Zbrush Daily Sculpt Challenge: Can I do It?


I probably can’t but I’m about to try! First up, Darius. I’m going to post how far I got in zbrush and then what I painted over in photoshop. Incase you’re wondering he’s a Vampire from one of my stories.

So below will take you to the full image of the painted over version plus the WIP renders of how far I’ve gotten. I do apologise if it’s too dark for some.

http://draconianrain.deviantart.com/art/Darius-511256803

InDesign What I Love About It As A Comic Artist


I know what some of you might be thinking. But it is one of the best programs that I ever subscribed to. Some of you know or a little while I was self publishing on Lulu.com and during that year I spent almost a year trying to get it to upload correctly until one day I’d had enough and subscribed to InDesign. Later I upgraded my adobe package to all apps. But it was the best thing I ever did.

I no longer have the bleed issues I once had and for those of you that publish comics, you will know the exact pain and annoyance I am talking about. I tried with everything to alleviate it but nothing worked. I tried OpenOffice, Word, Photoshop and even GIMP but nothing was going right. I still had major issues with the bleed being to thick, to short or my art getting cut off in the spine or off the page edges.

The main problems I was having was when it came to resizing. As a comic artist I have to work at 1200dpi for various reasons the main one being quality and screentone range. That’s usually around 8000px by 12000 px or so per page. When I finally started using InDesign my headaches (literally) we far less. Being able to set up the perfect template bleed, drag and drop and not loose image quality was by far the best part for me.

Aligning, numbering, watermarking and exporting became a breeze. These are all the reasons as to why I have come to love it. If it wasn’t so hard to get the perfect bleed for publishing in Photoshop and loosing image quality then I probably wouldn’t have found or needed it but it’s so important that it’s almost critical.

I can’t even begin to describe the hell I went through plus the money in carbon copies. I have such good faith in InDesign that I only buy one carbon copy knowing that it’s going to be perfect anyway. And I recommend it to anyone that is a writer or comic artist or any other desktop publishing career. It’s absolutely worth it and worth learning.

The only downside for me was the inital learning curve. At first it wasn’t too bad since I had learned Adobe Illustrator the prior to using InDesign but it was hard for me (as an artist) to get use to all the new tools and terminology. But it was worth it. It’s a program that keeps paying off. Not only that but since it’s so widely use you can always acquire a job or freelancing work with inDesign.

Overall it’s a great tool. If you have something else that you use that you think is better or just as good please do leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you and I’m sure others would as well.

 

Happy Blogging!!

Animation Plans


So some of you may know but most may not if you don’t follow me on DeviantART and read my journals but I’ve been hitting it pretty hard with animation. Despite trying hard, the wallet and my PC and laptop can not handle 3D animation. Yes Blender is free, it’s what I use even though I want to be using Max but my RAM and GPU can’t handle it. So recently I opted for 2D frame by frame animation merged with 3D and 2.5D in areas where I can get away with it. But I am back at square one having taken such a long break from it. But I’m not doing to bad. Below is one of my first full colour blinking tests. I am aware of the various errors though. This was more to see if I had enough skill to use cel shade. I’m still on the fence with having shading in my animation. I haven’t fully discovered myself yet with animation.

The second video was my first ever attempt at rain. I know it’s not great but now that I know more about after effects I think if I made the store a 2.5D or 3D scene I could make much better rain. I’m trying to learn how to animate rain with droplets on the ground but I’m having trouble doing it on my own since I’m still very beginner. I have learned an awful lot though. So I’m still pretty happy, just frustrated.

You can check out all of my animations here http://draconianrain.deviantart.com/gallery/44699976 and in my scraps folder you may find a few very early test animations.

So far my main plans are:

  • Learn Adobe After Effects
  • Learn how to animate better in flash
  • Learn other frame by frame animation techniques

Etsy Store Update- Royalty Free Items For Sale


For anyone looking for royalty free vector art and patterns, I have finally got some of my own for sale including glossy website buttons. Come check it out if this interests you:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DraconianRain

I thought about joining other places but my goodness are they fussy these days. Then I thought why not offer them on my etsy store? I am glad I did. I also added them to my Storenvy.com store as well. I’ve made the stock as high quality as possible as well as easy to use and clean so no funny outlines when adding it to your work or website.

Today I Bring You Pixel Dolls FREE


So I have been thinking about making pixel dolls for a while now. Many like to draw on clothes and dress them or use them in games etc. I hardly ever see a buff guy though, usually a lot of seme and uke types for yaoi and shounen-ai pixel doll manga’s online. Or I see the skinny adorable ones for shoujo stuff. Anyway, all that aside I decided to make some for free and commercial use.

Steal the, eat them, whatever just have fun with them ^w^ Of course I would love credit where credit is due but it’s not necessary. Also I would absolutely adore to see what you can make with them! Also feel free to edit or alter in anyway you want. Chop of the heads and replace with a new one, whatever you want!

Before I forget I used GraphicsGale to make these dolls. I used the freeware version and turned the grid on and off to align everything. I tried to record it but I had no success. Great program btw. Excellent use for RPG Maker VX and XP. If I had $25 I’d buy the full program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIP Comic Page


Just to show I am actually doing something and not all talk because I realise for a week I think I’ve been saying how I’m drawing and then I show nothing so yeah, here’s a screen cap.

The city scape is a screentone so please don’t congratulate me on the city. I was playing with various tones, colouring them, toning them, adding shadows just to see the effects and to learn a bit more about stylizing buildings. Plus I want to keep this webcomic simple. The more simple the more likely I am to post regularly. I am considering posting to drunkduck.com because of what it offers now. I keep changing my mind lately but I will see what happens with the comic before I post elsewhere.