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Speezi316



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Speezi316 wrote:
I also use Hb to 2b pencils, bristol board, and go to completion in watercolor, India ink, colored pencils, gouache, and whatever else could help me finish it. Then I scan it and prep it for online . May not be pretty, but I get me there . If you like to see my comic it's www.tanukiblade.com

You have some nice art, but your site layout is scaling it down, which makes it appear slightly blurry. For instance, of the latest page, Firefox says "700px 1,065px (scaled to 612px 931px)."

If you upload your artwork at the actual resolution at which it will display in the web page, it will look better and you won't be making your readers download unnecessarily large images.


I honestly did not realize this problem I have to resolve, I have been reading and trying to understand website building as I go along, and used my servers default web site builder package. Perhaps not the best idea, but I am trying to understand this guidebook called the idiots guide to dreamweaver I recently got. I will do my best to fix this in time, I appreciate your input thank you.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Metruis wrote:
I don't like the feel of the new Intuos tablets (too rough with this 'stimulating paper' feeling)

I thought that was going to bug me when I went from the 3 to 4, but in the end I guess I got used to it almost immediately--I think it probably did make it a little easier to control.

Hm. I was poking it in a store and really didn't like it but that's good to hear. Likely as not I'd get used to it, it's just the fact that four inches of both my keyboard and tablet are hanging off the side of my keyboard tray now to overcome.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohh yeah when I use a tablet I pretty much just shuck my massive keyboard to the side and use Windows' "On-Screen Keyboard" utility. I used to make a lot of posts here with it, actually! ... They were the shorter posts. :P
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Varethane



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've actually been saving up to get a Kuretake #40 (the price tag and the fact that they're only available online are the reasons why I don't have one already); a friend of mine has one and has been extolling its virtues to me for awhile now. I don't know how its bristles would compare to a real brush though, not having tried it out myself...

The drying-fast part is actually the biggest appeal for me, when it comes to buying markers. XD I can't use water-based ones because the few times I've tried, I end up chewing the hell out of my paper-- the way I use markers involves a lot of going over and over and over certain sections of the page to blend colours into each other (some people have told me the effect is reminescient of watercolours, like in pictures like this or this), and with alcohol markers they dry so quickly that I can use them on thin sketchbook or even cartridge paper without warping or tearing it. I like bringing them to conventions and the like to do commissions with too, because the lack of needing to wait between strokes means I can get pictures done quickly.

(I don't use cartridge paper for my comic or for any serious art, but anyway...)

......Also I've tried those poster paint markers you mentioned, and they are indeed pretty awful 8C The sort of thing I might buy if I wanted to write prices on a sign with a minimum of decoration, but not for anything more elaborate than that.

Will have to hunt down that Uniball Signo pen.... I have noticed on some occasions that the Gelly Roll wasn't quite as opaque as I wanted, and layering with gel pens is a bit of a pain. Cool to hear about all the other options out there!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adesso Tablet
HP TouchSmart PC with dry paint brushes
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
Paint Shop Pro
SAI
Manga Studio Debut
A cheap smartphone
Canon MP190 All-In-One
Wasau Vellum Bristol Cardstock with homemade blue ink templates
Pilot Color Eno in non-reproducible blue
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varethane wrote:
I've actually been saving up to get a Kuretake #40 (the price tag and the fact that they're only available online are the reasons why I don't have one already); a friend of mine has one and has been extolling its virtues to me for awhile now. I don't know how its bristles would compare to a real brush though, not having tried it out myself...

The drying-fast part is actually the biggest appeal for me, when it comes to buying markers. XD I can't use water-based ones because the few times I've tried, I end up chewing the hell out of my paper-- the way I use markers involves a lot of going over and over and over certain sections of the page to blend colours into each other (some people have told me the effect is reminescient of watercolours, like in pictures like this or this), and with alcohol markers they dry so quickly that I can use them on thin sketchbook or even cartridge paper without warping or tearing it. I like bringing them to conventions and the like to do commissions with too, because the lack of needing to wait between strokes means I can get pictures done quickly.

Goodness, that *is* fast-drying. I wouldn't have guessed those pieces you linked were done with marker, either. Neat!

vaslittlecrow wrote:
HP TouchSmart PC with dry paint brushes

Now that is interesting!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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NobbyNobody wrote:
Tesco 6H pencil ->Bic Cristal ballpoint pen -> Epson scanner.


:o

I am impressed. :)


:ooo And apparently those pens can do some pretty impressive rendering!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioQu4a_DZ0E
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mouse + keyboard + SketchUp + Paint.NET
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varethane wrote:
I've actually been saving up to get a Kuretake #40 (the price tag and the fact that they're only available online are the reasons why I don't have one already); a friend of mine has one and has been extolling its virtues to me for awhile now. I don't know how its bristles would compare to a real brush though, not having tried it out myself...

Oh yeah I forgot to say, let us know how it is when you get it! :D
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lianne



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've started getting my inking brushes from an online order place called Rosemary & Co. I've found the quality very good (though I'm hardly an expert), and even with shipping from the UK to Canada, the prices are better than I see in local art stores. You might have to play around a bit to find the right one for you.

Other than that, I use pretty cheap watercolour paper that I wouldn't particularly recommend, and Windsor & Newton watercolours & ink.

I've tried a few brushpens that I've heard good things about, but never liked any of them - and they're not waterproof, so no good for my comic. I do still dream of finding one I really like for sketching, though...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lianne wrote:
I've started getting my inking brushes from an online order place called Rosemary & Co. I've found the quality very good (though I'm hardly an expert), and even with shipping from the UK to Canada, the prices are better than I see in local art stores. You might have to play around a bit to find the right one for you.


Hm, Rosemary & Co certainly do have low prices on their sable brushes. This kinda old review says they're softer than other brands, which generally isn't what I'm after... Still, they're so affordable I might have to try one out some time.

lianne wrote:
I've tried a few brushpens that I've heard good things about, but never liked any of them - and they're not waterproof, so no good for my comic. I do still dream of finding one I really like for sketching, though...


The one Varethane posted a picture of, the Pentel Pocket Brush, is waterproof. And with others you could just fill an empty cartridge with an ink of your choice, although there could be a risk of clogging depending on what you'd use. I was mulling over trying Platinum Carbon Black in a Kuretake, which apparently people have done without trouble--although the Carbon Black seems a shade lighter than the Sumi ink I've been using.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For both http://www.crosarth.com/ and http://unconventional.trhonline.com/ I draw the characters and foreground elements (and in the case of UnCONventional usually the backgrounds) on my iPad 2, using Adobe Ideas and a Targus Stylus.

Then I export the files into GIMP on my MacBook Pro where I combine them, add lighting, and integrate them with backgrounds. I then assemble the panels.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The one Varethane posted a picture of, the Pentel Pocket Brush, is waterproof. And with others you could just fill an empty cartridge with an ink of your choice, although there could be a risk of clogging depending on what you'd use. I was mulling over trying Platinum Carbon Black in a Kuretake, which apparently people have done without trouble--although the Carbon Black seems a shade lighter than the Sumi ink I've been using.


Sadly, the Pentel Pocket Brush was not waterproof enough for me. Oh, the smudging! Perhaps I'll give another run at brush pens some other time, the Kuretake sounds interesting.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Black Flag I am currently using...
A MacBook Pro.
Poser Pro 2012
Photoshop Elements
Bamboo tablet.
... and too many digital dolls, doll-clothes and props to list.

For Scent of Spring I am currently using
Mechanical Pencils (I'm not picky about the brand.)
A Prismacolor Premier brush pen
My printer's photocopy feature.

And...

...a portable light-table made out of a clear clipboard and a clip on reading light. Smile
It fits into the larger clip-board/case you see below it, which holds the rest of my Scent of Spring art stuff. (Not including the photocopier, of course.)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lianne wrote:
smbhax.com wrote:

The one Varethane posted a picture of, the Pentel Pocket Brush, is waterproof. And with others you could just fill an empty cartridge with an ink of your choice, although there could be a risk of clogging depending on what you'd use. I was mulling over trying Platinum Carbon Black in a Kuretake, which apparently people have done without trouble--although the Carbon Black seems a shade lighter than the Sumi ink I've been using.


Sadly, the Pentel Pocket Brush was not waterproof enough for me. Oh, the smudging! Perhaps I'll give another run at brush pens some other time, the Kuretake sounds interesting.


Hm! It seems about as smudge-proof to me as waterproof Sumi/India ink--which *do* still smudge a little, I suppose. I work all in gray though so I guess if they smudge a little under a wash, it doesn't really show up in my work. The Carbon Black seems to smudge a little less.
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