I’ve gotten a good few questions about materials I use. I feel real self-conscious about answering because I feel I don’t know what I’m doing half the time. But here are some pictures of my horribly-lit desk and a few of them.
I mostly work at 6x9” for comics. I’ve been mostly using smooth bristol but lately vellum has been growing on me.
I use the shit out of an ames guide (for lettering. I have a ways to go until I’m much good at lettering) and plastic T-square. A lot of my early inking is done with Faber-Castell Pitt pens, but I tend to fill in blacks with Speedball black waterproof ink and brushes and correct a lot of mistakes with Speedball white. I really like fancy watercolors but my palette is quite limited. I mostly use Winsor & Newton products because they’re a good price for something so rich in pigment, but Grumbacher is pretty good too, and sometimes preferable if you’re going for something a little lighter.
The order in the top image is: Neutral tint, ivory black, payne’s gray, davy’s gray, sepia, burnt sienna, cadmium red deep (my favorite color) cadmium red, aureolin, hooker’s green, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, dioxazine purple. Soon I’m probably gonna be hitting up the shops to expand my palette and make my life a little easier. Right now there’s a lot of color mixing involved, which is technically what you’re supposed to do but maybe a little much effort when you’re coloring a 30+ page comic. Clem’s pants are always straight up davy’s gray with a little ivory black thrown in, for example.
Some of my brushes are badly damaged because I tend to paint dry and do a lot of scrubbing. I sort of have designated brushes for different techniques and abuse, and I’m really fond of filberts and cat’s tongues. But I also use rounds a lot.
I use gouache a lot for more vibrant colors/opacity and in particular I use white gouache with white ink to get smoke effects in some of my stuff. I dunno! That’s just some stuff I use. I also have a W&N field watercolor kit that I love to pieces.
Hope that helped those who were wondering! I am not a watercolor expert. I could talk for hours about oil painting, and especially color mixing w/r/t oils, but even then I feel a little self-conscious.
Oh yeah, my penciling is mostly done with a kneaded eraser, stick eraser, and mechanical pencil. Pretty simple stuff there.
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Couple drawings for Patreon folks.
Hey friends! Lots of very exciting projects ahead. A new comic for print, other stuff, yadda yadda. On to business.
I’ve jumped on the Patreon bandwagon! I’m really busy with other projects, but I would also like to more consistently put comics on the internet for you dear readers. Not worrying about cash so much would really help with that, so click here I guess maybe if you want to help me out.
For those who don’t know, Patreon is kinda like kickstarter but more geared towards people makin’ stuff for the internet and whatnot. It’s pretty nice and handy! And you can pledge whatever you want and set a maximum so you don’t go over budget and stuff. I’ve got a couple rewards and stretch goals but I’m keeping it pretty simple.
Also pictured: Something I’m pencilling.
Thank you all! Hopefully I got all this figured out properly. This would really help me out quite a lot.
My friend amoonyos and I like to make horrible paintings together sometimes. We did the top one tonight gettin’ stoked for October.
Some characters for something I’ve got on the back burner.
There’s a certain gritty, self-deprecating vibe to the characters in Lauren Monger’s comics; her main character is Clementine, a punk rock opossum, and the rest of the ensemble includes characters that are equally angst-y and heartwarming, all at once, with bonus points for animal faces. In addition to themes of class, mental illness, and finding your way through the shitstorm that is life, these comics sort of smack you in the face in the best kind of way with their raw presentation and straightforward and vulnerable subject matter, while still managing to be funny and surreally weird slash strangely uplifting.
Read on to find out what inspires L. Mo, how she started making comics, and what other kinds of art she dabbles in.
Did an interview with Silver Sprocket and hopefully didn’t embarrass myself too much!