The very beginning

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A lot of times, people want to know how Freaks N Squeaks started.  Well, the strip started with like this….freaks n squeaks #1

It was drawn in Adobe Illustrator using a Wacom tablet back in 2002.  I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING.  This is, in fact, the most important thing to know about starting a comic; the less you know the more you can discover and the more your audience can discover with you.

The first strip was actually three 8.5 x 11 .ai files which I then combined in Photoshop.  The font.. oh god… that font.  I attempted to make my own font.  Don’t do that unless you actually know how to do that.  Buy a font.  I continued this foolishness far too long.  But, I did move to putting all three panels in one .ai file in the next strip…

freaks n squeaks #2

Most people never think of using Adobe Illustrator for drawing with a pressure-sensitive tablet.  It makes very nice lines once you set it up.  These days, tho, I draw with Photoshop for a variety of reasons.  It looks a little different after 2000+ more tries.

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