Sunday, February 26, 2012

[BookReview] Making Comics

Now it's time to review what easily became a classic among How To Draw manuals. Released in 2006, here is:

Scott McCloud, Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels,  272 pages
Scott McCloud is a skilled comic artist but he's even more famous as a theorist on comic book related topics. This is his latest book on this argument after Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics, and it really is a sum of everything you may like to ask about comics. In its 272 black and white pages, all presented in the form a comic book, with the author appearing as a cartoon, it really gives you tons of infos on....pretty much everything on the comic medium, from the basis of drawing: human anatomy, proportions, more in-depth stuff, like one of my fav sections, the Facial Expressions one!

A scary wait, it's just the muscles we all have in our faces that makes us change expression when needed!
Here things get serious! What muscles do what, and the various degrees of each expression, their mixes and so on. And this lead to Body Language scetion, how the body contributes to deliver a messag, directly related to the way you make your character pose on the page and so on. It's amazing how the author manages to make these topics seems simple and easily accessible, the way they're explained and because they're immediately visualized in the panels composing the whole book.
Backgrounds, or World Building, another great chapter in this book
The author explores deeply the medium and doesn't leave almost anything out; almost, as you won't find much about coloring here, but no worries, as the material is more than enough to keep you busy studying and practicing for...long time, after you've read this book. Scripts, lettering, tools (widely explored from classic pencils and inking pens to latest digital devices), analysis of genres and styes (including a good wide section about mangas), you will find an overload if infos and smart suggestions here:) Strongly recomended book, definetly!

For completion I'm adding the links to all three books he released so far:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What I'm working on...

Among other things, this is keeping me busy these days, FFS new chapter :) Here you can see pencils for page one of chapter 7. The page grid is made of 6 panels of the same size. Since each panel focuses on details rather than full figures, I preferred to have a regular grid to let the reader focus more on the content of the panels. This, at least, was the humble intention :)

If you're interessed into page layout techniques and matters, here is a great book about it:

 Wich is a book about pretty much everything you need to know about comics. I'll review the book soon in case you need more infos about it :) Another great book, this time focused mainly on the choose of the right composition for panels:


 This book surprised me for both the wonderful pics and the very useful lessons :)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Poll 2.2 results

Poll 2.2 closed :) There was quite a good battle between tthe first wo choices there :) The winner is really interesting as I'll have to do some good study on the characters before getting to draw them :)
Thanks a lot to everyone for voting! I will start sketching the pic soon!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine pic making of

Some work in progress for the Valentine's day pic featuring Elvina and Serena from Fantasy Frontier :) I usually start from a rough sketch with the general idea. The sketch contains all improtant details and is a good basis for the inking step:

Here we have the inked piece, inked via light-table in this case, since the paper on wich I did the first sketch was quite light and couldn't absorb well the ink: erasing the pencil signs on it after inking would have meant ruining the paper, thus another paper was used with said light table. Sometimes a couple corrections are needed after scanning the lineart, so some fixing is done before coloring.

Then comes the 'flats' part, where I just put flat colors on different layers, allowing me to shade each layer separetely: skin layer, hair layer, many layers for the outfits and so on.

Shades are added, along with some effects like some colored lines :) Hope you like!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Poll 2.1 results

Relly no doubts about the winner since the beginning here :) In fact I prepared the part 2 choices with some anticipations since the result was quite clear :) Saod second poll to choose the characters for the next DiD pic will be online some minutes after this post. Thank you!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Poll 2.1

First part for the second poll, to choose the series for next DiD pic. Thank you!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fuyu in a dress

An old pic of  Fuyu in a dress. One day wanna use this design on some stories :) Here is the first  design sketch too:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Average Girl

 Another pic done using markers :) This time is a character I designed for a friend, the cute Average Girl, a superheroine with no real powers; she's a good heroines, she simply isn't involved in cosmic adventures, more like solving everyday problems XD Here is the first design I did of her,on my Deviantart page. :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

More markers fun

More fun with markers sketches. This time is Black Cat :) I like how versatile these markers are, they can mix well with the ink lines to get darker is needed for example, like in her outfit.
The design is the one from this nice figure, part of Kotobuya superheoine figures line:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mysidia & friend playing vidoegames

A simple sketch I did some time ago, featuring my friend's original characters Mysidia and Sam, both playing some videogame. It seems Mysidia is having the upper hands! ;)