Wednesday, 8 April 2009

3AM instant shot

This is what my desk looks like at the moment of writing. Twelfth Night is progressing... however slowly.

Also, I just found out about the Ninja Mountain podcast with a few familiar names in it, amongst others Andy Hepworth who was one of the finalists in the 2006 Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga UK & Ireland competition. I haven't reached episode 8 yet, but I'm looking forward to hearing Mattias Snygg (Swedish pride!) who's artwork I've been aware of for some time.
The podcast has been very good so far. The hosts have been working in the art field for some time so there are a lot of good tips for people who are new to the industry.


Anonymous said...

Hey Nana, just wondering how do you ink? do you ink over your pencils with fineliner or dip pen or do you use a light box or even scan them in and ink?

Just interested 8D best of luck with this!

nana said...

Hey Mace! I ink using dip pens. At the moment I'm working A4 for speed, which is somewhat smaller than what I would prefer, so I use the maru nib which gives thinner lines. If I could work larger I would prefer the G nib.

I've changed my method of working a few times for this particular project, mostly as I realise how long things take. At the moment I do rough thumbnails, then I do an underdrawing with a blue pencil and after that I tighten up by pencilling using a normal B 0.5mm mechanical pencil. I scan the pencilled page into photoshop, remove the blue lines, print the page out in light blue and ink on that.
The underdrawing is basically for nailing down things like anatomy and construction.

I'll probably write post about my current working methods and various other methods I've tried before at some point... Is there anything else you'd be curious to know?

Anonymous said...

Oh wow XD that sounds like a good way to do it 8D but quite complicated o_o

I just want to know how everyone else does their pages because I'm still struggling to find my own way of doing a page as I've not really found a way that i like the best yet... so guess I've got some experimenting to do :3

Thanks for telling me your method ^^ It's always interesting to find out how other artists do things ^_^

nana said...

The thing I realised was that most pro comic artists I came across all had several stages of roughs before arriving at the final. It was rare to come across anyone who went straight from thumbs to finished pencils without intermediate stages. It makes sense if you want to get nice, tight looking pencils. :) Yes it is a bit more laborious, but I think the result is better.

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