Hey Ryan, That’s great! Welcome to the club. We did create a couple handouts we use at lectures & workshops that should answer some of your questions. You can download the PDFs below.
Yup! I scan it and shrink it proportionally to fit my template. And it was a trial and error exorcise to know how big to make the word balloons to fit the dialogue I add in photoshop. It’s not always perfect. I often resize the font to fit…but I don’t find those slight differences distracting. I find them charming.
To avoid those trials you could hand-letter your pages or add your word balloons digitally (making them in photoshop or illustrator and adding to them to your page file). That way there’s always a perfect fit.
It really depends on where you’re going to print your book when it’s finished. Different Print On Demand services have their own templates. I use Kablam. They offer several sizes and all the templates to match those sizes.
Thanks! I do plan on collecting them into some sort of zine. The question I’m pondering is do I separate them by genre, by decade, etc…or not. Do I collect all the 80s portraits separately? The horror (which I’ll have more of)? The more current? I don’t know. Or maybe the zine has sections? Definitely something to think about. Thanks for asking!
Hey! I draw on 11”x 14” sheets of Strathmore bristol. My margins on the right & left come in 1.5” and 1” on the top & bottom…for a 8”x 12” area. Then I fit the art into a template for a 6” x 9” book.