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What are you using to create your comic?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttallan wrote:
After giving this topic some thought, I decided to see just how much stuff I use to make my comic. Turns out it's rather a lot.



This (not including the scanner, which was too big to go on the table) merely represents all the stuff I consistently use on every page I create. If I assembled all the tools I only use occasionally (like templates, a compass, other pen sizes), the second pile would be even bigger, I'm sure.

I went into more detail about the things shown here in a blog post.

Ah I'm jealous of your no-longer-sold-rrrr Mono eraser. :D And you have a Parallel Pen! :o

I'm going to have to check out some of that Deleter Black #3. Ooh their Black #4 and White #2 while I'm at it; I sure could use a waterproof white.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttallan wrote:
@Lavenderbard, that's a great solution for a light table! I'll have to see if I can find one of those clear plastic clipboards, because although I have a small light table I don't like it very much.


I think I got it at Office Depot. But I've seen them a number of places. I don't know that this is better than a real light table, but they sure don't cost much, and I can take it with me when I'm out and about.

I have to admit, though, that the clip on light I got isn't very bright, so I do need to keep repositioning it so that it is directly under whatever part of the image I'm currently tracing. If I wasn't working on Scent of Spring primarily when I was on the go, I would want to find a more powerful light source.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, I've got one of these lightboxes...



I don't use it for Chirault because that entire comic is drawn inside of sketchbooks, but I did use it for my two minicomics, which were done on Bristol paper.... I did find it pretty handy when I wanted to make sure my final inks (or pencils in the case of the Tozar comic) were as clean as I could get them in a relatively short timeframe.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tablet and flash Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttallan wrote:
So the last time I placed an order with JetPens I picked up this eraser on a whim. The thing seemed kind of ridiculous-- a specialized eraser for 2B leads?-- but you know what, I think I like it even better than the Mono. It just does a really good job, somehow!

Huh! I wish they had one for H leads. :o Maybe I'll give one of them a shot anyway. Although I'm not really unhappy with the Staedtler Mars Plastic erasers I tear through so quickly!

ttallan wrote:
I do like the Deleter Black #3 ink. It's nice and dark, and it doesn't have shellac in it so it doesn't destroy my brushes. Sumi ink is my second choice. I have the Deleter white ink, but I'm not thrilled with it. It's very thick. I'm being more and more lazy these days and doing the majority of my clean-up and corrections in Photoshop.

Ooh yeah I guess non-waterproof ink has gotta be easier on brushes, doesn't it. My poor brushes! And thick does seem to be the way of white ink. Darn chemistry. ;P
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use MS-Paint, and sometimes GIMP for gradients. Sad


For those of you who use Manga Studio -- I've heard it's pretty good for comics. Would you recommend it for a novice artist or does it require mad skillz?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lavenderbard wrote:

...a portable light-table made out of a clear clipboard and a clip on reading light


Genius.
*off to ebay*
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pencil, rapidograph, ink-brush.
As you see, all analog material, computer just for scanning and uploading.



The rapidograph is a Faber-Castell from the late 1970ies; I had it with other inherited pieces in a drawer and had never used it until recently; nobody had used it for at least 30 years before, and it works well.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa sweet C64. Are you using that as a keyboard on a Mac or PC somehow?

Also very cool technical pen! If it's a steel nib like other technical pens, how do you stop it from digging into the paper and pulling up tufts of fiber and so on? (I seem to have that problem with a Rapidograph. :|)

Is that a Pentel Color Brush? And is that little jar for ink, and if so, are you dipping the brush in it, or using it in the Goldfaber, or what?

Too many questions, sorry! :D
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smbhax.com wrote:
Whoa sweet C64. Are you using that as a keyboard on a Mac or PC somehow?

Also very cool technical pen! If it's a steel nib like other technical pens, how do you stop it from digging into the paper and pulling up tufts of fiber and so on? (I seem to have that problem with a Rapidograph. Neutral)

Is that a Pentel Color Brush? And is that little jar for ink, and if so, are you dipping the brush in it, or using it in the Goldfaber, or what?

Too many questions, sorry! Very Happy


One after one:
It is pentel, although it is rather old and quite torn by now.
The rapidograph (I had a Mars Staedler before which was good, but stopped working) is always digging a bit into the paper, similar like a classic steel-pen. Even a bit worse.
For the ink, I forgot I sometimes use a fountain-pen as well. I fill it with the ink.
And finally the computer, it is not a keyboard used on something; it is the complete computer, all parts, even hard-disc and power-supply-unit are inside. A friend build it some time ago for me, and for a while (maybe even now) it was the world fastest C64 on the world, using a 1,2 ghz cpu on a all-in-one itx-board.
The 1541 floppy-drive in the background contains the dvd-recorder. It drives outside if you press on the disc-insertion slot.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Greedy wrote:
the world fastest C64 on the world, using a 1,2 ghz cpu on a all-in-one itx-board.

=ooooooo Wow! :D What do you do with all that POWER?

You know, I've been mulling over trying a fountain pen for drawing, too. May I ask which one you have and what ink you use?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smbhax.com wrote:
Uncle Greedy wrote:
the world fastest C64 on the world, using a 1,2 ghz cpu on a all-in-one itx-board.

=ooooooo Wow! Very Happy What do you do with all that POWER?

You know, I've been mulling over trying a fountain pen for drawing, too. May I ask which one you have and what ink you use?


It is my stanard-computer for some years now. I wanted enough power back then so that I don't have to upgrade to soon. Sometimes I think it could go faster, though. The friend who built it, Rod McBrown, did built some more fantastic things, but I don't want to go to much offtopic now.



Back to the pen: I use a rotring Art fountain for many years now, combined with a refillable cartrige i bought in the midnineties, I think. Not really expensive then, and it still works fine.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah that does sound a little awkward. I'll have to give it a shot though--holding it upright hadn't occurred to me! And yeah I get the digging something fierce with dip pens, blah.

It makes me wish I could see some actual inked pages from the big comic publishers and look for all the gouges. :P
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a sumogrip pencil (mechanical) and Sakura pens photoshop or flash depending on if it's vector based or not and ...a pricy tablet.





I like regular tablets however I can't get my head around drawing on them flat out so making corrections on my drawings on PC I figured I'd get a screened tablet. Unfortunately it's extremely expensive and I'd only recommend it to you if you really struggle with normal tablets. I use the thing a lot, not just for comics but graphic design and such as well, but it's hard to recommend with the price tag unless you REALLY need it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gelly Roll 08 and a variety of Copic markers... they all have an inebriating smell...
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