Several people have been asking me about art and comicking so I thought I'd share a little behind the scenes stuff. Here's a screenshot of most of the pieces that were vectored before being assembled for the final comic.
I'm starting on my first comic. Starting very simple with a 6-panel one, which I have so far. I'm just aiming right now to sketch what it's going to be so that I know what's going to happen, what I'll need to draw, etc. Is there any advice you can give me for this? Any good "how-to-comic" guides you can think of (I've been looking everywhere for something like that)?
Sketching can be done in PS or paper (and then scanned or photographed). Illustrator is a good choice for "inking" the outlines whether you use the pen tool or the brush. The brush may be faster unless you're pretty good with the pen tool. It depends on how complex your drawings are. Either way, once that's done, you'll likely do the rest of the coloring in photoshop. Backgrounds included.
Well, I'm not too great with the pen tool. But I've never really inked before either. I think I'll go for inking though. Just gotta find lotsa tutorials. And I don't think my comic is particularly complex. Only the last of 6ish panels will have more than 1 pony and a pretty complex BG.
Your comics are just so... AWESOME! I bet you need to make tons of vectors for a single comic page? It would be better if you created a tutorial of your process of vectoring in Illustrator or any other software you use
What is your order? Is it Vector > blacklines > color vectorlines > color inner body > touchup?
I can't seem to figure out a way to color everything without having to have a touchup layer or two. If I use a 'soft edge' my 'body fill' has gaps... but if I use a hard edge I have to blend it (which takes a long time).
Do you use a 'paintcan fill' or do you prefer filling the body in with a brush?
Almost everything I do is based on the style of the show, but completely original otherwise. That's partly what takes so long. Most of the things I've actually trace-vectored are body parts like a wing or two there, a leg there, a building or a cloud (and plants), but a LOT of it (most in fact) is just from my imagination. For example, mix Twilight's rage mode from Pinkie Keen with Celestia and that's where I got the Phoenix mode from
Thank you. It's getting more challenging to create what I imagine the further I go, but thankfully the experience I gain as I go gets me through the next one. I hope I can finish this story with the justice it deserves.
? That's not all of the work by far, but it's most of the Illustrator stuff. Notice that I grab some screenshots here and there to help me remember the correct sizing and proportions. People have commented how a lot of my stuff looks authentic. This is why.