Posts Tagged ‘webcomic’

Does the U.S. Second Amendment cover this?

“Why do you have a pair of pistols?”

Sometimes it’s fun to leave a webcomic alone for a while, then you can come back to it and read a bunch at a time.  Sequential Art is good stuff, and I’m glad that Cap’n John has a link to it over at his place.  I’ve migrated to Chrome and lost some of my old bookmarks.  SA was lost in the shuffle, and it slipped my memory (leaky like a sieve as it is these days).

Not any more.

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Lar deSouza, artist for the Looking for Group webcomic has a trio of YouTube videos walking through what he does for the comic.  It’s a great series for anyone interested in the crafting of comic art.

Part One (sketching and layout)

Part Two (inking and cleanup)

Part Three (coloring and polish)

I’ve written before about how I do my avatar art for the Puzzle Pirates folk, effectively “draw, cleanup, color, shade, polish”.  It’s pretty much the same process as what he does in those videos, just without the inking phase and with fewer layers.  Lar does more shading and highlight passes for greater depth.  If you want some text to go with the pretty pictures, check out my walkthrough, where I go a bit more into detail on some aspects.

The biggest difference is the inking step.  He works like most comic artists, inking over the sketches to make the product crisper and cleaner.  I just take the sketch and work with it.  It’s a stylistic choice, really.  I like to preserve the fluidity and texture of my sketches.  It’s a bit like the Xerox animation production process of Disney’s animated 101 Dalmations; there’s just a different feel to the art.  There’s no One Right Way to do it, though.

Neither of us really go into the whole “this is how you do art”, delving more into methodology and processes, so it’s not going to be something you can take as a complete newbie and mimic right out of the gates, but still, seeing how someone else produces their art can be instructive.  (And if there’s interest, I can do a walkthrough on that Halloween cat, much like the monkey over at the PP forums.)

So yeah, nothing really earth shattering, but I found it interesting, and wanted to share.

*back to work*

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Rabid Vampires

I’ve not poked much fun at Twilight, mostly because it feels too much like swatting a fly with a howitzer.  Beside that, better minds than mine have taken stabs at it recently.  (Unfortunately, not with a wooden stake.)

Professor Beej – Mindless Fun

Still, when it’s lampooned effectively, I can’t help but chuckle.

Sam and Fuzzy

Sam’s comment in the first panel neatly sums up what I think of vampires and the whole “goth emo” scene, but it’s Fuzzy’s comment in the last panel really sells it for me.

*Yes, I’m still busy with the book illustration and other assorted projects, but I had to get these little silly things out of my system by foisting them off on visitors.  Lucky you.  I’ll be back to my semiserious “deep thoughts” (thanks, Ixo!) later.  I’ve got some game design to talk about next week.  Or later, depending on, well, everything.*

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Zombie Humor

OK, I’m still not really a fan of zombies, previous discussions notwithstanding.  That said, I’ve been prowling the archives of a webcomic that a coworker does in his spare time, and this one made me laugh.

Rocket Road Trip: Six Pack

Am I going crazy?

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Another quick post from me.   (Scott, that RSS hack is backlogged.)  This was too fun not to share, at least if you have an artistic/animator’s bent, like I do.

I’ve done this way too many times:


(While you’re there, may as well prowl around, it’s a fun webcomic with a ghost of Friz Freleng channeled into the art.  Besides, where else can you find a squirrel girl idiot savant?  …it’s funnier than it sounds.  But maybe I’m just tired.)

OK, OK, here’s a game commentary from the same comic:

Non Gamer Logic

Seriously, why do we put up with this kind of nonsense?

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