Project ADC-1: 14 July 2015

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.


Just Bought Manga Studio 5!

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.

Digital Painting Saturday 11th July 2015

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 🙂



Speed Painting on Thursday 9th July 2015


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.

Project Code: ADC-1 + Digital Comics Workflow

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.

Fictional World Map V3

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.


Digital Comics Tools

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.