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Postby Belse » Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:52 pm

felldain wrote:I think you should improve your drawing skills, just to make your joke delivery a bit more coherent. Here's an example of a comic done in paint:

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This guy posted a tutorial on his work, but I couldn't find it so I'll run through a few tips.

    Establish a process for your comic making and stick to it. By planning, you'll be much more efficient (and always write text in speech bubbles last, so you don't have the problem you had with your second comic)

    Use broader lines; the paintbrush tool is great for this (Ant himself gets his line effect by drawing a thick line, then thinning it down with the eraser, this gives you more control over the line, so you can make them more accurate and dynamic).

    Don't be tempted to use the oval and square tools to draw with; they just end up making your comic look flat and amateurish.

    Use custom colours, not the pre-set ones on the palette; again, bright colours will make you look like an amateur, more neutral colours (colours that are closer to grey) are easier on the eye.

    If you use shadows avoid gradients

    Make your comic smaller; there is a lot of unused space in your comic and it just makes it look empty (in your initial comic, the sun could have been closer, drawing a bit more scenery would help).

    Use panels and borders, they make a comic less confusing and easier to follow.

    Practice producing facial expressions; this will make or break your humour.

    And lastly; make sure you pin down a specific style and stick with it, a lot of comic artists remove features they consider arbitrary (for example keydar does not draw noses) it's best to get rid of unnecessary detail when drawing because it saves you time and your comic will be more coherent.

I reckon there'd be a major improvement in your work if you followed these guidelines.

Thanks, I'll try those things. But I do put the text in last.
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Postby à» Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:00 pm

Yeah, Belse. /headdesk x 100.

Uh, I'm pretty...okay good at PDN :P, I've used it for about 2 1/2 years now. Heres where I learned some great stuff: The PDN Official forums. You might want to start with the newbie playground forum first, then work your way up and give a try to the others. :)
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Postby Belse » Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:09 pm

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Postby à» Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:40 pm

Yeah, just...I couldn't see the dialogue bubbles :shock:
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Postby Bright_eyes » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:43 pm

*sigh* I would have a comic up but:
1) I don't want to melt *most* peoples faces off.
2) my "paint" (seashore, macs don't know how to use paint) won't let me use the straight line tool, or change brush size/eraser size
3) I'm lazy
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Postby à» Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:48 pm

1) My face is already melted.
2) Run a VM :P
3) No getting around that, is there? xD
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Postby judgement14 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:02 pm

i actually want to do a webcomic
unfortunately my story keeps changing and MY ART IS SUCKISH
i mean the only way i can draw is if i copy someone elses drawing
and that takes 4ever
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Postby Belse » Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:24 pm

judgement14 wrote:i actually want to do a webcomic
unfortunately my story keeps changing and MY ART IS SUCKISH
i mean the only way i can draw is if i copy someone elses drawing
and that takes 4ever

Hey, it can't be worse than mine. And I had to zoom down to pixelsize to get those things done :wink:
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Postby Bright_eyes » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:08 pm

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Postby à» Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:24 pm

Virtual Machine, lets you run Windows programs on a mac.


Parallels VM.

Edit: 200th post! :D (Or 1083rd xD)
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Postby Belse » Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:09 pm

I used a few of the tips I got here and I do like this one better than the two previous ones. I screwed up on sizes a little again :oops: but I did get the text to work this time :) So please tell me what you think

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Postby cookiemanyay » Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:11 pm

It looks like Gig's fat German grandmother.
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Postby Belse » Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:15 pm

cookiemanyay wrote:It looks like Gig's fat German grandmother.

Yea, I didn't manage to find a good grey color (it's supposed to be an undead, maybe...) And compared to everything else I've ever drawn I'd place this in the top 5 :oops: Kinda sad when you think about it :wink:
Edit: Is that good or bad?
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Postby Belse » Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:18 pm

New one up! I tried to avoid the "Gig's Fat German Grandmother" effect this time. Also I found out stuff worked out better if I didn't zoom in everything while drawing. So here you go:
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Postby kozom1234 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:27 pm

HA i like the joke :)
If i use my mouse to turn how do I click Lifebloom?

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