Before I started drawing my comic, I look a bit of time to look more closely at what other comics produced. It shocks me to see how many comics use exact ellipses. How do you get the text to fit those without spending way too much line getting everything lined up?
I wound up drawing all my bubbles by hand. I thought I would get better with it over time, but if anything I've gotten worse. At some point I realized I was getting a lot of stepping in my lines because I was drawing at a higher resolution than my tablet can detect, so I've since zoomed in real close so I could get smoother lines. However, I can't see the whole block of text, so I have to occasionally re-draw bubbles that didn't flow right, or fix defects where lines intersect.
Still, I dream of creating vector bubbles like the way I want. Not a simple ellipse or circle, but a rounded shape with multiple points that change the direction of the curve. I could create this in some CAD programs, but GIMP isn't designed to handle vectors very well; it it would take far too much time to try to fine-tune an array of bezier curves.
I'd like some sort of functionality where I can draw a shape and the program smooths it into gentle curves, or perhaps where I can just place in a small network of points, creating a small polygon, and then the program rounds out the edges for me.
My webcomic: Mischief in Maytia