I’m still in the early stages of my digital comic project and I’ve already had to lower my sites from making a 30 page comic to a 20 page one. Timescale is the overriding factor here.
Most of the work has been done inside my head so far:
- Idea Brainstorming in my car to and from work.
- Drawing up a Character Design Template.
- Character Design in my car to and from work.
- Plotting in my car to and from work.
I’ve updated my digital comic project dashboard here.
For a while now I’ve been aware of Manga Studio – a digital art package that seemed to be more geared towards comics creation than other art packages. I’d even made a mental note to download the trial version and give it a go. However the other day, a friend of mine told me that it was currently on sale with a whopping 70% off the list price!
Anyway I’m now sitting here having just bought the digital download and installed it 🙂
I’ve given it a quick test drive and initial results are exciting! The pressure sensitivity feels really good, the tools I’ve tried give such a beautifully natural result, especially the paint brush – I love the way it smears your colours as if your brush were really running over wet paint – fantastic! That’s £12 well spent right there 🙂 Can’t wait to try more.
I carried on with the painting I started on Thursday. I can’t really call this a speed painting any more because the total time spent on it is now around 2 hours. I’m struggling with his face a bit – the bridge of his nose it too prominent – I think I need to practice on a few more reference photos. On the upside I found a better Gimp setting for the Wacom tablet – I have better pressure sensitivity now 🙂
It’s been a couple of weeks since I last took the Wacom out for a spin so I thought I’d do a 25 minute speed painting in Gimp. I’ve always drawn onto a white canvas in the past but this time I thought I try painting onto a black canvas – I think it adds a certain moodiness.
I’m a great one for coming up with ideas but then never finishing them. So I’m throwing down the gauntlet to myself this year *KA-TUK* (that’s what a gauntlet throwdown sounds like) with my so called Project Code: ADC-1.
Note: ADC stands for Artloader Digital Comic – my attempt to sound mysterious (I’m a bit nutty – what can I say? And no – I’ve not been drinking).
In order to give myself a bit of structure as I create my digital comics, I have put together a little Digital Comics Workflow. It’s always good to have a defined process – whether you follow it or not is another matter.
I’ve been going round in circles with my fictional world map and in the end have decided to simplify a little. Bump mapping wasn’t really in tune with the feel I wanted so I took that off, added some contour type areas and some text. I don’t think the text is quite right so I will tweak that a bit, add a border and other embellishments.
Tonight I’ve just published a page listing the digital comics tools that I’ve stumbled upon. This list covers the whole process from creating digital comics to viewing them and finally selling them online. I aim to keep this updated as I discover more.