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Verboten Chapter 4 Page 23

By HolyLancer9
Ok, so....I actually changed a lot of things with this page, but I am not really sure it shows or not. As I've said in the past, I am sort of transitioning Verboten, and I am planning on rolling things out differently for next year, so I am using these final few pages of chapter -4 to kind of work out some kinks and experiment around with some different things.

For one, I used a different size paper for this, and in the end, I don't think I like how it ended up because part of the page ended up getting cut off. I'll probably stick with the old size (I was using a sort of standard Manga size before, but I tried a larger "american" comics dimension for this page). I'm using that for another project, but I don't think I'll stick with it for future Verboten stuff. 

Second, I got Manga Studio a month or two ago, and I've been kind of screwing around with that. Although the toning didn't at all come out how I wanted it to for this page, if I mess around some more I think it can look pretty nice. I kind of figured things out by the end I guess, so I'll be able to change things as I go into future pages.

I also used the stock word balloons available in Manga studio, and decided I didn't really like it so much, so I'll probably stick to my old method of just drawing the balloons in the page. Which I like better anyway, since I've always been of the mind that the word balloons and text should be a "part" of the page, incorporated into the visuals. Here, I think they just look obviously pasted on.

Oh well. Live and learn. I'll figure things out by messing with Manga studio a little more. I mostly just wanted it proper toning anyway, so that's what I'll focus on, I suppose.

Finally, there is still a lot of good stuff in the works going into next year. I've been putting more work into the next actual chapter, but I also have something special planned between chapter -4 and chapter 0, which I will detail more soon.
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Naoru's avatar
Haha looks like he's already made up his mind there, mister XD

Experimenting is definitely good :3 I noticed that you had used different screentones and the speech bubbles. I really agree about the speech bubbles, but I think for me its a personal taste in that like you I like it when they're in keeping with the style of the comic and drawn with everything else.
HolyLancer9's avatar
Yeah, I actually remember comments from you awhile back (maybe it was during a podcast? I can't remember exactly....) that it is fairly obvious to tell when comics are done in Manga Studio just by how the speech bubbles look and. Having taken some comic classes, I'm a firm believer in that the speech bubbles and text should be incorporated into the the visuals/image. Doing it this way, they just look stylistically different, and like they're just kinda taped over the image.

For the screens, while I don't like the way they look on this page, what I at least took was that using Manga studio allows me resize the image, and the actual screens and patterns don't lose their detail. Believe it or not, I actually didn't use different tones here, so much as that the previous program I was using just lost all the detail in the tones, making them look really blurry, and sometimes just turned the "toning" to total grey.

I guess in the end, that's really all I want to use MS for. To sort of preserve the detail and clarity of the toning when resizing.
Tannaquil's avatar
Ulysses is so smooth. XD I'm sure he could hitchhike across the entire continent with that kind of charm.