I had an enjoyable time creating both the hand-drawn comic and the digital comic. The benefits of making a hand-drawn comic is that you have complete freedom of what you want to create. While creating my hand-drawn comic I was able to re-create my favorite activities on paper. Hand-drawn comics also gave me the freedom to create as many different shapes as I want to create the correct visual I wanted to present. One drawback from creating a hand-drawn comic was that the shapes I created on paper were not perfect. The three panels I created for example were not all the same size, the lines were not perfectly straight, and the lines were not all the same size.
Creating my digital comic was a bit trickier because I used Adobe Illustrator to create it and it took some time to figure out which tools to use to create my comic. One benefit of creating a comic digitally is that the shapes you create come out perfectly the way you want them too. The panels I created for my digital comic were all the same size and were all perfect squares. The circles I created to represent my head also came out as perfect circles. Another benefit of making a digital comic is being able to add text and having the text be clear and legible for anyone to read. One drawback of creating a digital comic is that if you do not have a lot of experience with software like Adobe Illustrator you are somewhat limited in creating whatever you want. Having little experience using the toolbar in Adobe Illustrator, I was not able to recreate the athletic activities in my digital comic as I did in my hand-drawn comic.
Reading the first chapter of “Understanding Comics” definitely helped me create my digital comic. Learning about the definition of what a comic is helped me create my digital comic strip in a sequential order.