I have started a web comic a few weeks ago and I find that it takes a lot of time to do a strip. My process is basically draw up the comic images using a fine led pencil and paper. Then do my inking with a 0.2 and 0.5 width pens to make scanning easier, and finally run an eraser over the image to remove the guidelines and errors. After scanning into PS I move the image to Illustrator and use the auto inking tool set to Comic Art, this seemed to work better then the inked drawing setting. Next I color in the images in this program and save as .ai's to export back into PS. Once back in PS I user the pen tool and clean up the lines for each cell and add shade/light layers. Finally I put this together into the panels and add text balloons (Is there a good text balloon option out there of PS?) and other effects. Here is a sample using the above method:
My main questions revolve around is there a better process out there? What is a good resolution/settings to use when scanning images in to make life easier? How large should I draw images based on the comic size to help with digital editing? Anything that will help me develop as a digital artist.
I know a few of these things have been touched on in this forum already but I would like to know if they fit with my art style. Thanks in advance for your advice and I know I will get honest opinions in this section as artists love to give advice.
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You got that right.
Things you need to work on: anatomy, perspective, color theory and possibly writing (humor). Your two main characters are very badly drawn. What you should NOT worry about yet is how to scan in your art and worry about Photoshop and Illustrator settings.
The usual: draw from life, study some drawing books. Take some classes if you're not already. Being honest, if this is your current level of art ability, practice for a few years then try again.
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I really do wish that people like Nifinity would read the past posts as Ive seen stuff around this type/ quality several times in this forum that all got the same responce.
Don't get me wrong I'm not doing anything more than offering blanket statements as I wouldnt overly critize anyones work before my own has had its trip to the firing range. But seriously dude, LURKING = GOOD on this thread in particular.
Learn to draw before you decide to do a webcomic, and don't expect a warm reception to your new comic here. We get so many webcomics by people who shouldn't be making webcomics yet every fucking day.
So if you can take the flames heading your way and still stick around to improve your art then kudos to you, but I certainly aint interested in seeing more of thise tripe, and as moog said, scanning is the last thing you need to work on right now!
This board can be harsh but also great if you are man/woman enough to scrap this terrible idea and learn to be an artist instead of shitty webcomic creator #7736256458.
Also the joke is not funny.
-It's about 2 guys who are into video games
-Sub-par manga-esque artwork
-Fuckin' Comic Sans :x
-Dialogue balloons that don't read in the proper order (left to right/top to bottom)
-Garish color scheme
-Bad Photoshop filters/effects
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Dear satan I wish for this or maybe some of this....oh and I'm a medium or a large.
Also to comment to the above this is not my limit as an artist but in regards to this style I am trying it is learn as I go, thus a gag-a-day comic seemed like a good starting point with this site being a great example. (Compare early comics and its evolution over the years.)
Thanks for being upfront on this so far. Until I actually started to try and advertise my comic a few weeks ago on vote sites I had no idea how many comics were out there.
EVERY second you spend doing this comic puts that moment further into the future.
So far, as other people have said, your art style, humor and a variety of other things are at a level that fails to grasp the interest of your readers.
If I had a choice of going to VG cats or your comic, I would go to VG cats because 1. the art style is more intriguing and 2. the humor is more funny to me.
Same thing for white ninja surprisingly. The art style is simple but I like it and the humor is my kind of humor.
Sadly, there isn't much to say except work on the artistic elements of your comic first (and please don't use anime) and work on the writing.
I think we could all do with a nice year long registry close so some actual progress could be made here and I wouldn't have to worry about good worthy topics being bumped down by continual daily bashfests such as this. It totally ruins my ambition to make a sketch dump or ask any honest questions in a thread for fear of being lumped in with this sort. :x
I feel for ya. Its...Its just frusterating to see so many new posters doing this, you can tell despite his protests to the contrary that he hasnt reviewed the topic at all. Perhaps they should add a "you have to have your work reveiwed by a mod" before you can make a topic about it rule.
On second thoughts most people posting these godawful comics seem to be under the impression that they actually hold some merit. Fuck it, lets just ban web-comics alltogether.
I like that rule, sept maybe allow a few mod approved posts every once in a while in case someone with merit ever does surface.
Indeed, like Mudron's comic is actually cool. But h0ow often does that happen? Very very rarely.
Exactly I mean Im very hard on myself and my drawings I wouldnt have even let a work I even considered to be incomplete or not as good as I could do see the light of day. I dont see how others can post up an Drawing that (please excues the critic and such Im a dick for saying it and Ill get paid back in spades when my pencil work hits the forum) in all honesty looks like a MS paint drawing gone horribly wrong.
I agree with this, some of the critism thus far has been good but over half has just been frustrated flames that have been said a number of times before in simular posts. I think the above is a great idea.
Well at least you are taking it as it is intended. Congrats and welcome to the forum, now post some real art ;P
I will only post art that is development level rather then the comic strip stuff I did above. I misinterpreted the initial reason for this topic in the forum and for that I do apologize.
Thanks for being civil
It always helps before posting ANYWHERE to at least lurk for a little while before posting art.
Er, whats with this? I have said this before in other threads- there is no reason not to do what you want to. Because you can do your studies and academic persuits at the same time. I dont know where the idea that its one or the other came from...
Nifinity- Your comic needs a crapton of work. Study study study what everyone here has said and what every other thread has said. Bring what you know to your comic as you learn, and you will see improvements- but you won't see those improvements if you don't work fuckin hard and try to improve. You have to want it. Like want it in your dick. Thats how bad you have to want it.
No, you fucking CAN'T.
Unless you have four arms and two brains then if you are working on a crappy comic you aren't working on drawing basics. Sure, do stuff you enjoy but you have to accept that it's time that could be spent on other more useful stuff.
edit: I seem to be swearing at a higher frequency than usual ... what's with that I wonder?
You can't with that mindset, you're right- as in the mindset of "I'd rather not draw my hand right now, but cartoons instead". But if anyone is committed, any peice of art they do can contribute to their development alltogether. The doodles i do in my notes help, the shitty comic I do for my school paper ( that is so outrageously not funny I dare not show anyone, making clean jokes is hella hard) is even part of that.
Don't write what you know. You'll bore the reader with details.
Research. Then, having an outsider's viewpoint, you'll be able to filter the interesting bits.
/edit disagree with Lly, not O