking I prefer to use Strathmore 500 series plate (smooth) finish. Nothing is better, in my humblest of opinions and Dick Blick sells it for cheap. I also like the Strathmore 400 series plate and rough finishes for inking as well. And for good measure Eon Comic Boards (google them up) are nice too.

For penciling I use whatever is lying around like typing paper or a sketch pad. I also have about 300 sheets of 60 lbs (thin) 11x17 bristol I picked up at a paper supply warehouse. It's crappy for inking but handles pencil ok.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:05PM

Forgot Password
©2011 WOWIO, Inc. All Rights Reserved