Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween (part 2)

Sequel of the previous halloween pic :) The finished piece can be seen on my site or on my twitter :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween 2012 (1)

 Halloween is cming and Elvina and Serena couldn't wait to dress up:

C'mon, are they SO scary? ;)
Chcek my twitter on the right side bar, to see the fully colore pic :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fantasy Frontier old pencil page

Chapter 6 pencil page :) I still like the chibi Syrielle on the bottom right panel^_^

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[BookReview] DC Comics guide to digitally drawing comics

This time we focus more on digital techniques, with this very nice book, part of an interesting series of how to draw books directly related to comics. The DC Comics guide to books focus each one on single aspects of comics making, from writing to penciling to inking, coloring and what not. I'll try to review most of them but I'd like to start with a book that could be very interesting for comic artists in general, not only superhero comics ones, but also manga styled artists and what not. In general it's an excellent book for whoever wanna make full use of digital techniques when creating his illustrated story:

Freddie E Williams II, DC Comics guide to digitally drawing comics, 144 pages

The author (whose art basically fill the whole book) was already known to me for his work on one of the volumes of the excellent Maxiseries Seven Soldiers of Victory, wich was the story of seven heroes that should manage to save the world without meeting, quite a crazy incipit that lead to seven volumes, one for each hero, with very different style and story mood depending on every volume. It was interesting to read again his Mister Miracle (that's the name of one of the aforementioned heroes) now that I know how I know how he did many of the backgrounds and special effects, as everything is well explained in this DC Comics guide manual.

The artist starts presenting what could be the best proa of working entirely in digital and, why not, the possible cons, presenting also hybrid workflows, like theone I use most: traditional, hand-made inking with scanning and digital edits/coloring. While everything is well explained there, I think it's not bad if you have a good knowledge of Photoshop basic tools and menus. Needless to say, digital techniques make strong use of softwares, and Photoshop is most notably one of the most used ones for digital editing.

The book is full of nice tips and tricks for how to speed up your work making the best form the digital tools you're using. Among the nice techniques listed there, the ones about backgrounds really are my favs, allowing you to create awesome city landscapes like the one in the book cover.mostly created using Photoshop and Google Sketch-Up (a free 3D software, famous for being the one most used to create Google Earth 3D buildings and for being quite easy to use). The book definetly gives you what the title says, and covers nicely the whole field of digital comics to the present tools and techniques. It's a book useful even for just making standalone illustrations, but assume a big part of the book is really about making comics (for example ia whole chapter is about how to handle a comic page workflow with digital tools, from when you get a script for a page, to the finished comic page ready to be sent to the colorist and the letterer). So judge yourself if you may need to check this book, but assume is a very nice reading, full of useful tips you'll use in any kind of comic you may like to create and even in illustrations if you decide to go for digital inking techniques.