Just a handful more of these and we’ll move on, I swear.
Kerning Over a New Leaf
If you’re looking at today’s strip and scratching your head trying to figure out what’s different, take a look at the dialog balloons. Instead of using a pen to letter those speaky things, I’m using a computer font based on my lettering handwriting.
I really love the look of pen lettering because I think it fits my work so much better than the precision of computer lettering. But the sad truth is that my hand cramps up creating all those tiny shapes despite using a tool that requires little to no downward pressure. The whole reason I took up the brush was that it’s easier on my hand than using dip pens. Don’t know why I thought it would be different with lettering.
I will still draw the balloons with the pen because it helps me space out the composition of each frame. And I kind of feel like my balloon shapes have sort of become part of the whole package. The effects I’ll probably still do with the pen as well as some of the verbalizations like “Hmmm…” or “Ah…” and the like. But the dialog will be handled by this type face that I’ve hacked together. I suspect that I’ll be tweaking it the more I use it as I figure out where it’s failing me.
So there you go, computer lettering. We’ll see how it goes. Hell, someday, the entire comic might end up being drawn on computer.