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henry's forest [Jul. 23rd, 2008|09:00 pm]
Team Dynamite Lazer Beam
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Here's a piece for my next comic project after i've finished fishboy, henry's forest.
This picture can be viewed in an astonishing array of sizes:
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I also took some photos while making this picture to warrant this helpful making of tutorial thingy, that may interest people who have a surplus of browsing time.

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Here is a badly pasted together photo of my "work space". You may want to make sure that your "work space" is a bit larger than this one to avoid over-heating, clostrophobia and loss of sanity.
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Sketching is key to comic up with ideas. I doodle quite alot, if you doodle loads i'd urge you to invested in a sketchbook to keep those little ideas safe.
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After i've invented the characters and drawn them a few times i do a little thumbnail of the sort of composition of the big piece i'm about to draw. The composition inevitably changes quite a bit, but it's good to have the basic structure planned.
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For sketching stuff i like to use a 0.5mm Pentel mechanical pencil. Mechanical pencils are great as they stay sharp and rarely break. You could use a blue pencil that doesn't show up when scanned, but i prefer the preciseness of a pencil, just rub out the lines when you're done it's not that much effort.
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The small drawing up there was inked with STAEDTLER pigment liners, my second favourite method of inking. I didn't use fine-liners on most of my stuff but i thought it'd be important to show them. I have a variety of sizes because i never know how big or how small or how much detail i'll be putting into a picture.
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Now after I sketched it out i begin inking with my series 7 Winsor & Newton "SIZE 0" brush and india ink. It's high quality stuff and it costs a bit, but it's totally worth it. I'm not even that experienced with a brush yet, but it's alot of fun to ink with and you can really get good line variation. Always have some water in a cup or something standing by and maybe some tissue paper or toilet paper to blot the ink with.
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At this point i get interrupted by my high maintanence cat Molly. She meows when she wants attention and she doesn't stop until she gets it.
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I follow her to my parent's room and stroke her til she settles. This is an important part of my art-making process, you may not have a cat of course so just replace this cat with whatever distraction you may have... be that a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a spouse, a chimp, porn or some sort of disease.
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Now it's time to scan that mother. Seeing as this piece was done on A3 and my scanner is A4 I had to scan it in two parts, which is always annoying especially when you have to fuse the two images together in photoshop.
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Now that it's scanned, on Photoshop CS2, go to image - mode - and select GRAYSCALE.
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Then go to image - adjustments - and select LEVELS. Adjust the levels so the inks are as black as you want them.
Now after you've done this you'll want to put the image mode back to RGB COLOUR. Then you can make a new layer underneath the inks, for the colour. Set the inks layer to "multiply" then you're ready to start the horribly long process of colouring!
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This is my trusty wacom tablet, that is another tool i'd highly recommend you invest in if you're going to be doing alot of colouring on photoshop. Wacom is the best, don't bother with any other brand unless they're truly spectacular.
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Now i just slap on some colours before i colour it propperly. Mainly to get an idea of the overall colour scheme from a distance. Zoom out so you can see how the colours mix in the picture overall. I don't know much colour theory, but if you do this would be the time to implement that knowledge. Then after you're happy, zoom in and polish it off.

Resize is however you want and you're done. Hooray!
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2008-07-23 08:43 pm (UTC)
My god, you have all the same hardware I do!
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[User Picture]From: awesomeyoder
2008-07-23 09:01 pm (UTC)

WOAH

Thanks for the incredibly awesome new background for my computer!
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[User Picture]From: super_jentendo
2008-07-23 09:05 pm (UTC)
Your work brings awesome to my heart.
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[User Picture]From: heroprotagonist
2008-07-23 09:13 pm (UTC)
suh-weeet!
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[User Picture]From: nedroidcomics
2008-07-23 09:24 pm (UTC)
Amazing. Thank you for the process shots. I love seeing how people do their things. And I love your pages of doodles. Also I love your cat.
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[User Picture]From: suckmuscles
2008-07-23 09:25 pm (UTC)
what paper do you use? i don't know what kind i use, but the ink always ends up bleeding and yucky :'c

and great tutorial, wah!
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[User Picture]From: suckmuscles
2008-07-23 09:26 pm (UTC)
and omg, so many mystical creatures. i have so much fun looking at your work
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[User Picture]From: teamdynamite
2008-07-24 07:53 am (UTC)
thanks! i use bristol board
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[User Picture]From: suckmuscles
2008-07-24 09:35 am (UTC)
cool, thanks!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-08 01:54 pm (UTC)

runny ink

you might think about the quality of your paper, bristol board works best but other papers cause the ink to run so does humidity
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From: hackadmin
2008-07-24 12:13 pm (UTC)
that was leet, neat and everything in between.

great job!
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[User Picture]From: inechi
2008-07-24 04:42 pm (UTC)
wow you're so professional man
cat stroking huh, who would've thought...
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[User Picture]From: himynameisjamie
2008-08-06 04:32 am (UTC)
Fucking Aces Boss. F.A.B.
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[User Picture]From: enjoy_your_day
2008-08-06 06:15 am (UTC)
that's great! Workspace photos are my favorite thing.
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[User Picture]From: pickled_jo
2008-08-06 01:00 pm (UTC)
It's great to see how other people work! Thanks for that!

^______^
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[User Picture]From: pixelmech
2008-08-06 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting, really great illustration! Your brush work is great, I would not have guessed you were new to it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-06 01:52 pm (UTC)

Smashing!

I'm just an ole Mac guy; but I know good stuff when I see it. Spectacular. Great composition and best of all; raw idea! That's magic. Great blog with amazing images and real hands on feeling. Aside from being a cat person; you're genius....
:D maximusdoom (http://michealrussell.blogspot.com/)

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[User Picture]From: elio
2008-08-06 02:58 pm (UTC)
congrats on being posted on drawn.ca !!
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[User Picture]From: teamdynamite
2008-08-06 05:50 pm (UTC)
oh that's why i'm suddenly getting all this attention, why didn't anyone at drawn email me?
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-06 11:57 pm (UTC)

:)

YAY! This was really helpful...
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-07 12:57 am (UTC)

Photobucketed

All of the images are missing. Which is a bummer because I would have liked to see this.
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[User Picture]From: msgrim
2008-08-07 04:14 am (UTC)

Re: Photobucketed

Actually, if you hover your cursor on them you do see them.
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[User Picture]From: teamdynamite
2008-08-07 09:06 am (UTC)

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Why has this happened though? Why's photobucket being a dick. This is an outrage, i'm not upgrading to pro!
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[User Picture]From: msgrim
2008-08-08 12:44 am (UTC)

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...perhaps deleting some files and... opening a new account?

I know how that feels - I got mine hijacked once. *pats*
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-08 01:11 am (UTC)

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readers: if you click on the "upgrade to pro" icon, it brings you to another page where the photo's supposed to be, but there's another "upgrade to pro" icon. Click on that icon, and you get the full size photo.

It's slow to read this way, but you can see everything pretty well.

I think you're a victim of your success, via drawn.ca
too many people hit your site, so they shut off the photos. You must have some bandwidth limit, so as long as not many people come to read it, you can do what you want. But once you get popular, you have to pay. figures!
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[User Picture]From: teamdynamite
2008-08-08 10:33 am (UTC)

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FIXED IT, i just upgraded
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[User Picture]From: venkman_project
2008-08-07 09:09 am (UTC)
That's so awesome! I love watching how other people work and what kind of materials they use. Geat tips on inking - I may get hold of the brush you use. I use a dip pen and india ink; it took me ages to find the nibs I now work with all the time. Ah, trail and error is a wonderful thing!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-13 12:20 pm (UTC)

Awesome!

Thanks so much for that! Now if you could just bottle some motivation and send it to me.
PJ
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-04 03:38 pm (UTC)

Great stuff!

Hi, great work! very cool! was just wondering, after reading through your tutorial, after scanning in to photoshop, and before applying colour, do you know any way to remove the white of the paper automatically? i do it all by hand, which makes u almost lose the will to live, let alone colour by the end of it haha.

Once again, great work!
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[User Picture]From: teamdynamite
2008-09-04 05:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Great stuff!

get you layers window up and then click on Channels then press Ctrl and click on any of the channels, this will highlight all of the white (bit that isn't the linework). So right click and choose "Select Inverse" and then all the linework is selected. Make a new layer and use the bucket to fill a new layer with the new linework that doesn't have any white. This technique i only just discovered, that's why it's not in the tutorial
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-06 11:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Great stuff!

That's great! thank you very much for taking the time to share it! much appreciated!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-18 02:20 am (UTC)

dood

Why don't you scan your art as B&W instead of grayscale, then convert it to grays--then RGB in Photoshop?
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[User Picture]From: harveyjames
2008-10-29 10:44 am (UTC)
Hi, I added you! We are cartoon commune buddies! I like your stuff!
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[User Picture]From: teamdynamite
2008-10-29 02:10 pm (UTC)
oh cool, i like your stuff aswell, you've got mad skills
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