Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

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Salsa at 10:31AM, March 8, 2011
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GFXartist Tutorials

Price: FREE!

Medium: 2d images

Description: A collection of tutorials covering everything from drawing hands to painting clouds. While it has many interesting things that you can apply to your comics, the vast majority assume at least a basic competency in the tools used.

Pros: Lots of interesting tutorials, including a couple on human hands and heads.

Cons: Most assume a good degree of skill and knowledge.

Where to find: http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials

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Salsa at 10:56AM, March 8, 2011
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Armor Tutorial by Kataabalzuua

Price: FREE!

Medium: 2D images

Description: Covers different types of armor and what needs to be considered for when designing armor. The descriptions elaborate more on what's in the images and sometimes is the only explanation for what's in the images.

Pros: very general and can be applied to just about any era you would armor a person using normal materials

Cons: can be vague to confusing, no links to the next page in the previous page.

Where to find: http://kataabaizuua.deviantart.com/art/Armor-Study-and-Guide-1-199540665?q=gallery:kataabaizuua&qo=0
http://kataabaizuua.deviantart.com/art/ASG-2-Head-and-Neck-Armor-199760331?q=gallery:kataabaizuua&qo=0
http://kataabaizuua.deviantart.com/art/ASG-3-Body-Armor-200171548?q=boost:popular%20in:resources/tutorials%20max_age:24h&qo=9
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demontales at 11:25AM, April 6, 2011
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UV mapping and texturing by D.Pattenden

Price: FREE!

Medium: 3D images

Description: Gives tips about mapping and texturing an high resolution 3D face using an example.

Pros: Simple explanations. Images to support the content.

Cons: Basic knowledge of UV's and texture is needed. Is conceived for Maya, but I suppose most other 3D programs work similarly.

Where to find: http://www.daz-art.com/hi_poly_tut_uv.htm
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Salsa at 9:39AM, April 14, 2011
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Thank you! Sorry about not updating this earlier, but I will definitely be giving this a look.
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Allyndn at 5:46AM, Jan. 10, 2012
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Postworkshop

Price: Free to $99 (depending on the version)

Medium: Digital 2D art

Description: Postworkshop is a combination of drawing tools and art-oriented filter tools. You can layer different effects to come up with unique styles. I discovered this around Chapter 7 of my comic and it has fundamentally changed how I work (http://www.drunkduck.com/Found_Art/5368246/).

Pros: The basic version is free and has a lot of useful filters. It allows rendering at a resolution suitable for web comics. The pro version can work as a plug-in version in another graphics program such as Photoshop.

Cons: The free versions do not allow output at resolutions suitable for print.

Where to find: http://postworkshop.net/
ronin356 at 12:21PM, March 8, 2012
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Thanks for this thread. Very helpful!
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SLK8ne at 10:21PM, Sept. 14, 2012
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Makehuman
http://www.makehuman.org/
Price: Free!
A program for making human 3D models (with “bones” for posing) that can be exported into Blender.
Fairly simple to use. You change the, gender, musculature, tone, and age with sliders. Also you can choose multiple ethnicities.
It's good in itself if you simply need a muscle refrence for some artwork.
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SLK8ne at 10:28PM, Sept. 14, 2012
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Alchemy
http://al.chemy.org/
Price: Free!
Mostly a protoyping program, but, it has symetrical sketching (like Sketchbook Pro)
It's also a cool way to come up with prototypes for your characters if you've got a creative block.
There are several good tutorials on youtube for it. Including some by David Revoy (art director on the open movie Sintel) It can be kind of odd to use when you start out, but, once you get the hang of it and understand it, it becomes a very useful tool in your arsenal.

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