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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 🙂

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Speed Painting on Thursday 9th July 2015

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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.

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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.

First Comicbook Review: Kingdom Come

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I’ve posted my first comicbook review in the Comics section.  I ordered Kingdom Come from ForbiddenPlanet.com last week and read all 225 pages of it this weekend.  Hopefully it’s a useful review.

Fictional World Map V2 Mountain Base

I’m still working on a world map for my digital comic.  I’ve re-done the mountain bases to run along tectonic fault lines and also added a grain effect bump map to the land masses (thanks Phil).

I’m in the middle of a wrestling match with Gimp to generate the mountain ridges that I want but I’m not winning at the moment.

Anyway here’s what I have so far:

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A definition of Digital Comics

Since I’m aiming to create one, I thought I’d get clear in my head what a digital comic is.  So I’ve written a definition.

Rest assured I did do a little bit of research so that I didn’t go off on a complete tangent with this but please feel free to agree or disagree.

Comics Section Added

I’ve just added a Comics section to this website.  Some day I hope to have my own digital comics available here but for now I will just be reviewing graphic novels and comics.

I have also included an affiliate link to an online comic book shop:  The Forbidden Planet.  This was a shop that I used to visit back in my student days so holds fond memories for me.