My name is Zac Gorman. Here are some questions that I often see regarding Magical Game Time in a convenient format.
What tools do you use?
I do all my gif animation in Photoshop CS3 using the Animation palette. For my line work, I alternate between traditional techniques, Manga Studio EX4, and Photoshop CS3 (or occasionally a combination of them), and for color I almost exclusively use Photoshop.
When I’m drawing digitally, I use a scratched up 9x12 Wacom Intuos 3 tablet and when I’m working traditionally I use any combination of brushes, dip pens, brush pens, fountain pens, pencils, and more to achieve the look I’m going for.
In regards to process, I prefer to focus on figuring out what works best for me as opposed to what is or isn’t standard practice for contemporary comic artists. It has always been important to me to find a process that I’m comfortable with, that allows me to produce work quickly and that is the most fun possible, in order to stay engaged and productive.
I think a lot of what we understand as an artist’s “style” or “voice” is based around the development and maturation of their working process as this tends to produce a lot of variables, so what works for me may not work for you, but I think that fun, speed and comfort are the three factors I look for most in any process. Quality actually becomes a shockingly arbitrary value if you don’t first develop a process which helps you to finish work, enjoy the process of making work, and desire to make new work.
Play around with what works for you.
If you’d like to see more work you can check out zacgorman.com.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org