While in Atlanta, I had the cool opportunity to meet with SketchBook Pro artist, Kevin Mellon, comic book artist, and storyboarder for the hit animated TV show Archer on FX Networks.
Since I visited Kevin at the Floyd County Productions office that produces Archer, I was able to do two stories in one stop since the Archer team uses a variety of Autodesk software. Fun bonus!! Neal Holman, Art Director for Archer, walked me through how they use Autodesk 3ds Max. You can read that post here.
After learning about Archer, Kevin and I talked about how SketchBook Pro is his go-to software and how he does concept art for the show as well as his comic book work. Using a Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen Display and SketchBook Pro, Kevin is able to digitally sketch as quickly as he used to do with pencil and paper. He shared a few recent posts of his (including some tutorial videos he has done for Wacom) where he helps other aspiring, and advanced, artists. Here’s one I liked, loaded with tips: Storyboarding and Sketching.
By the way: At $65 for the full bundle of SketchBook Pro, you get a perpetual license, as in pay once, keep it forever. That is pretty hard to beat.
You can read more about how Kevin got started in animation and comic books, here and here. Or you can just follow him on the web and social channels: KevinMellon.com, Twitter, and Tumblr. It is thanks to Kevin that I found out about the Atlanta Maker Faire. Serendipity, but I’m not sure if action hero Sterling Archer would use that word.
Images courtesy Kevin Mellon
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