Yeah if your process is doing it all through inking yourself, then I don't know if you need to break out a specific "pencil" stage--print comics are going all digital themselves in a lot of cases and there are more and more top artists who are doing it like you and who don't have a polished pencil stage, and from what I've read from a guy like that, Sean Murphy (well okay he inks his sketches traditionally, not digitally)--at least I think it was him--publishers actually like that because then they save money in not having to pay an inker. Pure inkers, of course, are not so fond of this development.
craybest:Doomy, very nice WIP, it's very fun to see how other artists do they work.
I'm re-doing the Cover for Generation Alpha, I wasn't very convinced with the original one, and before starting with chapter 2 I wanted to change it. Image
(Hey cray, the link in your signature image doesn't work.)
RINKEL:I think my main problem with animating things right now is timing....
She rolls her eyes twice in one second.
Also her hair is weird. I should've added more motion so it looked more natural like she was moving her head too. Oh well, next time...
Pretty smooth! But yeah it'll probably look way better if you can slow it down a bit, and maybe add a slight pause at a point or two in the orbit--maybe even following up with a quick dash across some other point, but that's getting fancy.
Got frustrated enough with ink to wipe a year and a half of dust off the ol' drawing tablet (and spend a few minutes thinking neglect had broken its heart, until I remembered the little power switch on the side) and did a quick sketch of nothing in particular that came out annoyingly well compared to recent ink efforts:
ATBL:Any suggestions on a good, smooth surface that takes ink and watercolor nicely that does not warp TOO horribly. Bristol board or paper is preferred, since illustration boards are too costly for me :(
Yeah I kind of dream of being able to work on illustration board some day, but then again paper is a lot more compact and portable, so I guess that's an up side. I haven't done a ton of watercolor but I *have* done a ton of ink wash, which seems the same in terms of getting the paper wet and dealing with warping issues.
I tried the usual Strathmore Bristol (the cheaper kind in the yellow packs that are everywhere) and even the rather expensive Arches watercolor paper, but the Stathmore is a little light, and has this obnoxious rubbery feel, and the Arches did warp a lot and get kind of a felty surface that was tricky to scan cleanly. What I've settled on is Canson Artist Series Illustration Paper, which is nice and stiff and doesn't warp much, and has a crisp feel; it's also much whiter than even Arches' "bright white" watercolor paper was. It does have a tiny bit of tooth to it, which I like, but isn't the very smoothest of smooths if that's what you're after.
It's also possible to ink with waterproof ink, then watercolor directly on the inked paper. The main difficulty I had with that is that it restricts your use of corrective white ink, because you can't watercolor (or ink wash, etc) over white ink very well, even if the white ink is waterproof.
I like the image you posted at the start of the thread best. : ) It looks nice and tidy and clear. The "starred" category of favorite menu links at the top left is a neat idea. I get lost in the tabs in phpbb because their names seem to have overlapping meanings, but yours seem pretty clear.
Less keen on the later mockups with their big redundant buttons and that notepad thing that I would never use.