1. Who am I and what do I do?
I’m Rachel Nabors, a front-end developer. I used to make award-winning web comics for teenage girls. But I needed jaw surgery, and freelancing doesn’t come with health insurance. So I looked into what kinds of work I could find using my web development skills. Funny thing, all that time I’d been building sites to promote my comics, I never realized I could make more in one weekend of web development than an entire week of comicking.
I’ll never forget the good people who read my comics and supported me. I try to bring all the things I learned about storytelling from comics into my designs and interaction work online. And sometimes, I even help other cartoonists bring their work to life. I’m always looking for ways to increase cross-pollination between the comics and animation industries and web development.
2. What’s my hardware setup?
Macbook Pro 15” with 16 GB RAM; medium-sized Wacom Intuos 4 tablet (or when I’m on the road, I take the cheaper Monoprice tablet with me); Thunderbolt display. I keep a Brother MFC-649OCW all-in-one scanner on hand for scanning the odd oversized analog artwork.
3. What’s my workspace look like?
I have a standing desk I made out of some Itso storage cubes and a plank of plywood I covered in pink leopard fur.) I stand on a woodworker’s mat and wear a pair of Nikes with arch support, and my feet don’t get tired and by back feels great! To my right I have a drafting table, but honestly, I try to draw everything into the computer because it removes that extra scanning step and the need to physically store original artwork (which gets pretty cumbersome after a few boom years!) It’s pretty messy with lots of reference material and books and papers and all my web development notes and books end up mixed in with the lot. I have a chalkboard wall behind my station to work ideas out on, too.
4. What tools do I use to make my cartoons?
I thumbnail everything on paper. Then I tend to draw and ink the cartoon in Manga Studio. I add color or grey tones and lettering in Photoshop.
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