My long road to get a digital drawing system set up has finally come to some kind of fruition … My first (mostly) complete digital comics page » finished traditional inks. The scan is not cleaned up or the panel borders drawn in (I have always done digital panel borders because I can’t ink a straight line, even with a ruler) because I scanned it at the wrong size for print, so I have to redo it anyway.
Tools involved with this: Cintiq, Manga Studio 5, Epson Artisan 1430, Raphael Klonsky watercolour brush, size 1. And many, many tears. But I think I’m starting to get the hang of this. 

My long road to get a digital drawing system set up has finally come to some kind of fruition … My first (mostly) complete digital comics page » finished traditional inks. The scan is not cleaned up or the panel borders drawn in (I have always done digital panel borders because I can’t ink a straight line, even with a ruler) because I scanned it at the wrong size for print, so I have to redo it anyway.

Tools involved with this: Cintiq, Manga Studio 5, Epson Artisan 1430, Raphael Klonsky watercolour brush, size 1. And many, many tears. But I think I’m starting to get the hang of this. 

More digital comic practice. This one went a lot smoother than the last one. 

Anyway, I like Marrow, even though she’s been ill-served by some writers at Marvel. I like making up stories about her when she was a kid and lived in the sewers with the Morlocks, because why not. 

practicing drawing dudes from my comic, yep yep.

practicing drawing dudes from my comic, yep yep.

oh guess what I finished playing. I looooooooooved it. Especially the ending.
This was supposed to be a digital comics test (all drawn on the cintiq), but it got entirely out of hand. Oh well, enjoy!

oh guess what I finished playing. I looooooooooved it. Especially the ending.

This was supposed to be a digital comics test (all drawn on the cintiq), but it got entirely out of hand. Oh well, enjoy!

firstsecondbooks:


(I have taken this photo of the awesomeness that is TCAF from blogTO.)
If you are a comics-creating person, it is possible that one of your goals is to have publishers notice you!  Because some day (perhaps now) you have a book that it’d be great if they could publish.
What are good ways to to make this happen? Here are five easy tips from the folks at First Second! http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/behind-the-scenes/make-publishers-notice-you/


Some good advice on getting publishers to notice you. I did #1, and none of the other things, so if you were like me, incredibly socially awkward & terrified of people late into my 20s, there is hope for you. Now I’m fine & feel somewhat okay talking to strangers at conventions, but I remember reading advice like “go to parties, make friends with publishers” when I was first trying to get published and feeling like that was the most impossible mountain to climb.
People who are comfortable approaching other people at conventions from day 1, I am envious of you! ;)
I should maybe do a “breaking into comics for the super-shy” blog post.

firstsecondbooks:

(I have taken this photo of the awesomeness that is TCAF from blogTO.)

If you are a comics-creating person, it is possible that one of your goals is to have publishers notice you!  Because some day (perhaps now) you have a book that it’d be great if they could publish.

What are good ways to to make this happen? Here are five easy tips from the folks at First Second! http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/behind-the-scenes/make-publishers-notice-you/

Some good advice on getting publishers to notice you. I did #1, and none of the other things, so if you were like me, incredibly socially awkward & terrified of people late into my 20s, there is hope for you. Now I’m fine & feel somewhat okay talking to strangers at conventions, but I remember reading advice like “go to parties, make friends with publishers” when I was first trying to get published and feeling like that was the most impossible mountain to climb.

People who are comfortable approaching other people at conventions from day 1, I am envious of you! ;)

I should maybe do a “breaking into comics for the super-shy” blog post.

lol my brain sometimes

Tags: comics

Mura & Andren (Kai’s dad). These are not much different from their previous designs, just little bits fiddled with. I own a lot of “making of animated movie X” books, and it’s always interesting to see how similar the initial designs of characters are to the final design, but the final is always, like 20% more special. More distinct and personal, 20% extra. With these guys, they didn’t change a ton from their initial designs, but getting that final 20% so that it feels like THEM, a look that informs their personality was really difficult.

hahaah I literally designed the Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong characters in like a day. *_* This comic, not so much. I wanted a challenge! I am a foolish cartoonist.

ach my wee babbies. … sorry about all the crap I’m gonna put you through.

*koff*

I finished the script for The Nameless City book 1 last week, so this week is ALL DESIGN I’LL NAIL DOWN THESE EFFING DESIGNS OR DIE TRYING.

sigh.

It’s been a frustrating process. But I think I like these. Erzi (older guy) got a cute braid to go with his permanent grumpyface.

You can see the going-on-four-year process of designing these characters here, here and here.

Eventually I will colour this, but have the b&w version first because I think the inking is nice. Characters from my old book, The War at Ellsmere.

Eventually I will colour this, but have the b&w version first because I think the inking is nice. Characters from my old book, The War at Ellsmere.