Firstly, make sure you have the right software that suits YOU. Cartoonists love to compare software with other cartoonists - it's a form of penile waggling (which we all admit too), but it can sometimes cloud the issues. There are lots of art packages out there for the PC, and they all have something to offer, but how you get on with them depends upon several factors...
- How computer-literate you are
- How powerful your PC is
- What sort of finished artwork you want to create
- PortalGraphics OpenCanvas 5 (for pencilling, inking & colouring)
- Xara Xtreme / Photo Graphic Designer (for layouts / HTML pages)
- GIMP (image manipulation)
- They are all cheap / free
- They work well on older hardware, so they don't interrupt the creative flow...
- They produce great results.
Thirdly, choose an input method you can work with. I used to use wacom desk-based tablets on a standard computer, but I always felt "disconnected" when drawing. I now use a Tablet PC (a pc version of an IPad, with a pen), so now, I'm drawing on the screen, which eliminates this problem.