Appreciating the role lettering plays

Lettering plays a crucial role in the success of your cartoons and comics. The lettering you choose to use should reflect and enhance the tone of your cartoon. The wrong type of lettering can create an incongruous or jarring effect, so lettering is one thing you want to get right.

You can create lettering styles in a variety of line widths ranging from very fine to heavy (see Figure 13-1 for some examples). However, you want to create your lettering with a line width that's consistent with and complementary to the line width that you draw the rest of the art in. Typically, the line width for the lettering is smaller than that of the line art. And unlike the varied line width of the line art, you want to keep the line width for the lettering the same so that the reader can view it easily.

Figure 13-1:

Line quality for your lettering can vary from regular to bold.

Figure 13-1:

Line quality for your lettering can vary from regular to bold.

^f ^ You may want to choose a pen tip that's fine or medium for the basic lettering and a thicker pen tip for lettering you use for emphasis or action, much as you would use normal typeface in a printed word document and bold typeface occasionally to make something stand out.

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