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« on: March 15, 2009 09:55:01 AM »

From last summer. A lot of the poses are scarily broken with dislocated joints and mismatched limbs with hideous hands. I'm aware of this.









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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009 10:06:42 AM »

I love these! Great expressions and positions! I don't think they would feel right at all if they didn't have the dislocated joints/mismatched limbs...
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2009 10:09:47 AM »

I could look at these all day!
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2009 10:11:54 AM »

These are so sweet!
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009 10:29:52 AM »

Colorful and expressive.  And I agree, the mismatched limbs and dislocated or twisted joints make the pictures what they are.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2009 10:31:23 AM »

They are so freakin' cute!
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2009 11:12:43 AM »

I love these so much! they are AWESOME! I so wish I could draw like that... but alas I do not have your talent Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2009 11:31:17 AM »

Thank you all for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoy my little mutated monstrosities Tongue

I love these so much! they are AWESOME! I so wish I could draw like that... but alas I do not have your talent Wink

It's not talent, I assure you. I like to consider it more knowledge and skill from hours upon hours of drawing over the last couple years. I'm firmly adament that anyone can learn to do it if they have the persistence to stick to it, and the ability to take criticism as a means to better themself instead of a personal attack (one of the hardest lessons for me personally).
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2009 01:57:03 PM »

Those are all really awesome.  My favorite is the girl with the pink hair and mask.   Were these inspired by specific people, or pure imagination?
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2009 02:04:22 PM »

I think these are great.  Theare cute and doomy, without the disjointedness they would be too cute or just plain weird.

I think my favorite is the last one!
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2009 03:44:47 PM »

Those are adorable. I admire the style.
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2009 05:54:05 PM »

Those are all really awesome.  My favorite is the girl with the pink hair and mask.   Were these inspired by specific people, or pure imagination?

A couple of them are based on real people. The second to last is my friend and neighbour. The third to last is another one of my friends.
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009 08:08:49 PM »

These are cool! I like the fifth one the best - quite steampunk!
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2009 10:22:11 PM »

love them! Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2009 06:10:26 AM »

You've got a fun style! Love the characters, colors, and poses!  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2009 12:16:49 PM »

These are cool! I like the fifth one the best - quite steampunk!

Yay! that's exactly what I was going for Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2009 02:34:57 PM »

I like them. Sorry if that would sound stupied but I really would like to know: what do you use to draw them - ink? Background is computer added? How do you do that? Is there any tute or how-to about that computer manipulating images (adding background for example) drawn by hand?
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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2009 07:39:32 PM »

I like them. Sorry if that would sound stupied but I really would like to know: what do you use to draw them - ink? Background is computer added? How do you do that? Is there any tute or how-to about that computer manipulating images (adding background for example) drawn by hand?
Thank you in advance.

I usually do a very rough version of the pose I want in pencil first then solidify it in ink and spend a bit of time fixing up the line work to look nicer. Prob'ly not much more than an hour. I then erase the pencil and scan them at medium-high resolution (I think these are 200 DPI?) on greyscale. I use photoshop to colour them. Don't know if there's a tutorial for doing exactly this, but it is sortuv easy to explain.


1. Scan your linework in greyscale and a medium-high resolution (100-200 DPI should be fine unless you want really high quality prints). Bring your greyscale image into photoshop.
- the first is what you layers window should look like. From the lock icon on the layer that tells us it's locked, and we don't want that.
-so we right click on the layer. The only option that isn't greyed out id "duplicate..." It'll pop up a menu where you can rename your layer. Renaming layers is obviously a good idea 'cause some images get terrifyingly cluttered.
-now we have a copy of the background layer. We want to set its mode to "Multiply" from "Normal" This option is in the drop-down menu in the top left of the layers window. This mode does exactly what it sounds like it does. Anything black will stay black, anything lighter will be multiplied with layers underneath it.
-now delete the old background since we won't need it. There's a little garbage can icon in the bottom right of the layers window that will delete it. Create a new Layer and call it "background layer" or something like that. This layer should always be the bottom layer, and you line layer should always be the top layer.




2. Change your image from greyscale to RGB mode.
Go Image>>Mode>>RGB Color.
Photoshop'll ask you if you want to flatten layers. Click no.

3. Colour. Use a new layer for each area you want to colour. Keep skin all on one layer, hair on one layer, eyes, pants, etc. Anything that needs to be a different colour should be a different layer. Use flat colours to start.

4. Shade. The checkerboard icon underneath the layer mode drop down menu we were looking at before will lock the opacity of your layers. If you click this on your already coloured layers you can go back over quickly with a new, or darker colour without having to tediously match the edge of the first area.

5. For the coloured background I was really lazy and just used a circular gradient. There's a couple where I added squiggles and played with the layer opacity.

since that's a hugely vague tutorial I'm happy to answer questions too.
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009 06:22:57 AM »

Thank you sooooo much! You are wounderfull with all teh instructions! Really sweet! I do not own a scaner but I can find somebody who does and I will defenitely try this! I draw a small comic book in ink with no computer manipulation and would really like to improove in techniques. Can I turn to you if/when I'll have problems/questions? Wink
This way you might even see what I do Grin. I'll go download photoshop right now!
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2009 08:31:15 AM »

sure. I'll help as best I can.
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2009 09:18:22 AM »

i don't have the right words to express just how amazing these are.  you manage to have a very current style without it looking at all like anyone else's work.
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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2009 09:29:37 AM »

(it's the exploded raver colours Tongue )
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2009 03:58:52 AM »

These are ah-MAY-zing!!!!!
The dislocated mismatchedness just adds to the character they wouldn't be the same if all their bones were correct!

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« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2009 04:45:15 AM »

(it's the exploded raver colours Tongue )

the way the colors are reminds me of peter max...
but the style is 21st century.
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2009 08:57:48 PM »

These are ah-MAY-zing!!!!!

for some reason my first impression upon reading that was that secretly you're stalking me in history of animation class..but then I realised other people must put emphasis on that syllable of the word too. (The instructor says everything is "ah-MAY-zing".)



the way the colors are reminds me of peter max...
but the style is 21st century.

I just looked him up. Very pretty colours indeed.
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