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3 days ago, 10:27 AM #1
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You could try a Wacom One, which should be within the price range you mentioned. It comes with a 13.3'' screen, bigger than an iPad Pro (which is already pretty decent, I use an iPad Pro to do most of my comic-related stuff and I love it), but definitely on the small-ish range compared to other drawing tablets.

For bigger screens, you may want to look into a Huion tablet, which cost less than the bigger Cintiqs... though, honestly, I was looking at the prices and I don't know how convenient that would be. On Amazon, the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 costs 420 euros, while the cheapest Wacom Cintiq of the same size (Cintiq 16) costs 570 euros. Huion is definitely cheaper, but Wacom has been the industry standard for years and is pretty reliable, while with Huion I've always heard mixed reviews. So instead of spending 400+ euros on a tablet that is just a couple of inches bigger, I'd pick the cheaper Wacom One, which might be smaller and not as fancy as the biggest Cintiqs, but should be still good on its own :D

However, as I mentioned in other similar threads, I should point out that my personal experience is with a Cintiq 16 and that I never worked with a Huion tablet nor a Wacom One, so I'm just going with what I heard about each brand. One thing I would suggest is searching for reviews/comparisons on Youtube from people who actually own the models you're interested in! That way, you can get an idea of the features you'd like to have and what would be the best option for you :D
One week ago, 7:23 PM #2
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cheetour:Medieval-Renaissance Battle recreation. I swear to god. There's a weekly HEMA class that's JUST too far away enough from my home to be infeasible to go to twice a week and it's NOT FAIR, I DESERVE to learn how to wield a longsword!!! I've only done a handful of classes and that was in spears and line-fighting and I wanna try some heavier stuff with a bit of blocking and aaahhh, my heart is absolutely sick for it

^ Thiiiiiis! Historical reenactment and medieval swordfighting are both things I would love to do if I had the money/time/energy to do it!

-Getting back into archery.
-Learn foreign languages, especially German and Japanese. Also spend more time practicing French and Swedish.
-Learn sewing.
-Getting back into resin crafting. I still do that from time to time, but once I got back to drawing I find myself having very little time to do it.
-Improving my (so far almost non-existent) polymer clay crafting techniques.
-Traveling, seeing concerts.
-Advanced 3D modeling. I know the basics, but I'm far from being an expert.
-Learn how to use a CAD software.
-Getting back into playing piano/guitar.
9 days ago, 9:14 PM #3
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Completed the lettering on two pages and finished the sketches for another page + uploaded all of my already finished pages to my (yet to release) Wordpress site :D overall, it was a pretty good day... if we don't count that I haven't done anything comic-related for the past three weeks and that my buffer is coming to an end sooner than I expected D:
5th Oct 2020, 8:35 PM #4
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Finally finished the lineart of page 13 (...I think?) and started to work on the flats. I SO want to finish this chapter, but between awfully complicated perspective and awfully complicated poses it's easier said than done D:
29th Sep 2020, 8:12 PM #5
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Ooooh, I like this thread! Here are mine:

-Long haired rocker dudes. Bonus points if they've got an 80s hairstyle. Yes, even if the story itself isn't actually set in the 80s.
-The nerd is always a redhead. Always. Don't ask me why, I don't know either :'D
-Large casts of characters.
-A 99,9% change that one of them used to be a graphic designer at some point.
-Toxic relationships and abusive families.
-Daddy issues.
-Mental illness, depression.
-A mystery element of sorts.
-Plot twists.
-Music, concerts, musicians.
-"Don't judge a book by its cover".
Result in thread: Air your grievances here.
27th Sep 2020, 8:01 PM #6
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So apparently the school I'm working at wants us teachers to "stay true to our mission and offer a good educational service while still respecting the Covid restrictions".
Rules say that students will attend school only two days a week, and stay at home for the rest of the week. During those days, we will be teaching online. Nothing wrong about it so far, right?

Except that:
-We are not allowed to use video calls like we did last year because "the school can't afford to give you a good Internet connection, so to make sure the service offered is the same no matter if teachers are working from school or from home, it's better not to use video calls at all". Instead, they want us to "chat" with our students to teach them stuff.
-Let me repeat that again: they are demanding us to teach. through. chats.
-But then they told us that, actually, it'd be better for us to just spend the first week teaching our students what the Covid prevention rules are and "how to sit still at their desks".
-No, I'm not kidding. They really said that.
-For context, I work in a high school. Most of my students are around 17 years old. A few are almost 20 years old. Yet I'm asked to teach them how to sit still at their desk. For an entire week.
-Still not clear which week it'll be, though. Because now it looks like instead of 2 days a week, our students will be lucky if they get to attend school once a week. And the ones who don't get to attend... will have no lessons at all. No video calls, no chats... NOTHING.
-Don't get fooled, though. Teachers are still forced to go to school every day, to serve as potential substitute teachers.
-Judging from our current shift, there will be about 40 potential substitute teachers... with only 21 classes being physically in school.
-...And if all of this doesn't sound stupid enough, here's the cherry on top: they told us that they're making us go to school every day "as a Covid-19 prevention measure". In a town that has the highest number of sick people in the whole region.

I... I just... can't.
27th Sep 2020, 12:27 PM #7
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My comic also started as an AU, more or less :D

The great majority of the characters featured in my story were originally part of a RPG I used to play. We were allowed to have multiple characters, but for obvious reasons we couldn't make them interact with each other. A bunch of my characters eventually still ended up knowing about the existence of my other characters (through friends they had in common and such), but never truly had much to do with one another.

After the RPG died, I kept playing with my characters as sims, but aside from taking pretty pictures I wouldn't really do much with them... until the day I accidentally ended up having two characters who had never met before interacting with one another in the same household and being all cute together. My first reaction was something along the lines of "what? Lol, they would NEVER", but the more I started to think about it, the more I found the idea of these two characters meeting intriguing. So I started to work on a potential "what if all my characters met...?", started working from there... and that's how The Emergency Coven was born :D

Other than that, I also tend to re-use some of my characters in video games, like Skyrim or Dragon Age. My boy Chris even got his own drawing as a DA:I Inquisitor :D
20th Sep 2020, 3:48 PM #8
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I'd like to do Witchtober, though I'm not sure which one I'm going to pick: I really like these prompts, but there are a few I like from this and this. The idea would be to mix the three challenges and just pick the theme that inspires me the most on a given day... however, with the comic being in the works and the chaotic mess that my job is going to be this year, I don't know if I'll actually manage to get anything done at all :'D
20th Sep 2020, 1:19 PM #9
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Here we go! Characters are listed in order of appearance.
Well, technically most of them have yet to show up in the story, but I promise you're going to meet them soon, lol.

Jorn - 190 cm (6ft 2in) - "25" years old (actual age: unknown)
Adrian - 178 cm (5ft 10in) - 38 years old
Tyresias - 173 cm (5ft 8in) - 27 years old
Aaron - 167 cm (5ft 7in) - 30 years old
Father Gavriel - 175 cm (5ft 8in) - 35 years old
Nigel - 180 cm (5ft 10in) - 23 years old
Chris - 180 cm (5ft 10in) - 26 years old
Eljas - 150 cm (4ft 11in) - 18 years old (almost)

-I'm from Europe, so "canon" heights are in cm and I can't guarantee that conversions are accurate D:
-Although never clearly specified, the story is set in late 2014, so character ages refer to how old they were during that year.
16th Sep 2020, 9:33 AM #10
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mightguy15:I think a big issue here seems to be the whole "hero worship" fiasco. I try not to be the type of person that idolizes someone because at the end of the day that person is still a flawed individual. We all are.

That's why I kinda feel like there should be a limit to how much you care about a particular persons opinion on such things. Like, I feel like it's ok to like H.P. Lovecrafts work but still feel he was a fucking idiot in some regards, mainly because that's true for a LOT of people, as is the nature of humans in general.

Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not against pointing out how messed up some of the stupid shit these people say and do is. They should definitely be criticized for those actions since they insist on learning the hard way that shit is not ok.

This, basically.
Plenty of authors/musicians/artists I love have done/said questionable things, but usually that won't stop me from liking their works. That is, unless we're talking about crimes so awful that simply *thinking* about them makes me sick and prevents me from enjoying any of what they did (looking at you, Marion Zimmer Bradley). But yep, idolizing people is not for me either: I might like your work, but that doesn't mean being a fan of you as a person, and if you do something wrong, I will criticize it, while still recognizing your merits as an artist/writer/whatever.

As for Harry Potter itself... it's been a huge part of my childhood, but I started to lose my interest after book four. Things got slightly better with book six, but then book seven with all of its pointless character deaths came along and I was rather disappointed, even though I admired Rowling's ability to neatly tie everything in. Plus, I still watched all the movies and cried like a little kid over

Re-reading the series as an adult, I keep finding issues with it. Like how pretty much all "bad" characters are always "ugly" or "fat" or how Hermione's activism is presented as "annoying" rather than a good example to follow (and the fact that most house elves seem to not care about it only seems to further confirm the message that "fighting to stop slavery is pointless, slaves don't want to be saved, after all!" -_-).

So while I won't deny the influence the series had on me as far as plot writing and worldbuilding goes, I recognize that JKR is far from perfect as a writer.

And as for her recent claims... ugh. Just ugh.

The thing that totally blows my mind is how she will go on and on with her rants about "trans women appropriating female spaces!!1!" when she was the one who built her entire career over gender ambiguity and still publishes books under a masculine name. Hypocrisy, much?
Definitely, I doubt I will be buying any more of her books in the future. I still have my HP books and DVDs and I'm not going to stop re-reading/re-watching them if I feel like it, but as for giving her even more money than she already has... nope.
15th Sep 2020, 5:35 PM #11
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Finished the inking of page 9 and started to work on the coloring. Decided to try going full digital. I'm only working on the flats at the moment, so I have yet to go into cringe mode where I hate everything I'm doing. Keeping my fingers crossed for things to stay that way once I get to the shading phase XD
12th Sep 2020, 9:00 PM #12
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Finished the coloring of the first page of chapter 2 :D
11th Sep 2020, 5:07 PM #13
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MK_Wizard:“If you draw more realistically, your art will be better.” (As if anyone looks like a cartoon)

This one cracks me up because, as someone who always preferred a more realistic style, I got constantly told that my art would "never sell", that it wasn't "suited for children" (as if I even wanted to be a children's illustrator), that "it looks like something out of a XIX century book", "it's too outdated", "it's not even a style" and "you should really learn to simplify".
Damned if you do, damned if you don't, basically :'D
6th Sep 2020, 7:14 PM #14
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mitchellbravo:I order mine from blick, I'm not sure if that's cheaper than Amazon (probably not, i have a feeling).

Did a quick check and it looks like Blick *does* have Copic markers at a cheaper price than both Amazon and the physical store I usually go to! :O Not sure if they ship to Italy though, and if they do, I'm afraid the shipping costs + customs may not be as cheap... but I'll look into it! :D

As for paper being the problem... yep, pretty sure that's not the issue, I've been using marker-specific paper for all my pages so far and I'm fairly sure that, with single sheets, I used the correct side °° could definitely be an issue with the cap (perhaps I didn't close it properly) or just my luck, lol. And yesss, skin tones, purples and grays are definitely the ones I end up burning through first ;_; didn't think about using two markers to let the other one fill up again as I keep drawing, that's a very good suggestion! Went back to my page today and found out that the purple that was dying on me yesterday was working a lot better... granted, I started to have problems with it all over again after a while, but for the first few minutes it worked like a charm, so it looks like letting it "rest" for a while definitely works!

And speaking of coloring... finished the coloring of page 8 today! :) I just need to do some color adjustments in Photoshop + add the lettering now, but other than that, the pages for both my Prologue and Chapter 1 are all drawn now and I have a buffer that goes up until October 5th, wheeee! <3
5th Sep 2020, 8:50 PM #15
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mitchellbravo:what brand of markers do you use, Llyrel?

I use a mix of Copics, Winsor & Newton and Ohuhu markers! The first marker that started to die on me was a Winsor & Newton one I was using for skintones. I had it for about a year, but I can't say that I used it *so much* to justify its premature death: I think I used it for a grand total of 2-3 tiny Inktober illustrations last year, then somehow managed to completely forget about its existence until I found it again last month and started to use it to ink the skin of my characters for about 4-5 pages... and that's when it started to dry ._. it's not completely gone yet, but I can feel that it doesn't have as much ink as it used to have a few days ago and filling larger areas is kinda painful. The other marker is a Ohuhu one... now, it's true that Ohuhu markers are much cheaper compared to Copics and W&N, but I didn't expect it to dry so soon either, I only had it for about a month! D: Although I suspect that the problem in this case might be that the marker itself is defective: I have a whole bunch of other Ohuhu markers from the same set that I'm using A LOT MORE than that one, yet none of them seems to have the same problem. Still, kinda frustrating, because you can't really get a replacement for just one Ohuhu marker, as far as I know ;_;

And ooooh, thank you so much for the suggestions! I'm not sure if it's possible to remove the nib from a Ohuhu marker, but I might give it a try with my Winsor & Newton marker! I'm less worried about messing that one up, because I already bought a replacement for it, so if I end up somehow breaking the marker it won't be too much of an issue XD I already have some isopropyl alcohol at home (the perks of being a BJD collector, lol), so I'd just need to get my hands on an eyedropper, I guess.

Also yep, definitely considering switching to Copics! I only have a few of them, mostly for skintones, but I love the fact that they're refillable. Only problem is that there's only *one* shop that I know of that sells Copics in my city, and as of now their color choices isn't all that great (I guess the lockdown is to blame for that)... and the sets available on Amazon cost even *more* than those in physical stores -_-
5th Sep 2020, 7:41 PM #16
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Inked page 8 and started to work on the coloring... and then I realized that another marker is about to die on me. That's the second one in only a few days and what's worse, this one was brand new, too D: I'm not sure if I'm just being unlucky (maybe the marker was already half-dried?) or whatever, but I'll admit that I'm starting to get a little frustrated, at this point ._.' switching to digital is getting more and more tempting, but uuuuuurgh, I already know that my perfectionist butt is going to have a field day as soon as it gets the chance to zoom in on every little pixel during the coloring phase ;___;
5th Sep 2020, 9:59 AM #17
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apool:Some year ago I went to NY, and I was at some kind of Indian fast food, when I had to pay, the girl that was ther asked me "eat or go" in a whay that I didn't understand, I guessed what she said, but I was super panicky, I didn't know how to answer back, "i-i eat it out" oh shit it sounds horrible! "C-Can I have a bag?" TOTAL PANIC.

Reminds me of that one time at Wacken Open Air in Germany where I somehow managed to hold an entire conversation with this one dude from the US about all sorts of stuff, yet when he said something along the lines of "alright, gotta go now, bye" I went in full panic mode because I couldn't understand what he was saying and asked him to repeat the sentence about a thousand times until I finally got it. And then slapped myself on the face because it was such a simple sentence and to this day I still have no idea why I went in panic mode with *that* instead of... everything else in that conversation, basically :'D

Also yes, pronunciation is a huge pain in the butt. Personally, I often feel like my spoken English level is "Matteo Renzi" :'D
4th Sep 2020, 4:58 PM #18
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Leafa:Victoriocity - Steampunk comedy audiodrama

Ooooh, this sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out! Also, I had no idea that Tommy Edison had a podcast too, I watch his Youtube videos from time to time... love that guy :D

I don't follow a whole lot of podcasts, but I recently stumbled upon The Magnus Archives (horror) and fell in love with it, so I'm trying to catch up with all the episodes. Another favorite of mine would be Welcome To Night Vale (comedy-drama, news satire, surreal), though I also need to catch up with the latest episodes.

Generally speaking, I love it when they take advantage of the medium and use it to tell fictional stories while giving you a "realistic" feel: as in, it's not just some narrator telling you the story about a bunch of a fictional characters, but characters themselves coming to life and talking about the universe they live in/making you feel like you're a part of that universe too. So cool! <3
4th Sep 2020, 4:27 PM #19
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Italian here, we had mandatory English lessons starting from elementary school, so I got to learn the basics at a very young age :D however, what truly helped me improve were online forums, chatting with native speakers, Youtube videos and, later on, videogames. I joined my first "international" forum when I was a teen and it wasn't until that moment that I realized how... pedantic my knowledge of the language was :'D I barely used any contractions, I didn't know any slang words and, to make it even more confusing, I had absolutely no idea what the most common acronyms used in chat were, so when people would say stuff like "LMAO" and "BRB" I'd be like "wait, what? D:". As I kept interacting with people, however, I started to get the hang of it. In less than a year, my skills improved immensely and I had no problems understanding what people were saying anymore :D sadly, my listening and speaking skills are nowhere near as good as my writing skills, but I'm trying to improve on those as well.

Algaire:And we only have masculine and femenine, Germans have neutral words and declinations, (double yay!XD) I know what kind of moron I look like when I try my best German and fail, but hey, worse is nothing.

And to make it even worse, it's not like languages with gendered words have any coherence at all! :'D Take a chair, for example: in Italian, it's feminine... but in German, it's apparently masculine? D: Like, I was SO hoping that the two languages would at least use the same genders for words, but NOPE, you've got to learn them all over again and it's SO. PAINFUL. D:
2nd Sep 2020, 9:48 PM #20
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Stuck on a scene? You know *exactly* what is gonna happen next, but there is just that one section of your dialogue you can never seem to get right no matter how many times your rewrite it, thus blocking your entire creative process? Ignore it! Just pretend you already wrote it and move on to the next scene. Then, once you're done with it, go back and look at the part you couldn't finish before. More often than not, you'll find out that connecting the two pieces was... actually way easier than you thought at first :D
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