Here is a short video blog I put together for you. There was lots of Cintiq chat on Twitter the other day, and it inspired me to show you mine and explain a little of my process with it.
I want to clarify a couple of things I talk about.
I just started working on 2X larger files, it is not a regular something I do all the time. It is kind of an experiment and so far it seems to be working well. Personally, I am thinking "fabric" right now, so for an illo that needs to be especially crisp and sharp as it is printed on fabric, I think it's a good way to go or at least a good thing to try. But, as long as it looks GOOD at 100% (and you are sure of this, because you have done your print-check :) ), then 100% is perfect! In the case of illustrating in Adobe Flash in particular, I think working a little extra larger as needed (working for print output) is a not a bad thing because, although the line is vector, if you use the "Brush" tool exclusively like I do, the line generally has more "character" to it, more variation, than a precise line a la Illustrator. This can be a double-edged sword at times. The verdict is NOT totally in on working extra large yet... But it IS what I am doing right now. (It is ALL trial and error, isn't it?)
"If I am doing a poster, I do it at 100% and deliver it that way..."
What I mean is, I will make my actual working file at actual size to print instead of twice as big. I will not make it, say, 48" x 48", if it is actually going to print at 24" x 24". I will instead work at the actual to-print size, 24" x 24". The reasons for this are two-fold. 1) I find that inking for print in Flash larger is a little more forgiving with any line variations than smaller, more detailed work like say, a 5.5" x 8.5" oversized postcard-sized piece of artwork. 2) The file size would be impossible to work in if it was 48" x 48". I think my processor would be smoking.
"When you're looking at a computer screen, it can be hard to tell what's real..." What I mean is, working on artwork in the digital space never seems like the size is equal to the same size of working on a piece of paper (whether it is or not).
Anyway, Hope you like the vlog. If you have any questions at all, please post in the comments! And please, forgive the hair-do.