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
I read this book in kindle format. I downloaded it through an App connected to my local library system. And when I was done I clicked a button and sent the book back.
Seems very fitting considering the subject matter.
(Pictured is the contest winning cover design by Matthew Owen. This will be the cover for the 60th Anniversary printings. I like it better than the standard cover)
This is the second of three planned volumes, dedicated to Alex Toth. I was absolutely floored by the first volume and the follow up is equally remarkable. If you’re a fan of art/comics/animation you could do much worse than having these on your shelf.
Heroes, Inspiration, Masterwork, Recent Reading
Phillip K Dick’s THE VARIABLE MAN, is available through my library to read on my Kindle. Couldn’t pass it up, super fun read.
Here’s a page with an absolute smattering of classic comic strip characters going on about atom smashing!
And here’s where you can go to see the complete book page by page. (Above image found originally there)
Thanks to The Ephemerist for posting this in its’ entirety!
I stumbled across a number of write ups on this toy set that was offered between 1950-51. Nevermind the fact that if you calculate for inflation this wonder of wonders cost the equivalent of $500.
The kids lucky enough to have parents that could afford this, would’ve had their access to multiple radioisotopes and their very own Geiger counter! And a booklet for prospecting for your own source of Uranium!
I found this here orau.org blog which not only has a number of amazing Atomic Age toys it is an amazing depository of of the history of atomic energy! I’m glad my own beard doesn’t require ATOMIC Razorblades to shave. Give them a look it’s well worth it.
Sorry for the long bout of not updating here. So much work done. And nothing I can show off just yet!
Consider this a post that isn’t a post.