Hello all! I’m thrilled to present to you the first blog post in my little “making comics” series. This post’s goodies? Art technique tips from Palle Schmidt, the artist of Boom! Comics’ “Thomas Alsop” and internationally-published comic writer in both Denmark and the US. In his spare time, Palle offers a very popular introductory class to burgeoning comics artists, and if you want in I’ve got a hot, sexy tip for you at the end of this article. Tasty!
Let’s check out some of Palle’s secrets, tools, and tips.
Quick intro: Preferred Medium and Style
Palle: My style varies quite a bit depending on the job. But I tend to lean towards the somewhat gritty noir. I was introduced on a website as “Danish noir artist” which made me very proud, because I think that’s the first time in history anyone has ever been called that! Nowadays I do mostly painted art, all done on paper with a watercolor ink wash. I try to use the computer as little as possible and only for things that speed up the overall process.
Biggest technique breakthrough
Palle: As an artist, I’m very fast and intuitive when I work. My art took a giant leap forward when I accepted that and stopped trying to ink in this slick fashion everyone else seemed to be masters at. Now I “ink” in pencil and it’s much more enjoyable for me. I stopped cramping up and wanting to create “perfect” art and just let loose.
Four most important tools
Palle: Ecoline watercolors, miner pencil, white Posca acrylic marker, Staedtler lumocolor av marker. In the end I think it’s all about finding the tools that work for you, and that’s not necessarily what everyone else is using.
New technique experiments
Palle: Right now I’m loving an old white crayon I found in a drawer, because I’m drawing a book that has a lot of snow scenes in it. I’ve also started flipping my roughs and printing them out on the back of the board for further sketching. That’s saving me a ton of time. I’m always looking for little hacks to fine tune the process, because drawing comics just takes so incredibly long.
Number One technique tip for aspiring artists
Palle: Finish something. Learn from it. Move on.
Favorite project you’re working on right now?
Palle: I’m finishing up a 132-page graphic novel version of a Danish crime noir bestseller called “The Last Good Man”. That will be out next year over here but I strongly suspect it to be published in English as well. And the second volume of Thomas Alsop is finally out in trade paperback, so I’m excited about that too.
Big thanks to Palle for taking the time to offer us this feedback. So bottom line? Try coloring in a different style, if it helps you save time, and don’t be afraid to use things you find lying around for your art.
Because Palle is a pretty cool dude, I also got you guys a special “in” on his art class. As he explains somewhere on his site, for Palle to come teach you comics, like, in your house would normally be hundreds of dollars. He offers that same valuable information through exclusive access to his video classes to a lot of people for as low as $40. But for my peeps? There’s a special opportunity to get in for $25. That’s like 40 percent off. Are you one of my peeps? If you want in on this tastiness, drop me your e-mail and I’ll send you the secret code! You gotta do it soon, though, because the code expires January 15th. Also, this is a great, possibly life-changing gift for that artist in your life who’s just starting out.
EDIT: Deal expired, but you can have in to a bunch of other cool extra art tips from smart artists by dropping into this list!
Let me know if you want in.