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Helix and Bishop

By andie5
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hi everyone, i'm new to deviantart. wow so many cool drawings & graphs! :)

this picture is first of (hopefully) many submissions. the two characters shown are helix and bishop, h being the guy and b the girl. they're from my script/manga project called 'the fifth columnist'.

well, hope you like it! in the mean time, i'm off for some more browsing! *rubs hands*
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lawofmatthew's avatar
Waw, Gambar pertama aja udah kaya gini! MantapB-)
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MrsRinrini's avatar
Oooo, this is a style I always tried to do but it always leaned to cartoonly or real instead of like this. You have apparently mastered it! Very nice!
andie5's avatar
oh, sangkyu very much!
weirdklown's avatar
oh oh, i just like how they are situated on the page. nicely drawn too
andie5's avatar
once again thank you for the compliments! :)
Blanke's avatar
As what seems to be the common opinon of this one, this has some very nice clean lineart, and excellent use of screentones. The hair is very well drawn on both of them, too; I find it hard to look at more realistic hair, and honestly say that it looks good. The faces are still expressive enough to be interesting, even though this is clearly a more realistic style, now I just think that their heads overall look rather stiff; the beautiful thing about manga is the effortless look that its drawings can pull off, but as far as the faces goes, it looks like you were focused more on just having a correct, symmetrical structure than anything else.
andie5's avatar
hello, thanks for your constructive comment. i agree, looking at it now i can see the basis of your concern for the stiffness. i was rather surprised (and glad too) that people have been so positive about this work, considering this was my first attempt rendering linearts with pen and ink. so thank you very much again for pointing this out and i'll keep it in mind for posterity.
Blanke's avatar
That's you're FIRST attempt to ink traditionally? Wow! I've been doing that for 3 years, and still can't get it to look have as good as my vector inks. ^^;
Blanke's avatar
Actually, I use only a mouse for my vectors. :) I ink every drawing stroke by stroke, using Photoshop's Pen tool. The thing about vectors is, they take forever to use, but I just like them because they allow me to create every single line exactly as I want it to look. (I would NEVER use them on my actual manga pages, though- that would take too long when it's not just standalone drawings. )

You could use a mechanical pen instead of a nib and ink, if that method is awkward for you. You're the artist, so use what's comfortable for you. :nod: If you want my opinion on what would be a good kind of pen to use, I'd be careful with ball point pens; they're great for sketching, but then it can end up making an actual ink job look sketchy, too. Sharpies can certainly make bold enough lines to make the drawing look finished, though it can be annoying getting one of just the right size. (Most are too thick, and the fine points like to fray. ) I'd recommend sketch/drafting pens; right now I use a set of Staedtler Pigment Liners, which are really nice, because they have good, solid tips, in thicknesses from .1 to .7, the ink is very black and solid, and they never skip when I make lines with them. (though, remember that I use vectors because I'm a cripple when it comes to traditional inks. ^^; )
andie5's avatar
argh, VECTORS!!!! do you use tablet for yours? they're so neat!! im hopeless in that field... i don't even want to try lol! :P yeah, i can't seem to work the 'flow' well enough even up to now. darnit perhaps i should just use mechanical pen instead of the pen nib and ink? ^^;
Blanke's avatar
Actually, I use only a mouse for my vectors. :) I ink every drawing stroke by stroke, using Photoshop's Pen tool. The thing about vectors is, they take forever to use, but I just like them because they allow me to create every single line exactly as I want it to look. (I would NEVER use them on my actual manga pages, though- that would take too long when it's not just standalone drawings. )

You could use a mechanical pen instead of a nib and ink, if that method is awkward for you. You're the artist, so use what's comfortable for you. :nod: If you want my opinion on what would be a good kind of pen to use, I'd be careful with ball point pens; they're great for sketching, but then it can end up making an actual ink job look sketchy, too. Sharpies can certainly make bold enough lines to make the drawing look finished, though it can be annoying getting one of just the right size. (Most are too thick, and the fine points like to fray. ) I'd recommend sketch/drafting pens; right now I use a set of Staedtler Pigment Liners, which are really nice, because they have good, solid tips, in thicknesses from .1 to .7, the ink is very black and solid, and they never skip when I make lines with them. (though, remember that I use vectors because I'm a cripple when it comes to traditional inks. ^^; )
andie5's avatar
oh, thanks for the brilliant tip! yeah i'll look for those next time i go out ^^; and wow! mouse only for your vectors? that's even more impressive! go blanke!!
Blanke's avatar
Thanks! That's great to hear, and compliments like that are what make all that time worthwhile. ^__^ I should have a couple of vectors coming up soon, with any luck.
andie5's avatar
oh your welcome! yep, post em up and i'll sure give em a look :)
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CheshireCat8D's avatar
What can I say? I really like the smooth lines and variation of texture on the clothing. I don't see too many "manga style" art that doesn't have much exaggeration.
andie5's avatar
thanks! yes, simple is nice most of the time, but you've got lovely details in your work, and it doesn't look like most manga out there! :heart:
TalosAT's avatar
Wow really nice, I like your choice in tones- are those digital or traditional? ^^; your line arts really clean and crisp- something I can never do with mine.. so it's something that always stands out to me ^^;
andie5's avatar
the tones are traditional in this one. do you do tone drawings as well? you have smooth lineart too, and a very artistic one :D
TalosAT's avatar
Ahhh.. I've tried applying some tones digitally before.. I've never done them traditionaly... I have a friend thats really good at that though... ^^; yours look great :)
andie5's avatar
actually i just bought this tone pack from how to draw manga series (theyre called computones) and theyre quite fun to use! i would recommend it. manual tones are so expensive :crying:
TalosAT's avatar
Ahhh I see.... well 99% of my art is digital nowadays... ^^; Later in my life when I have more money to start practicing traditional art more I plan to try them ^^;
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