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    @Neil ford holy damn, that's awesome. Been meaning to ask how you use alchemy, so thanks for clearing that up.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    @NeilFord awesome elephant!, what does manga studio offer that PS / Illustrator don't have. Like should i get it?
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      CommentAuthorNeilFord
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
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    Thanks chaps! Quite surpirised at the reaction here and elsewhere, it only took 40mins - I must learn from this!

    @BettyBoolean - Well I like the pen tools, they are simply the best I've used, even when using massive files they are responsive. I've just upgraded to the EX version, which has a fair few more features than the Debut version, the perspective rulers are brilliant.
    But there are loads of folk on here who ken much more about it than me, I hardly use PS and have never used Illustrator so can't comment. I think Mr.Sizer is an educator, he'd likely give you an overview of their individual merits etc if we all asked him bonny? ;)


    Pweeeaassseeeee Siiizzeeerrr!
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Thanks Neil :) , well I'm just getting into using Gimp, but have recently got PS and illustrator but now i heard of this, so I'm just wondering whats best to use i guess. Ill play about with stuff for awhile I guess. I photograph my pencils then work over them with layers . . . this is the right approach ? LOL.
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      CommentAuthorNeilFord
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
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    Do whatever you like Betty, if it makes sense to you go for it. I personally rarely pencil anyting, I just start drawing and layering covering up what I don't like.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
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    @Neil The eye of the beast is what really sells it. It's fanciful in shape, but that's the eye of a living, breathing animal. Love it.
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      CommentAuthor-3-
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
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    @Neil - thanks for showing us the pieces that went into creating that marvelous elephant.
    But did you know the linked images are set to private?
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
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    @ Twist - Thanks, I definitely will. Probably sometime in the next few days; I generally work on a whole shitload of projects at one time.
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    @betty I use Sketchbook Pro, Manga Studio and Photoshop. Each does different things better than the other. I just go back and forth as needed. No need to use just one. They're all tools in the arsenal.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
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    today
    Teh shark from space
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
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    I like playing with kid's craft tools and then scanning the result so I can tweak it on the Mac.
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    Entered that Gorillaz character design contest (and sorry I am just linking to it...), and you can go here to see a cool thing they have set up so that you can actually watch the drawing draw itself from scratch! It's just a weird art tool they have set up over there, which is not easy to use, but it's cool to watch my drawing happen really fast whenever I want...

    Weird contest, though. WAAAAYYYYY too many random entries depending on votes to advance, with no filter system at all, so it's just hundreds or thousands of drawings (some are pretty good, but you have to wade through lots of crap to see them...) sitting there with no one to look at them. I look at it as more of a fun way to kill half an hour, rather than a serious attempt at winning a Gorillaz character design contest.
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      CommentAuthorVertigoJones
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2010 edited
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    nulltattoo design I did for a friend. Very chuffed that they immediately went and had it done
    edit for bad link
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    I was WONDERING who did that one, frequent! I really liked your use of proportion and expression in establishing the character - as well as the speech bubble, which I don't think I've seen in any other entry.

    I know what you mean - there are some pretty half-assed entries there...doodles, or people just writing in a couple of notes instead of drawing anything at all. Literal pen-portraits. It also sucks that one or two people managed to make the semi-finals twice, with the same design...like that generic 'Ghost Nun' version. I'm really only doing it for the fun and to get people looking at my art.
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      CommentAuthorNeilFord
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2010
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    @-3- Cheers! Yes, I didn't want them clutering up my public photostream, as I was only going to link to them from here I made them private.
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      CommentAuthor-3-
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2010
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    Rats. Was hoping for a closer look.

    But i can understand your concerns, and was glad to see what we could. Thanks again for letting us peek behind the curtain.
    :)
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      CommentAuthorNeilFord
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2010
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    @-3- ahhh, sorry man, I hadn't thought of that. Here is a link to the original alchemy sketch, it's 4000px wide...
    • CommentAuthorKen Miller
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2010
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    Monster doodles:

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    I did the Illo for Comics Alliance's "Great Comics That Never Happened" feature this week:
    HAUNTED TANKSGIVING
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    True facts:

    I went for a little Seawhite sketchbook in the end. I was put off by the slight creamyness in the Moleskine.