Finn - Boy Genius
Over the last month, I've been experimenting stylistically with the strip. I studied countless published comic strips to discern the elements most appealing to me, elements I'll likely adopt to create a more appealing visual experience for my readers. At the same time, I took a deep dive into the capabilities of my go to digital platform, Adobe Illustrator, which has turned out to be a bit limiting. This rough illustration of Finn incorporates many of the stylistic elements I will likely add to the Think Shop strip over the next few months.
I sketched and colored the above illustration using Sketchbook Pro. Unlike all my prior strips, the color is not flat, giving Finn's clothes and hair a more realistic show, with depth similar to watercolor. I've yet to find a brush in Illustrator that achieves this precise look. As a result, I will change my digital workflow to incorporate Photoshop as my coloring platform.
I will also likely include crosshatching within shadows to incorporate object depth and help achieve the hand-drawn appearance I've come to appreciate. To date, none of my strips have included crosshatching or shadowing to a significant degree.
I still feel very comfortable with the line tools in Illustrator, although minor tweaks to achieve a hand-drawn aesthetic will creep into my work. Over the next few months, let me know how you like the evolution of my Think Shop strip as I begin to make these changes. Thank you!