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      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2011 edited
    nice work everyone, I dig that @JP !!

    been lazy and only scanned 1 of my drawings over the past few days because I'm getting down to crunch time on the weekend exhibition and don't have the spare time or energy. Here's my contribution ( I post the rest of the stuff next week)

    the hero has been sitting shizuka under a tree with mother nature only to realize it's about time he returned to the big city...
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    @JP Stargazer- i really like that Don Quijote pic, great detail and love the color. did you use pastels or colored pencil?

    i made this for a contest on this website i may regret showing some of you this website. competition wise and everything
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    @ imaginary- !!! I love it
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    @heyapathy love your crazy city pics. i always thought you should do one were you can see crazy people in all the windows.
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
    Imaginarypeople: what HEY APATHY said. ;) also <3 for the link. and no worries it's hammer-time deadline for me.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
    some recent b.s.


    • CommentAuthorALE
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
    @kevin and Oddbill: thanks guys.
    @imaginarypeople: I really, really like that, good luck!
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
    @JP Stargazer - those are some beautiful colors! did you use oil or chalk pastels?
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    My god, what is it with you people. WHY ARE YOU ALL SO AWESOME!!! WHYY???

    (sorry I don't have the time to comment on all the pieces separately...)

    Here's one more b/w piece (don't think I posted it in the last thread)
    pencil 11

    Basically another practice drawing for the new project... Aaand I'm seeing this one as a kind of a benchmark. Every page will have to be at least this good or better. Hopefully better!

    Also, conclusion of The Consequences of Sowing Fire

    Consequences page 18
    Consequences page 19
    Consequences page 20
    Consequences page 21
    Consequences page 22
    Consequences page 23
    Consequences page 24
    Consequences page 25
    Consequences page 26
    Consequences page 27
    Consequences page 28

    so if anyone could answer me I'd be very grateful...

    This is technically what I want to do: pencil the characters/backgrounds on paper, scan and "threshold" it so it's stark b/w, do some cleanup (stray lines, leftover pixels from badly erased lines, gaps etc), then add panel borders, lettering and (if applicable) speedlines/focus lines etc... also, some kind of either flat greys (one or two shades) or more texturey toned bits.

    Since the thing will be later printed through a POD service (and also displayed as a webcomic), I'd like to avoid "hard" tones (moire patterns and such). Art would be printed at 300dpi but drawn at a higher res to get smoother lines after resizing (they'll retain some pencil roughness but won't have jagged square pixels poking through).

    So the questions are:
    Is all of the above possible? Are there any good tools for that? Will any of the parts become problematic? I'm mostly concerned about the greys rather than tones issue (last thing I want is to make a 200 page book only to find out I have to re-tone every page cause it prints like crap, heh).

    Edit: I don't have the program yet but a friend is feeling generous... so I want to make sure Manga Studio will do what I need it to do before I throw the financial burden on his back.
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    just finished the line-work for this, colors to follow soon (bigger on flickr here)
    business class
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
    @photomagex from last page
    When you select the magic wand tool, it's options appear in the toolbar.
    please check the box next to 'contigious'

    also, some advise, freely given:
    scan in your linework, clean it up, then convert it into a multiply layer. (when a layer's mode is on multiply, the whiter a pixel is, the more transparent it will be, so this is ideal for lines etc).
    after this, make a layer underneath, call it flats. here you will have base colours only.
    in your linework layer, select an area (e.g. mickey mouse's button), and then expand the selection a pixel or two by going into select>modify>expand. this is to compensate for the unwanted white edges you sometimes get in this process, and for the linework over your colours.
    once you have this selection, go to the flats layer underneath and fill it in. repeat for all of mickey.
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
    @everyone else who appreciated my post on page 1, thank you. i'm having breakthroughs lately.
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
    @aurora borealis Your comic really benifits from a vertical scroll-down readthrough.

    RE: your questions, are you offering bnw printed or colour printed?
    use the threshold thing only if you're scanning in at 600dpi or higher.
    i;ve only a cursory acquaintanceship with manga studio but what you seek seems doable.
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    @harris-ejaz: Am I offering what? Umm, the book I'll be working on will be b/w (Ka-blam requires files in greyscale for that) ...unless you mean the color comic I posted above, that of course is printed in color.

    I'm scanning either 300 or 600dpi. But then again the artwork is about a third larger than the final print size so I'm assuming that helps a little?
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    JP love the Quixote style piece! Is that REAL paint wtf?!
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    A lawsuit perverted my holiday so I haven't had the time to properly thank and be overwhelmed by all the awesome pieces coming out this month.

    I just wanted to throw in that you are blowing me away each time I sneak a peak at this thread. Amazing work. Amazing.
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    The first of these is a character sketch for a post-apocalyptic witch comic I've written. The second was just messing around working on inking:

    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
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      CommentAuthorEgypt Urnash
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011 edited
    oh god NeilFord captain lobsterclaw is so stupetardedly wonderfully WRONG

    Ssssooo the past couple of months I've been working on this comic. It's about the Simulation Hypothesis.
    page 1
    page 2
    page 3
    page 4
    page 5
    page 6
    page 7

    More at my website, I've got thirteen pages up so far and page fourteen in progress in Illustrator. I'm doing this by the seat of my pants and it's really a blast.