Hey Zad, before reading the silliness of mine below, you might want to check out the following site for what seems to be a pretty good quality software application that claims to be usable for Windows 98 users:
Ha! I bet I could out lazy you any day of the week! That is, I could if I weren't so darn lazy. Hmmm . . . I might need to rethink that concept as a challenge.
Anyway, what this weird thread - I have NO idea why it was made into a sticky - is supposed to be about is how you as an artist go about fixing problems you have in the areas of creativity or artistic ability or education.
Take me, for instance, I've got this weird problem in that I seem to have the creativity of your basic soft-shelled crab. Why a crab comparison? Hey, why not?!
Anyway, I sort of compensate for having very little in the way of creativity by studying a great deal in literature and in art techniques and the critiques of arts and artists and so on. None of this works particularly well in my case, mind you; but that's how I deal with my artistic deficit.
Boring big time, yes?
Believe it or not -- and you should believe it because it seems to be true -- your art work or styling will get better with practice. Of course this can take years of more or less steady effort. But then you are going to be living and breathing and stuff for all those years anyway, right? So you might as well fill up some of that spare time developing your art styling. Shazam!
Art classes are pretty much over-rated in my estimation, unless you are going to become a professional or simply can't learn from what's freely available over the Internet. But then again, I may be wrong about that. Still, I don't see why anyone should refrain from doing whatever art they desire just because they've never taken a formal art course.
Yeah, the art coloring stuff is a big problem. I, too, am not real crazy about the use of colored pencils for webcomic art, but then that may be because I don't have the patience for really getting good with colored pencil techniques. I'm better I guess with water color or acrylic paints.
What I'm saying is that things don't have to be perfectly colored in order to become good webcomics material. Sometimes - when I do upload work in color I use diluted acrylics on card stock and then scan that in or resort to a software application for coloring. The thing is, though, that you CAN probably find something even at your local store that will work well enough on your paper to scan into your computer. Some people like to use markers.
Hmmm . . . windows 98? Have you tried any of the freeware software applications that are available? Now I don't know that they would be satisfactory; but it would seem that freeware software archives would offer you the best possibility for finding something that would work with Windows 98 and still be half decent. Of course, I wouldn't want to place bets on that happening. I'm just saying . . . it may be worth a try.
Sigh! If I put half as much time and effort into my artwork as I put into writing in the forums, I'd be much farther along with my comic and cartoon strips work.
So it goes.