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Del Makes a Comic Do by Del-Borovic Del Makes a Comic Do by Del-Borovic
:D Hi.
Here's a long rambling and totally useless thing that I did about comics. It's really for :iconoverheal1987: because he (fatefully) asked how I do comics. So here's a buhluurrrb about how I do what I do. It makes no logic. But I hope it atleast amuses you lot!!!!

There's a ton of other people's chars in this- as many examples are from my OC tournies, but.. I'm sure you'll recognize them ;3

Enjoy.. I hope T_T
<EDIT: put up higher quality ver :x to save your eyes)
<EDITEDIT: I totally forgot about a section I had meant to write about. So.. I added it in. New section! Teehee.)
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:iconcitrusrain:
CitrusRain Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
wow mama~! What a chunk load of useful info! Got on question though. What resolution do you work at? like, when you go to open up a shiny new document and it asks for all the technical whoo-haa.
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Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
If you're asking about the thumbs- they tend to be pretty small? like small dpi, and only a few hundred pixels across each "page". But as far as the full size pages- I work at print size and resolution. For me that tends to be 5x7.3'' at 300dpi. But a lot of comic and graphic novel sizes vary.
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randomperpson1214 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
thank you thank you thank you i needed this so bad :3
even what are you talking about your art is not crapy its amazing,even when your in your last year of middle school your art teacher get well.......a little bit weird
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, No problem! I'm very glad it was useful to you :D
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:iconrandomperpson1214:
randomperpson1214 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
:3
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:iconkei-poi:
kei-poi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
wow. it is sad how much toning helps D:
kinda makes me regret the original...
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I know T_T it's a sadness. :iconnyoronplz:
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:iconaleksanderzee:
AleksanderZee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
OH boy.
doesnt need to be said, AGAIN, but i will. This is so... GREAT! Good to see how the experienced do it... :D

I have but one question if its ok? What tools do you use, in what program, to get the inking so ... natural and ...beautiful? ^^;
Ive been mastering the pen tool tonight, and i keep coming back your comics and asking 'how does Del do it?' hehe
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Hehehe, for starters.. get out of photoshop D:< photoshop is an epic fail at inking. I've only seen a few artists do it well- those who use exclusively the pen tool, as you mentioned, or amazing people like: =ShardGlass @w@ What I do is use a program more suited to drawing with the tablet- Like Painter, OpenCanvas or SAI. :3 Recently my most favorite is SAI for inking, and you can check it info here: [link])
but mostly photoshop is just not so good at following the very precise strokes of the tablet, in my opinion :3 and I often press very lightly on the tablet when I make strokes, rather than being very heavyhanded with it ^_^
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:iconaleksanderzee:
AleksanderZee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Ah this was so helpful! Sorry i didnt get back to you sooner and all, holidays etc. ^^;
So i tried SAI. And its great! But... hard to find everything. XD. Like the shape dynamics and etc options. But im working on it. I agree with the whole PS not being precise thing, but its really easy to find/use. Which is a pain, because you cant stop using it. haha I'll keep looking for OpenCanvas, but i must admit, im not entirely sure where to get it in the technologically dead world that is Australia. ffffff.
WHY wasnt i watching you! I was wondering why it wasnt showing me your new stuff since... decemeber. >:V Rahhh. Sorry!
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! And hey, I'm the super slow comment replier so xD no worries there. I'm glad you like the SAI! There's tons in that program- more than even I use, I can wager- so I'm sure there's a lot more to discover! I mostly just use the pen and watercolor tool (set on 100% opacity) to ink with. It just gives a slightly different feel in my opinion. Aaaaand, OpenCanvas is this freeware Japanese program.. it's very smalll~ Here's the link for info on it: [link] there's a few versions that cost money, but the original 1.1 is the shareware. ^_^ it's really simple but I use it for sketching a lot.

And thanks for the watch!!! *w*!!
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Umbri-girl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
YES!! INSPIRATION!! 8D I CAN win at life, if I TRY!
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Heroheart360 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
HELL this is long
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:iconcrazedpotato:
CrazedPotato Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
lol, the last comic comparisons from your high school work to present-day made me wonder what I'm going to be thinking when I look back on the stuff I'm making right now.

How awkward. But the whole set of pointers helps a lot. When I start to finally make a comic for... anything... in the near future, I'm going to have to keep this thing open and switch back to it every other second to know what I'm doing. :0
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Tohohohoh~ Probably it will be "How Awkward.." or just a strange face. That's what I do. But I like having my old stuff xD keeps you humble and keeps you amused. I still get a bit of giggles looking at those things. (why was everyone's face sliding off their heads D: why. I bet i still do it sometimes *w*)

and i'm glad! If nothing else, this sort of thing thrown together certainly gives a sort-of jumping point when you're starting :3
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:iconcrazedpotato:
CrazedPotato Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Already in retrospect to what I was drawing in eighth grade, I chortle now and then. I guess an artist's pride is in progress, not in completion. >_>

I heard faces sliding off of heads can be a symptom of facial cancer.
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I completely agree xD as long as you're making progress... something's making doing. And that sure is something. heh.

Also large doses of radiation...!! ...or is that skin in general. Hmm.
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:iconcrazedpotato:
CrazedPotato Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
It's probably radiation. º n º
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:iconkitsutsuki:
kitsutsuki Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Ahaha...
Wonderful.

This supposed debauchery of comicry made my day.
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ehehehe, Yess~ As long as it amuses a few, it's all worth it xD
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very educational!
I studied it once, I will again!
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad ^_^
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Exxcalibur186 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
you're awesome, del.

FAV'D omgwtf
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Both interesting and amusing. I'm starting to think you're not entirely sane... but that's a good thing in my book, so hey. ;) Anyway, you seem to follow the same "making it up as I go along" technique that I use, except I only do the writing part.

I no does teh arts, 'cause I sucks for serious. Totally.
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Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hehehe, thank you, thank you. I've long since been under that impression o-o but as long as it amuses people, I think it's okay xD hahaha. And sweet! Yeah, I was thinking that it was a very bad thing, after every writing class I've ever had, but I recently started reading Steven King's On Writing, and he does exactly the same thing! And I mean.. he's done pretty well for himself, I'd say. I think as long as you know your characters well enough, and know their limits and ways of thinking, you really can just start writing. It usually comes to its natural conclusion anyway! So I think it's a cool thing~

And hahaha, worry not! Everyone has their forte! I do the arts.. but I often wish I were a better writer- in the sense of prose! I can only really get my point across when I'm drawing it out. Honestly, that's why I got into comics- I really wish I were good enough to just write stories and books, but..! This melding is much better suited for me.

And Thus Del Shut-Up Doth :D
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Well, trust me, being able to draw out your stories gets you a lot more attention than just writing them (especially around here), so be glad for it! ;) And if you're ever looking to illustrate something more along the lines of a graphic novel, I'd be happy to help with the writing side of things.

I find when writing my stories, all I really need to do is say "okay, they're in this situation, so what would the characters do about it?" and let their personalities determine the course of action. Then I just need to ask "now that they've gotten themselves in even deeper... how do I help them out of it?" ;P Conflict is born! My characters are notoriously stubborn. I... have no idea where they get that from. <_< >_>
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, well thank you kindly! Yess~ I do have a few graphic novel pitches lying around.. but yeah, the only worry in writing comics the way I do, is it is quite easy to write yourself into a corner! I almost did that with this last round of LoT.. which makes me a little glad I won't have to try and figure out how to do that! I usually try to have atleast an outline with my longer works, just to prevent that from happening. Ehehehe~

But, exactly! That's just how I write things too xD I think what makes it the best is how well you know your people, and how they think! Hahaha, I wonder~
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Don't write characters into a corner, that's when they're most dangerous! ... Because that's when they get desperate and any plan starts sounding viable. O_O
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I know ;~; That's why if I made it to LoT 4 it would have been bad xD Rel would have instantly become a bad-man *w*;;;
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Bad? Why, just because he'd have Head of Karl whispering in his ear? Telling him to do things? Eeeeeeeeeeevil things? Would Karl do something like that?

... Yeah, I suppose he would. But at least he wouldn't have called him Rellik-butt.
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, well, besides Karl's influence (which is part of it D: ) starved vampires never do well xD and he really would need to eat the first thing he ran into, regardless of what his semi-morals were telling him :3;; and those without morals are bad guys, obviously!

And yeah TmT awww...
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:iconrenata-young:
renata-young Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
That's really helpful!
I enjoyed it a lot and will help me to elaborate my comics much better now! Thank you so much for the tips! :love:

However, I'm curious: wich fonts do you use for the lettering?
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very glad people are finding it useful! You're welcome ^-^

And I use any number of fonts from here: [link]
The font for most of my Surivor comics was Indie*Star and the font I've used for LoT is DigitalStrip. The only trick to those fonts is to be sure the spacing between rows of text to be exactly the SAME as your font size. :B and only capitalize your Is when it relates to speaking in the first person. <3
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:iconrenata-young:
renata-young Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Thank you so much for your help! :)
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Anytime! :D You're very welcome.
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:iconmehp:
Mehp Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Wow I'm so happy you compiled this. It's really interesting to look at. I've tried to ask artists how they do a comic and they simply say "plan, rough, ink" which doesn't tell me anything I don't know.

I try to do comics but it's really hard when I have no one to talk to about it and ask how something flows. The only feedback I get is from dA which luckily is helpful but not as much motivation as when my drawing friends were in town :(

Thanks for being so detailed.
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Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
*nodnod* Yeah! Exactly- I'm sure most get those sorts of responses. So when I was asked, I figured this was the best way to accurately describe, and not just give a cookie-cutter answer.

I totally hear ya ;_; You need a good and close circle of friends to keep you at it! I definitely miss being at school and surrounded by people who drew comics a lot- now I have to stay close to my friends through dA and messengers- it's almost the same! Gotta do what you can to keep inspired!

You're quite welcome ^_^
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Mehp Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
I forgot to ask what dpi you usually draw in?
300 always seems so overwhelmingly big to me so I usually use 100 for sketching but alot of contests always ask for 300 for reprint.
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Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, when it's just roughs- those are just 72 dpi. But when I blow them up to ink it's 300 dpi right off the bat, atleast for OC battles. When I'm doing stuff for professional print I try to work at 600dpi :3 just so there's more to work with. But definitely, 300dpi is the LEAST that you ever want to use for something that's going to be printed. It may seem big- but I rarely ever work at 100%- I usually ink pretty zoomed out anyway. :3
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:iconmehp:
Mehp Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
ok :)
Thanks for answering all my questions.
You're awesome :hug:
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Not a problem ^-^ anytime! And thanks ;v;
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:iconxdeadxsoulx:
xdeadxsoulx Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
this be helpful, but i still cant draw worth cr*p
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:iconangelina-deveaux:
Angelina-Deveaux Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
^^; wil I actually learn how to make backgrounds like that in school?
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You can take classes on it! That's what I did xD Backgrounds Props & Structures..!!! and then.. practice a lot xD;; I know, I still sometimes hate backgrounds.. but the more you get used to them the easier it gets :x promise
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:iconangelina-deveaux:
Angelina-Deveaux Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
ok =3
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CyrilTheWizard Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
That is SWEET! I'm always looking for new tips and tricks for comic making and you have given me much to muse over. And you got to go to a SCHOOL to learn comicing! (god damn backward country I live in...grr...)
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yay!! I'm glad I could help atleast a little xD and mwehehehe, I know, right? I'm so spoiled ;v;
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Schottlander666 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
most interresting!
i didnt quite understand the part about giving things dept but i guess i figure that out sometime.
The thing with the bubbles is cool, so you just do them before you actually got something to write into? you dont risk anything because you can easely draw over them any time right?
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:icondel-borovic:
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hmmm o_o about giving things dept? I'm not sure which part you're referring to xD

Yep! In my roughs i'm not exactly sure what they're saying.. but I do write my text first before I ink. But definitely- it's a good way to save time!
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kitsuneleah Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
I actually really like scripts- though mine are very basic. Whenever I get an idea for a comic, I write it down as a script, first thing. But I don’t do sound effects or descriptions of the scene at that point- only quick notes of the most important visual stuffs. … the rest I’ll remember or fill in or edit later. … I guess it’s somewhere between a real script and your brainstormy-do.
Honestly- I think your hard work at school has really paid off, because you really put more consideration into your work that you’re letting on, and it shows.
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