I’ve been very impressed in the little bit of time I’ve had to mess about with Manga Studio. The inking tools are simply amazing to me. As I continue to experiment, the results are getting closer and closer to what my inks look like when done on paper. Except I have the advantage of not ever over inking. I go too far, a series of ctl+z button presses and I’m back. Which is a real time saver, hopefully it won’t become a crutch moving forward.
Anyway, a friend of mine, I’ve known for seemingly forever (He has stories of teenage me, I have to speak nicely of him) Steve McAllister of McAllister Illustration was nice enough to recently send me a sketch to work from. I was interested to see what I could do with these tools over someone else’s lines. Check him out when you have a second, he’s good people and honestly has been since before we were barely old enough to rate as people.
Here’s the final result of what he sent over:
Process Work, Research, Scribbles
Sketch done entirely in Manga Studio EX4.
As has been the case for quite a while there really isn’t any of my *real* work I can show off just yet. BUT I have used some down time to start learning Manga Studio. It appears to be quite a robust digital tool. With some of the most intuitive inking tools I’ve seen.
Looking forward to learning/showing more than this super rough head shot.
Characters I Dig, Research, Scribbles
Been hard at work behind the scenes. Hopefully I’ll be able to start sharing more soon.
This is a study drawing for an element of a piece I’m working on currently.
Process Work, Research, Scribbles
Yelizaveta Mironova, was a Russian sniper during WWII. During her service she was credited with 34 confirmed kills and over 100 unconfirmed kills. The reference photo was pulled from her wikipedia stub.
I did this quick drawing last night, trying to get back into gear with inking again. Over the weekend I finished the pencils (finally) to the next chapter of Steam War. Here’s to hoping for a productive couple of weeks to put this one to bed. It’s been quite the learning experience.
The subject matter was suggested by two people. Although when they sent the topic storm I’m not sure either was thinking of the X-Man when they did so. I recently came to the realization that I don’t think I’d ever drawn the Mohawk version of Storm before. Even though this was her look during the time I was haunting the spinner racks of my local 7-11.
Anyway here’s a link to the sites of the guys suggesting Storm.
The better part of this last week has been filled with earthquake/hurricane preparedness/hurricane/power outages/cleanup. Pretty much anything but drawing. As a result I’ve not only gotten behind on comics work. But I was also feeling really stiff/rusty. I really dislike going that long without drawing as it always feels like it takes days to get back into the swing of things.
As such I figured I’d do some ramp up drawings to get back in the saddle. Earlier I put out a tweet asking for subject matter requests. It certainly didn’t take long for suggestions to show up. The very first one through was from @asaschultz, and it was “an otter in an old timey diving suit”.
My parents were very patient with me during the years I spent in art school. Even with all that education, drawings like these still happen from time to time.
Sketch prompted by a message from Roberto Rubet (www.idodont.com)