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HTMC 8 - Digital Tools by Ahkward HTMC 8 - Digital Tools by Ahkward
My most recent update for the tutorial series. This one covers basic digital tools and drawing tablets. Keep in mind there are a LOT of possible tools and software you can use. I would have covered Manga Studio, but I have no used it in so long, I didn't feel qualified to talk about it.

If you have ANY questions, let me know!

To read on Webtoons -> www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/…
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:iconjacykazul:
jacykazul Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional
Yelps those helps! <3
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Good! I'm glad ouo
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InkFey Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I've found sketching & inking traditionally and then importing to photoshop to be the best thing for me personally.
Honestly never been particularly bothered by the lack of brush stability either... but I also just use a circle brush and 
never do digital line-art so... 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree! Digital lineart fries my brain. XD
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Wanderways Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Laptops are much more expensive than desktops if you are looking for something with the same performance.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It really depends. If you are going for older or newer models, what brands and such. My laptop was only 600 and is way cheaper than my moms desktop with the same performance. Mine in a refurb 1yr old laptop. I suppose if you only looks at top brands with newest models it would be that way.
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Wanderways Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
My laptop was 1200 new and performs much less than my boyfriend's way cheaper pc

If you really want a good pc you have to build it yourself and ditch the laptops but I guess you can make art on a generic one as well
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It depends on what you use it for as to what parts matter. For photoshop and sai and basic art stuff, a good processor with a decent Gcard will do. XD also SIZE of the laptop matters too. I have a smaller laptop screenwise because i use a cintiq, so i can use a smaller screen lol
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LeoDragonsWorks Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
This is pretty usefull to me, I'm a traditional artist who want to get near digital too ^^
I'm very intrested in the colors related parte, because I have many problem with my scanner and colors effect in digital version; it totaly deviate the blend from the original traditional draw I scanned!
Hope to learn something usefull the next time too ;)
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Scanners are nightmares sometimes! XD My own scanner slaughters my colors, but with comics, I NEVER EVER color traditionally. For standard art and commissions I will, but never for comics. lol All my comics are lined traditionally, but all colors or greys/screentones are digital.
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LeoDragonsWorks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, totaly nightmares... also mine is an old one, it's part of a printer, so not of good quality....
I wanted to change it, but I have no idea about good scanner brend for graphic... do you plan to talk about it in some tutorials?

I see many people do it, made ink by traditional and put color with digital media. I want to try it too, even if I'm not very good with digital media...
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hope36 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018
Um.....what about tablets such as....a Samsung??? I use that, but I mostly draw on paper cause it's easier to carry around, easier to keep, and I can take it to school and practice my skills and get better. I use my tablet to practice my digital art skills so I can become an animator and possibly make comics about this plot I have in my head, and I REALLY wanna get better at making it digitally cuz in my opinion....it sucks rn. I don't use my computer for art yet but once I get some of my money on there I might buy a program but I'm still thinking it over for now.
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Luke-Marks Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally enjoy drawing digitally more, idk, I just feel better, plus, one thing the good ol' paper and pen don't have is an UNDO button. I don't know how I'd live with myself if it wasn't for that sweet Ctrl+Z command.

Anyways, you don't have to spend a lot of money on making art (that is if you already have a PC, which you say you do), I'll just tell you what I use to make my comic.

◾Tablet: Wacom One Small (I don't want to give you an exact price, but I think it can't be above $100, look it up)
◾Software: FireAlpaca (it is a completely free program and it suits my needs perfectly, it is quite user-friendly and has plenty of features).
◾Also, some laptop, doesn't really matter cause you already have a PC.

My opinion on android tablets as drawing gear: I have, like yourself, used an android tablet to draw and I can't stress enough just how shit they are compared to the read deal. It's not all useless, I use it to make pixelart (I made my avatar gif with an app called "Pixly"), but to make comics and such artwork pieces, ditch your tablet, it won't do you good. I am quite lucky - you see, I am a poor 16-year-old dude who's older sister has all the items listed above. She just lends me her gear from time to time (which is why I don't post stuff often), so I'm very lucky in that way. If you're in position to do so, ask your parents/guardians to buy you a legit drawing tablet or try saving up money yourself. I don't know your financial situation, so I can't say much.
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hope36 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
I’ve tried for a while to ask them to get it for me for Christmas, but I didn’t know exactly what type of drawing tablet I want. I’ve researched into what type of art program I’m wanting to use and I’ve seen people use the FireAlpaca and FireFox, along with a few others, but those are the ones I’m most interested in, mainly FireFox tho. I could probably buy one myself, considering I have some money saved in the bank, but at the same time I’m saving it for when I go to college. I probably need to do a bit more research into which one would be best for my first drawing tablet for now. And it does sound like your lucky to be able to borrow your sister’s stuff.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I have never used those sorts of tablets, so I have no idea what you can use on them. I have never even held a samsung tablet? XD
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hope36 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018
There isn't much, mainly free things. In my opinion there is ibis paint but it's always blurry and you have a limit to layers. My fave to use is Adobe draw but there isn't any filler tool, so you gotta fill it yourself. Then for animation, there is STILL not many good programs. Most known is FlipAClip. It has a fill tool but it always has white dots near the lines that you need to constantly fix. Ain't much tbh. Planing to try and get a paid one maybe?? Idk yet tbh xD
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
If possible, you can use paper. I used a lamp shining through them and a light table, then scanned in each page ans put them together as an animation in gimp. Which is free btw. I do not use my phone to draw at all, i just use my computer. XD i have never heard of those, but when I had a DS, I used a program called flipnote lol
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hope36 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018
I used to have a DSI when I was a kid till it was stolen, but that sounds like an interesting idea!! I kinda use Cam Scanner sometimes which turns my traditional art KINDA digital and makes it easier to see. Although left in pencil, it's a bit hard to work with so I constantly have to use either a black sharpie or pen, which usually works best. They also have a color setting bit it is kinda hard to get to work correctly tho. I've heard of flip note and see some of the animations and they look AMAZING in my opinion! My DSI never had flip note cuz, it twas the age of those lovely tapes for movies rather than cd and the big, black, bulky TVs. Back in the age of the early 2000s~
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha bro I am 26. XD i remember those days. Flipnote was and still is. I vet you could get an emulator for it!
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hope36 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018
16, nice to meet someone with a fellow 6 digit in their age that is an artist that went to college XD And maybe I could find one for it! Might try that later! Your really nice, ya know that? Hope I get as good as you some day tho!! Right now I'm stuck in a kinda.....hand/foot drawing crisis......heh!! But gotta keep practicing tho, right? I draw so much sometimes it distracts me from my classes, mainly history and math....and just a lil in english.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I was not really drawing at 16, so you already have a headstart on me! Lol school is important, art will always be there, but not your grades.
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DestinySpider Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh well, now after staring at this for quite a while I think i should at least express a "thank you" in your direction ^^
I can see this actually becoming quite helpful sometime down the line, and while obviously I won't be able to make an entire comic just because I read this right now, it is always great to get as many voices and mindsets together as you can find before starting I guess.
So once I'm good with posing and expressions and all that, I will come back to this again c: I hope...
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
The best advice to looking into making comics is just do it? XD even just on scrap paper or sketchbooks. Just make small strips or single page stories. Do small stuff and start experimenting with panels, text bubbles, arrangement, posing, expressions, etc. It is never too early to start learning. The sooner the better! Lol
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LaughingHeron Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm curious will you be covering transferring traditional to digital? I'm interested in exploring this process in on of my own projects.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I sort of already covered that already. You can find it here:

ahkward.deviantart.com/art/HTM…

If you have more questions, let me know!
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LaughingHeron Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I really should have looked around in your gallery for this, so extra thank yous for putting up with my normal durp self.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, no problem! :'D
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Dimentichisi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I seen someone selling a 9x12 intuos 3 on facebook for $60... I paid $400 for my 6x11 back in the day.
Used prices are great now.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha yeah, my cintiq was a refurb, which is why I got it for only 600. LOL
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Technotick Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Handy.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you could find it useful!
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Technotick Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep :>
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