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.
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.
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:
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.
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.