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February 21st, 2013, 2:52 am
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Theorah February 21st, 2013, 3:03 am
weeee another page. I actually have 4 more pages sitting on my laptop, they just havent been fixed up/lettered yet.

*edit* I feel really stupid now haha XD
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Theorah February 25th, 2013, 5:09 pm
Thanks for your comments guys :)

@JammyScribbler You use MS?! I had no idea, your inking style is so different to how artists normally use it! What kind of pen tool do you use in it to get a technique that looks so crisp and different to how most people use it?
I never considered affordability. Perhaps this is a factor I cant understand as I mainly work traditionally and dont use the computer very much- maybe MS is used a lot because its easier to get a hold of then something as expensive as photoshop? Its something I never considered before! Hehe I use MS in one way- all of my screentones are from it! XD But I found it hard to tone in MS, so I imported all the screentone into psd files for photoshop instead :P

@Charil YES this is exactly what I'm talking about! I think you pin pointed what I dont like about that inking style, it is something about the line weight always being like that, and being used inappropriately (depending on what the style of drawing is like). And thank you, thats very kind of you! :D likewise with your lovely style of drawing <3
Theorah February 25th, 2013, 5:51 pm
:JammyScribbler Ooh I see! :D Well I guess here's a nice example of the inking style I'm thinking of (A gorgeous example from Emma, I think the style is really suited to her delicate style of drawing : ) Maybe I notice it more then the majority of people? I see this same pen tool used in alot of webcomics!
Theorah February 26th, 2013, 3:18 am
@Falconer @JammyScribbler Okay, yeah, now I just take back everything I've said. Falconer, I had no idea you used it, I always assumed you inked traditionally with Witches Promise! 0_0 I didnt realize MS could be so flexible in its final outcomes, I've had quite an askewed view of it apparently!
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JammyScribbler February 21st, 2013, 5:15 am
I use Manga Studio, but only because it's the only graphics package I have (and can afford) and it's delightfully easy to use once you get used to the layout. Personally I don't find it ideal, as it's got a lot of restrictions and means I can't try lots of different things, like new colouring techniques, but it works fine for what I'm working on right now so I've stuck with it so far. It is a bit of a shame though, I'd love to try out different things just to see if I'm any good at them but I wouldn't know where to start or what to get.
Charil February 21st, 2013, 4:19 pm
I actually had a trial of Manga Studio on my last computer, and I used it a grand total of one times because of that brush tool. I get that it's trying to mimic the lineweight and "strokey" look of an actual ink brush, but it's faint at the ends and thick in the middle. For every. Single. Stroke. With other digital programs, and traditional inking as well, even if the artist has no clear understanding of what makes good lineweight, the line just stays uniform. With that dang MS brush, it just assumes for lineweight even if the artist has no idea what they're doing. Depending on where you start and finish your stroke, it sometimes assumes for lineweight in illogical places. If the artist hasn't really mastered their lineart techniques it just comes out looking wobbly and uneven. Though I imagine it's easier to control if you've got a tablet at your disposal, which I did not when I tried the program, so it was a special nightmare for me going over lines three or four times with a laptop touchpad to try and get them uniform, and my memory may be tainted by this.
Having not played with it that much, I can only go off what I remember and say that I suppose MS is pretty good for the whole toning thing, but really I remember doing the same thing with Photoshop in the early-2000s before MS was even really a big name program. Like pretty much anything, MS can look pretty dang good when in the right hands but, ehh. I may have sold out to tech and gotten a tablet for illustration, but I'll forever draw comic pages by hand!

That's something I always really liked about your comics; you've got such a distinctive and easily identifiable style of inking that I think is rare among webcomics these days! Bah, these kids and their MS brushes, back in my day we drew comics with ballpoint pens /oldpersonmode
JammyScribbler February 25th, 2013, 5:16 pm
I use the Brush pen, it's semi-intelligent so it smooths out all the little wobbly bits for you C:
What's the artwork like from other people that have used it then? I've no idea what you had in mind xD
I use the screentones too, I used to really struggle with it but I've figured out how it works now C:
Falconer February 25th, 2013, 11:06 pm
I love Manga Studio... :C

Mostly love that I can have nice, crisp clean lines. My hand is normally very shakey, so my traditionally inked worked is often sketchier than I'd like it. It also lets me be super perfectionist, which might be a bad thing, but IDK I just like the results better.
JammyScribbler February 27th, 2013, 6:33 am
That link you sent me doesn't work, sorry! It says the page doesn't exist anymore :C