Comic 303 - Page 300

14th Aug 2017, 12:00 AM in The Worthly
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14th Aug 2017, 12:00 AM
I know the information is already in print there at the top but I have to say it, page 300! You knew this was going to happen eventually of them crossing paths again. :-)

As for other matters, I'm still healing up from the surgery. The Georgie now has a new wall clock, graces knows when the last time was it had a working one. All I know on that front is the damaged one I removed had to have been the original one given from factory back in the mid. 70's.


14th Aug 2017, 1:05 AM
Congrats on 300 pages!

And absolutely marvelous use of color here, love the shading on the dragon! Your backgrounds are awesome too, how do you make them, if you don't mind my asking?
14th Aug 2017, 1:14 PM
Thank you twice over! :-D
If you mean the complete creative process. This and IS are very similar to each other.

I look at the script written and then think up the most effective and hopefully visually appealing way events can be relayed.

What is usually one layer is made in which I sketch out everything that gives me a base to work from to draw over in more detail using another layer, the formal lines. Some times if needed that rough or sketch layer gets many details defined 99% of the way before that next layer. That extreme detailing bit normally more applies to the other series than this one.

With Light Bulbs I try to aim it's content always fit within those standard four sideways panels. Iron and Steel doesn't have the same restraint.

Once the rough lines are done it turns to mainly tracing over them and adding in extra details.

Because those formal lines tend to be thin, I then select the whole layer showing them and copy it normally up to five times. These duplicate layers are all then merged together. ( Light Bulbs does have one exception to that rule on lines. I've jumped the name around in script about it, but standard I write the label Flame Beast for the creature. The Flame Beast normally only gets one layer solo for it's lines. I don't want them thick for the creature as I want it looking illy defined compared to everything around it. )

Just to avoid confusion later, the layer with the lines get labeled well "lines".

Some times I have more than one layer which labeling like that, always however focusing on lines. This is the last page in recent history that required more than one layer for line art since the coloring needed to be done semi-complex: Page 292

Coloring is usually tackled as characters and then background. Later on if needed foreground effects like: lighting / shading / smoke / marks ( marks meaning movement lines ect. ). I find it easiest to add as much to one layer as I can in it before moving to create another layer below it. One thing which almost never happens in this work is using the bucket flood tool. But as a time saver when it can be justified which is something that usually happens near the end of the process. I use a selection tool and then use the bucket tool.

Just because I know a certain color might be need later, I make a meant to be hidden layer in the work space and label it as such. It's there I dab the hue noticeably and sometimes label what it's meant for. Example I'll write "wall" or "eyes" or "shoelaces".

Most of the more interesting effects shown are the result of working with specialized tools in Manga Studio and in the case of before that, specialized tools offered by Corel Painter Essentials.

I'm not sure how to relay this better without record capturing all my movements during work sessions. Just Light Bulbs usually takes ten or eleven hours of work per page. ( Yes I know major video speed up would be needed to show that. )
16th Aug 2017, 11:14 PM
Congratulations on the 300 pages!

And thanks for the description of your creative process; very interesting. (10-11 hours per page?! Wow!)