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Please guys, i need some help here. I need to know what it takes to create comics.

What kind of softwares would be needed e.t.c? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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@ namzo, thanks for the response. I'd put in more time producing vector art. Its an area I'd like to explore a bit more. Are there any online tutorials you can recommend? With your skill, you should be making a good contribution to Nigeria's comic industry. I'd like to get to know you better, can you please mail me on chuksonthenet@yahoo.com with your facebook name? I'd really appreciate it, thanks. I hope to see more samples of your work.

@OKX, contact me on 08037631797, I'd be expecting your call.

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@ TomClancy

@ namzo

guys, i have a running project that i think is suited to ur particular skills. if u're mildly interested- call me on 08030910585, or drop ur number(s) so i can call u with the project specifics.

good work.

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Hi everyone, I'm a new to nairaland and i found this topic interesting. Different artists employ different means, but personally, I start with a pencil sketch followed by inking and colouring using PS (using a 'layers' technique). @namzo the character you created is nice, totally original. How did you produce him? I'd like to know you better, we could work on something,

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Wow! Going thru dis topic makes me realise how much i've improved. I'll post recent works later.

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Hi guys

Namzo, Adjain and Artboy send me a mail i might have a job for you guys. send ma a mail a tosan@eagle8consulting.com if you are iinterested.

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namzo, u no easy o. abeg dat little one wey you no iwwam no am. hw do we meet pls? where do you live?

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Art boy, i no go mind to learn from you o , abeg. i saw what u did for namzi and i think its cool. i have some magazine idea and i think we could work together and make it a reality.

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@namzo. I'm sorry. I muddled it up. Here it is:

http://www.daz3d.com

For some reason I can't upload. BRB.

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this is more of 'digital painting' than 'comic coloring' but I just had to,

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@namzo: nice work! great improvement.

@xothermik: thanx for the advice. could u pls strart a thread on anime studio pro? b'cos I've had for a while and haven't been able to use it.Thanx.

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there are great benefits of drawing on your p.c when doing comic projects. one software i recommend is manga studio pro. its much quicker and less tedious than trying to draw, scan and paint in photoshop. it has a really intuitive drawing array of tools once you get used to it.and splendid when trying to quickly generate effects like a thousand arrows flying by or an army out of a few drawn characters which wud hav been a gargantuan work to jus draw by hand. i know cuz i'v been using the sister program for making cartoons which is anime studio pro and i can dish out at least 1 high quality cartoon episode every week which however is impossible for one person to do if you were to use traditional hand drawing cartooning methods. so you see the technology is there for a reason. more and more animation labs are droppin hand and going digital every day maker's of the family guy and yes even the marvel cartoons now make use of perhaps the numberone cartoon software and that is toon boom. and one thing you should bear in mind is that the traditional hand drawin method only works well if you have a number of staff to assist in diff areas of specialty. like sketching, inking, painting etc. it works in the developed countries because the turnout cash from the project is enough to pay for all these staff. its a different concept in naija however so u need to cut staff and digital is the only way to do that in and acceptable timeframe.however less people or even one person cud handle all those effectively (provided he's actualli gifted in this stuff) and wud need less help than if the traditional guy wud. i am a pretty astute artist myself, i mean i can draw like mad but i know attemptin to draw ink scan photoshop when i cud jus do the whole thing wit one swoop is hell of a shackled way to go. but hey, thats jus me.

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I've got a little tutorial on how i got it done here: http://namzo.wordpress.com

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Hey guys, I'm back! Artboy, where u at? What d'u guys think about this?

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@ ArtBoy

Broz abeg no vex na Naija u 4rm, chei see what u did with Namzo's car

man Papa G and Broz J really boku u wit talent

Ride On Brother

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also try to learn the pen tool in ph0t0sh0p

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I'm no pro, but from the little I've learnt, here are a few tips:

1. after scanning your drawing, unlock the layer then DESATURATE it.

2. use "Levels" (i.e.: Image>Adjustments>Levels, ) to make the whites white and the blacks black. and to remove any unwanted grey ares.

3. use a white brush to further remove any unwanted grey areas.

4. when u are satisfied, set the blend mode of the layer to "Multiply" and lock it.

5. create a new layer and drag it beneath the layer with the drawngs

6. color away on your new layer.

hint: put different colors on different layers, also make frequent use of groups.

hope this helps,

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nice work. but could be better. try to improve

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It's obvious i still need help,  isn't it? Somebody help!

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@Artboy: Pls how can i contact you, love ur work,

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@Artboy:  Wow!!! Where av u been since. Dat's a perfect job as far as i'm concerned. Pleeeeaaaase, help me anyway u can. How did u do it? I really need your help.

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I had to go over the outlines in coreldraw (cos I cant use photoshop's pen tool) but the process is quite long to explain. did u check out the links I posted? I'm sure if u search for photoshop tutorials u should be able to get good stuff

my eMail address is dpencilpusher@yahoo.com

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@ Namzo here's what I did with your car sketch!

hope u like it

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go to http://browse.deviantart.com/ and click th categories drop down menu >> resources >> tutorials>>drawing/painting/airbrushing>>photoshop.

or go to http://www.pixel2life.com and type 'comic' in the search box

good luck .

also check out my work here on nairaland and tell me what u think (I also want to do the comic thing!)

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@namzo, adjain & the rest: I found a website that should adequately answer your questions pertaining to the subject matter, its address is: http://www.howtomakecomics.net/

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man go get yourself a graphic tablet, really that wil help a great deal. my boss in bayelsa uses one, infact he wants to upgrade, he's is for sale now but you should get a new one for say 300k, 340k. its always cool as you can simply write directly on it. i thought him how to use corel paint, export into corel draw to finish, now we are at fireworks for finishing. if you will contact me, 08037230230, 08083599147, i am in bayelsa with him now maybe i talk to him, he's is a siemens going for like 230, if you can pay for it. later man. i wish you luck. i would have loved to get it but man, energy small for now.

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I drew this and scanned it.

Someone please highlight the steps to add effects in photoshop?

thanks

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Actualy graphic tablets can give you very good results depending on the type you go for . Bear in mind that they are not necessarily an end in themself.

There are some good tablets that actualy allow you to even insert your hand drawn sketches or any paper pix and then trace the outline you need.A very good stategy will be to combine these tools with 3D programs like studio Max, Maya, Bryce, and Poser. You sketch what you need to sketch and use the modeling environments of these 3D suits to model your characters, land scapes objects, etc. You can also map textures to them and play around with the light tools and cameras to quickly get very good shades, and shadows, and you can easily pose you objects , revolve your cameras and pic out the best of several posible camera angles within seconds without having to redraw on and on. When you get what you want you use their in-built 2-D renderers to render the output as a 2D image. The results can be very impresive. You also get very good consistencies in the feautres of your character.

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pls, can anyone help me with photoshop tutorials that can be helpful in comic making. e.g: putting reflection on objects e.g a car, crowd simulation,adding shadows e.t.c. i'm not so good with photoshop. Thanks

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Hand drawn, scanned & coloured with photoshop.

The problem is, i don't know how to make the lines bold. Thanks

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Well, while you guys are at it, a Comics and Cartoons Carnival takes place in Lagos every year.

This year, it is taking place 9th - 11th November at the National Theatre.

Visit http://www.coragroup.org/news.php?id=27 for more details,

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Scan your work in Photoshot or COrel Photopaint next time. Forget about lineart.

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Oh, hello, this forum got me trying what I am not really good at in the first place.

Guys, I scanned my work in corelDraw, converted the Mode to Line Art and then removed the white background, then I copied it to paint.

1. There were gray shadows everywhere making my work look silly

2. I do not know how to use this photoshop of a thing

Thanks for your help

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@ iparrot

that's true talk,

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well, all send and done. the key is to draw your comics on paper and then scan them, so you can retouch them in a program like photoshop. if you have enuf budget you can invest in a graphic tablet ( its worth it!) and try and get all those different engineering pencils( if thats what they are called) cos they have different line effect and one more thing, don't forget to scan your drawing in a fairly large paper ( i mean don't scan them with those small boxes you see in comics) that way when they are scanned large you have enuf space to work on the image which gives you better control of the image without the issue of blurred images. then when done, scaled them down to the size you want in the program. hope this helps.

goodluck!

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The Graphics TAblet/Stylus would'nt give you what your hand would.

Though, It's an alternative (especially when u need to do fast quick drawings).

It has it's limitations.

But its better to use a graphic tab/pen instead of a mouse when if you want to trace what you have hand-drawn and scanned to your pc.

You might not need to do this kind of tracing if you are using SW like photoshop or flash for finishing. They enables u to edit your scanned drawings almost like they were drawn on PC.

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I'm with Seun and Graphikdon on this.

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That's the most effective method of comic book creation. Gives you a lot of freedom.

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I don't think graphic tablets are that effective. You should draw on paper and then scan your work.

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Oh and contrary to one of the earlier posts its a good idea if cashflow permits to invest in a graphics tablet and stylus as opposed to a mouse, the difference is like chalk and cheese, or pepsi & 7-Up as the saying goes

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no you dont need any special pens, ur pencil lines are just fine, just ensure they are visible on the scanned image, alternatively adjusting levels within Photoshop will make the lines more visible. The aim is to trace or re-draw the lines within Photoshop which will give you the clear concise lines, the equivalent of the good old black lines one would get if an inking pen was used in the days of old.

This forms the base on which all colouring will be done.

Enjoy!

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THe easiest and quickest way is to hand draw, scan into your PC, clean up, ink and colour the images in Photoshop. The following tutorial should be helpful http://www.webdesign.org/web/photoshop/color-management/digital-comics-coloring.5052.html

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@namzo

Hand drawn comics are ok but if you plan on taking it up as a career I would suggest you take time and study computer animation, the benefits are huge. You can still hand draw them but you would have the added bonus of manipulating them on your computer.Try Toon Boom Studio http://www.toonboom.com/ it accepts hand-drawn animations. You would have to scan them though. Good luck.

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Namzo, like Moondust said, your hand is your ultimate weapon if you want a decent comic. The pros at Marvel, Image, DC etc do it that way pencil, ink, scan, digitalpaint. . . You can use toon shaded 3D models if you are a good modeler. Graphic tablet or not, tablet PC or not, I still prefer to do it by hand and scan.

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Do u think it'll b easier drawing on flash than scanning pencil work & editing wit maybe coreldraw & photoshop. I'm considering d time factor here. In order to go commercial & do a very good job in comic making, u need to do a design that's off d hook & still less time consuming. But, If u give your opinion on the topic i guess i'll just have 2 stick wit it. Btw aif u're into comics, i'n into a major comic project & i think i'm going 2 need your help. Hope 2 hear 4rm u.Thanks.

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It still depends on your ability to use your mouse. Its easier to draw with flash if u r conversant with it or better still, stick to corel draw and do your finishing in photoshop. I've attached a sample of something i did with flash n photoshop. So its up to you, the possibilities are limitless if you know wat to do. (Please its not as if i'm saying its super fantastic or anything, i'm trying to let you know u can still do without scanning n all that stuff).

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D'you mean after drawing, u scan & then edit wit these softwares. If so, d'you know where i can get some help(, maybe a tutorial of some sort). Thanks

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Photo comics? or hand drawn?

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ur hands are the most basic tools u need, Personally I use photoshop and coreldraw for finishing

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They're hand drawn comics.

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