Comic Tutorial

Since I’ve been working a little more on sound effects in my comics, I thought I’d post a little tutorial on how I do it in Photoshop. Basically, it involves adjusting the letter size, spacing and baseline, adding some nice strokes and then warping it.

Hopefully this helps!

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Two days ago I found a very interesting video on youtube about iterative drawing, it gives tips on how to improve with art faster and i think the exercises it gives are really helpful as a warmup as well!
So i wanted to share some exercises i’m doing to improve with anatomy and style, hope they motivate you to practice 💪🏻💪🏻😍😃 

How I make a Schmaltz page

Some people ask me, how are you able to draw this and that when it’s traditional art? How do you make it look so good? How can I make comics without the means of digitial software? Well strap right in as I share my secrets!

Format and storyboard wise, try to use different angles/close ups in each panel. There’s a whole lot when it comes to designing a comic format, but really it’s all just cinematic. 

I use lots of gray tone markers from the lightest cool grey to the warmest dark grey. And for spots that do have color I use brush markers/copic markers. Most of my grey tone markers are able to be layered in a way when drying so then the more I color, the darker it gets, to make shading. I use 0.5 pens on thick 9x6 inch paper. Here is the page when it’s done

Grey and black and white with a splash of color on key areas like Irdial’s marigolds or the horn used to honk at Irving and his colorful orange hair. This is just my style and you can color your comic any way you like. I don’t have a scanner, so what I do is put as much light on the draw, try not to make darker areas where the light doesn’t fully shine, and take a picture of my works. The next thing I do is make the entire colors of the page looks either red/warm or bluish/cool is tone. I do this by putting a filter  balancing the colors and make them all lean towards warm tones. The result:

Now everythings so warm and cozy. But, the bottom seems to look lighter than the top. This happens when a light is direct from a certain angle so it wouldnt light the whole drawing equally. This is fixed by multiplying the image on, change the opacity try to make each section; top, middle, and bottom have an equal level of brightness. I also edit out coloring mistakes or smears of ink, and make the words more legible.

Just look at the difference!

There are youngsters who want to get serious with art and comic but may not have all the resources. Well one thing youve all learned is that I dont have a scanner but I still managed by 1. Having a good light when taking a pic..and 2. sometimes filters make it look nicer.

The drawing in the upper right is the only one with a filter, makes it more blue. The other two were left as is. Photo editing apps are good too, the one I use is Pixlr for ios.

Whelp, that’s all I got for now, hope any of this info was interesting and helpful!

Art Blog  - Page 1 of Schmaltz - Commission Info

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*Rebecca Black’s voice* It’s friday friday, it’s tutorials time on friday! - last week I asked which tutorial would you like and some of you said noses, o here you are! I hope these tips will be useful, here you can see some examples of the structure I use to draw the noses. Check all my tutorials on my instagram account ☺️💪🏻 or on my tumblr: akisdoodles.tumblr.com/tagged/tutorial #akitutorials #motivationfriday

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If you’re referring to my military au comics, I this is a guide i made on my process that i never shared on tumblr! But yes i usually start all my comics with a basic outline and maybe a rough draft of what dialogue i want. IM NOT REALLY THAT GOOD AT MAKING COMICS IN ONE GO so i’ve ended up becoming really meticulous with my process LOL 

Anyway i hope this helps anyone interested in making comics :> 

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Guess what? It’s friday again! And friday means tips and tutorials! Here some sketches of curly and straight hair: curly hair means quick strokes and short lines while straight hair is long strokes and long lines. Hopefully it helps, let me know what you want to see next friday! #akitutorials #motivationfriday

Art tip of the day:

Variance in character expressions!

People’s faces are a brilliant place to show your readers just what makes a character tick.  Since people handle emotions differently, their faces should handle them differently too.

These two nerds are both angry, but look at the difference! One is stewing in his anger while the other is not afraid to show it. One takes things very seriously and the other is likely to forget about it quickly. What else can you learn from these characters from the way they handle the same emotion?

Since Lee tends to bottle up his emotions, the word I think of when I draw his face is “closed” or “tight”. I try to make his features somewhat jagged as he takes everything too seriously and internalizes it (don’t do that kids, it’s bad for you). Ben hides nothing whatsoever, so I think “open” or “over-the-top”. Since he doesn’t let things bother him too much, I tend to give his expressions lots of round edges, like bubbles, to show they are temporary and harmless.

If we use Lee’s shape language for Ben’s face, the result is a little strange:

This can be used for comic effect, but I don’t encourage doing it that often because it’s jarring. 

Anyway those are my thoughts! I hope you guys can find some use out of them!

Comic tips

Okay so this is some of the Sequential Art stuff that I learned while I was at SCAD

  1. The funny border thingie that separates panels is called a gutter
  2. The gutter is about a width of 3/16 to a ¼ inch 
  3. Be cautious of how you order your panels 
  4. Make sure that your reader is immersed in your story
  5. Create an outline
  6. Crate thumbnails of your comic this should just be motions, make sure that your comic’s panels aren’t confusing
  7. If your drawing looks right, then it is right (This is applying to things like perspective, don’t make it look too perfect)
  8. Draw a grid of 3x3 squares and the four corners of the center square are main focal points this is really helpful
  9. Have no more than about 27 letters in one speech bubble before starting a new bubble
  10. When you are inking add line weight, your readers will love you for it
  11. Take into account the light source when you are inking, the shaded areas will have thicker lines then areas that are in the light
  12. Only make a comic page 70% black and 30% White or 70% White and 30% Black it doesn’t look right if it’s 50/50 or anything else. Don’t ask why that’s just how it is
  13. Think in black and white, it is VERY hard to come even close to achieving a soft pencil-like gray with an inking pen
  14. Mind your speech bubbles 
  15. Make sure you watch your drawings and DON’T MAKE BULL’S EYE COMPOSITIONS!
  16. Make sure you define your figure, don’t let them blend into the BG
  17. DON’T CUT OFF YOUR FIGURE AT THE JOINTS you may think it’s a good place to crop but it’s not

That’s all I can remember for now ._. I hope this helps you guys

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Osamu Tezuka (手塚治虫) drawings of expressions, cartooning tips, showing how to animate & capture emotions with body language too. You can find more in the マンガの描き方―似顔絵から長編まで Artbook, published in 1996.

There ain’t no better teacher around. Animation-wise. The God of Manga.

How mrozna makes a comic, step by step

Introduction words, introduction words, let’s get to the point.

1. The first step is to write a script. And, buddy, that’s a pretty rough start, because I never learned how to do that properly, and drawing comics without a script apparently gets you a special place in Comic Hell. 

I think primarily in pictures and scenes. Words are… somewhere there, mostly as snippets of dialogue attached to their respective scenes. But actually describing a scene? “Fuck you”, says my brain “You can sketch this out in 5 minutes tops OR bang your head on the table for an hour, trying to come up with the right words.There is no in between.” And so, all my attempts at shitting out a proper script were met by utter failure. I couldn’t continue like this.

So I thought, fuck it, I’m just gonna write a rough timeline and see where it takes me.

2. Draw the thumbnail.

Doesn’t have to be pretty or detailed. Its role is to give you a general idea how to transform your concept so it makes sense on paper, and how to arrange the elements so the page doesn’t end up cluttered and stuff.

Personally I consider this step the most difficult, as navigating the connection between the How It Looks In My Head and How Do I Get It Out Of My Head is pretty tricky. Thankfully, sketching teeny tiny thumbnails doesn’t take much time, so you can sketch as many as you want, until you’re either a) satisfied with the result and ready to continue your work, b) tired of this miserable mortal existence, in which case you need a break and a nice warm cup of tea or a refreshing punch to the face; whichever makes you feel alive again.

3. Create a new file in your drawing program of choice.

Seems obvious, but hey, if I say step by step then it’s step by step.

4. DO RECTANGLES.

With the rectangle tool (of course). Like this. You can reuse this setup in the next pages (like I did here), as long as you don’t plan on experimenting with more dynamic compositions.

5. Set the opacity to 40%, make a new layer and start sketching.

Use the thumbnail as reference, but don’t feel obligated to stick to it if you think changing some things would present your idea better.

I don’t put too much detail in my sketches (unless it’s something I’ve never drawn in my life), so usually I end up with something like this. 

6. Set the current layer’s opacity to 40%.

Doesn’t have to be exactly 40%, you just need the sketch to be visible but not so it makes linearting difficult.

7. LINEART TIME, MOTHERFUCKERS.

On a new layer, ofc. 

I draw panel edges by hand because I like how they look and also because I hate myself. 

8. Continue until satisfied.

I really like when things poke out of their panels a little. It makes a nice illusion of… uh… something. Whatever.

Anyway, now’s the time for details. Have at it.

9. DONE.

Sketch and lineart comparison. 

PRO TIP: Pour a bucket of cold water over your head for every hour you spend on procrastinating. It helps a lot. Mrozna approves.

So, that’s my take on the subject! I hope it was an interesting bit of info for you guys.