Krishna, over at drawmearobot.com, asked me to answer a few questions for a fun interview. I thought I would post the interview below, but feel free to check out his site for more digital artist workflows!
1. WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Jonathan Rector (@artbyjar), and I live in Windsor, Ontario, Canada! I’m a published illustrator, comic book artist, and video game developer. I’ve been working on comics for over 10 years, including work for Arcana, Ronin, Blue Water Productions, and most recently, ComixTribe. Check out my website for more art, commissions, tutorials and places to find me online.
2. WHAT’S YOUR HARDWARE SETUP?
I use a Cintiq 12wx mounted to an Ergotron desk arm while at home. The setup isn’t anything fancy, just practical. I purchased a second monitor that can rotate, horizontally, to work better with my typical 11×17 art board for comics. When I’m out and about, I use a Surface Pro 65GB model. I have purchased a few items to make working on it awesome! For starters, I bought the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Feel (worst name ever), and it has proven to be very good. I snagged a really sweet cover, that acts as a stand. Finally, I attached a Logitech USB Game Controller to use for key board shortcuts. I’m left handed, and finding devices for people like me was proving to be difficult. The controller does the job great! Makes working anywhere much easier, and frees me up.
3. WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE TO MAKE YOUR CARTOONS?
I’ve been a Photoshop guy since my High School days. It took me quite a while to get anything useful out of it, for comics. I dabbled with darkening the lines to make them look inked, but my pencils were never clean enough, and the messy digital clean-up work, was a gigantic time sink. I eventually stumbled upon the “DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics“, and it changed everything. After some practice, I was making comics fully digitally in Photoshop. I’ve only recently started using Manga Studio 4EX/5EX for the last 2 years. What an amazing piece of software. Now it’s all I use for my comic making needs. Save for coloring, which I still lean on Photoshop to do.
Thanks again Krishna, and to everyone else Keep READING comics, and keep MAKING comics!