when i was 15 i pirated photoshop to do digital art but didnt know how the fuck photoshop worked and didnt realize it had layers so i used to do everything on one single layer and painstakingly try to keep my line art from fucking up when i colored
also i shaded with black until i was like 20 years old
haha. I was a beginner like 2 years ago. I started on an old program called paintshop pro with no layers. I also used comic sans, did a pretty terrible job hand drawing bubbles, I did slack backgrounds, didn't vary my line thickness, crossed lines and was pretty sketchy with inking in general. I also shaded with black, and I started a comic with no buffer. I originally put my comic on a blog, and had no idea there were sites for webcomics. oh, and I submitted to Gocomics.com like I was ready to be a professional!
It's amazing how much you don't know that you don't know.
I think I'm up to like Novice status now :)
Bruno harm is a Sunday comic style crime Drama and gag strip in one!
I drew with pixels. I didn't believe in layers and shading. I didn't plan out my comic completely. I drew everyone with the same body type. I shaded in black, I drew with weirdly annoyingly bright colours...the list goes on and on.
oh boy so much. Some of these are from my first webcomics that can no longer be found anywhere thank goodness.
started writing without a plan or buffer and forgot plot points
had a character who swore a lot because i thought it was 'cool.'
lined with biro, and coloured by scanning in the pages, and scribbling over the page with 60% opacity
got bored of a comic, and finished it with really crappy art
drew with a mouse for like, forever, and had to draw over certain lines to make them thicker.
For my current ones, things i regret are:
not using cell shading from the start (badly utilised line shading)
anime sticker mouths
I didn't know what layers and lineart were, I thought that if I drew a thing the computer would somehow know I wanted to color it. Lolol so for a while I was trying to color ABOVE the scan since it wouldn't let me color under X"D
I just had my 2 year anniversary of my comic. So I've not been at it very long, or been at it a long while, depending on perspective?
I'd already been proficient with & had Photoshop, so there'd been no learning curve there.
Looking back, the only thing I can think of trying to squeeze in a bunch of dialogue into the panels using smaller font sizes. Now I keep the sizing consistent (not counting shouting or such), and have learned to pare down dialogue to the essentials.
Not really a beginner problem as it still happens from time to time, but related to the above: In my head a page is sometimes much bigger than it is -- meaning it seems like a certain amount of story will fit, but no, it's actually way too much to and has to be split into another page. Not exactly a problem, though.
Basically, I went in thinking I was going to be popular right away. You know, the starry eyed ideals and all. Now, I know that getting out there takes time. That and I had not discovered that you could colour scanned pictures digitally so all my colouring was by pencil crayons.
Ahahahah I thought that anime is just big and colourful eyes. I also used Paint. No, not MS Paint. It was a different one with canvases and everything but wasn't good anyway. I used a mouse, I didn't shade, I thought I was da bomb, and and I never followed advice.
My god I just realized I can embed a link. ~ Wednesday, March 29th, 2017. 7:30 P.M.
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Literally every photoshop I've owned until I could afford the creative suite was pirated lol.
killersteak:made a web comic.
Except mine was more like "made a webcomic on a pure whim, vowing to make up the story as I went along'.
So I started a comic with no story and dragged it out for twenty or so pages until the shadow of a plot started to form, and by the end of a 50 fucking page beta I had a direction but it pretty much retconned everything I did for the past 50 pages. Lol.
I also tried to "ink" everything in pencil by simply scanning the pencils in and hitting dat "exposure" and contrast. My hand. Broken.
I ALSO DREW THE BACKGROUNDS ON SEPARATE SHEETS OF PAPER AND MY CHARACTERS ON COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SHEETS AND THEN WOULD SCAN IN THE BACKGROUND PANELS AND THE CHARACTER PANELS AND MERGE THEM IN PHOTOSHOP.
Never planned much or did any research. The plot was very sporadic and I was super impulsive. One comic would take place in something that looked like Feudal Japan, then suddenly there's like some dude in European armor who shows up out of nowhere to steal some magical (???) object that ALSO came from nowhere. Ah, the adorable blunders of youth~
Also drew panels way too small and used lined paper (because I was afraid I'd use all my mom's clean copy paper and thought it was much more valuable or something) It took SO MANY years for me to finally use copy paper.