Post by junkmonkey on Jul 13, 2016 20:16:37 GMT -5
We're using comicprintinguk.com/ We've seen stuff he's printed and he has a very good rep. I've never met the man but we have communicated by mail and he is very helpful. I get the idea he genuinely loves comics. It's not just another print job to him.
Post by junkmonkey on Jul 13, 2016 20:26:12 GMT -5
My big problem at the moment though is keeping focussed on editing the Geeks comic. Yesterday my comic drawing time got sidetracked into drawing this which popped into my head as I was falling asleep - ALWAYS keep at least one notebook and art materials by the side of your bed!
Now I use a Cintiq, which is great for cranking out my webcomic.
It's funny, because you get used to using a Wacom for so long, looking up at the monitor while drawing, that when I got the Cintiq it took awhile to adapt to actually looking at what my pen was drawing.
Either way, using a wacom for years vastly improved my physical drawing skills, because it was like I had ankle weights on, and then finally taking them off. I realized I hadn't really used pencil and paper to draw for about a year.
Now I sketch all the time, scan it, re-rough it a few times, ink it and then color it if I have the time.
Also when I started, I taught myself everything about Photoshop. A huge undertaking. Then a few years ago I discovered Manga Studio and I haven't looked back since.
What programs/ tools are you using junkmonkey?
*Edit Weird, I can't get rid of this 'save' comment down below. What's that all about?Save
My usual routine is write/draw thumbnails in pencil - most often in my in my sketchbook (some of the thumbnails can be pretty detailed - I quite often have no idea where a gag is going when I start on the first panel. If I get bogged down in writing, the drawing will become more detailed as I tread water before moving onto the next panel . Most of the time that gives my subconscious time to come up with something to put in it). Then I make a proper pencil drawing - this is my favourite stage. The only way I can work is to keep myself trammelled into a rigidly panelled page - I print out blanks with the frame lines already in place. Sometimes panels will be combined but it always starts out as 8 panels. (The Fate strips, for some reason, I do in a 9 panel grid but as panel 1 is always a title it works out at 8 panels of 'story'.)
Then the pencil goes onto the lightbox (a flat LED perspex thing which cost me £30 on eBay and was the best 30 quid I ever spent). Inked up with fineliner pens. White gauche slapped over the worst mistakes, sometime white Post-it note tape for the bigger cockups Post it note tape is BRILLIANT stuff and used to hold drawings onto the lightbox and top of each other with damaging the paper's surface.
Then the ink is scanned into Photoshop (Version 7) My 14 year old daughter drives it better than I can. We have a constant to and fro of conversations like:
"Ha! I bet you didn't know you could do THIS? Did you?"
"Well I did actually - but it's easier if you [Ctrl] [Alt] [Shift] [Del] [Backspace] and THEN nudge!"
"Damn! Your right! But let me show you something I came up with last night last night. First you select the colour range... "
She usually wins.
Once it's in Photoshop it's dropped into a template PSD file with all the layers and settings I usually need already set up and labelled. ('Bubbles', 'Bubble tails' 'Whiteout' '25% Grey' etc.) And then 'Coloured' (various shades of grey) and lettered. I have a Wacom tablet.
Print out a copy. Give it to my wife who will scribble all over it in a red pen marking typos and goofs, and making suggestions as to how to improve panels. Most of the time she is right and spots all sort of ways of tightening up the writing or redrawing to make things work better. Back to Photoshop. Tweak print edit repeat - a couple more times till we're as happy as we're going to get.
I usually have several strips going at once in various stages so when I get bored with doing one process I move on to another.
Keeps me off the streets.
Last Edit: Jul 17, 2016 18:31:10 GMT -5 by junkmonkey