Below you'll find Amazon links to various products that I recommend. Full disclosure: I get a percentage of any sales made when you click the links below. That said, they are all products that I have purchased and used, and I can sincerely recommend any of them. If you would like to purchase them for yourself or someone else, doing so through the links below will help support Aww, Feathers!
This is the program I use to draw my comics, and I've been very impressed with it! In addition to a variety of tools for sketching, inking, and coloring your drawings, it also includes ones for drawing frames and borders, dialogue bubbles, and effect lines. This saves a LOT of time while still giving you a huge amount of customization and creativity! After the lines and letters are complete, I prefer to do the coloring in Photoshop. Luckily, exporting to PSD is a breeze and I've never experienced any compatibility issues. Like all software, the program does have a few querks, but nothing that's gotten in the way of creating the 150+ pages you see on the site today! The most recent update also includes some tools for animation, though I have yet to try those out.
No digital artist should be without a drawing tablet, and Wacom products have served me well. With the ability to customize what each button does in each program you use it in, you can make it into just the tool you need for each situation. If you've never used a drawing tablet before or if you're familiar with a different model, it can take some getting used to. With time however, I think you'll quickly find it to be a valuable asset.
I've picked up quite a few art books over the years, many of which have been very helpful to me. I have a LOT more art books than this, but these are the ones I've used the most and gained the most benefit from. You'll find some books about how to draw various subjects as well as a few about comics in general.
One of the first books I purchased after I decided to get serious about creating Aww, Feathers! If you're new at drawing anthropomorphic characters (aka "furries") this is an excellent place to start! It includes step by step instructions for drawing felines, canines, equines, rodents, and birds.
This book expands upon the first Draw Furries book by showing you how to draw more specific species (including otters, kangaroos, lizards, dragons, dinosaurs, and more!) as well as some excellent tips for drawing your furry characters in perspective, nailing different emotions and expressions, etc.
The third book in the series, this one goes even deeper and more specific. Instead of step-by-step drawing tutorials, each chapter is dedicated to a notable furry artist and shares some of their preferred drawing and coloring techniques.
Anatomy is hard! This book won't make it easy, but it will show you how you can simplify the anatomy of your characters to be more streamlined and how to accentuate certain shapes to give your characters the personality you seek.
A must read for anyone interested in making comics! Scott McCloud goes into great detail on topics such as art style, word choice, panel flow, emotion, story and world development, equipment, and publishing (to name a few). Each chapter also includes reader exercises to help expand your understanding and develop your skills as a comic creator.
Written by four successful webcomic creators (including one of my favorite webcomics of all time!), this book tells you just about everything you need to know about creating your own webcomic, including the things specific to sharing your work on the internet such as hosting, promoting, and building and managing your audience. It's also a fun and entertaining read, interspersed with comics created by the authors (as well as the occasional back and forth banter!)
If you're going to make a comic about anthropomorphic animals, you should probably have an idea of how to draw those animals in their natural form! This book is full of illustrations and tips on how to draw different animals in various positions, including the structures underneath the skin that give them their shape.
Another book about drawing animals, this one shows various techniques for capturing their basic forms, both at rest and in action, using simple shapes and lines. This book is mostly illustrations and examples with very little text.
If you feel you have very little to no experience or confidence when it comes to drawing, this book is a great resource to get you started. It helps you to train your brain to think differently when you are drawing, allowing you to draw things the way they actually appear, rather than the way you think they should appear.
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