Because you demanded it…
(well, some of you anyway…)
… an interview with myself.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Krishna M. Sadasivam and I wear many hats. I teach courses full-time in the Media Arts and Animation department at the Art Institute of Tampa. When I’m not teaching, I work as a freelance illustrator, making comics for companies like Other World Computing, Mashable, and Typemock - among others. And when I’m not teaching or drawing, I’m usually hanging out with my wife and my little girl.
I have been making comics online since the dawn of the term “web comic”. (That makes me old, I suppose.) PC Weenies and UNcubed are the places where you can see and read the stuff that I do. You can also check out my portal page which takes you to everything I do online. (You’ve been warned.)
2. What’s your hardware setup?
My computing gear is 5 years old (ancient in terms of tech). I have a Macbook Pro (early 2008 model) with 4GB of RAM (2) that drives a Dell 24” 2412 display (1). I use my laptop primarily for preparing lecture notes, assignments, projects, and some heavy-duty web surfing. It’s super convenient when I’m testing code that I write on my other computer…
And speaking of which, my main drawing rig is an early 2008 Mac Pro with 14GB of RAM (6), which simultaneously drives a Yiynova MSP19U tablet monitor (4) and HP 24” ZR24W display (3). Both Dell and HP displays are VESA mounted to an ergonomic arm, which frees up some much-needed desk space.
I also have a 2nd generation iPad and an iPhone5. The iPad is used for pulling up references and reading my RSS feeds (via the Flipboard app). The iPhone is basically my ball and chain to the Internet. I simultaneously love and hate it at the same time.
3. What’s your workspace look like?
In my studio space, I have an animation desk, a comic book spinner rack (9), a stuffed version of Bob Weiner (7), a stack of CDs (8) and a 25th anniversary Optimus Prime (10). It is here where I pretend to get my work done.
On my walls are various things I’ve drawn over the years as well as a few of my favorite comic books, mounted using a cheap (but effective) IKEA hack.
4. What tools do you use to make your cartoons?
These days I use Manga Studio 5EX and Photoshop CS6. I work mostly in the digital realm. My main arsenal is the Yiynova tablet monitor (which I have reviewed), which is connected to my Mac Pro. I also have an Intuos5 tablet which I occasionally use when I’m on the road.
I’m still waiting for a tablet device that supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and runs Photoshop and Manga Studio. This would be the ideal device. From time to time, I use tools like Sketchbook Pro and Google Sketchup. Both have their place in my workflow, during those rare times I need to use them.