1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Marc Lapierre. I draw a webcomic written by Brock Heasley called The SuperFogeys. It can be read every Monday and Wednesday at SuperFogeys.com. I also enjoy sketching various pop culture icons from comic books, movies, music, and television. You can find more of my work at:
2. What’s your hardware setup?
I use a 15” 2010 MacBook Pro with a Wacom Bamboo tablet. I also use an Epson Perfection 2400 scanner and an Epson Workforce 1100 printer. The wide format printer comes in handy for printing templates and rough layouts on Bristol board for comic work. (BTW, my MacBook desktop image is Wally Wood’s 22 Panels that Always Work a great source of inspiration).
3. What’s your workspace look like?
Being a nearly full time stay at home dad, I have to keep my work pretty portable. Most of my work is done in the living room while my 2 year old plays. Since I never know when I’m going to get called into action to kiss a boo boo, clean up a mess, get a snack, or sit in on a tea party, I need to be flexible. I have a small shelf that I’ve repurposed as a lap desk that can be put down easily if a little person needs to climb up into my lap. Most of my regular drawing supplies are stored on a book shelf set up next to my comfy chair or in my travel bag. I have a large clipboard that serves as my drawing desk for most of my traditional drawing work.
4. What tools do you use to make your cartoons?
For the SuperFogeys, I usually rough out the strips in light blue on my MacBook using Photoshop and my Bamboo tablet. I then print out the roughs onto a sheet of Bristol and pencil and ink traditionally. My pencilling is done primarily with a mechanical pencil that I’ve had forever. I’d be lost without it. The inking is done using various sized Pigma Microns. Once the inking is done, I scan the strip and take back into Photoshop for coloring.
When I sketch, I love to try all sorts of things. I usually use colored pencils and markers. I love to experiment by using many different brands of markers. Prismacolor markers are what I use the most mostly because they are the least expensive and easiest to find brand. Their new brush tip markers work very well for getting a more fluid look to my maker drawings. I also have an assortment of older Pantone TRIA markers and a few newer Copic markers in my arsenal. Crayons, watercolor pencils, pastels, and Sharpies are also commonly used tools of mine.