DIGITAL COLORING TIP: When assembling your comic page, make sure your layer names are sufficiently stupid.
So here’s another thing I’m not doing anymore for my art’s sake.
This image shows the settings for the pen tool in Manga Studio. Usually I leave correction turned on. It will smooth out lines after they’re drawn. Overall it generally does the job well enough. I’ve been using it since Page 1 back when I started drawing BSF in mid-2010.
I’ve needed to turn it off for certain things lately, and today while working on a page I noticed I’d left it off by accident and hadn’t been using it at all. I’ve decided to leave it off. My line work isn’t going to improve if I keep letting MangaStudio smooth everything out for me. This way I’m going to get the control I need over my lines and ensure that I learn how to utilize that control to the fullest.
For today’s BSF page (Page 179) I tried a different coloring method, based on this tutorial by Anthony Clark aka Nedroid because I really like how he colors! I think it turned out okay. I was also using two new Photoshop Plugins, Multifill and Flatten to help me color without actually ever touching the lineart layer, which is really what I meant when I said I was quitting the fill bucket.
Anyway. I’m not super duper pleased with the results but I think it’s a step in the right direction. If any of you artist-types who follow me have any feedback or advice let me know, I’m always looking for ways to improve.
BSF Trivia Fun: Seb, The Slime King, and Master Knight come from Mauve Village. I actually chose that name as a reference to a mistranslation in One Piece of Luffy’s hometown’s name. The english volumes call it Fuschia Village, but it’s actually ‘Fuusha’, which means Windmill. Anyway, turns out that Mauve is actually how you’d describe Lina’s hair color. Who knew! Well, I know now, but I had to look up ‘Mauve’ on Wikipedia.