Hey, I dunno if you've ever answered this but, I'm starting my own comic and I'm drawing out traditionally. Whats your advice on how to scan it in to get the best quality?
Absolutely! (This will be long)
First, comics are exhausting. Seriously like, dragging yourself over a bed of nails for 7 years straight exhausting. If you don’t passionately love what your comic is about and/or you don’t have a style that’s manageable and time-efficient, you’ll find it very difficult to produce your comic to completion.
@cooncomic is done in a super simple but efficient style. I use just Indian ink and a quill. I made it as manageable as possible so I wouldn’t grow exhausted with it over time because believe me, I get tired with even the simplest projects after the first 6 months months. SORRY I’M RAMBLING, THE POINT I’M GETTING AT: cut corners at every available opportunity. Find out the quickest, most efficient way to get the final product that you need. Even if that means relying heavily on digital touchups to support your traditional work.
I scan my pages as a .png (retains more data than a jpg) at 800dpi.
Sometimes the panels are ROUGH. Ink sometimes dribbles, it smears. And often I don’t want to wait an hour+ for large ink areas to dry, so I don’t even bother filling large areas in. I just wait to do it digitally.
Could I have gotten the edited version without using digital effects? Yes. But it would have been far more time consuming than was necessary. For me, the key to not getting sick to death of comic-making is to find a way to get a quality product without sacrificing time. But if I did the comic completely digitally, it wouldn’t have the same soul to it. Personally I don’t really enjoy working digitally and it shows–my traditional art has more personality.
After a page is scanned, I play with the tone curve and contrast until it looks how I want, white out the edges of the page so it’s clean, and then I draw on top with white, sometimes dark colours, for touchups. This differs for each page and depends on what you drew the comic in. Ink scans are easier to edit because ink is so harsh and bold, it’s easy to clean up. So here’s an example with pencil:
Jack with the tone curve tool until it looks contrasted enough. (I also white out the borders of the page where the scan gets darker edges)
Then, on a new layer, I draw on top of the page with white, doing touchups and cleaning up details that didn’t scan well. I always use a natural pencil brush so it looks traditional:
There’s no really right or wrong way to clean up traditional scans, just fiddle with it until you get to the product you want.
Traditionally drawn comics are really underrated, I wish there were more. Best of luck with yours!
Note, this is only the Obi stuff because I’m short on time and severely biased~ Below is the very beginning…then skips to the end when Obi comes back. In between is Izana doing king stuffs and the twins resolving things with Zen.
I’ll try to add a few other good parts over the weekend. As usual, please forgive my over-summarization and frequent butchering of subject/topics~
「Post War Management 」
オビ「Well then, Master and everyone, see you a little later. Take care. I’m out of here.」
ゼン「Well then, I’ve returned to the palace 」
ゼン「Obi told me if he did not return to go meet with Shikito. I can’t stand making vacation plans, I’m going to pick him up」
オビ「Did you call me Master?」
ゼン「…Have you just arrived?」
オビ「Nope. Honestly I returned yesterday but…」
ミツヒデ「Please excuse us Zen」
木々「We agreed with his opinion that we should tell you after everything was over.」
オビ「Why do you think? You are in the castle now right? The pharmacy director could use some help in the library.」
木々「We had Shikito put his arrangements in order and come here when the news of the resolution was received from Sereg.」
ミツヒデ「We were thinking about going there to greet them. Zen, would you like to go? Zen?」
@iwt-v reading under peach tree? This idea has been in my mind for a while, just under not a specific tree ^_^ I actually have a small one in my garden, I liked the trunk on this ref.
Cleaned up scan of pic added.