Hello. This is a nonprofit plug for my collection of original atheism-themed cartoons. Feel free to repost them. I can also make higher quality versions of the cartoons available to organizations for fundraising purposes, e.g., printing on T-shirts or greeting cards, or for printed newsletters. Thanks. atheistcartoons.com
The cartoons on my site can be downloaded and reposted for nonprofit purposes (although, obviously, I can’t control how they’re used). And I can make available higher quality versions of the same cartoons to organizations free of charge for fund-raising purposes or, say, inclusion in newsletters, on a case-by-case basis. So, Doug, the answer is yes, I’m offering the cartoons for free, but please don’t profit personally from them, because I’m not. Thanks.
Doug, as I understand it spam is ordinarily defined as a disruptive message, especially one that is commercial. I don’t see how my post is disruptive. It certainly isn’t commercial, as I’ve noted. Visiting my site should confirm that. And I’m not promoting myself—I’m promoting atheism and a little levity. I am a first-time poster. and I understand your concerns as a conscientious admin. So if I’m bending any rules please let me know.
Thank you. Yes, I did all the cartoons in my free time. I’ve done some freelance illustration work on the side, but I prefer to do educational/editorial (which usually means unpayed) stuff, like cartoons. I’ve also dabbled in Flash animation, but I find it extremely difficult to produce anything in a timely fashion working in Flash by myself. Static cartoons don’t require a team, but in the Flash/YouTube era, their popularity seems to be fading.
Thanks. I start with a rough sketch on paper, scan it, then import the image into Illustrator. In Illustrator I trace the sketch using a Wacom tablet, pen tool and Illustrator brushes. I then import that file into Photoshop, where I add color, again with a tablet and pen tool. I type the dialog into the speech bubbles using a comic font, i.e., I don’t hand letter.
Thanks again. And vectorization is exactly the thing. By importing the rough sketch into Illustrator and then tracing, I now have clean vector lines that I can make thinner or fatter, reshape and resize without any loss of clarity, unlike working with pixels in Photoshop. This is a crude analogy, but it’s kind of like the difference between spray painting a line on a canvas (Photoshop), and rolling and stretching out a long piece of Silly Putty (Illustrator).
Adobe used to make an application called Streamline which could vectorize scanned images. I used it for a while with mixed results. I’m not using the most recent version of Illustrator, which may be able to vectorize automatically, but I can’t imagine that you’d get the same level of control or simplicity as drawing lines by hand. Mac isn’t supported very well where I live, so I reluctantly went over to Windows years ago.