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Eve Z.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using a Genius Easy Pen tablet that's been my friend for what?... 6 years? Razz
It looks like this:


Adding Notepad. And Photoshop.
Never touched the paper with my current comic. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking for a new black ink to use for my comic and ended up testing out fourteen black pigment inks. The three-part, extravagantly wordy write up starts here, and has fun charts like this



(I also tried Black Star Hicarb, but that arrived late and didn't make it into the charts.) Anyway the eventual winner was the ink ttallan recommended, Deleter Black 3. :)
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I bet if more people did ink washes, there'd be a lot more non-yellowish black inks out there. =P I'm really glad you told me about Deleter 3! I was surprised too (and by how awful Deleter 4 is ;P).
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have struck again, sorry! This time it's mostly black, mostly waterproof pens getting the slightly-less-but-still-too-thorough treatment:




The wordy, sketchy part of it is over here.
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Varethane



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....I kind of want to check out some of these other pens now. Probably not for use in Chirault (I'm pretty happy with my current material combination), but just to play around with. All that testing looks like fun!

Thanks for providing all this analysis Very Happy It's really cool to read through, and gives me ideas for new things to spend my money on next time I'm in an art store.

(And also, thanks for the shoutout Cool )
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you found it useful! And thank *you* for being pretty darn handy with one of those Pocket Brushes :D.
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe here are some buffs who can help me dating these mechanical pens.




The brown one at the bottom is the only one I am quite sure about, as I bought it as a boy around 1980-81, and I still use it quite often. The one above with the metalgrip could be 1970ies; I can't renember where and when I got it. The large aubergine one puzzles me a bit, because I don't recall where I got it as well, and its design looks old, but it could be just a new traditional one.
The two green ones above are both quite old, as I recall seeing them by my parents in the 1970ies, and they weren't new then. 1950ies? I don't know.
The upper one is made from silver (835) and has a twisting mechanism that works rather well. I stopped using it years ago as I hadn't many fitting leads left. I know this kind of pens had already existed in the 1890ies, but judging from design, I would say 1920ies. Anyone here who can tell more?
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice collection! You might be able to look some of them up on leadholder.com.

(In theory, if they aren't on there, you could even send the guy who runs it a good photo and he'd eventually get an entry going for them.)
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smbhax.com wrote:
Nice collection! You might be able to look some of them up on leadholder.com.

(In theory, if they aren't on there, you could even send the guy who runs it a good photo and he'd eventually get an entry going for them.)

Thank you for the link. I had stumbled upon it earlier, but forgot to bookmark the site. At least I could identify some of my mechanical pens not shown on the picture, and the two green ones in the middle, one of them is 1960ies and the other one is 1953 - 1960, and the fat KoH-I-Nor is early eigthies to midnineties. I think I will photograp those I did not find on the page and mail them there.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For basic comics that don't require a lot, I still use MS Paint, although the version on my work computer is different than the one at home. They both have little things that annoy me.

I have used Paint.NET and GIMP at times when I needed to manipulate images in ways MS Paint can't (rotating by other than 90, shear, perspective). I should probably take time to learn some more features. And there's other stuff I've used.

I've also doodled on the Smartboard at school or one of the drawing programs for the iPad, but I usually need to touch those up.

I would love to sketch and scan, but I really don't know how. The white space in the scan is never uniform. I can't color the empty spaces unless I use a brush and the mouse. If I could do that without shaking too much, I wouldn't need to sketch on paper. (Not that I'm a great pen and paper artist, but I can do better than the mouse does.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xwhy wrote:
The white space in the scan is never uniform.

You could try scanning in black and white line art mode (as opposed to grayscale), which might result in a cleaner if more pixelated image. A more flexible way to do it would be to use something like the "Levels" function in Photoshop, which lets you set all the values lighter than (or darker than) a certain value to pure white (or black).
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mainly use Paint.net and occasionally scan in drawings. My football helmet and crayons level artwork doesn't require a whole lot. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use to draw all mine in pen and ink and then scan it- recently got a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and now just draw with that directly into Photoshop. Took some getting use to but the quality and quantity of my work have both improved. Highly recommend one.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've decided I need to go back to doing a pencil layout before diving in with ink, and for now have gone back to my ancient (20+ years old and still going strong!) side-click 0.5 mm mechanical pencil, but am not thrilled about the wrist stiffness I get when drawing with a regular-width pen/pencil/brush all day. Looking around I found there are these things called "drafting pencils" that are like super-well-made mechanical pencils! And one of the most highly regarded is a wide-bodied model, the Platinum Pro Use II 05:



So I had to order one and am now anxiously awaiting it. Eep eep!
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Marscaleb



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to keep my comic purely digital; draw it all on a tablet with a vector program. But after a few tests I found that just would not work.

I start off sketching on plain printer paper with a cheap-A bic mechanical pencil. Next I ink it with a fine-point Indian ink pen; the most professional tool in my whole arsenal.

I know some people out there get these really nice pens and special pencils and draw on giant paper. I envy their skill and professionalism, but that just doesn't work for me.

Anyway, once I have it inked I scan it and color it in GIMP using my tablet for minor tweaks I may have missed.

Except for my backgrounds! My backgrounds are special!
Those I am painting with GIMP and my tablet. I'm getting better with it to. And though I started with the intent to make all my backgrounds completely painted, when I started on the backgrounds for my first page (which I made after the next five) I decided to fall back on my drafting training and my 3D modelling skill, and I made those in Maya, crafted with special shaders and post-render touch-ups to make it look painted. But since I have basically two worlds in my comic, I'm going to make the backgrounds for our world use rendered images while the backgrounds in the fantasy world will be painted.

I'm anxious to see how well this method works out once I get it refined. (Page 8 looks good but it won't be posted for another 2 weeks. blah.)

So that's:
-cheap paper
-cheap mechanical pencil
-nice inking pen
-Bamboo Wacom tablet
-Maya
-GIMP

Bit of a mixed bag, really. Free software and software that's over $9000.
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