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digistyle
02-10-2001, 10:15 PM
As I mentioned before, I enjoy comic book art. Guys like Kirby, Buscema, Romita, Perez and Byrne were my heroes. It was their work that inspired me to draw. I was doodling in Painter tonight when I came up with this fella. Anybody else doing stuff like this?

digistyle

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hakuna
02-10-2001, 11:00 PM
Awesome! I'm literally JUST getting started in drawing and comic book art is where I'd like to go. You said you used Painter for this...with a tablet I assume? Could you describe what tools and techniques you used to do this drawing?

Looks great!

Gary

digistyle
02-11-2001, 09:01 AM
Hakuna,

Thanx! I used a Wacom tablet and Painter 5.5 to create this. I was doing some gesture drawings with the "pen and ink" tool and decided to develop this pose a little further.
I bucket filled the base colors in. Then I selected a darker blue and used the airbush to paint in the shadows. Switching to white, I airbrushed in the highlights. The I used the dropper tool to sample the blue color I originally used for the costume. I lightly airbrushed a small amount into the black areas as reflections of the costume. I used the burn tool add details to the exposed skin of the face. Finally, I selected a bright red and used the "Seurat" brush to create the "energy" around the hands. I varied the size of the brush, making it smaller as it approached the vanishing point. The whole process took about 15 minutes.
Looking forward to seeing some of your stuff!

digistyle

kg7er
02-11-2001, 09:13 PM
Very nice work, Digi! I saw a site last week that you would have loved, and I just spent the last 30 minutes trying to locate it...to no avail. I was gonna post a link to it. Okay, well if I find it later, I'll come back.

Here's my copy of Daily Doodles. This was done in pen and ink (and a little colored pencil) and then scanned in. I try to do a couple of pages like this each day. Not your style of characters, but...

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digistyle
02-11-2001, 10:09 PM
Thanx, kg7er

Actually, I've been trying to develop a couple of characters that would fit into your genre of cartooning. One character is an ill-mannered rabbit with a chip on his shoulder. The other is a Don Quixotish superhero without any real super powers. These are two separate strips. I hope to one day make them recurring characters on my site.

I admire the "looseness" of your characters. My cartoon characters always seem a bit stiff. Gotta get more time in the sketchpad.

Thanks for checking on the hero site. Let me know if you come across it again.

digistyle

kg7er
02-11-2001, 11:33 PM
Your two characters sound interesting, D. I got a couple of books on cartooning from Amazon the other day, and I realize now I don't know beans about what it takes to make a successful daily comic strip. But I'm learning.

The site I was talking about showed an anime-type girl on the index page. She was pointing a handgun "out" of the screen in a 3D type drawing. The artist's name was done in a blocky embedded-looking font. Inside the site, the guy showed step by step how he drew the characters and how he used Photoshop to enhance them, etc. I can picture the site's main page in my mind, but I can't see the artist's name, and I can't remember the girl character's name, either.

If either one of those names "pops" back into my head, I should be able to find the site on one of the search engines. Until then...

The reasons I've decided to do most of my work manually:
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I'll never get any better at drawing using the computer. I'll be cutting and pasting, flipping and mirroring, etc.</li>
My computer is over four years old. If it crashes, my production grinds to a halt, and all my work goes down the drain, since I can't afford a backup system, and I can't afford to get a new computer.</li>

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If I ever get to the point where I know I can draw well enough, AND I have the right computer equipment, then I might switch over to that method.

Anyway, your drawing looks very strong. Keep us posted on your happenings.


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Ronski (http://csg-arts.com)