Digital or physical pencils for Yaoi 911?

A reader asked me via email:

Do you do your comics all digitally? or are they drawn out first then colored digitally?

In answer to your question, some of my comics start as pencils on paper and get scanned in, likeA Shot in the Dark, Tough and Engaging The Enemy (which hasn’t been released yet) while other works like the wallpaper Junkyard and my webcomic Artifice are done completely digitally.

Speaking from my art director perspective, working all digital is a lot easier, especially when I need changes made. And because the final deliverables I request from artists are TIFFs (digital files) I lose nothing in terms of looks—as far as I can tell, digital pencils done well look just as good as pencil on paper—and gain quite a bit in resolution and quality by skipping the scanning step. As an art director/editor, the only potential thing I could lose by having my artists work all digitally would be the ability to resell the original art, which is something that I would leave to the artist anyway. So for me all digital is win-win.

If you’d like more detail on Winona’s process on Artifice, please check out this post on my blog where she discusses her process.

Hope that helps!

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