Leo Hartas’ new book, How to Draw and Sell Digital Cartoons, promises to show how to create professional quality digital cartoons. Topics covered include setting up a digital studio, advice on transforming good graphic ideas into finished work, training the imagination, striving for originality, developing the technique of self-criticism, planning and writing scripts, writing captions for single-frame cartoons, storyboarding, making preliminary sketches on the computer, and mastering line art, color, and 3D techniques. Finally, Hartas offers detailed advice on how to get oneâ€™s digital art seen by potential buyers, how to get it published, how to set fees, and the importance of time management and meeting deadlines.
Featured among the nearly 400 illustrations, are examples of Athena Voltaire, the critically-acclaimed webcomic by Paul Daly, Steve Bryant and Chad Fidler. Hartas talks at length with penciller/inker Bryant regarding the creative process, the interaction of the linework with colorist Fidlerâ€™s digital painting, scene-setting and more. Lavish full-color reproductions of episodes of Athena Voltaire: The Terror in Tibet accompany the text.