Ramblings & Reviews Sally Forth

Ink Drawing Compared to Digital

For those interested…
Here’s the title panel for an upcoming Sally Forth Sunday (10/11/2015). The image on the left is my pen and ink drawing. The image on the right is the cleaned up bitmap scan with the lettering dropped in.

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Once I scan the original and have the digital file, I take a moment to fix anything that pops out at me. In this case it was the rim of the plate.

For anything you draw it’s important to get a fresh take on it before considering it finished. Examples for original art are looking at it in a mirror or flipping it over on a lightbox. For digital images you can flip it, or what I prefer is printing out a copy the size the image will see print (and if it’s not meant for print, then just a reduced size copy) and see how it holds up.

By Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.