Thursday, July 31, 2014

Messing around with Manga Studio 5

I'm late into the game, but I just started messing with Manga studio 5's demo. I have to say, I'm VERY happy with the inking tool they have. So much so, I'm going to pick up the digital version of it! Sold! From what little I've dabbled in, it's already much nicer to use for my ink work than sticking with Photoshop,  but it can still pop out PSD files. And it's pretty affordable: at less than 50 dollars for the digital copy. Doubly sold!

Sadly, we have a guest staying in my office for a few days, so I won't be able to tear into quite just yet! Up up and away!

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Comic Book: Issue 3 Page 15, final-ish inks.

I think I'm ready to move onto the next page finally! It's sad that my finished inks for page 14 was on April! I really need to get back up to speed, but at least I'm kinda back in the saddle.

There's still a few things I want to do to the page to increase readability, but I think I can let it go for now. The second tier of panels will get a little stronger once I put some colors down, I think. And the silhouettes of the robots on panel one will also get better with a color pass.

It's late and I need to catch some Zzzzs! Good night, God Bless and let the neverending battle continue. And hopefully a bit faster and more regular than my usual pace!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Belated happy Batman day!

A little late to the party, but...

Happy Batman day!

A quick break from my comic book...

I've slowed down on my productivity with my comic book this past week to work on a side project. It was my niece's birthday party this past weekend, and my sister-in-law requested I draw an Olaf (from Frozen) poster for a pin-the-nose-on-the-snowman game.

I sketched out a quick pencil under-layer then started to ink it with a sharpie. However, I quickly switched to some sumo brush pens that I had. The sharpies weren't reacting well to the paper (the back of a glossy calendar) and the pencil lead for some reason. 

I then cut out a bunch of noses out of construction paper and just left it black and white.

There were somewhere around 12 kids there, and it was a blast to see the kids having fun and lining up to play the game. It's certainly a good feeling to have kids enjoying something I made.

I took a picture of the aftermath of the game. Not bad kids!

The neverending battle continues on!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Do whatever you can...

I've been out of creative steam this week. Even though I've finished the rest of the book's thumbnails, I've been lacking any drive to start drawing them.

I've been playing video games, watching TV, reading comics... anything else except actually drawing. So here I am, in my study's floor, flipping through the hardcover edition of "The Amazing Screw On Head" and the "Swamp Thing: love and death" trade paperback, while printing some pages.

What am I printing? I've found when I got stuck when I was drawing the first and second issues of my book, I could "jazz" myself up by flipping through printed versions of the pages I had already done.

It kinda helps me realize how far I am to the end, and I get more clarity on seeing how the book flows together. Thought I suspect it's really more because I have it physically in my hands. It's like a little carrot dangling in front of me going, "c'mon! It'll look better once its a REAL comic! Just a few more pages to draw

Kinda sad I have to play mental mind games with myself (its not satisfying enough for me to flip through my book digitally), but you have to do anything you
Can I keep that drive going!

It worked for the first and second issues; let's see if it works for the third! Good night and God Bless!

Monday, July 07, 2014

My Comic Book: Issue 3 pages 15-23 thumbnail sketches

I've been out of the posting loop for awhile, but I did manage to do thumbnails for the rest of the book! Now  that everything is laid out, it's just a matter of execution.

It's quite messy but it's all (somewhat) there! It's kind of a nice relief to know I know what to draw on all the pages to finish this book off! Still a lot of work to be done but I can see the light at the end of the tower.
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