Ending the Night With a Little Trolling...

in comics •  4 months ago

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Just a quick work in progress snapshot of a character design for my comic “I Thought It Would Be Zombies...”
In this modern day apocalyptic fantasy tale, we come across an adversary who is a troll in every sense of the word!


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XD That t-shirt is where it's at tho!

Omg the troll has a troll tattoo :D and... are you planning to give him another one on the stomach saying 'u mad bro'? This is looking great <3

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Indeed! Planning a nice “belly rocker” tattoo for him too! Glad you’re liking it!

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Are you kidding! I love it :D Can't wait to see it finished
Edit: I see from the tags you're drawing with clipstudio. What brush do you use here for the main black outline? It looks like the line ends are getting pointier, or is it just from less pressure when you draw? (I hope I wrote this understandably)

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I’m mainly just using the built in G-Pen, I love that brush! Getting to grips with the pressure sensitivity is key though. I’m working on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and the feel is certainly different depending on the tablet used. I keep the stabilization setting turned up pretty high, to help me get some smooth, clean lines that I like. The thinner flat lines like the T-shirt text are the Milli-Pen marker.

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Oh, okay, so I guess it really is depending on the tablet. I draw on wacom intuos and am usually using the g-pen too. Now, when you say stabilization setting, do you mean on ipad or can you set it in the clip studio?

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Stabilization is in Clip Studio. It reduces the shakiness of lines and makes them more smooth and crisp. Your brush strokes may lag a bit if it’s cranked higher. Play around and see how you like the feel of it!

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You’ll find it in tool properties. It took me a long time to realize how high I could turn it up! If you just click on the boxes provided, it’ll range between 2-15. But you can click on the arrow and set much higher values if you desire.

I also keep my pressure curve straight linear, just moved up a little to make the lightest pressure slightly stronger.

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Again, experiment with your particular setup. But an artist I admire advocated keeping the pressure linear as it’ll give you the full range of thick & thin in your strokes, it’s just more up to your physical pressure & control which comes along with practice.

Hope any of this helps! Keep those puns coming!

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Thank you for taking the time to reply! I'll most definitely try these tips out 🖤

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I'm so glad I finally checked your blog again. Lots of catching up to do when you get as sidetracked in life as I am lately.

Do you feel that at some point we should gradually lower stabilization so that we train ourselves to draw well without it? I'd like to just be able to manage good line work at some point without either this or the curve tool. Interestingly, it seems like I can draw better traditionally in this sense than digitally, but naturally I want to keep my $1,000 Cintiq and Clip Studio as a major part of my drawing toolbox.

I'd forgotten all about it until recently, but maybe I should turn stabilization on for the time being, at least. I can only sit there re-drawing the same line for so many minutes before I wonder if I'm ultimately harming my output and education in art...

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I feel like the mediums are so different that stabilization is more a setting than a crutch. Foregoing it would be akin to never using brush opacity settings and relying entirely on physical pressure control. Doable, yes... but why would you!
There’s something about the smoothness of the screen, some natural jitter that may be introduced by the electronic interface (bad drivers can definitely cause a “digital tremble”) that stabilization is kind of a counter mechanism. I’m with you that in some situations I would find it easier to draw elegant lines traditionally than digitally if stabilization was off. If that’s true then we’re just getting back to even when using stabilization!
I don’t really have any inclination to wean myself off any particular settings, brushes, etc. I’ll use every tool I can to get the result I want! Depending on illustration style, there’s plenty of people & projects that would have no use for stabilization, if a rougher, more visceral line & texture are called for. Ultimately it just depends on preference and the look you’re trying to achieve in my opinion.

That sounds awesome!

I love your design, it looks a lot like my father-in-law with that great paunch hehehehe

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I hope he’s not much of a troll though!

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hahahaha do not worry that it is not, I think 😱