Tutorial Tuesday: Comic Composition (part 1)So you want to make a comic book? That is awesome! Let's make sure it doesn't suck...
A comic book, though dominated by pictures, is more like a language than anything else. It's communicating a story, information, and/or ideas to somebody else. In order to communicate clearly there are certain rules that need to be followed so that everyone understands what the story, info, or idea is trying to convey, much like a language.
There is alot of rules to comic book and sequential art composing. So we're going to do this in two parts. Part one is the bare bones basics. Next week will be part two, where we talk about some higher level concepts. Still the basics, but part two is useless to you unless you understand this part today. So lets get started.
1. Panel Direction
*side note for those who are unaware: the word "manga" i
Tutorial Tuesday: Comic Composition (part 2)Okay so like a month ago I had done the first part of my Comic Composition. There I talked about the bare basic fundamentals to the language of comics. If you want to make comics either professionally or just for fun I highly recommend you go back and read that one. There I talked abut Panel Direction, Panel Layout, and Word Balloons. Some of you you might read it and go "Duh Shawn, This is obvious." But it never ceases to amaze me on how some seemingly obvious fundamentals are lost to creators starting out. So If you're really new to makTutorial Tuesday: Comic Composition (part 2)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
No Excuses: "They Tell Me I Can't"Fuck 'em. What the hell do they know anyways?No Excuses: "They Tell Me I Can't"3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now I know thats a little bit harsh language but this excuse really pisses me off. I'm not angry at the person who uses the excuse "they tell me I can't," I'm pissed at the people who tells the person they can't. Seriously, anyone who says you can't do it is making up shit and doesn't know what they're talking about.
I've heard many different variations of this excuse. "THEY" can be your mother, father, brother, sister, best friend, teacher. "They" can be people on forums, or professionals you've talked to that have their head so far up their ass they forgot what it was like to start out. But no matter who "They" are, the fact of the matter is they don't know anything about what you're trying to do. So what qualifies them to judge if you can do it or not?
What reasons did they give you to back up this wild claim of "you can't do it?" Was it because You don't have the education? the skills? Is
Tutorial Tuesday: FacesOkay lets draw some faces! Before we jump in let me just say that this tutorial is for the general guideline to draw faces. Every human being is built a little different so even though I'm going to give you a guideline on how you should draw faces, know that these are the average proportions. As in if you took every human being on the planet and averaged their proportions you'd get something like this. But individuals will have eyes that might be slightly farther apart. or noses that are longer etc. So use these as a starting point then exagerate certain features to create you're own unique looking character.Tutorial Tuesday: Faces3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also this tutorial is for those of you at the starting level, for those of you who have no idea how to draw a face properly and you've just been drawing features haphazardly and hoping for the best.
So lets start:
1. The Head
So i've talked about breaking down thing you want to draw into basic shapes in the past. In fact i di
Tutorial Tuesday: How a Comic is MadeSomeone had asked me a couple weeks ago how comics were made. I first thought they were asking how the physical book was printed and stapled and distributed. But it turns out they were asking how a book was made from concept, to writing, to the art. And I realized, unless you have been a life long comic fan, the answer isn't that obvious. So I'm going to show you step by step how a comic is made. I'll be using my comic Shadows of Oblivion as the example, however most comics are not a one man show like mine, most are team efforts, so keep that in mind as we go through this. Each stage is usually executed by one person who is an expert in his or her field, and rarely does one person do all the work.Tutorial Tuesday: How a Comic is Made2 years ago in Personal More Like This
so here we go!
Step 1: Plan Out The Story
This stage is usually executed by either an editorial staff at large companies, by licensors if it is a licensed property, or by the writer for small or inde
Tutorial Tuesday: CompositionOkay so you want to make a an amazing piece of art, and despite the fact your anatomy and perspective is great, the art just doesn't look right. Why does does your art still not look amazing? It may be the composition.Tutorial Tuesday: Composition3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For those of you who are new to art or the concept in general, composition is how you arrange or compose the subjects in your drawing. Believe it or not, regardless of how well you draw the composition can make or break the art.
There are alot of ideas and theories in composition, not all apply at all times, so I'm not going to bog you down with all the little details, and just focus on the 4 major composition concepts I use in my own art. Ready? GO!
1. NOT IN THE CENTER.
(and no horizontal or vertical lines either)
I lump these two together because its everyone's instinct. Every kid does it, and every adult who isn't told other wise does it. Everyone always wants to put the subject of the art smack dab in the middle and use all vertical
Tutorial Tuesday: Poses pt 2So do you guys remember that post I did a couple weeks ago about poses? Specifically about how to use stick figures? Great! cause that will make this tutorial make more sense... plus it'll save me time, as I don't have alot right now.Tutorial Tuesday: Poses pt 22 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today's Tutorial is also about poses. But something very specific about the poses...
STANDING VS MOVEMENT
When you boil it down, your figure will be only in one of two poses. They'll either be stationary or moving (duh.) In my student's work i've seen countless figures that SHOULD be standing still, but look like their falling. Reversly I've seen just as many figures that SHOULD be moving about, but they look like their just standing around lazily...
So how do you get a figure to look like their moving, or standing still? The key is the center of gravity!
"Uh... what? What the crap is that?" you may be asking yourself. Well it's the center point of
Tutorial Tuesday: PosesDrawing poses sometimes is a very difficult thing to do. Sure, drawing someone standing straight up and down perfectly lined up with the "camera" isn't that tough. But what if we wanted to turn them, or put them in a dynamic pose? How the crap do we do that?Tutorial Tuesday: Poses2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well first things first, you need to know how the human body works. So if your reading this and you don't have any concept of human proportions, or how the body moves, then that's the first thing you need to do. Go look at people. Draw real life people, not manga, or comic book people as they're exaggerated. Draw real life people so you know what comic and manga artists are exaggerating. Figure out how their body works and moves. That's going to make the next part make alot easier.
Okay. So now we have basic understanding of human proportions, and how the human body moves. How the hell do we draw them in a specific pose? Well it's simple my friends. The key to drawing human poses is the stick figure!
Tutorial Tuesday: ArmorOkay. So this one is a special request. And I love drawing armor more than anything else so I'll happily do this tutorial.... The only thing is that unlike drawing a hand or a human face, there isn't a definitive right or wrong. Armor in many cultures was an artistic expression as much as it was a practical piece of equipment, and as such armor varies a great deal depending on time period, technology, culture, and personal aesthetics. And given such I could probably write a book on all the different ways you could design armor for your characters, I'll just scratch the surface here with major things you want to consider when designing your characters armor, and then after recommend you do some research on how armor appears throughout the ages and cultures, As Roman armor looks vastly different compared toTutorial Tuesday: Armor2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tutorial Tuesday: PortfoliosSo you want to be a professional artist, and you have an opportunity to show off your art to an editor, or art director. But you have to put together a portfolio. First impressions count, so you have to make sure you do this right if you want to be taken seriously. And you're friend Shono is here to help!Tutorial Tuesday: Portfolios3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The key is professionalism. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to look like you take this seriously. When I first started out my art sucked... really really bad... but I conducted myself very professionally, and presented my art professionally. So even though my art was terrible, and I was not going to be hired, the editors and publishers I talked to treated me with respect and took me seriously, as they could tell I took it seriously. In fact many many times an editor, after critiquing my art and telling me why it sucks, commented about how I presented my work.. This was often followed by him giving me his card. Even thou
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Tutorial Tuesday: HatchingSo I was asked to do a tutorial on hatching. I use it alot in my comics and art as I LOVE the energy and gritty feeling cross hatching can portray in artwork. But there are guys and gals out there that do it way better than I can. So I'm going to do a tutorial on some of the basics, and then encourage you to look at the art of Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Walter Simonson, and Marc Silvestri to see how the masters use it.Tutorial Tuesday: Hatching3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So lets get going
For those of you young artists who grew up in the digital age. Hatching is a technique that was developed back when printing processes were very limite
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Tutorial Tuesday: Layout to LettersSo this is only my second Tutorial Tuesday, so I'm still trying to figure out The best way for me to show you how to do things. I'm sure all of you out there are waiting to see how I do more tutorials to see if my tutorials help you at all.(the the 6 or 7 imaginary fans i have... i know, you'd think i'd imagine more fans...) BUT despite that I want to hear from you guys. Let me know 1. What do you want me to do tutorials of? and 2. What is the best way for me to show you this tutorial? Is it a live video? Or a step by step process with notes? Or just a general overview of my process? Since Blog's are a one way mode of communication I'm just going to put things out there, and hope it helps you until i get some feedback on what works and what doesn't for you guys.Tutorial Tuesday: Layout to Letters3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today I'm going to show you my process for a comic book page and explain the importance of each step. Hopefully that will inspire and aid those of you who have no idea where to begin.
So lets do this!
1. PAGE LAYOUT
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I accept Paypal only.
I'll start working on your commission when I receive all the payment.
You'll receive a 300 - 600 dpi scanned when it finished.
I'm NOT interested in Yuri, Hentai, Sex but Shounen-ai, Yaoi, Danmei, Boy's Love ARE WELCOME.
*Simple sketch: $13 (Add $5 for an additional character, Free little BG)
Headshot, waist-up : $9 (add $7 for each additional head)
Full-body: $22 (+ $10 for an additional character and $5 for BG)
1. Watercolor sketch/simple:$18 (Add $10 for additional character and $5 for BG)
(shipping fee+another: $18)
2. Bookmark: $10 (A
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Before contacting me about a commission carefully read the pricing and policy information, and keep in mind that lots of time and material (costs) go into sculpting so i cant afford to sell them cheaply.
I will only work on 1 or 2 commissions at a time but will maintain a reserving list, when your on that list i will contact you when i'm ready to start on the commission.
Before i will start sculpting your commission i will make a sketch first send this to the commissioner and when approved i will ask for a deposit (which will be half of the total sum) i will not start on the commission untill i received the deposit.
I will keep the commissioner updated with lots of work in progress photos and the commissioner has freedom to ask for changes (note that when a sculpture has progressed to far the changes cant be to radical anymore (especially after baking)
So to make the progress go smoothly think over carefully what you want your sculpture to look like (pose/color etc.)
OC Info For Requests & CommissionsI have a lot of people draw me via point commissions or free requests on a regular basis, so I thought I'd put together a journal entry that groups all of my references and character info. I hope this proves to be helpful to you when you are drawing me/Miss Shady.OC Info For Requests & Commissions4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Confident, strong, quiet, lonely, friendly, kind and often pretty wild.
She is an insomniac and due to this often occupies a distorted reality within her own head. Suffers from paranoia and outbursts of rage. Occasional self hatred.
Red or brown hair, normally wavy and shoulder length/just below the shoulders.
Bloodshot brown eyes. This means the whites of her eyes are pretty red, but as for the colour of her actual eyes, they're brown. Many people get this wrong, so it'll be great if it is included!
Physically fit, thin but toned/a little muscle, but not too much.
Scarring around the n
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- I only do anime to semi-realistic style.
- Pose may vary if not specified.
- I won't do R18 and Anthros. (mild anthro is fine. example: ears, wings, tails)
- I draw digitally. I use SAI and Photoshop as my primary art programs. Occasionally I use Google Sketch-up for backgrounds.
Inquiring for a commission
- You can inquire by slapping me with a note or via Facebook private message.
- Additional character = Additional payment
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my/your Original Characters
Boys Love / Girls Love / Straight Couples
Using photos as reference for a character creation (semi-realism option ONLY!)
Design for T-shirts and others.
I DON'T DRAW...
DON’t FORGET REFERENCES. If you want me to create from ZERO a character who belongs to you, but you haven’t a reference sheet for him and you only have a description, you must pay a surplus price consisting in $50.
Characters with references from here and there (ring from here, shoes from there). You must pay the surplus price for 'Character concept' in this case (+50$).
More than 4 characters in just one image is not possible at the base price (+20 each), but you can pay +20$ for the first 3 and +50$ if you exceed 4.
☆ Anime HALF-FIGURE SKETCHES - NO preview ☆
Update!Please be specific about your request. If you want me to draw your OC or some friend's character I will need CLEAR references of it. It would also help if you specified what sort of mood you want the picture to have. I will show you a sketch as soon as I receive the payment. Anything you may choose to add while I'm working on it, will cost you extra, depending on what that added something is.Update!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Designing outfits or items for your characters will also cost an extra 10$
Sketch / Lineart : 15$ (+5$ for any additional character)
Head shot (lol) 20$
Half body /simple background : 20$ (+10$ for any additional character)
Half body / detailed background : 25$ (+10$ for any additional character )
Full body / simple background : 30$( +10$ for any additional character)
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Headshot/Bust-up =7 USD //
Waist-up/Knee-up = 9 USD //
Full Body = 12 USD //
Additional character is same as base price
Non animated = 12 USD //
Additional character is same as base price
[Bullet; Yellow]GRAYSCALE/MONOCHROME[Bullet; Yellow]
[Point Right] Headshot/Bust-up = 12 USD //
[Point Right] Waist-up/Knee-up =14 USD //
[Point Right] Full Body = 17 USD //
[Point Right] Additional character is same as base price