Sunday, April 25, 2010

Xan, Cityscape, Preview

Lots of stuff I guess, but really I just need a break from lining this cityscape...and I don't feel like starting my reports at all,!

A little warm-up doodle: a fanart for my friend Kasey's webcomic, Winters in Lavelle! If you haven't yet, you should read it! Though I think I made Xan way too shoujo...but that's what happens when you drink as much coffee as I do. XD;;

Speaking of webcomics, this is like, the most uncrowded panel in page 2:

Lookin' forward to coloring that. yep.

So here's the sketch for my much-complained-about Cityscape:

I hated the way it was coming out while coloring it without doing lineart, and when I tried to ink it traditionally it wasn't coming out how I wanted it to either. Unfortunately the only way was to digitally ink it, though this takes me forever to do. However it is a bit easier with PSCS4's canvas rotation tool. :)

Some close-ups that will look better when I add...more stuff...@__@;;

hey look Donato, they're not all perfect little teenagers now. HAPPY!?!??!? T___T;; Though I admit it is fun to draw 'squishy' people. lol :p

If I get chided again for not doing this more 'realistically' and all 'painterly' I may go on a shooting rampage. I'm sorry that I don't want to be that kind of artist anymore. really. T_T

Anyway, I should get back to I come! :(

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

FT:Rebirth - Page 1 finished!

Since I'm fine with just posting the first page, here it is hot off the press! First without text:

I'm still debating between two font types, but realizing a fatal flaw in ShonenPunk makes me lean more towards CartoonistSimple. This fatal flaw being that in the middle of the word, there are crossed I's, which is one of the biggest no-no's in lettering. Just so you can see the difference, here it is in that font:

Can you see how where the crossed I's are it is a bit harder to read? CartoonistSimple does not have this problem, and although it lacks the organic quality of the first, it is much easier to read:

So yes, it will probably be lettered with CartoonistSimple. Thank you for all the feedback I got both here and elsewhere, it helped me so much! I hope you like this first page of FT: Rebirth! :D

On a side note, the last two panels were colored after I got CS4 Design Premium yesterday, and was colored in half the time as a result! I am so excited for the free CS5 upgrade to come, I know it will only make this whole process even easier. ^___^ Plus because of this, now I have a working version of Dreamweaver so hopefully I can get back to updating my websites regularly after school is over in two weeks. :'D

Sunday, April 18, 2010

FT:Rebirth - Page 1 previews!

I'm terrible with keeping things to myself which is good news for you, and I just can't wait to show you some previews of FT:Rebirth,'s the first page's lines:

I meant it when I said backgrounds will be the main focus. ^___^

But yes, here is a preview of the first panel's color as it stands now with no text:

One of the biggest conundrums of every new comic is what font should it be in?? I'm having a hard time deciding, and I figure what better way than to get some opinions. :)

1. ShonenPunkv2:

2. MangaSpeak:
3. IndieKomiksSketch:
4. CartoonistSimple:
5. OnomatoShark!:
I like most of them, but the main thing I'm looking for is clarity and a certain type of organic quality. In all honesty, I don't know if I'm 100% satisfied with any of these, and I'm way too stupid to make my own font well. Most of these don't have options for bold and italic letters. Is there a font out there I should try out?

Thanks guys, I hope you will like it! ^__^

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sketchies, MoCCA

It feels like forever since I've posted, so much has happened!

Last weekend was the MoCCA festival, and it was the first time in a long time where I've actually had a genuinely fun time at a con. It was mostly due to the amazing help of the volunteers at the Cartoon Allies booth, and meeting so many amazing people!!

I got to meet...everyone...and see wonderful friends, old and new! It was wonderful to see my friends Kasey, Greliz, Ashley, Hanni, and so many others. And to meet new ones like the lovely Michelle, mostly known as HamletMachine who draws the beautiful comic Starfighter, who was so kind and even drew a sketch for me out of nowhere! haha, I still can't believe it. :'D She's probably the nicest person EVER. 8D

If the heart emoticon didn't screw up blogspot's code it would be EVERYWHERE. :'D

Also, this Wednesday was the reception of our Junior Thesis show, and it was a blast! The support everyone showed each other made me nearly cry, we did it!! :'D

I wanted to show much more stuff, but this will wait for another post next week...for now, have a bunch of sketches I never scanned! lol ^__^

Just a bunch of architecture, redesigns that probably won't go through, character developments, etc. I can't wait to show you guys the first page of Rebirth! but that's for another post. :D

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Exciting, Color Studies HELP!

Happy Easter, everyone! Spend time with your family and love them, and celebrate Zombie Jesus together~! :D

EXCITING I have officially started the first 6 pages of FT:Rebirth! (Disguised as a prequel for my latest and last class assignment lol) :D And the lovely Ellie is once again being a huge help in helping me with all my current web-related woes. This is so exciting, I can't wait!

Previews will come later, but for now I NEED YOUR HELP GUYS CAUSE I SUCK SO BAD.
I bought this amazing book on Color Combinations and it's helping me soooo much, but now I can't decide which one to use! Here's the Amazon linkage where it's much cheaper than where I bought it damn it:
What color scheme do you like the most??? I DUNNO.

This is the suckage I did by myself before buying my new color bible:
And this is where the magic starts to happen:

Normal people I've asked say they like 5 best because the colors seem more normal, but I've fallen for 4, where the colors are more like a poster but I think I just like that gold color a lot, and 1 is growing on me more I look at it. What do you guys think??? I may end up just doing 2 XD;;

Ellie told me about these amazing color community sites, Kuler and CLOURlovers but I still have a love for my resource books. I like books. :) They are very good sites though, especially Kuler. 8D
I also caved in to admitting I have to get to know my weak points better, and just bought this book:
It seems like the reviews say it's good but I'll see for myself when it comes. hopefully it will help me out a lot 'cause Typography is probably my greatest weakness, along with everything Graphic Design related. lol XD; but at least I'm trying to improve!! ^__^;;

HAHA NEVERMIND GUYS, I totally just finished it:

Tried to incorporate both that I liked into this one. Hopefully it's a good image. It will be on sale at MoCCA, at the SVA table. Stop by! :D