I tried to post this over at the comment board for Scrojo's bad assed poster,but it got mangled.
Hey Art Chantry-altho i know you are computer-phobic I will try to explain how it works when it comes to drawing with a computer-
You basically can't. Even with a fancy drawing tablet. It's impossible. Lord knows I've tried.
When we start babbling bout this remember-if you see a drawing, it IS a drawing. We just use the computers to gussy it up and so forth.
In the old days, someone like Craig would ink something using a brush. I agree this is a lost art. I have tried to to it for years,but lack the skill.
so what i do is ink it with a rapidograph and
'fake in' the line weight variance. I suspect many of us do this.
Then I want to clean up the drawing and put it 'into' a design. This is where the computer comes in. it's basically used as a super xerox machine/stat camera.
only it's a LOT easier and faster.
so...when you scan something into the computer
you have to do it in a 'pixel' based format. Basically your a taking a 'tonal' photo of the image, and what you see is actually made up of millions of little dots in different shades of color. But-you don't want that...you want the image to print as a clean hard-edged 'line'.
Therefore, the image, must be 'converted' into what is called a 'vector' based OBJECT.
this is done by a variety of methods, which ones are the subject of all the 'tech talk'
a vector object basically means it has become something that can be stretched, re-seized infinitely and you will not lose any of the detail or 'crispness' you make your image ANY size and it will retain it's value.
This is fucking MAGICAL when it comes to laying stuff out.
now, the mathematical formula used is based on
'bezier' curves. They are based on the 'spiral ratio' found in nature...like a nautilus shell and add a super-nice 'sweet' look to the line work. Just like the brush used to do.
you should really come here and fuck around on my computers Art...you might have fun.