Craft of Comics: Frank Quitely

Posted by on August 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

In The Comics Journal #300, Frank Quitely (We3, Flex Mentallo, Batman and Robin) spoke at length with Dave Gibbons on new innovations in creating comics digitally.  Of particular note was their enthusiasm for Wacom’s Cintiq pen display which they had both used to great effect in their recent work.

In the following video, Quitely demonstrates how he uses his Cintiq to improve his workflow with traditional media and takes us through some of the preliminary steps in creating a cover for the relaunch of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for DC Comics (see the finished version above).

Lees’ “Craft of Comics” series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 11,  with the first of a two-parter featuring Jamie Grant.

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4 Responses to “Craft of Comics: Frank Quitely”

  1. scottishwildcat says:

    I’m sure it’s a nice device, but my arms and wrists hurt just watching him use it. How can anybody work like that for any length of time?

  2. Gavin Lees says:

    If you notice, though, when he actually begins drawing properly, the screen tilts to about a 20 degree angle, making it much more natural to work with.

  3. keops73 says:

    Great post. I for one am doing my best to make the transition to digital. I’ll have to admit it does take some getting used to. I’m sure the cintiq though makes a world of difference when compared to a regular wacom tablet. It’s great to see artists such as Frank Quitely getting the most out of these digital programs when there is so much terrible digital art out there that is obviously done with cheesy default photoshop filters! (DK2 anyone?) All this new hardware is just another tool, another nib, another type of sable brush, another type of ink, etc… They are not magic buttons that’ll do the work for you! Why can’t anyone else get that? I for one had no idea Frank did digital penciling and the fact that I wasn’t able to tell is what sets him apart. Enjoyed the vid!

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