“So, where is the comic?” I hear you ask.
That’s a very good question.
Working on the website ate up a huge amount of my time over the last few weeks, but now that’s done I managed to sit down last night and sketch out the first 3 strips. The sketching, as ever, went really well and I am pleased with how the frames are laid out.
So then I tried to line work them (put the black lines on ready for colour), but for some reason it just was not working!
I was trying to figure out a way to neaten up my lines, and make them look less scratchy. Most of that scratchy-ness comes from simple lack of experience, but some of it comes from the method of design I was using. The Galaxy Note 10.1 with ArtFlow Studio is pretty good, but it takes time when doing this as most of what I do is totally freehand. ArtFlow Studio has no selection tools for example, and bouncing between that and Photoshop Touch is cumbersome on the Android tablet. Man I wish I had a Surface Pro 2!
So, I have had to change my method slightly, trying to use Illustrator and Photoshop on the PC for the lining and colouring, as I thought that would help me neaten up the lines, and make the whole process quicker.
The results I have had have been… well…. not that great. I would love to upload and show you them, but I simply cannot bring myself to upload them looking like they do now. 🙁
So, I have had to have a little back-track in the workflow, and figure out a better way to do this. A way that works within my own skill set and will get me the look I want for this comic.
It sounds simple:
Draw some simple characters, line them, colour them, upload.
But there is a lot more to this web-comic process than I realised.
Most of the delay now is simply me trying to figure out a faster workflow, that gets me the results I want. I am doing some research in between attempts, and I think I am getting close to what I want. It’s all positive as my refusal to rush this and develop my workflow to be better means that when we do upload, these comics will be of good quality.
However all this means that yet again, I am unable to start the comic yet. That’s not really too bad, as when I first started this, I was aiming to get the comic up and running by the end of July 2014. So I am still well ahead of the curve.
We have a fairly big announcement to make over the next two weeks too, so please keep coming back. All I will say for now is that I am not going to be alone here for much longer!
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For now, this is Mark checking out.