wow i didnt even answer the question well basically like what i try to do is use bright colors while limiting my palette, you want the bright colors to cover large areas of the drawing but you dont want too many different colors or colors that don’t necessarily look good together
complimentaries are your best friend i stand by this til i die USE COMPLIMENTARY COLORS and understand them because they will help you so much in understanding so many things, not only about art like trust me its crazy how much color theory is involved in daily real life
if ur cel shading make sure that either your dark, light or mid ground color is saturated and bright but always try to keep at least one of those three toned down and neutralized so lets review
limit your palette- look into color theory (watch videos, read about it idk)- understand complimentary colors - dont forget about neutrals and desaturated colors either
Anonymous said: Hi, I just wanted to say that I love your art, and your rockin comics were so inspiring that I've decided to write my own! Any advice for someone totally inexperienced in comic-making? Also, do you have any webcomic recommendations? Thanks <33
Oh I’m so glad you’re inspired to make comics!! Just sitting down and creating them and putting them out there has brought SO MANY wonderful things into my life, I can’t stress enough how important it is just to get started!
In terms of advice, here’s what I think has been especially important for me on my journey:
- READ LOTS OF COMICS! 2 years ago I didn’t have the remotest concept of the broadness and scope of stories that were possible to tell through comics. But there’s honestly SO MUCH there and even though you will definitely forge your own path, it’s great to find work that really speaks to you in the way it tells its story as well as the content itself.
- START SMALL AND PRACTICE HEAPS! My first ever finished comic was only 8 pages! It was a good length to start with, because it allowed me to see it through without losing courage or motivation - the end was always in sight! Also you can share the finished product much quicker, which is a really good feeling. You’ll also improve wildly as you go, so it’s nice to start out a little smaller and not feel pressured to go back and make changes as you’re working on something/become more aware of your mistakes. That said,
- MISTAKES ARE COOL AND YOU SHOULD MAKE THEM! It’s way better to make mistakes because you were actually out there doing stuff and trying and experimenting than to not make them at all! I look back and CRINGE so hard at my previous comics but it’s okay - we’re learning all the time, so if you get too hung up on ensuring all your output is of The Highest Possible Standard, you’re gonna spend a lot of time agonizing and revising. Definitely do the best you can, but also breathe and let go.
- MAKE STUFF YOU REALLY REALLY LIKE! Don’t worry about what a comic “should” be. It should be whatever the hell you damn please. If you wanna draw a hard scifi political thriller, do it. If you wanna draw cute boys working in a cafe, do it. Never ever feel bad.
- TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE MAKING COMICS! One of the coolest things is that there are SO MANY PEOPLE making amazing comics online right now, and another cool thing is that they’re all super excited about it and are generally pretty dang nice!! Tumblr isn’t bad, but honestly you should grab yourself a Twitter if you haven’t already, it’s where so many comic/webcomic artists hang out and it’s really easy to yell nice things and start conversations!! Peers are really important to have, and a huge part of why I’m still excited about comics every day! I’m so grateful for Twitter for letting me get to know the people I always admired and even work with them and have them in my life!!
As for recs, I definitely have them but this post is already fairly long and I’ve actually been meaning to do a big detailed webcomic recommendation post for a while! So I’ll end this here and ask you to look out for that soon~
I hope this was able to help a little bit! Best of luck with your comics!!
Ummmm. Well I suck when I’m trying to tell how I color/use copic markers so here is some photos! I’ll TRY to explain.
First, here is my copic markers and filling bottles. :)
With filling bottles you can make some nice spots and stuff for backgrounds or where ever you like. I don’t use this technique much.
Here is my color map! It is VERY useful. (You can find blank maps from google) It’s easy to look for color that you have in your mind, what you wanna mix and stuff. On the corner is some of my fav color.
I usually want to use earth tones, they are my fav colors of them all! I don’t like strong ”rainbow” colors much when I color my pictures but sometimes it’s fun to use them too I guess.
I love blending damn everything. I’ll always make some test before I color the actually picture.
I also have some pro-markers just for stripes.
Sometimes I like to use blues/grays/purple colors for shadow. Down there is some color that I use.
B60 for shadows
V91 for shadow.
And here again how I color hair/blend hair. AND ACTUALLY EVERYTHING ELSE :”D
Here is some liners that I use for my works.
IF the hair color is very light like pastel, blonde, light sand, white or gray I’ll try to use colored liners, it looks nicer and lighter.
And some papers that I use.
- Fabriano, Bristol 250g smooth
- some ”manga copic paper” ??
- Winsor & Newton, Bristol paper Extra smooth
Well I don’t have any tips for people.. Just try everything! You can also use with copics: Other markers, color pencils, dry pastels for top ans some inks too. Water isn’t so good with copics so I don’t recommended watercolors.
End of .. This. I hope someone can find some good stuff out of this.
Thanks and sorry ::: D
I know I’ve been basically acting as a clown with a sign outside the Manga Studio shop, but I do realize that some people are just too used to other programs to change now. And that’s fine, if you actually work better with it. But part of the reason I went over to Manga Studio, when I’ve tried Photoshop, SAI, Gimp, FireAlpaca, Sketchbook Pro, and Corel Painter… is because of the exceptional stabilizers and penstroke guides that let you make distinctive shapes, draw easily in perspective, and make it all look highly organic and professional.
Well… for those of you who want to stick with your other art programs… There is Lazy Nezumi Pro.
I do not use it. But that’s only because I feel that Manga Studio can already do all this stuff. But I am exceedingly impressed with what LNP has created. They’ve created a program that brings stabilizers, perspective guides, pressure sensitivity editing, and much more to programs that don’t normally have them.
I will just let the images speak for themselves:
This is the exact reason I have strayed from Photoshop. Because of the lack of ARTIST tools, and the profound lack of stability.
Well, here it is. They fixed it. And it works with other programs too.
So… yeah. If you aren’t interested in Manga Studio, but you still want to improve your digital penstrokes, definitely check out the demo.