#1196 Aww he misses him

December 28th, 2015, 5:26 pm

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Reply NtKGar, December 28th, 2015, 5:49 pm

So I got Manga Studio EX, and after a couple of hours of finding it weird and counterintuitive because I'm used to Photoshop, and a couple of hours switching between drawing and watching tutorial videos as the need for them arose, I gotta say I like it a whole hell of a lot. There was a while a few years ago where I drew NtK in Illustrator and coloured it in Photoshop. I don't really like Photoshop for drawing line art because it seems to pick up every little jitter of my hand in a way traditional pen and paper somehow didn't. Illustrator had a line smoothing function for the brush tool and I liked the line quality, but had to draw almost every line a bunch of times because (while I liked the line correction) it took several tries to get it to produce the line I wanted. It was like autocorrect for brush strokes, and about as reliable, so I eventually switched back to good old fashioned ink and paper for line art.

Manga studio lets you do your line art in vector and includes a line smoothing functionality with adjustable intensity like Illustrator, but unlike Illustrator it actually works the way I want it to. Aside from an original pencil sketch on lined paper this page was done entirely in Manga Studio - the line art and word balloons are vector objects, the colouring is raster, and while CTRL+Z got a healthy workout I didn't use it for every line. I'm happy with the way it looks and glad to be able to use my Wacom tablet for drawing again.

Hope everyone had or is having a good holiday!

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Reply PiMaster, December 29th, 2015, 10:51 am

It looks really nice and sharp! There's still a little bit of jittering if you're looking for it though - Inkscape has a Line Simplification function (lossily gets rid of semi-redundant vector curve points) which tends to get rid of that kind of stuff, which I found works really nicely so long as you don't overdo it and do a little bit of adjusting afterwards. Does Manga Studio have something like that?

Reply NtKGar, December 29th, 2015, 3:33 pm

Yeah, Manga Studio has a line simplification tool which you can run over existing lines with, and the line smoothing for live drawing can be turned up as well. I want to keep my lines looking nice and organic though so I've got that turned on fairly low.

Reply D and Ns, December 29th, 2015, 5:08 pm

Man, I don't know why, but it felt like it's been too long since Neko last swore (despite doing it about 9 comics ago, so that made me happy. Then I saw his face. He's seems angrier than I've ever seen him before, so now I'm balancing happiness and worry.
Gotta say, I do love the art styles you done recently (though I look forward to seeing how it looks lighter moments) and it's nice to see more of Alice's home, I think I've almost got the floor plan figured out. Also, love the amount of detail you've put in recent strips.

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