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Out From Under Me, page 37

27th Jan 2011, 2:03 AM in Out From Under Me
Out From Under Me, page 37


Shaman 27th Jan 2011, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
YEAH! That panel before last would make a KILLER avatar for ya! Not that i don't already enjoy the one you have, of course. Oh and brilliant sunshine through the trees dude. Proving yet again just how awesome you are LOL ;)

I'm curious, what software/program do you use for your inking and shading? I'd love to use a similar style for my wheneveritwillhappen comic, and i guess using the same tool would be half the battle.
Zomburai 27th Jan 2011, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
Actually, that would make a good avatar...

I use Paint Shop Pro 9, which is like a million years old and strictly inferior to a lot of the more current programs out there, but for what I'm doing in the comic you could use basically any art program. My inks are done with a lot of drawing lines and then erasing them to taper them off. If you've got a pressure sensitive tablet you'd be better off using a higher-end program so that you wouldn't have to go through with seperate steps to get that tapering effect. If you don't have one, Photoshop or whatever your art program of choice is would work fine.
Shaman 27th Jan 2011, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Oh, cool! Since you put up a sketch account that seems to consist of pencil and paper sketches, it gives the impression that you do your pencilling on paper. Is that correct or do you do it all digitally?
Zomburai 28th Jan 2011, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
That is correct. Even when I had a tablet, doing the guidelines on computer never felt very natural to me. I'm looking at getting a new, shinier tablet at some point in the future; maybe I'll graduate from paper then. :P

I'd also point out that a *lot* of awesome artists do their work completely digitally, so you just have to figure out a process that works for you.
Shaman 28th Jan 2011, 2:52 AM edit delete reply
True, but i for one prefer the pencils in paper first. Just so you have something original to hold on to. I even prefer inking my work on paper as well, even if the finished look is better with digital ink. Doing everything digitally is cool but doesn't get you any original work pieces per say since... well... a file is a file, whether it's a copy of it or not. Can't sell it as being an "original piece" or anything.

Have you worked with different tablets before? Which ones would you suggest buying, price aside?
Zomburai 28th Jan 2011, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
Well, if price isn't an issue, then this one. Used a display model at Emerald City Comic Con last year. It was sort of like sex for the entire right side of my brain. Beyond that, I've really only used Wacom tablets, but every one that I've used has been good, and their customer support is awesome. If you're going to get a tablet without an integrated screen, though, I'd recommend going mid-sized. The small tablets are fine but don't have enough work area, while storage and comfort were actually obstacles with the really big models. Your mileage may vary, though.

Having said all that... you can ink in real life!? Damn. I have no steady hand for that kind of work. Hell, I developed my whole inking technique because I can't make a smooth line with a brush to save my life. If you prefer inking your work on paper, I say go for it. :D
Shaman 31st Jan 2011, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
Oooh! Shiny!!! If i ever do get a fair enough tax return, i just might go for it ;)

I also agree that small ones suck. Having to redo your lines everytime (because you reached the limit line on the tablet) is a real pain!

Well, i do practice a fair bit. I'm not as good an inker as i am a penciller, but i really do enjoy it and i'm sure that helps in the end. People that can't stand inking their own works might not easily improve. And i LOVE how your work turns out the way you do it so don't change a thing :))