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tiff15 at 4:51PM, May 18, 2007
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Okay, my situation, I draw ‘Tristina’ several months in advance, and the current Arc Im working on has a flashback in it.

however, the flashback isnt the problem.

in the flashback, its raining. hard.

now, I saw a tutorial once on DD on how to draw rain, but Ive never gotten it down…and now Ive lost the tutorial. does anyone have any good tips for drawing rain into a comic?

Thanks.
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silentkitty at 5:01PM, May 18, 2007
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lol! Well, here's something I wrote a while ago that might help:

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1) Take mouse, small brush, and white color. Make dots all over your page. Hundreds of dots! (If you're not as OCD as me, you can also make a few dots then copy and paste them all over the page.) Vary your dot sizes so that some look like they're further back, and some look closer to the “camera”. The majority of your dots should be small. Now it should look like your characters are caught in a horrible blizzard.

2) Filters –> Motion blur. Change the angle that your blur is at, depending on which direction your wind is blowing in. On the page that Darth linked to, there's no wind, so the rain is falling straight down. Make sure you make the effect long enough (I usually set my “distance” at about 90 pixels) so that your raindrops don't look like tiny white worms falling from the sky. Ew!

–> 2b) If your rain is not falling straight down, you should make 2-3 layers of raindrops and vary your angle juuuust a little bit on each one. Next time it's raining (and wind..ing), look out your window. When the wind blows, not all of the drops move at once, so you get a cool effect where the drops farthest from you look like they're moving faster than the ones close to you.

3) Make a new layer on top of your ink, get a transparent brush and turn the opacity way down. Decide what areas the rain would be hitting the hardest (on top of people's heads, on their shoulders, on objects surrounding them) and just run your brush over that area a few times so that it looks “misty”. Turn your opacity up, and put a few white dots in the mist so that it looks like the rain is splashing.

4) Make thin trails of white or light blue ( these are your “water trails” ) run out of the misty area and make sure they follow the contours of what they're running down! If you're not sure how they would move, stand in the shower (or even better, in the rain) and pay attention to how the water acts when it hits you.

5) That's it! Splashy rain effects to go. :kitty:
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tiff15 at 5:20PM, May 18, 2007
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Thank you. that is a little help, except for one problem. my comic is straight black and white, so the white wont show up very well :/

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Aurora Moon at 2:30AM, May 19, 2007
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tiff15
Thank you. that is a little help, except for one problem. my comic is straight black and white, so the white wont show up very well :/

Then you should adjust the rain color then. maybe even make it dark blue or something!
an splash of sutble color in an black and white comic always looks so cool… and espeically more when it's an flashback. =D
Then your readers would think that you're making it surreal and cool on purpose. :)
I'm on hitatus while I redo one of my webcomics. Be sure to check it out when I'n done! :)
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tiff15 at 3:22AM, May 19, 2007
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It worked! I used the airbrush feature to make some dark ‘cloud’ cover and the ‘rain’ turned out perfectly! Thank you everyone!
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