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Reposting for new thread
Not exactly a web comic but I've decided to start an ongoing series in which I have no script or story in mind, and just draw what I feel I want to practice or what I want to see. It'll probably be a massive failure but hopefully I'll improve a little.
Also, would anyone be able to throw me a guide on scanning/editing images? They always seem way too big on screen and the colors keep getting messed up. Any help would be great.
shit I wish I had some drawings from when I was 12. Oldest ones I have are 13, and I don't have anything from pre-16 scanned. All I remember is I drew a lot of cruddy dinosaur and dragon heads in profile view with tsurime eyes, and a fuckton of superheroes that were all just marvel and power rangers mashed together
this is the closest I have to how shit it was back then.. though made later.
wouldnt call it cute, but it's somewhat readable. kinda small and scratchy.
your scorpion stinger is upside down. but it's a demon scorpion or whatever so it doesnt have to be realistic (and it's not), I just thought you'd wanna know next time if you wanna draw a real one
And now we get to the dates part of the chapter in this WIP of the next page! Where the background characters get some time to shine!
And don't worry,according to Rule 34, Tyrone does get that blowjob.
huh.. diesel punk eh? not sure I know what that is
It makes me think that scifi's ubiquitous 'ohnoes environment' bullshit could actually be pretty appropriate for some kind of smoky polluted world of diesel running everything
for that matter that ought to happen in steampunk but it seems to conveniently ignore coal most of the time.
Dieselpunk is similar to steampunk but very dirty. Overalls instead of tophats. In a basic sense.
Haha I'm sure they do, I was just trying to give a vague idea. Steampunk is typically associated with Victorian aesthetics, dieselpunk is more pulp aesthetics. Last Exile is an anime that shows a good example of dieselpunk.
Just finished editing the latest page spread. Hope you guys like it!
Also thanks for the follow, dude. Following back. Like the line variation!
The Sisters updated. Stuff happens, Fudgie the Whale is involved.
Usually the writer posts it here, but he's busy doing "real work". So I'll be around for a bit for art-questions and whatnot.
Also, some anon wanted more pictures of "the hot goth chick", Orea, so here's a quick one from the sketchbook.
jesus, a NON-EMPTY beer. that is asstastic territory. all i can think is
>you made me bleed my own blood!
there's neat stuff here, like jam just modifying the question when there's no answer. and I have to admit, as much as beatrice's cliche attitude has me yelling at the screen, she sells it. I can see why she thinks this way.
Yeah. Different feelings but along the same lines. They get confused for eachother enough it doesn't matter too much.
The point is dirty diesel power and pollution play a big role in my comic as well as overall rounded and pulpy designs. And some other sci fi garbage like transhumanist concepts but uh... any webcomics with similar settings that reached an audience?
Any advice for an aspiring webcomic artist?
I've tried my hand at it once before but only made it ~60 pages in before I lost steam and got self conscious about the early art.
I'm hoping I can keep motivated to work on this but I'm anxious about pitfalls.
this kind of comic requires a ton more work than others, so I've never seen one really explore it all while not becoming slow, boring, or both. Do your best though!
wait, you already did? shit, dont worry about that. Just continue it.
Aw thanks dewd. Doodled another little one for ya because I dig your constant workflow.
Thanks! Yeah, the struggle while drawing is to balance out her straight-out-of-a-movie attitude with real-world emotions. The usual solution is just contrast. She's out for blood, everyone else is just, yknow, people.
Hells yeah. I might put together a little "The Sisters Sketchbook" of all the doodles that don't see the light of day. Fanservice, concept doodles, etc.
So if anyone wants to see anything in particular, lemme know and I'll add it to the list.
Here's some Erin and Connor. Because they were originally gonna be makin out in the first panel of this update, but Writer decided to just make it a callback to their first date.
Oh no, my original attempt at a comic was slice of lifey and was going to take a cliff dive of a twist but I never got to that part.
I have chapter 1 of my current comic thumbed and sketched out (40 pages I think?) But only e pages acually completed. Its no where near a state of 'ready to show the internet'.
Just looking for advice on getting it out there I guess. Finding an audience. The usual worries and questions.
She really wants to be the hero protagonist; this is how she feels people should see her.
Finished another page!. I'm kinda pleased that I'm trying to draw backgrounds more this year.
Your art is really cool. You and the writer make a bang up team. Erin is me favorite.
That shirt is boss. I would buy that shirt in real life.
Ooh, did you change your rendering. It seems to suit the art more and it looks smoother.
Nah, it's just zoomed in. I export at 800~ px wide, but the source document is 6000px. Big enough that I could probably turn most of the frames I draw into wallpapers relatively easily.
This is what the source image for that page presently looks like.
/co/ aspiring artist again/still with a different question. Pros amd cons of black and white/greyscale/full color? Do you think full colour (or at least toned) catches the eyes of readers better? Besides saving time, are there other benefits to black and white?
Well, a usually unmentioned benefit of grayscale is that if you decide to go back and color stuff, you've already got your values set up -- all you need to do is just add some color.
I went with mostly black and white because it's fastest and I felt it suited the comic's mood and themes best.
Black n white isn't bad on its own, it's just a turn-off for "the average reader" whose used to everything in color. That being said, if you look at the mainstream chiaroscuro users like Mike Mignola or David Mazzuchelli or Klaus Janson, and aim to be like them, you oughta be fine.
I've found the best technique is just "Make everything that's supposed to be black, black, then keep adding black."
Plus, it's cheaper to print. But if printing isn't an issue, toss a single color on there.
The entire page can be that one color plus black, or it can be one character that's a single color. But something that simple is enough to make the "average reader" more likely to give your work a chance.
And with that, I'm taggin out. Still taking suggestions for The Sisters Sketchbook if you peeps still got em.
Hmmm, thanks for the input! I'm always wondering what works epbest for things, and I agree that mood should play a big part. I love the aesthetic you've got going, Firgof!
Currently, I've been doing mine in a sor of sepia soft shaded look, but its pretty time consuming and I cant help but wonder if a crisper toned looke (similar to what you've got going on actually) might look better.
In my first attempt at a comic it was full colour/shaded, but I don't think I'd ever do that again. You've got to admire artists like Sarah Ellerton who do just full on painted webcomics.
How do you deal with old pages or seeing improvement so drastic? I know the logical soution is to go 'wow I've improved so much' but worrying about consistacy is something I think a lot of new webcomic artists face (from what I've read and currently fear anyway).
Well, Annabeth doesn't even know what a blowjob is, and he's 15, so who knows.
>because I dig your constant workflow.
Aw, that makes me happy, coming from an artist like you.
This page again. Still not finished colouring or messing about with words.
Always good. Definitely like the halftone effect more than the spray can scatter you've used before.
Liking this, and even though they're fairly minimal the backgrounds do a great job of setting the scene.
That is one cosy page. Loving the colours and style.
Fuck me that's some vivid shit. Real bold art.
Finished this page!
Also I hope you anime watchers catch this simple renfrence.
Posted the latest COMIXSCAPE at the tail-end of the previous thread so just doing a quick repost here!
That's a pretty cool lookin' sea monster
Glad to see this strip inked. Always gets a chuckle outta me.
I'm debating if I should make a font from my own writing sometime in the future. Already made fonts always felt like cheating to me.
I really like your style and your colors. How did you begin using color in your work? Did you read any specific books on color theory?
I really like the comical manga-esque feel this has.
How's everyone's day so far? I'm just moving the plot a bit further.
Slow thread today.
Anyways, here's some fanart of The Sisters.
I can't help but begin the year reflecting over how my reader numbers are pretty much on the exact same level as the start of last year. My audience grew nicely and steadily the first couple of years and it looked like I was on a path to full time employment. But eventually the growths just slowly stagnated even though I've kept working just as hard.
And meanwhile, during these years, I've watched new comics be created that just surpassed mine in popularity in no time and even become full time jobs for their creators, even though they're objectively none the better, and some even worse than mine.
So feeling a bit down here. Maybe it's time to start fresh with a new comic, maybe people's tastes have already changed enough since early 2010's that I my comic has run out of audience to grow into.
I won't post a link, it's "relatively" well known to the point that I don't want to be outed for posting on /co. But it's several years from reaching a point where I could reasonably end it in an honorable way, and I just don't know if I'm up for wasting that much time on not growing.
crabpots, i didn't realize you were taking suggestions for the sketchbook. i thought you were asking what people might want to see from the existing sketchbook
well anyway now that it's 11 hours later, more jam being jam is always a good time.
I can tell you used a reference! (or renfrence as you like to say)
While some of the pieces aren't parallel (mainly the two high posts) and the wheels and turncrank aren't evenly round shapes, this is really promising. Shows you can sit and get a machine right if you have one in front of you
>monster praise detected
well that's worthy of a repost of a few weeks ago eh?
bitchin!! This comic is remaining cool and growing cooler
it's luck, man.
wait.. so you don't want your comic associated with /co/, but you're okay coming on here and griping to us? Well I'm glad we can do THAT for you at least.
i feel you but there's lots of pros who browse/post on 4chan, it's not really condemnable anymore. one of the guys who works on steven universe posted a screenshot from /sug/ on his tumblr a few days ago. rick and morty guy has been confirmed to come here, natasha allegri did for a while but stopped because people went too far and weirded her out.
but maybe i'm saying this because it's semi-impossible to hide that i post here at this point.
Same. I was actually interested in seeing it and reading through it. Maybe even become a fan of this anon's work. But no link=no deal.
Keep crying us a river then bucko.
>Liking this, and even though they're fairly minimal the backgrounds do a great job of setting the scene.
Thanks. Part of that was because of my poor eyesight. If I make the backgrounds too elaborate, I can't really see anything. I'm still learning but that certainly gave me some more confidence in how I do bgs now.
Spoiler because mild NSFW
Streaming today while I work on the first appearance of Pyros, Goddess of Fire, Beauty, and Freedom's wardrobe. Will only be going for a few hours I think.
Someone once told me they wanna fug Jasper. Wouldn't be surprised if anyone would wanna screw Luellen.
She's coming along nicely I think. Now it's time I think to work on my first ever honest-to-god background for this comic.
hey HYW, wondering if i can tap you guys for some advice? i've been trying to write my comic but i can't seem to come up with a decent plotline, it's like a severe case of writer's block. my true forte is drawing, it's what i've spent 11 years perfecting, so i'm great at character design, and i love writing dialogue and interaction between characters, but outside of that i'm unable to branch out.
should i look for someone to collab with? like find a writer and just work on drawing in the meantime? or should i keep trying to push something out?
writers and artists have an uneven demand, so if you want to work with a writer you'll have your pick of the litter, assuming you're any good.
The question is how well you think you can work with others on something like this. for some it's too personal and they can't accept others' vision as well. in the meantime keep trying to write, just relax and shut off your brain and let stuff happen. Last night I started imagining what it would be like if I had to suddenly write an original 80s fantasy film a la Legend, and what I would do.. and SO many ideas popped out. dialogue and everything
Wow, you just like me.
Except for the writing part. It took me year to make a comic book chapter.
i run into writing issues once in a while. right now my issue is sorting my massive piles of ideas for this storyline into a logical order... and being paranoid that after all this planning I'll leave out something vital that I wanted to do for a while
I love these 4 dorks.
Can't wait to get this remake stuff done.
Cheers! We spent a while trying to get these guys' looks right.
Because it's a mix of they're easy to trick into fucking, she wants to feel young, and ataomically is stuck inside the body of a 17-18 year old.
To bad she's too ugly to have sex with any of them.
O boi, new page inked. This buffer is building nicely. Everyone looks so much cuter now tho. Damn these style changes.
No cataracts but I do have issues seeing color and stuff. Getting glasses is a pain because each eye needs a different type of lens and I can't even drive without glasses, which i guess is why I never learned how.
he's talking about a disorder that makes backgrounds blur together if they get too complicated. that sounds valid to me. my cataracts kept me from driving.. along with it hurting my feet and ankles and calves.. and also just hating it. and not fitting into cars easily. and also just hating it because overstimulation
Amazing. To the few sane brethren I have in these threads, what is it about webcomics that attracts these kinds of people? Is it because it looks easy? Or because it falls between a written medium and a visual one, inviting the worst of both?
Anybody use comic fury? I'm wondering how the "extra page" functionality works.
Was considering signing up for that "valentine's day sex drive" thing and I guess I'd use an "extra page" for it.
Yeah, it's really weird. I'm used to talking about it because every time I see an eye doctor, we talk about it in great detail.
Yeah, a few family members would agree with you, anon. Didn't stop me from traveling but whatever.
Yeah, I do. Letter-O-Matic is a pretty good font tho.
I just like making comics and I feel like I improve a lot more in my art when I make comics.
>tfw you find out your sister secretly loves your comic and does fanart.
I've heard it said that van gogh's unique style resulted from stereoblindness. I personally feel that being stereoblind made me identify more with 2d art than 3d reality. When I first saw TV-console video games I thought of them as cartoons, mentally converting the NES sprites into cels with a lot more detail than they actually had. then I drew those characters and those were my headcanon designs.
talks with docs is a fun time
so i mean, wtf is the name of this disorder? it actually sounds like it might be more than one
awwwww. also, damn! not only is she good, she's good at mimicking
a better version ofyour style. I'm glad you guys get to share this. My sister used to show some token interest in my art...
Hey hey Ennui GO! hit 100 strips. I didn't want to make a big deal of it in the comic and more treat it as a matter of course.
Still, feeling pretty good about that.
>so i mean, wtf is the name of this disorder? it actually sounds like it might be more than one
It is. One eye definitely has a form of Astigmatism where I've gotten different diagnoses from doctors throughout the years on what's wrong with the other. I got a birthmark on that one though and that's pretty cool. Sorry if I'm derailing the thread with my weird eye problems.
you know, I think I've heard of this. Something about your contrast vision being fucked up by pigmentation in the iris... only I heard of it in relation to albinism/vitiligo, or siamese cats.. or something about rhodopsin deficiency.. fuck what was it? well anyway, you're doing a good job despite that handicap. Keep working hard. as that other anon said, your backgrounds really don't need any additional detail
Is today is "Talk shit about dewd" day.
Funny, It is same day as caturday
Everyday is, even though I kinda like him and his work, kinda, sorta, I feel he gets a little too much attention, motivation, ass patting and defense from anons, swooning over him.
Going to model this room in Sketchup I think - doesn't fit the scale or placement of people in th room.
Working on layouts for the comic, so just quick scribbled out panel layouts.
Panel layouts are hard.
But basically, as Nancy and Petunia are gonna start their escape from the cave, Nancy is distracted by a big swampy bog in this cave that she just HAS to cannonball into. Nancy jumps in the bog, nasty swampy muck splashing Petunia.
Making comics is harder than they seem. Making sure the story flows well, knowing how to lay out panels, keeping characters IN character, etc.
>he's our mascot
Please... no... I was one of the early anons who cheered him on, its becoming rather annoying, repetitive, and ita becoming a vague sexual persona thing for The Dewd, now that his sis is in on it, its getting a lil weird.
WIP of the next page!
Some Brenner development in the future maybe?
Oh boy a roast! Haven't had one of those in a while!
Yeah, I kinda think that soon sometimes, I mean there are other great comics here like the sisters and Kiwi day N.
>ita becoming a vague sexual persona thing for The Dewd, now that his sis is in on it, its getting a lil weird.
Sexual? like I masturbate to this stuff? pleas anon, I'm not letting this get to my head.
And my sis hardly even goes on here except for when I beg her to.
and your* in the last panel
This guy gives me the solid yuks. his head is a funny shape and everything he says is solid hilairs. I hope I'm not supposed to remember who he is.. actually I forget why they're doing dates right now too.
Also Georgesora is great. these fucking expressions.
so in panel 9, is that meant to be Georgesora talking? because the arrow points down to weirdface man, who is now... somehow on fire?
oh nevermind you caught it
you know looking at that post, dewd DOES get a lot of attentch and a frequent mentch. i guess I can see that making one's bum clench as they sit on the bench. But dammit, there's a lot to say in each one, and he updates a lot. I don't think any kind of incorrect or unbalanced behavior is going on here, just the squeaky wheel getting grease. and a wrench.
Oh he's just brenner. He shows up some times.
I will fix up those typos.
his head has gotten pretty exagerated.
And they're doing the dates because George is looking for a stronger body to take control of, he hasn't fully explained his plans, but that's what he's getting at.
But yeah, It's 2 am, I'm watching anime on my TV at the same time, so it's time for me to go to bed.
We need a post limit for everyone? Are you a post officer? Do i need to count your posts?
Oh shit right I keep forgetting. She's dark skinned.
Dunno man, I'm also a long-timer in these threads and love to join in on all the discussions, but I wouldn't want to out myself in case any of my comics ever hits it big in the future. I see posting on 4chan a bi like drawing fetish porn: if you do go public with it a lot of people will be ok with it, but a lot of people won't and it can even close employment doors to more vanilla gigs. I'd rather stay on the safe side and keep my name and comic link out of here.
My reason for keeping my comic well away from /co is only because as a longtimer I know very well that you do not want to build an audience from /co posters unless you're a deranged masochist who enjoys the abuse. Even comics that are initially loved will be turned on sooner or later.
Hot off the drawing board, it's a new page!
What do you guys think?
I dunno man. It Hurts has a pretty consistent and dedicated /co/ fanbase, and the creator seems to enjoy it just fine.
Prequel and Poppy Opossum still seem to be generally liked as well. Those are the only really longstanding /co/ fandoms that i can think of, for works by authors that post on /co/.
The only webcomics /co/ really hates are by outrageous assholes, and those people never posted on /co/ anyway. /co/ is not that bad about its local authors.
Have a taste of my incompetence
Yesterday I spent at least 6 hours redrawing the same page, and I still hate it.
Ive been working on this for about 5 years and im no where near complete, the characters have changed so much, and im trying so hard to broaden my style. its very hard. But im not done with this yet
>/co/ is not that bad about its local authors.
I'm forced to disagree.
if you're really worried remember eevecca sugar drew ed, edd and eddy slash, posted it online, and still got a job at CN... her own show, even!
i think if you have the skill nonody will care too much - maybe in 2009 but not in 2015.
two-page update! the next like 10 pages will be fighting. exciting!
With a new Chapter comes more motivation for me to update continuously. Also, the story will really start picking up in this chapter, too.
Only ppl who seem to have it together comic wise and have potential are, Jasper Gold (awesome art, but it feels like it might be a generic spaghetti western rip-off, he's going to have to think outside the box to break out of the monotony of western cowboy gunslinger stereotypes), Cold Fusion (some goofy humor, decent art, some damn good jokes, and consistency) and the guy who makes that frog knight comic (that guy, that guy has a future in comics, his story and characters fits the art, he stays away from memes, modern refs. and I genuinely feel he has some great originality which is always refreshing and interesting to read, it feels kinda out there, but not too far gone, just orbiting around a perfect mix), Dewd, (idk about him, anatomy and quality control 3/10, story no idea what is going on other than crazy face, Annabeth, sexual stuff, or randomness, the comic doesn't know what it is or what it wants to be, its just kind of a blob for the sake of being a blob.) Other comics I see here, smeh, so-so, Scandinavia Princess was an eye popper and a show stopper art wise and charcter wise, it felt like a Peter Pan rip-off though, but was too Disney-like too. That Nordic comic is interesting, but the art and lack of size, and quality at times gives me a headache trying to figure out what I am looking at, but the artist too has a lot of potential, but needs more quality control. Those are the ones with a lot of potential and that I see here regularly usually.
>the guy who makes that frog knight comic
Space Pirate. Comic's called "the Green Knight".
>interesting, but the art and lack of size, and quality at times gives me a headache trying to figure out what I am looking at
Thanks for the feedback m8.
By lack of size, do you mean the resolution of the pages? I'm thinking of upping the size once I'm done with this chapter, but I'm not sure how big I should make the pages.
Also if you could be more specific about what you mean by "quality", I'd appreciate it.
>Also if you could be more specific about what you mean by "quality", I'd appreciate it.
Not that anon but I pointed out other times that there is a values problem with the comic, the figures are hard to read against the background unless they're wearing bright colors.
The art itself is pretty good and I like the muted colors you choose, so you only need to work on your use of shadows and values to make things "pop". Have you read Framed Ink?
it's like, as you go along (assuming these are in order), it becomes more distinct and better-drawn, in terms of anatomy, but the style and facial proportioning get worse (or at least less to my liking)
just take a break
That anon here, reolution wise I think you could polish it up a little more, I wish the pages were bigger so I could really enjoy the art and characters. Quality wise, I think you could make the art a little less scratchy looking and try to blend the elements a little better. The problem is, its so small atm, its hard to tell. It feels very raw too, as if you were half 2/3 into the artistic process finishing the page and then just decided to post it.
But, I would say make a bigger size image , and work on that, I think that might be where your problem lies atm, working on too small of a canvas is hindering your artistic abilities.
The values could be improved, but as a stand alone image, its still pretty damn good, I would implore you to focus on resizing your images and work on a larger canvas, that, I think is going to solve some of the problems right off the bat.
They go clockwise from the top. The one on the left is the final. Bottom was an experiment since I ditched that drawing.
There are days where it's like I forgot half of what I learned, I end up redrawing the same hand 50 times, I check with mirrors, I change the pose, eventually I think it's good to ink and during the inking I realize it's terrible and I start over.
I even find that I screw up basic stuff like pressing too hard with the pencils while drawing. I'm also really forgetful and unfocused in general when it's that kind of period, I wonder if it's some sort of vitamin deficiency.
Poppy I like, but its not updating and at times it caters to fetishes a little too much, but I like that too, which I am torn against, I would give it about 5, 6 to 7/10, leaning more towards a 5.5/10. Its pretty damn enjoyable, but there feels to be some influence from Animal Crossing that turns me off. I think if Morbi drew out the drama and action it could be really good, but the recent dragon fight didnt leave me very impressed, her pacing too, is hit and miss, more miss than hit. It feels its trying to be proggessive too, almost tumblr-like and that really turns me off too. Still like it alot though, but it gives me a bittersweet taste when I read the bits that turn me off. Morbi should focus on story and character progression and leave this weird pussy footing filler pahes alone, it gets repetitive and boring at times.
i think everyone gets worn out, the difference is you can apparently keep going. I learned a long time ago to stop
I think I was.. like 8. and someone bought me a sketchbook, and I got bored and stressed out and tired and just started filling every page with everything I could think of, just to obsessively fill up space. just like, I did a series of pages with just 'a circle.' 'a square.'
you gotta wait for the feeling to come to you
The Sisters seems enjoyable, but, the colors and sharp edges of the designs make it a little hard too look at for too long. Everything feels very flat and 2-dimensional, I think if the artist added some more softer curves and elements to offset the harsh, sharp edges it would really blossom nicely. I feel there is some tumblr influence with the main girl, which makes me cringe at times, there needs to more facial expression ranges too, and more action, drama, it feels like its a little stagnant at times, the character feel very stiff too, I think if the artist really began to think about capturing the illusion of motion in a still frame would really kick the some of the stiff elements too. Panela and scene vartion is great, but pacing is very slow and monotonous.
Yeah, that's my time management issues rearing their ugly head. Too much time not drawing makes me end up rushing everything to get it up "on time" (if I actually followed my schedule I'd spend about 14 hours per page after sketching, but I've been averaging 9.5 or something recently).
I work at four times the upload size, so I don't think that's my issue.
>story no idea what is going on other than crazy face, Annabeth, sexual stuff, or randomness, the comic doesn't know what it is or what it wants to be.
It's just a continuous story about kids who want to be heroes.
Slice of life (?) and action.
oh... opinion discarded
the character jam is literally a 14 year old girl, of course she reminds you of tumblr (a site populated by teenage girls.) also i realize now this is just your personal opinion not an objective standard so i'm not worried i wasn't mentioned. my comic wouldn't be your style. also i think it's like complaining about "filler" in western cartoons - action and drama need to be tempered with breathing room or else the reader would be exhausted.
eh I don't think that's the one he meant. Jam is antitumblr. it's the big mannish one who's tumblry.. erin i believe.
but youve gotta understand that's just because she's ginger. gingers are LIKE that. the sisters is one of the most real-feeling thing i've ever seen given its 00s-cartoon art style influence. They look like total caricatures of real people
now it's possibly tumblr is into all that rosy-elbows-and-nose shit because gingers briefly became an oppressed minority in their culture (i think england had to do with that) but that's the only connection. If you've listened to the writer and artist of this comic talk, they're like... total down home bros. real serious real-life-experience tough guys. and considering one of them is a faggoo that's pretty impress.
>Prequel and Poppy Opossum still seem to be generally liked as well
The Poppy threads became cesspools of furry fetishism, complaining about the comic and/or Morbi so Morbi stopped visiting the threads ages ago.
>i think if you have the skill nonody will care too much - maybe in 2009 but not in 2015.
Because the people in this world have just changed so much since 2009 and 2015 is such a special year, right?
The first page of the test comic. So apparently Manga Studio's screentones look vastly different depending on how much zoomed or downscaled the image is. I will have to make sure it doesn't look like total shit, but that comes later, for now I want move on to another page at least for a bit.
>Because the people in this world have just changed so much since 2009
>and 2015 is such a special year, right?
no, it's been different basically since late 2010. so you're very late to the party
I'm always disappointed if it's not included. At least for practical things like baths, there's no excuse not to
unless you're trying to make a bunch of ad money or something and you want to let the muslims win.
otherwise please try to be european. in terms of nudity that is, not in terms of.. y'know, attitude. fuck that.
The only reason I think it's worth doing is to keep the 'rating' PG or whatever it is. Personally I think it's insane that the human body would need to be censored when there's no sex involved, no matter the age you're targeting your work to. Even more ironic that violence is more accepted.
Page 3 is slowly progressing. I'm hoping I'll have it done before Monday - that'll mean I have a page ready in advance and maybe will have Page 5 ready by next Monday - thus giving me a two page buffer.
I decided to use marker and gray scales... I hope I don't regret this.
I want to draw a magical girl comic where it feels like Jam project's Okkusanman and Makka na Chikai is playing in continuous loop in the background...
Man, I would have had them all the time if I can get away with it, but since I also do porn there is probably not reason to...
exactly. the idea that images or written depictions of harmful things are harmful only works because people don't think about it at all. If they did, and still believed it, then logically they'd give up on existence as a failed experiment and try to kill everyone and everything. Or themselves or whatever. Because they're basically describing like one of those star trek episodes where anything you imagine becomes real and starts wreaking havoc. No wonder they try to destroy all imagination.. except the concept itself comes from their own imaginations running wild. makes you think. anyway we need to start hushing those people up the moment they start with their idiotness. they're just little kids pushing the boundaries and need a quick smack to shut them up
ooh that looks cool
>Man, I would have had them all the time if I can get away with it, but since I also do porn there is probably not reason to...
ugh that stratification pisses me off, but I see it all the time (blaster nation and rock cocks come to mind). that's business I guess. It happens in all kinds of shit, remember when even a splash of comedy was seen as unwelcome in action, or vice versa? Even now you cant have any kind of religiony references in something unless it's a straight up religious product.
dude it's not like this is a science, it's just an impression people got. for a while. It was briefly awkward around 2005-2010 when the internet was a lot more recognized as having individual identities for websites. This is about the time 4chan was actually mentioned on the news as a terrorist organization. Basically the idiots in charge of things were just barely aware-enough to recognize a name, if not what it meant or what it was... Just enough to worry about professional associations. That's over now though, pretty solidly.
Well, generally, I wanted to avoid needing to carry an "adult" label on my main comic projects, if I don't have to. Just being courteous to my host, mainly.
I forgot it's 2016 but yeah it is different - it used to be some secret taboo thing and now it's just whatever, who cares, etc. plus /co/ is a pretty tame blue board for the most part. even back in 09 people would say /co/ is love, nicest place on 4chan, etc.
so you think there was never a time when it was important to avoid bad associations professionally? well i'd like to live in your head man because it sounds like things were great, instead of just now finally getting better
but either way that anon who thinks it's still a problem is incorrect
I think artist doodling lewd drawings was never a "bad association."
I think you were probably sexually insecure over it, but again, real artists and professionals never were.
You've slowly outgrown that phase, which is normal, but you still fail to see the larger picture.
I remember chatting with a somewhat "notorious" (in /co/ circles) artist about what he thought about the constant attacks and bitching he was getting on /co/.
He laughed and described all of 4chan as "profitless 12 year olds."
I think he had the right attitude.
Anon who told me to buy LED lights because they produce no heat: thanks. So many times I scolded myself on that stupid steel lamp I have in my round.
So this is page 19. The colors are awful as always because of the scanner.
I know it's shitty, but is it unacceptably shitty? Can I go on like this for a while until I get a new scanner?
I can't stand digital colors anymore, it's the most tedious thing in the universe and my computer is so slow.
I'm so stupid slow at it. I don't 'close' my lines much so I have to outline all around the ink layer and then bucket fill it. And on top of being the most joyless drudgery, it also feels so sluggy, it might be my computer lagging with these huge files but I can't stand it.
If I paint in watercolor it's so much faster and I actually enjoy it. I might be able to output more (read = any) pages a week this way. The only thing that has put me off it is the weird rendering of the colors by my 11 year old scanner, panel 4 is mostly neutral colors and it looks like some '70s acid trip in the scan.
I might win an award for most inconsistent art style in a webcomic tho
Concept Art for my Ardras Project
>tumblr influences with the main girl.
Erin is getting pretty heavily played by a guy and she only really gets away with things because the only people in her life who scold her are Beatrice (who is a fuck-up) and Jam (who is super young). She's an alcoholic and she's kind of a bad person.
If you meant Beatrice, she's a stripper dating a bro-dude who makes a Ghost Adventures type show; and that's about all she has going for her. She's friends with a cop and a transwoman, but those are occupational hazards or from back in high school. She's also clearly fucked up on some level and it isn't portrayed as a good thing.
Her narrative arc is how sort of shitty it is to be the one who told you so.
Jam's essentially a chav-nerd. She cusses a lot, she doesn't respect authorities (which would really just be Erin), and she's learned real quick that powers are more like a gun than a major fixer-upper ability. Which is sort of disillusioning.
Her narrative for this arc is sort of realizing she can't rely on her family, and that's a hard hit for a young teen without a support network.
But I can see a lot of what you're saying. And yeah, it isn't for everyone. The pacing is a little slow, hazard of the first story arc; setting up the world so we can destroy it. But we've got to hit up a bit of slice of life in tone to make it work for the story. Sorry it doesn't vibe with you, anon.
Thanks. We try, anon. It is nice you feel that way.
>Total down home bros. real serious real-life-experience tough guys.
I appreciate that.
>considering one of them is a faggoo that's pretty impress.
celtx. But that doesn't work for everyone. Depends on what format you like to script in.
Depends a lot on context, even when not sexualized. And if it is one-sided or not.
If you have a large cast, do so. I sure as shit know I need to make one for my stuff.
I love celtx. It's seriously so much better than formatting everything by hand in Word or any other word processing program. It's a shame that they make the desktop version so hard to find.
Yes. Cast pages are crucial to dramatic webcomics with more than a few characters because people aren't reading your story in one sitting. It's easy to forget important things about characters, let alone minor things like character names. I use them when I go back to comics.
"Slow pacing" for a lot of people on /co/ just means that the comic, show, whatever, takes a strong interest in character, especially if there's scenes that aren't forwarding a plot, and is realistic - there's no ex-positional dumps about characters like an episode of Law and Order.
You're a writer, so one of your abnormalities - relative to normal people - is likely your interest in this kind of thing. Most people are only interested in other people of virtue and achievement, at best, and usually just those interesting people doing interesting things.
I've said it before, but I really like your comic specifically because it is realistic. (But I'm also abnormal.) If it were more invested in its action elements it'd just be another webcomic about magic and lore.
man it sounds like you're projecting now. I personally never restricted myself whatsoever (I mean past when I was a kid and I giggled if someone made a swear) but I also didnt share my art anywhere really. The beginning of my internet time i knew all things were accepted and there were no limits (About 2000-2005), but after that things changed a bit for a while. it's only just slowly gradually changing back
>She's an alcoholic and she's kind of a bad person.
huh, I never picked up on that. Actually I have trouble remembering anything she's done aside from fawning over clayface and fretting a bit (in an understandable way) over her family and friends. Of the three of them, she's the Larry IMO. Maaaaybe that says a lot about my mom that she just seems like a normal mom-sort.
there's a tranny in this? no wait, don't tell me. it's best if I don't know
and wow I majorly missed the point with Jam. I thought she was learning TO rely on her family.. since most characters with her personality are shoehorned into learning that lesson in most stories.
Since I'm a filthy hobo I bought a LED outdoors lamp, it's 30W (makes a ton of light) and I just place it into a drawer while I prop a plexi sheet over it. The paper doesn't bend and stuff, it's sweet.
Then I happened to burn myself while I leaned over the steel lamp I have in my room, after a little bit you could iron with it, go figure. Now my place is fully LED lit 'cause I got some bulbs on a sale. What a time to be in.
I think the digital colors looked a ton better, but at this point it's either my colors or my sanity.
Watercolor is really fast in general, to get many of the effects you have to charge stuff or make passes while it's still wet, and with the heating on at home you get a 10 second timeframe at most (unless you work really wet but that's not the case).
I color under the ink layer as well in MS, I can't really point out what is it that makes it so annoying because I have never painted digitally anywhere else, but drawing on an Intuos is sluggish and I can't get firm precise lines, I have to do lots of fixes and the longer I work the laggier it gets. End of the day it takes me longer to color than to pencil AND ink.
Also after an episode where I lost a day's work since MS decided to crash while saving and obliterated my file made me super anxious to handle large files.
Yeah, WDFF originally started as a daily gag strip for me, so the art was less important to me visually as it was as a medium to convey the writing.
As for this, not only is it a traditional drawing, but reflects closer to my style of drawing.
No reason really. I always felt like since fire and earth are more capable on inflicting pain, they'd be seen as more masculine, as opposed to water and air, which are more cooling and graceful, would be seen as feminine.
Honestly though, it wasn't a driving theme for me.
It's probably the document size. My GTX 970 can sometimes only barely keep up with the amount of layers and details I cram into my pages. Have you tried painting in something more light weight such as Krita?
It's a little subtle since her first appearance, but pretty much anytime there's alcohol involved she's drinking it or its been implied (by napkin rings or just empty bottles) that she's been drinking. Her family comments more than anyone else, but it's been noted.
She really hasn't gotten to do much else besides fawn over Connor; which is sort of intentionally; the guy is literally playing her because he knows what she needs to hear. Erin doesn't really get a chance to be herself in any dynamic way
for an issue or two anyhow.Then she gets a bit of characterization that is...fitting.Original drafts had her a bit more active but less likable, and given she's being used by a shapeshifting murderer for his own gains, it felt kind of conflicting to make her mean and also hurt by the baddies beyond a reasonable amount. So her nature is kept more under the surface, and it will make a lot of sense when she does get her defining scene.
As for Jam, she's sort of falling out. Specifically with Beatrice. It was shown that Erin and Jam have a sort of maternal situation going on, but Jam's pretty independent anyway. Beatrice has some "cool vibes" implied, but Beatrice also made Jam kill something for some reason; and now she's sort of going nuts. Kid can rely on Sammy and Chel (who gets screentime here) but not really her family.
A big part of growing up is realizing most people can't be there for you, and a lot of the times they can't even be there for themselves. Because they're either too broken, or just malicious. At least that's the vibe Jam gets.
Better I don't know.
Peebs isn't really hidden about it.
Just sort of in a bad situation, and life isn't as good as it could be. She's got some complexity we ought to get to eventually; mostly with having dated Scott before fully coming out as trans; and the reason Peebs and her mom are on the Do Not Harm list Douglas has.
There are two visible, one slightly hidden napkins with wine rings on them on Erin's side of the table. It isn't big, but it is there.
Later issue when Erin is trying to call Beatrice, Beatrice says "She's probably just drunk" to which Craig says "It's noon somewhere."
She's also drinking straight from the bottle of wine at the start of this issue we're doing now. She's an alcoholic, but she's functional. Lot of teachers I know are like that. Functional alcoholics who wine-out, wake-up, teach, and drink again.
But it isn't supposed to be a heavy plot point. There won't be any mea culpa "I drink too much" plot. Just a facet of her and the shit she does to cope with her life.
It just struck me that it was very common to see those genders assigned to the elements and I realized that you could do a whole lot of worldbuilding with just the gender connotations of the elements.
(not to mention the very act of having elementals have gender implies a lot about the setting)
To be a bit contrarian, you could say that air and water are far more dangerous - Fire's usually safely controlled by humans, and the earth is pretty docile for the most part, but the wind and the seas are capable of great destruction and completely out of human control. The sea will switch from nicely giving you food to swallowing you up in the blink of an eye, and the wind will huff and puff and blow your house down if you let it.
Why not? that sounds right to me. the hard and damaging ones are manly.
the problem as I see it is the lion's share of the hair is on the girls. Theyre still feminine based on their bangs, and the fire one is still masculine with his sticky-uppy hair, but.. all that length in the back is misplaced.
>Fire's usually safely controlled by humans
Fire in urban environments is controllable, but if it's a fantasy settings with forests and whatnot, fire's really scary.
air and water are more patient. definitely ladystyles
then again earth takes a long-ass time to be worn down, so it's also feminine. mother earth and all that. i reckon i'd make it earth and air female, fire and water male. or just make them all ambiguous if theyre just sprites
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I can't disagree with that, however think of it like this.
Rub your hand up against rock, or even worse, fire. It's harmful, abrasive, painful.
Now lay your hand in the water, or let the wind brush past it, cooling, pleasant even.
I guess I'm basing my perspective on the texture of these things, as opposed to what they are capable of in nature.
Indeed. I always find it interesting doing comparative mythology and noting how all the magical things in England and Germany and so on live in the forests, having domain over plants, making flowers grow, using toadstools as their dance circles, etc... whereas in Japan nearly every critter has power over fire, even things you wouldn't expect to. Even their equivalent of elves are red-skinned and give people hotfoots. And of course they have tons of water monsters but that just comes from being islands.
In a shared setting I reckon Europe just has more forest-type mana and the volcanic islands have more fire type
Depending on how you look at it it fits both genders
Stone and rocks vs. mother earth stuff and plants
Fire's destructive force vs. wild and full of energy
The sea's power, tsunamis etc. vs. water of life, little streams and rain
Storms are kinda unisex so that's it. And no
it doesn't make sense to associate lightning with air anyway, unless you need to balance the elements in a Japanese RPG.
Yeah, but without humans around to start it it's a lot less of a threat than storms and such (depending on climate, of course).
>air and water
>more patient than ROCKS
And since when were women more patient, anyway? That idea says a lot about the setting, too.
I'm not saying you're wrong or anything, I just thought I should do that whole "wait a second, can I do something interesting with this" thing.
Is there an in-universe reason the elementals are masculine and feminine?
Do they care about gender like humans?
Zeus and Thor aren't gods of Fire, Anon.
I'm not sure it's worth debating him. Obviously he feels TLA is superior to all forms of elemental arrangements.
He just wants to ignore that the -classical- element that thunder is associated to is Air because, of course, it comes from the Sky.
Ancient mystics and peasants weren't natural science philosophers - they called it as they saw it. Was there a giant void above full of stars? No, it was a smooth, black rock-face studded with diamonds which curved overhead in every direction. Does Lightning come from fire? No - it comes from the Air. It just leaves Fire in its wake.
If anything, they'd say "Fire comes from Lightning" if you go way far back.
>I'm not sure it's worth debating him. Obviously he feels TLA is superior to all forms of elemental arrangements.
Damn you're taking me too seriously, the Aang thing was a joke and a Braveheart reference.
It makes sense to give lightning its own category or at least do what the ancients did and put it in a generic weather dominion.
Air powers have always been strictly wind-related everywhere I've seen them.
>rock with diamonds in the sky
i want to hang out with the oldtimey people youre talking about because they sound like theyre smoking the gooood shit. Most of the ones I know think of the heavens as an expanse of air.
Zoroastrians and ancient Iranians. They're about as far back as 'somewhat reliable accounts of what really ancient people thought' gets in my book [and even then this comes from religions that were somewhat constantly mutating so...]
Zoros thought that Ahura Mazda created light and that the Sun had shone in the middle of the Heaven before the evils of (I forgot that thing's name) came about; they believed the sky was made of rock crystal or shining metal.
(REALLY Ancient) Iranians believed the sun, moon, and stars were carved into a stone sky - later that was changed to be a 'transparent, crystal, sky' which was below the endless lights, the moon, and such and above the 'cloud sphere'.
They did their best - but they could only arrange their view of the world around what they could explain and what they knew.
When she was introduced, Peebs mentions not getting as many hours. Beatrice makes a "snip snip" motion, to which Peebs gets frustrated.
When she shows up in the Consequences, she's wearing baggy clothes to prevent the obvious appearance of boobs and gets shut down by Martha and called "Percival" but she can introduce herself proper to Connor.
Same sort of situation in the Monster. Especially right at the end on Douglas's board where PBs is listed as several names, including Percival/Phoebe?/PB/Petal Baby (which is also on her desk at the strip club in the Long Night).
It isn't expressly given screen time; namely because it isn't a hugely important facet. Peebs is pretty rational about it, and the only person to give her any small degree of grief is Handsome Dan; but he works vice and is kind of a shitbird anyway. One of those things you try to wrap your head around in any group of friends.
But it is pretty obvious Peebs isn't out and proud, she's very much hiding who she is because life is hard enough and she's probably already dead inside so the little nagging of not being who you really are is just an itch rather than a fire.
It isn't supposed to be a big thing, or something that'll be done for "diversity credit." Peebs is going to go down a bad path eventually. And it'll have more to do with her own issues and views on how she fits into society than any issue society has actually placed upon her.
Angra Mainyu, right; that's what it was called. They had really metal names for stuff.
Yeah, what this anon says. What they thought is fascinating compared to what we think now - but you really wouldn't want to hang out with them. Neither were very friendly or courteous people, they kind of operated somewhat on mob mentality 24/7, and a lot of the knowledge you'd like to converse with them about was guarded jealously by the religions and the priest-kings and all that.
Never heard this before, and I've heard a lot about their knowledge and its advancedness relative to their time (and to millennia later) that contradicts this.
well it's obvious your basic education has made you SO much more fun to talk to, especially on the subject of how stupid oldtimey people were
I've never even that meme before. I think it means "you are hot so please come to the place that i write in horizontal and vertical because that means I live there and you should come date me"
it's kind of a dumb meme
we should go retro Mahir and just say "any lady want come to sol system"
you are shitting me. no fucking way that's a dude.
If you know a lot about that period of time, you'd also know that knowledge was anything but spread uniformly - even among members of the same society in the same region.
They made a lot of cool stuff, and some people had some very perceptive minds - but I'm talking about the popularly held beliefs and the stuff that was being upheld by the religions of the time - which was where MOST of the information that people learned not from their masters or family came from.
They weren't stupid - they were ill-educated and intentionally so. Knowledge was, even more than now, power back then.
That's my bloody point, you don't know what 'they thought' any better than I do, because it's not any one thing. And there are a lot better (or in this case just different) things that they thought at the time. And not just them, but also people below them in advancement.
but then you start spewing shit like that last line and I just don't even
ohhh that makes sense! i'm so naive i thought the snipping motion was about her hair, i.e. dudes like long hair, and you cut yours short. i love this kind of storytelling you do where it's like real life - all these little obvious in hindsight details i may not catch or add up until way later. showing is so much better than telling.
>Peebs at the barbecue
I missed that completely. I mean those LEGS man. And wearing capri pants. If she's hiding being a he, she's not doing a very good job of it. I never once suspected, though I briefly wondered why a girl was named Percival. Though being so short and childlike I also never thought she was over 14ish, and thus didn't realize she was that stripper... who again has a perfect figure, so... yeah that whole conversation was very confusing. VERY confusing... and strange in a legal sense too.
No I'm afraid my headcanon is going to include a vagoo until shown otherwise.
Honestly it depends on a lot of variables, and as someone associated with the acronym despite my disdain for it as an organization...you'd be surprised.
People with rounder faces, when on the appropriate hormones for a period of time; can really pass without too much issue.
There's also a trick to concealing genitals which is very painful which involves sort of getting ones balls to go back up inside you, which leaves a scrotal sack and flaccid dick, which can be pretty easily fastened into an appropriate shape. Like, it isn't a lot of fun; but if you've been on the appropriate hormones and know what you're doing you can pass without too much going on. I only know about the up inside you thing being painful because I tried parkour a few weeks ago and spent part of the night on the ground in a park trying to pop one of my nads back out from inside me and into the sack. Not fun.
Plus the strip club circuit is always interesting, and some places are into that whole situation or treat it as a fetish. They aren't always able to pass that well, and Peebs is getting her hours cut more and more. I wouldn't write about it if I wasn't somewhat aware of the situation.
Of course it will all vary from person to person, and that's just sort of how it goes. Sometimes there are traits that you luck out getting because they work well when transitioning. Sometimes you don't have those. And you look not so passable or ugly. Sorta just life in that field.
Also forgot that the Scott thing was mentioned in the comics in a way; as Perry is short for Percival in my experience with the name. And a lot of times coming out trans can manifest earlier as something like, "Maybe I'm gay?" Which also might be why Beatrice asked if Scott fucked Connor yet, because he dips his pen in the company ink when he has the chance.
Oh certainly. That's life when you aren't fully out and trying to stealth.
I don't do it in mine because I find it funnier to find creative ways to hide it. I know there are a lot of people around these parts that think it's censorship akin to the ESRB but you can bite me. It's my comic.
Other people? Don't really care as long as your equal opportunity and it's not just the women you shitlords.
You went back in time and had a chat with oldtimey sorts about their understanding of the heavens? Shit Mr. Peabody, I'm a brown haired boy with glasses, sign me up for companion status on your next trip
I don't know what 'they thought' but I do know what they were taught, and I know that lots of them were taught that way because -lots- of people want to Church back then; an overwhelming proportion of the population. We knew what they were taught, because we have (some of) the texts.
It's not exactly like those periods were bursting at the seams with libraries or materials and people who just gave away stuff for free. We're talking about 900~ BC Iran, mind, not 400~ BC Greece/Rome.
Any case, I didn't say "they all thought that". I said "it's likely a very large amount of them thought that". Or, in other words, it was 'the popular belief'. Smart/Perceptive != Educated.
oh the ol' inguinal canal trick. I keep hearing that's a myth but I always knew it had to be true or why would so many different groups (sumo rikishi come to mind) be said to be able to do it?
I used to worry mine were slipping up into my pubic area.. for some reason they felt that way. but I think it was just something else.. some other tube or whatever. Crazy anats down there.
>I wouldn't write about it if I wasn't somewhat aware of the situation.
I am continually impressed
and generally disturbedby the situations you're aware of. Makes me feel a combination of being intrigued and very happy to stay inside my safe bubble, and that's what good fiction should always do.
chucklin' pretty hard. everyone loves the bee-flower relationship anthropomorphized.
btw excuse* with a c in it
did planty girl have splatoon tentacles before? I must have missed that part. also not sure what the deal is with the stitches on her leaves but it's all good (wait are those flytraps? so many traps in this comic)
oh well the lines should be pointing towards the tip if they're meant to be the lines on a leaf. but the way you've shaded them they look more like big round 3d shapes, not flat leaves. Well no big deal, but it might help to look up some leaves if she appears again later
also you're gettin a little lazy with those green hair tentacles, best watch it. especially panels 9 and 10
I forgot to update for some days because i was eating guacamole
Hey man, just starting to read your comic, looks sick. Do I detect a 5 Percenter influence?
I'm not defending or refuting the 'dark ages' myth, I'm just acknowledging it. That the time you're talkign about is during, and thet ime I'm talking about (known for being way ahead, or at least way different) is before.
Only off by 1000-1500 years, you mongoloid.
And the Dark Ages wasn't when people were intentionally mis-educated, it was when knowledge was literally lost, at least in Western Europe.
And here she was being a good Par'Mach'kai and try to understand his weird Klingon rituals
I was gonna try making this the first half of a comic but.. fuckit, this works on its own without avoiding moving the story along.
Since we're discussin Peebs a bit, I doodled up a little thing of her with B.
What is your method for lettering? I remember seeing a few threads back that you did your lettering separately and then stuck them on your comic page. What did you use to stick the dialogue with?
Back from break, started work on shit again.
Also, have some nsfw rocky lewdness
Plenty of people were nice to me.
And then I stayed human for a long enough time with people knowing me, but me not knowing them back (because they're anonymous) that they started shit I couldn't stop from happening.
Now no one can be nice to me without that starting a shitstorm. And these threads became counterproductive to post in.
I'm currently designing the main characters for my webcomic. It's about two goth/emo girls, Claire and Tina. Claire is an anthropomorphic bat and Tina is an Imp. These are my rough sketches for them. Claire is on the left, Tina on the right.
Those aren't boobs on Tina, btw. She's supposed to have her arms behind her back.
>I forgot to update for some days because i was eating guacamole
>lolsorandom thing to say
>only the first page and one update
Oh man what a relief! Knowing that I don't have to rely on this crappy computer for 70% of the work has taken a huge burden off my back. I'm probably going to post another page today.
And I feel like I can ink more freely because I know how the final thing will look in watercolor.
Doing a group shot to help finalise the main cast. I've got 6 pages pencilled but it's all going to be prologue up until about page 24. This is helping me figure out their visuals and identity.
I'm going to start today after planning for months.
What's the best free hosting site that is usable for someone with no website-making skills? I prefer to have my work not mixed in with others if possible
Some hosting sites usually have shared work, which is fine, but the majority are cheap effortless crap, sorry but it's true. I'm not saying my work to be is a masterpiece, but I care about what I do. And I wouldn't like this hurt by being mixed in with them, and I feel bad for the other creators who also give care and effort towards their stories.
I do have some, I'm just trying to filter out more choice, choices that I don't know about I try every some often.
The general setting is teenagers have started developing super powers and it's one big 'scene' with lots of celebrity, drama, and so on alongside the actual 'superheroics'.
The main character is a troubled teen who manifests an unprecedented kind of power and is befriended by the surrounding group after she gets attacked by a gang. They're trying to run a group focused on helping people rather than aiming for popularity but the lead's powers result in her being sought after by very commercialised groups and the media so she has to struggle with the pressures of growing up in a difficult situation and then the temptations / pressures and temptations of being thrown into a fast paced celebrity culture
I've just Googled it and insomuch as celebrity culture is involved then there's that, but this is probably closer to early Spiderman and misfits, with a dash of The Only Way is Essex thrown in.
Another week, another page.
Time for some some sea monster fishing!
(I know the black speech bubble in panel 3 looks large for an action scene, but it's only four words)
Oh man, comments like that make me wish I didn't have to put my comic on hiatus in after the next update to build up a buffer back. I'm glad you enjoy it!
I always enjoy it when your art shows up in these threads; it's a fantastic style
JG is one of my favorite new comics that's shown up here. That's the stuff i could see being the storyboards for a Disney movie; the characters have a sense of volume to them and the character design itself is gorgeous (I particularly liked the vultures)
You're in a fantasy world, Mizu! You know you can't travel by sea without a giant sea snake or giant squid random encounter!
Go for it unless you specifically target your comic to children (even then, seeing naked boys and girls won't traumatize them). As long as it's not... "exploitative" I think it's the word, and instead treated as casual nudity, I don't think most readers will be bothered by it
>She's an alcoholic and she's kind of a bad person.
I never really thought the second part; raising two girls like Beatrice and Jam will turn anyone into kind of a hardass.
Personally I think you could have played more with the body types. I can't really tell the difference between the two males and the two females; unless that's the intention.
I'm playing around with something, early stages.
I don't upload that much so I can't show much but an old test picture, but last thing big I really did was an animation test I posted on /co/ before. No sound, 1 min, first Flash. Could show that I guess.
It's difficult since I'm limited what I can do, but I have a urge to tell a story within world and revealing characters. It's hard getting off the ground and making this work
i think somebody did a strawpoll once that showed a lot of the creators here are female. and there was that time we did a self-portrait activity and there were lots of women there, too.
Thanks my man!
I was looking to unify their theme with a "sprite-like" body type. I was hoping their body types would be different enough to distinguish girls and guys, but androgynous enough to not sexualize them.
I am not sure what you mean, so what you were saying might be too abstract for me to understand.
What I was saying is that, in order to post nudity to my current host (frontal, nipples and penis, vulva, pubic hair) it probably would require me to tick "adult". If I am going to carry that label, generally I felt that I might as well go the whole nine yard, but I am not allow to go that far with the platform I used to host my comic (smackjeeves) .
I will probably do that for platform that does allow me to do (mostly) whatever I want, like e-hentai for example.
Man, I wish I can update on a regular basis too.I am just bad a managing my time, and I kept taking up different projects...
Working on a short story, i'm currently doing a page every day, but i surley have to slow down to not miss any day job! ;S
fuckin fine have an update
you clearly have no respect for my Avocado-based-benders.
Spoiler because mild (scaley) nudity.
I always draw all my chars nude when I'm dressing them - a lot of the lines in the clothing are directly influenced by where stuff is. I feel like just throwing clothing onto a body doesn't let it hang or rest like it naturally would - and often doesn't fit well.
Like wearing a tuxedo that wasn't fitted versus fitted.
Everyone will write some things they regret the first time around. Don't expect your first attempt to be a complete success; I'd recommend creating some short comic stories before trying a longer narrative; it's good practice
delusions are scarier than reality
I like this style. I hope you keep it as you improve your art (most people don't, and it's sad)
neat way to illustrate how it's the hood that has the magic!
what i'm saying is, yeah, sometimes people slap rules on you. but most of the time those rules are easy to ignore and get away with it. In the end society isn't held together by rules, but by people collectively working together to try to get by in peace.. and when enough people don't bother with following a dumb rule, it does go away if they don't care about it enough to get an enforcer. But if you wanna play it safe and follow it and not risk getting your comic pulled, that's understandable.
Woot. I actually went ahead and made her an exact callback to the vila from http://kiwidayn.comicgenesis.com/d/20100702.html this one. I always kind of intended to have him end up with one of those, but a friend of mine shipped him with Hel so hard I couldn't resist. she actually got sad when I had him play Garu to her Pucca
>some googling later
Frank Cho's not reeeaallly my style, but I do draw sexy girls in more realistic ways sometimes. Y'know, usually for money. I can draw you some things anon. I will draw the things for you.
With like, noses.
the art is getting better but the writing is getting worse - it comes off like you're writing solely based on the reactions you think you'll garner here. who's your target audience?
actually, question for everybody: what's your comic's primary target audience (this doesn't mean not everybody can enjoy it, of course)?
Are you sure you want to sail those waters? Not defending the guy, but I still find weird to make fun at the expense of people you don't know in person.
But, as a side character, I guess the jab could work, if you don't over do it. Maybe I'm being too picky.
Nah, I'm not really going for reactions, to be honest, this is just me testing the waters, fleshing out some background characters and getting a good grip on there characters before the tournament arc.
Thanks for the typo fixes, and that's an interesting voice to hear the character in.
Ah, It's ok, Willis himself tweeted about the character before, it should be fine.
Don't mind my comment, then. Just make sure it doesn't overstay his welcome, or it'll seem like you're making it for a specific audience, like >>78866190 said.
Speaking of >>78866190, I'm not sure what's my target audience, I mean, it's adults for starters, sure, but being my work a slice of life, it doesn't aim to a particular group, though on the surface it would seem like something aimed to BL/Yaoi audiences.
Though it isn't.
>what's your comic's primary target audience
Myself, I guess.
I've got kinda weird tastes, but I hope what I lack in broad appeal will be made up for by novelty and execution. Better to be someone's shot of whiskey than everyone's cuppa tea, y'know?
Thanks, man. I definitely need to keep working on my art in general and I can see a bunch of problems ( now it's inked. Of course ) in this picture but this comic is mainly an exercise in writing and actually drawing things outside of my comfort zone.
Another page done for the buffer. I'm trying to figure out an update schedule for how much I need so I can balance all my other projects. Also I need to make my webpages look nice. I'm sure'll I'll get around to it.
I do agree that studying some other styles could help you a lot. You don't have to imitate them, but studying them could help you a lot.
I personally would recommend you modern Adam Warren. I don't think he's the greatest, but you could learn a lot from his designs to enrich your own.
just people who are way into old animus and vidyagames. if I can bring back a taste of that by being solidly stuck in the past, then that's misshon comprete
Righto, always worth checkin' out.
will also check out. though what I really need to do is study clothes, buildings, objects.. I'm fucking blind to a lot of those. all I can ever seem to draw from imagination is living things. that and robots.
I feel like maybe I should link people to my 'real art' so they have a better handle on what I can actually do
Eh, I said I'd do it if I can get away with it, but I never really felt the need to having gratuitous nudity or casual nudity beyond underwear scenes in a few dialogues because I don't feel the need to. Nevertheless I like butts and nipples and stuff..., don't get me wrong, I love to-love-ru darkness and Tsugumomo as much as the next guy, I don't feel like I needed to do that for this project, just hasn't come up yet at the moment.
I'll post that page here tomorrow. And tomorrow's page, the day after that.
Or you could sabotage me and post them here yourself. I won't mind that too terribly either.
ion think so.
do you not have your site automated or have the process down pat? i know it can be complicated but once you get it you should be able to just do the same thing you always did
>actually, question for everybody: what's your comic's primary target audience (this doesn't mean not everybody can enjoy it, of course)?
To be honest; I'm mainly doing it for myself.
I wanted to make a comic that would allow me to draw what I like drawing the most:
Girls in pretty historical dresses
A big motivation for me was also to try and do fantasy that's not mostly based on Nordic mythology; I'll have some stories based on Nordic myth, but I also wanted to write about Celtic, Hungarian, and Islamic mythology/folklore
If I were to really think of a target demographic, I think it would mainly be younger boys. Though I think I have pretty decent female characters; I actually tend to enjoy writing female character better than males
>what's your comic's primary target audience (this doesn't mean not everybody can enjoy it, of course)?
I guess I'm angling towards the Madoka/Evangelion crowd...which I am a part of so I guess I'm still making it for me.
Got the next paged sketch. Slowly inching towards some action.
I'm a girl-type.
>if she thinks this is drama she's in for a rude awakening...
This place isn't remotely fair or indicative of the outside world and you know it. At least out there, anonymity isn't the same factor.
Everywhere comic posting I've been too is usually boring and people only interact with each other as far is to give basic compliments to try to get them to read their comic.
I'd rather have some bad apples than perfect wax ones.
So, I was doing rough storyboards for m y story, to see how it'll play out, only to realize I'm not all that into the entire Act 2 of the story. Acts 1 and 3 I'm into and like, but act 2 is kinda tricky, so rethinking those scenes a bit.
The idea is that Nancy gets thrown through this swampy cave trying to rescue the Pixie Queen, so the two of them have to make their way back through the cave to reach the exit.
Rare games like Banjo Kazooie and Conker were huge inspirations for the type of characters and stories I wanted, so looking at those to get a better idea of the CHALLENGES the two would come across trying to get out of the cave. They hate each other but need to work together to make it out and to the "boss" of this "level". It's really hard to think of scenes that are interesting, funny, and fit the characters. I guess I'm thinking of like... the obstacle they need to overcome is the setup, while the way they overcome it is the punchline.
Originally I had a scene with Nancy getting distracted by a swamp and getting kicked out by the beast in the muck, but not sure if I'm really feelin' that.
Sorry, this is kinda just stream of consciousness stuff, but it helps keep it in my mind a bit better if I write it down, rather than just letting the thought swirl around in my head.
>I'd rather have some bad apples than perfect wax ones.
Oh it hasn't gotten old for you, has it?
Every time I post with my identity, this dork shows up.
He isn't being ironic. He thinks this is true.
That's the sort of drama we're talking about. The nonsense type.
>Not that I believe you
there is a lot of insane drama around ya scribs
but you also legitimately have a past record of somewhat offkilter behavior... and now that i've euphemized it, you have a PRESENT record of that. and you post with your name on when there's no reason to. Though anyone with a brain knows >>78855436 was you
drama is retarded but youre not really working very hard to diffuse it. You have to be patient. you have to let 'this dork' show up and be an ass and make it increasingly clear he's shouting into a hole in the ground that he can't tell from his poopchute. When you reply to it, that doesnt help.
>I'd rather have some bad apples than perfect wax ones.
That's a REALLY nice way to put it; it's why I actually enjoy these threads better than the skype chat, I like the honesty that comes with anonymity.
Hope you actually make it past the second page this time; your stuff is good but you worry too much about it being perfect
I believe you, and honestly it's so bad here it borderline makes me not want to post here anymore. I always end up coming back for the comics I do like. I haven't read yours in a while, but I'm all for anybody playing with the (largely underrated) scroll format. You've been rude to me on Skype, but I don't really care enough to derail the whole thread because my feelings got a little scuffed once. I think overall you're a good egg that's just a little cracked.
But... I don't really get much comment/critique when I post anyway. Everybody's too busy arguing about Bones, Dewd, critique guidelines, etc - it used to be we'd have an off thread every once in a while, now it's just constant arguing that lowers the atmosphere of the thread. Also some of the work here is so undercooked it makes me feel embarrassed to have mine next to it (especially when some feel that once you've hit a certain 'level' it's time to graduate and stop posting here. If that's the case, I've graduated - but where else can I talk comics with such a quick turnaround time?)
Plus I've thought maybe it's time to stop associating myself with 4chan altogether and just go back to anonymously posting and lurking instead of outing myself with my drawings.
Yeah, haha, I know. But I'm actually trying to get it moving now, getting the story planned out. Once I get that done I'm not gonna worry about making it look perfect, but I at least wanna have the story planned out.
>You've been rude to me on Skype,
Was this in the chat or one on one?
When in group arguments, I get abrasive on purpose, but I don't remember getting into any bad blood with people 1 on 1. At least not recently.
If we're still skype friends, send me a message right now I don't spend the rest of my life with this mystery on my hands.
yes they do. but they're learning. yes even bones (i think)
and they get MUCH more than scribs, who basically has like two haters, one of whom IS dewd
but scribs isnt doing much to prevent it, and actually still makes it worse sometimes. so just stop feeding into it. we're budgeted a few eccentrics
you'd be surprised.
and in fairness most of the crit on his comic (and a lot of the crit in these threads in general) is clownshoes. that's no excuse to act a fool, but it does mean basically no harm done
it has happened
can we shut up about it now? this is the drama someone was talking about earlier. drama which, i might add, never happens anymore, and only happened THIS time because someone brought it up to mindlessly bash the threads for getting dramatic
we've tried talking about these things. nothing good comes of it. so stop
My ad campaign continues to do well for me ever since I started it on the 2nd. These numbers are great, however I'm more interested in how many people stick around after the ad campaign is over at the end of the month.