Strange Bedfellows Chp03 Pg21

October 29th, 2017, 10:08 am

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chickey, October 29th, 2017, 10:26 am     Reply

Beginnings (again)

Not gonna mince words, but this page was a bitch. I drew it in March, then left it alone for the busy summer months. Then I inked it traditionally, but once I scanned it, there was so much cleanup required that I may as well have inked it digitally, which I will begin doing with the next page. Also I'm going to try and stay away from using too many tones in the future.

Anyways, despite my complaining, I'm very happy with the way this page turned out. My last page was December 2015, so it's been almost two years. I was in school that year and part of the next, so not much spare time to work on the comic. I'm still trying to find my place in comics, doing what I want that satisfies me and hoping that whoever reads it will enjoy it, though the latter doesn't matter to me as much anymore.

I'm thinking of doing some completely traditional comics that just get me drawing, but not posting them anywhere. With the"Strange Bedfellows" process becoming more and more digital, I feel like I'm not so much drawing as rendering stuff.

I appreciate all the people who still stick with me. It's a journey for sure, and not always an easy or satisfying one. A lot of webcomics lose steam, and I definitely sympathize.

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Anselme, October 29th, 2017, 11:40 am     Reply

I'm glad you're jumping into comics, but don't force yourself! I know it's a lot of work that goes into it (mines take 10-20 hours, depending on the page), so take care of yourself first and foremost!

If you would like some tips on inking digitally, I wouldn't mind sharing my own. I only use Photoshop though, so I can only share my knowledge using those tools.

Otherwise, this looks great, and while I want you to take your time, I'd like to see more. (I would have to re-read this too, someday!)

chickey, October 29th, 2017, 3:49 pm     Reply

@Anselme: Mine probably take longer, even without colour. I'm def not forcing myself too hard, otherwise I'd never sleep, lol. I think it was just cleaning up all the mess from the scanned page that took the longest.

I'm using Photoshop too, but it's been lagging lately, so I had to free up some space and RAM to get it working better (thanks youtube tutorials!). So that was another reason for delays. But yeah, if you have any preferred brushes or anything, let me know. I've been using PS since the comic started, but it's always nice to see other people's processes.

I'll definitely do more! Even if this comic takes till I'm super old, I'll try to finish it XD

Livin4thelamb, December 8th, 2017, 8:27 pm     Reply

Ooh - I love your art style. :-) What program do you use?

chickey, December 9th, 2017, 5:52 am     Reply

@Livin4thelamb: For the first two chapters and approx 20 pages of chapter 3, I drew on Bristol Paper with ink, then scanned, edited and toned on Photoshop. But the last few pages have been going more digital, and I've started using Manga Studio for inking. You can probably tell the difference. I like both ways, but I think digital will save time and the need to buy brushes, pens, ink and paper.

Thank you for your comment :)

Livin4thelamb, December 9th, 2017, 8:48 am     Reply

@chickey: Very cool! I use Manga Studios as well - it's a great program. And yes, not needing to buy supplies is always a plus