Print Versus Digital Comic: Nicholas Kawaguchi

Although conceptually similar, utilizing a digital device versus a pencil and paper to physically layout a comic differs immensely. Each of them is tailored towards different styles with their unique palettes that artists can choose from. When talking about the

Short comic displaying an event when I was younger and symbolizing the epitome of clumsiness

handwritten style of composing a comic, I would say that this method was more precise for me. This style allows the artist to sketch out designs and change them if necessary as it comes together. Attempting to figure out the correct proportions and other elements, I usually sketch very lightly and once figured out, the lines are drawn thicker and darker. I realize that this may be possible digitally as well, but doing that requires specific equipment and programs that not everyone may have access to. Which leads to another benefit of printed works: the availability of equipment. Working digitally mat require to have equipment that is not readily at the artist’s disposal while working with simply a pencil and paper is all the materials that are required, besides coloring material if the images need color.

However, to that point, there also definitely benefits to working digitally as well, particularly for those who don’t have much faith in their artistic drawing abilities. Not everyone feels confident drawing as they may feel that their skills may be inadequate in comparison to others. With digital programs, these people can choose other methods of

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Digital Comic of what could have happened when drawing the print comic (Nicholas Kawaguchi, 2019)

creating their comics such as taking already made images and putting them together in a deliberate sequence to portray some kind of plot. In creating my digital comic, I made use of my laptop’s touch screen and stylus to create a rough sketch of my comic. Although my digital comic is similar to my printed one, reading through the first chapter of the book made my view of comics much less skewed to typical comic layouts. The limitations for comics in either form of presentation are boundless, like in Scott McCloud’s book, “Understanding Comics,” a comic can be anything that is a “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence.”

As for perceiving a difference between reading a comic digitally versus on paper, I would say that viewing it digitally gives more of a sense of formality as edges, lines and other minute details all seem to be very precise with no afterimages of previous sketches. As for being viewed on paper, this seems to be more informal and casual since some sketch lines can be seen and eraser marks of erased drawings can be seen.





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