A few days ago I was talking with Matt about how it's quick to sketch the pages on the computer, but it takes a while to re-sketch and clean them up on Bristol. He mentioned the idea of printing the digital sketch lightly on Bristol using a wide format printer. I dismissed the idea at the time. We don't need more tech in the house.
Today, after a frustrating time of trying to re-sketch things, I found the idea won't leave my head. So, I tried looking up A3 printers out of curiosity. I figured the high price would make me drop the idea quick.
Instead, I found the HP Officejet 7500A for a decent price. Damn it.
I'll admit, I'm tempted. What it comes down to is it's faster to sketch the comics digitally. I can move things around and re-size as needed, which I can't do easily on paper. But, it takes me ten to fifteen hours to ink digitally where it's only around four to six traditionally, even with using the tech pens. Transferring the digital sketch to Bristol using a light-board and re-sketching/cleaning it up before inking takes three to four hours. Cleaning the sketch up digitally takes only one to two hours.
The cintiq showing its age is a concern - some days it works better than others - but with there being cheaper alternatives out there I no longer have to worry about dropping a couple of grand when it finally goes. Thank goodness. I don't regret buying the cintiq, it was certainly worth it, but the cost is a little steep. If I can get another year or two out of it, I'll be a happy puppy.
But, since CN:H doesn't bring in an income anymore I shouldn't be spending money on items to make the comic unless we can use those items for something else as well. The thing is, I don't know what else we could use a A3 printer for. We don't sell prints and it's cheaper to get mini giveaway posters printed out in bulk than to do them in house. We certainly don't need it to print hosting bills or articles from the net.
Damn crazy ideas, get outta my head. Go on, shoo! Out! Out!
"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila."
-- Mitch Ratcliffe