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Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by HanSolo29, Feb 23, 2010.

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  1. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Hey all,

    I've had a couple requests in the past to dedicate a thread to comic books and the process involved in creating them, from the story to pencils to inking and color, there's a place for everything here. I think this would also be a wonderful opportunity to compile a list of tutorials and tips for people interested in breaking into the comic industry.

    I will also allow general discussion of comics in this thread as well.

    So, who's game?

  2. Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~

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    I was one of those people... ;)

    And my biggest question is: Does anyone know a good tutorial about how to draw a comic? I'm horrible at drawing people and the background isn't that easy as well I think, but I would like to focus on people first.

    Would be great, if one of you knows such a tutorial or would love to make one. :)
  3. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    I'm game. Would love a people tutorial first as well.

    How about looking at good examples of comics as well?
  4. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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  5. Sith-Lord-Gunray Ex-Mod

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    This is a super awesome tutorial from a professional comic artist. I used this a while back when I wanted to get started, it explains a lot of the more technical things that most other tutorials online don't cover.
  6. Yuki_Englidy Jedi Knight

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    Nov 13, 2009
    I'm very interested too.
    I wish I could learn a lot about comics in this thread.

    To share the fact I know,
    In Korea, many cartoonist update their cartoon in website, and most of them use computer programs, such as photoshop to draw.
    Do cartoonists in America or other countries do the same?
    or do they use ink and pencils?
  7. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Welcome, Yuki!

    Things are pretty similar over here in America. Although, it varies from place to place. Some people prefer to use the traditional way(inks and pencils) while others work exclusively with Photoshop and other digital programs. So, both are still in use today. I guess it all depends on your preference and the demands of the job.
  8. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    I think this sounds a great idea. I attempted to draw some sequential art a few years ago - so much more difficult that I thought, I really had no idea. Since then I've picked up How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way, which is old and a little basic, but is very good at getting its point across. You can read through this book in an hour and feel like you've taken it all in, unlike, say, Hogarth's Dynamic Figure Drawing, where I had to read each paragraph two or three times before the lessons he was imparting began to sink in.

    If anyone would like me to scan and post a few sample pages of How To Draw... to get an over-view of what it's like, I'd be happy to. I know Amazon often lets you preview a few pages of their art books, but I always find they stop before you can get a good idea of what is in the book. In fact, that goes for any of the figure drawing books I have as well - there are so many, it's difficult to know which ones to pick up. I'd be interested in hearing other users views on which books they have found to be worthwhile.

    I found this on the internet some time ago:
    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/rnart/wallywood22panel2560.jpg]
    It's by veteran comic book artist Wally Wood, and I think it's useful stuff.

  9. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    Wow, that is a jolly good idea. I also know people who would be very interested in this thread.

    *sends links to JC friends*
  10. GorillaNinja Jedi Padawan

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    Mar 13, 2010
    Hi,
    My friends and I have created our own Star Wars webcomic called Star Wars X. We may not be the best at everything, but I think that we are pretty good. We would be happy to share our knowledge with anybody who wants to know how to do it. Oh, you here is a sample page of our webcomic:
    [image=http://swx.gorillaninja.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/page005.jpg]
  11. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    ^Very nice work - really great sense of movement and action.
  12. XCell Jedi Master

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    Nice, dynamic action.=D=
  13. Yuki_Englidy Jedi Knight

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    Great=D=
    I loved the actions.
  14. TheOnlyJediPrincess Jedi Master

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    I'm currently taking an intro to comics class at school. we are learning a very traditional way of making comics, that means sadly no drawing on photoshop. I can try and do my best at answering questions regarding that.
  15. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    That seems like a good thing to me. Instead of learning how to do comics *and* how to use photoshop you can just focus on the comics bit.
  16. GorillaNinja Jedi Padawan

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    If you can't use photoshop to ink, how do you account for inking errors? I remember when I used to ink in the traditional manner. If I made a inking mistake, the image was forever ruined. with photoshop, I just hit the undo button.
  17. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    I am doing now a kind of graphic novel (with the writing mostly finished) and pictures being added for important scenes.

    Like for instance this one

    [image=http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk124/earlybird-obi-wan/forcenetart/aaquilin37.jpg]
  18. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    Some ideas are brewing in my mind, too.

    O:)
  19. TheOnlyJediPrincess Jedi Master

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    There are a few ways you can fix an oops in inking, one way is to take a knife and scratch it off (if your using a thick Bristol). I like to use white out or a white ink pen. you can also redraw it and cleverly cut and past it on the right spot. Some times you just have to be creative.
  20. Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~

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    I had my first lesson of drawing (Yoda and Boba) at the jedi-con. Randy Martinez did well and I still remember the basics. :D

    Now I just have to improve that little skill I got... emphasis on 'just' of course. :p

    Btw he said he wants to do this kind of class at the Celebration as well - for those who are interested and are going to the Celebration. :)
  21. TheOnlyJediPrincess Jedi Master

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    I thought I would share my comic final here with you guys. it was pretty open for what we wanted to do so of course I had to pick Star Wars! Its an Adaptaion from a chapter in Aaron Allston's book Backlash.



    [image=http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/125/f/9/Backlash_Comic_Page_1_by_JediSeeker1.jpg] [image=http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/125/2/8/Backlash_Comic_Page_2_by_JediSeeker1.jpg] [image=http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/125/e/2/Backlash_Comic_Page_3_by_JediSeeker1.jpg] [image=http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/125/4/5/backlash_Comic_Page_4_by_JediSeeker1.jpg] [image=http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/125/9/b/Backlash_Comic_Page_5_by_JediSeeker1.jpg]
  22. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    Princess, this is brilliant!
  23. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    TheOnlyJediPrincess, I liked they way you kept things dynamic by changing the view on the action - side-views, top-down shots, close-ups, plus a good use of solid black areas to contrast against the white. Easy to follow the action, too, which is very important.
  24. LittleMissNightsaber Jedi Knight

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    May 2, 2009
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    [face_clap] Nice work

    I look at other comics (SW, JTHM, artists on dA) for technical inspiration, so to speak. To handle panels and such.
    The closest I come to a comic is this:
    Comic
    For SW, a lot of detail is required. Hopefully my style will progress.
  25. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    This was my attempt at sequential art a few years ago:
    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/rnart/rnavengers1b.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/rnart/rnavengers2b.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/rnart/rnavengers3b.jpg]
    I never finished any of the pages, which were reworkings of a story from an old Marvel Comics Avengers annual. I didn't really understand about making the flow of action coherent, plus my choice of angles for the action was flawed in a lot of panels. Since reading a book on how to draw comics I can see lots of places where I went wrong.
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