Showing posts from May, 2011

Day 1


Colour chart

I just read the boingboing article linking the colour chart put together on Ed Piskors blog . I was extremely interested in creating a colour chart like this after I read a cool article  on the colouring department at DC comics in the 80's. I then went on to create a version of a simplified template of colours that was achieved by mixing shades of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow in five overlapping shades. Below is the result. Right click, save image as and eye drop into your digital palette.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License .

iPhone backgrounds

I want to create some drawings especially for phone backgrounds, but in the meantime here's a few pics I found that you're free to save and use

Old technology becomes popular for its faults

"new, further developed types of media never replace the existing modes of media and their usage patterns. Instead, a convergence takes place in their field, leading to a different way and field of use for these older forms.“    -Wolfgang Riepl , 1913

Remember stealing is bad!

This kind of stuff confuses me as much as it angers me. I know it's been going around for awhile but it shouldn't be old news until it stops. more here... EDIT : This is an old post from 2007. It became a huge meme on Livejounral. Unfortunately the practice of stealing other peoples ideas and selling it as your own is still an ongoing concern.

Creating Screen tone effect in Photoshop

Also known as zipatone, Ben-Day dots, halftones etc For this tutorial a basic knowledge of Photoshop, colour modes, resolution, history and layers pallete, copy and paste functions will help. It is often desirable to achieve screen tones for artwork for either practicality or for effect. What ever you need it for I am going to show you the most effective way to achieve this using Photoshop. If you can master this, then there is no need to track down real zipatone and fiddle around with cutting it up. The middle section on ‘creating dot patterns’ is fixed although how you create your grey areas and how you use the dot pattern is up to you. Firstly this tutorial has nothing to do with the halftone pattern in the Filter menu. In my mind this filter gives a poor, hard to control, and fuzzy result. Which is not suitable when you need real screen tones for something like screen printing. Creating greys First open the artwork you want to add screen tones to; Be sure that this a

Review of Sanford Prismacolour Non-photo blue pencils

WARNING: Comic talk ahead! I wanted to write a short review of the 'non-photo' blue pencils I have been using lately. I'm doing this so that if you have to order these things through the mail or don't want to waste money trying and buying these things then hopefully this review will point you in the right direction. There are three pencils that I have come across. There are other types and brands, but these are the ones I have had experience with and I think may be the most commonly used in comics. 1-Sanford col-erase non-photo blue. (pictured) This pencil's lead is quite hard and hardly shows up on the paper. This is good if you only want faint marks as guidelines and not so much an actual finished drawing. There is an eraser on the end that actually works to a certain degree. Although it's really only for peace of mind as you don't need to erase the pencil after inking anyway. I found this pencil too light to do actual finished or rough outlined

Free Comic Book Day

A bit over a week ago I was reminded that it was going to be free comic book day (FCBD) today. As I've been playing around with downloadable digital comics, I had an idea to round up some comic pages from fellow comickers and offer it as a free download. I know FCBD is about getting people into brick and mortar stores but I think it's also about getting new readers into comics. Why not digital comic then! This is the result,  -download here- It's basically a PDF file with dimensions that are perfect for an iPad screen but can also be read on your computer or any other device that reads PDF files. It's totally free to download and you will be able to match the artists pages to an to their names by using an index at the front of the book; as well as links to each creators site. The material is mostly compiled from Chugnut  attendees with some guest appearances. I'd love to do this again sometime in the future, and I look forward to hearing about what you thi

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