Welcome to the work space, little buddeh.
Convention visit, justified.
[8:11:36 AM] Ask Dragonair Mod There is no last name: You can’t leave
[8:12:12 AM] Bagel: you’re not my mom, i do what i want!
[8:12:16 AM] Bagel: Bagel slams door*
[8:13:23 AM] Ask Dragonair Mod There is no last name: You come back here young man
[8:14:13 AM] Bagel: you never understand my pain mom!
[8:14:24 AM] Bagel: Bagel throws various items on floor
[8:23:53 AM] Ask Dragonair Mod There is no last name: Gamut your just like your sister
[8:25:04 AM] Bagel: OH YEA SURE COMPARE ME TO HER!
[8:25:14 AM] Bagel: SORRY I CAN’T BE THE FUCKING PERFECT SON YOU WANTED
[8:28:21 AM] Ask Dragonair Mod There is no last name: Your. Grounded
[8:29:29 AM] Bagel: GOOD!
[8:29:31 AM] Bagel: I WANTED TO BE GROUNDED!
[8:37:18 AM] Ask Dragonair Mod There is no last name: Without any thing!
[8:37:37 AM] Ask Dragonair Mod There is no last name: And A PADDILIN
[8:38:06 AM] Bagel: THIS IS WHY DAD LEFT
[8:50:36 AM] Ask Dragonair Mod There is no last name: You take that back
Decided to give new shading and colouring techniques a go on my main character of Maplestory. Turned out all right.
Yes she’s a Phantom cos-player.
1. Sort out a script
I never make a comic without having the joke/plot sorted out before hand, so I usually doodle down a note or two in notepad or word. Usually ends up looking like this
T: *T looking at PC* Huh?
J: K, I still find this suspicious, but I still think trusting me with Ralph is the most suspicious out of all of this.
T: Well, Cooper isn’t around, and I don’t want others prying into my life.
T: *hugging Ralph* It’s all right, I’ll be back in a little bit.
*T flying off*
J: Ok, she’s gone, let’s nick her laptop.
Obviously, this will change if I think of better along the drawing process.
2. Sketch out something really basic
This is when I finally open up SAI and using a semi-transparent brush doodle something very basic, without much detail and just working on the basic shapes.
I keep all the panels included in a single comic strip file, just so it’s easier to see how each panel flows into the next one without jumping between files too often.
3. Proper Outlines
Once I have the shapes and poses sussed, I focus on drawing the actually outlines, with a proper thick brush tool above the sketch layer, so it actually looks somewhat presentable, this is probably the most time consuming.
Meanwhile, I’m running over the script in my head,thinking of better wording and poses that may work better.
With the outlines finished, I turn to the colour which is simply using paint bucket and the select tool (to reach any smaller areas it doesn’t reach).
I will always have a reference sheet or two open of characters, so I know which colours to use, and keeping a folder full of references is very handy. Something like this serves as a good reference sheet.
Every artist’s folly at some point, and I do admit to reusing the same background every now and then (every time).
6. Finishing Touches
This ranges from little nicks I see in the strip, words misplaced, errors and other little things I happen to notice.
Once I am satisfied with the results, I export it as a PNG file which comes out like this.
7. Splitting and Storing
It differs, obviously if you’re doing something like an ask blog where each picture is like an individual photo. so I manually separate each of the panels in their own independent file and store them in a folder. Now everyone has their own way of storing files. I personally store each comic i work on in their own independent folder, so I have an entire folder dedicated to comic 001, and other for 002 and so on.
Speaks for itself doesn’t it? The comic is uploaded for the masses (7 people) to see.
9. Cry to yourself over how bad it is
This is a very important step, do not forget. but in failure there is always success and always improvement.
You can’t get better at something without sucking at it first!