If you’re reading this article on Nerdist, I’d wager the chances are very high you’ve heard of The Nerdist Way. That’s the thing that added “author” to the rest of Chris Hardwick’s multi-hyphenate descriptors. And despite where the following words are appearing, if you haven’t read it, you should take some time to do so. I read it years ago — well before my time contributing here — and seeing a passage of it visualized is a super cool thing. Specifically, the passage from part one, page one, paragraph one. It sets the tone for the rest of the tome.
While a chunk of books found in the self-help section are guides on how to change yourself to “be a better you,” Chris’ philosophy isn’t to change who you are, it’s more like “hone what you’ve got.” We nerds are predisposed to take a thing and then level up that thing and then be super proud of that thing. The Nerdist Way aims to redirect that obsessive leveling back at the user for personal enrichment!
Gavin, the artist that posted this over at ZenPencils, beautifully captured the essence of that distilled message and created a moving story to accompany the words. He also posted an awesome sequence video to Instagram from his time working on panels from the piece above, illuminating a bit about his process:
CARTOONING TIP: I use Google SketchUp when I need to draw things I’m not good at drawing: cars, buildings, anything mechanical and in this week’s comic’s case … pirate ships! It’s really easy to use. I downloaded the ship from the massive 3D Warehouse library, opened it in SketchUp and used the rotate tool to get the angle I needed for the comic, then exported it as a 2D graphic into Photoshop. Then I turned the linework blue, printed it on paper then used it as the wireframe that I could draw over. SketchUp is free to download and has helped me a bunch. This is not a sponsored post or anything, I just would have loved to know stuff like this when I was a young cartoonist. Share the knowledge! #process
And below, a detail of the first panel:
New comic just posted! Featuring a quote from Chris Hardwick aka The Nerdist. Link in my profile. A photo posted by Gavin Aung Than (@zenpencils) on