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MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2020
« on: July 01, 2020, 03:43:51 AM »
well my username is a pretty silly story but whose isn't I guess. I changed it from suupertramp which was the original.
I got branded as a tramp (jokingly by my friends) because I liked to pick up pennies off the floor. And for some reason I was way stronger than everyone else in my class, puberty or something I guess, and I had proper strong looking muscles, still no idea why, everyone else was just super scrawny and weak I guess? I didn't work out or anything. So I got labelled as a super-tramp. I didn't know the bandname at the time but I knew the song tho. In most cases the username supertramp was used so I added another u for effect. These days I'm trying to avoid copyright and so I kept the suuper bit because it sort of describes me I think, but added a -san because I'm into Japanese and stuff.

My other more public username is FlawlessParadox, I had a friend who had a cool username that was just two similar words stuck together that sounded sci-fi, and I thought hey I want one too. So I randomly picked those two. It sort of well defines me in my ambitions and my contradictions, but I think it sounds like I was trying too hard to sound cool.

that sounds like a good watch, I'll have to pop that on my watch list for sure. Getting into other creators heads for their methods is a very underused learning method I think, at least for me.

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writer Discussion Table
« on: June 30, 2020, 02:21:05 PM »
Ahhh yeah it can be a tad difficult since you can't type a return in the search box. Try selecting a return and copying it, and then pasting it in the search box. To select a return, start dragging from the very end of one line, to the very beginning of the next. Often if you've done it successfully you wont see any blue selected area. But copying it and pasting it should result in the text getting separated where you paste it. There's also an option (There is in Word, I don't know about docs) to type special characters using a ^ or \ key, like \r\n or ^p etc.
If you want to, you can share the files with me and I'll try and edit them for you. There's nothing more unsettling than repetitive work. (Send me a PM otherwise I wont see it until I'm back in 2 weeks)

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Suuper's manga (+digital and 3D)
« on: June 30, 2020, 07:58:21 AM »
@Manimal thanks! I'm finding it a lot more productive to post infrequently, it allows me to take a better look at my work and to evaluate my progress better, plus it saves a lot of time posting all the time, and talking an absolute ton :P

End of month post.
I've had a very productive two weeks, but nothing amazing to show for it really. Goes to show I'm putting my efforts into learning rather than producing, but that's fine. I'm trying to raise my level as high as possible anyway.

I've done a couple of things though.

I started finally working through my queue of "Really good WIPs that I should finish really good" aka my Masterpiece WIPs
generally these get not a lot of attention because I'm always trying to get good that I don't actually try and work with my best pieces. There's also a bit of an issue that I produce work in lots of different styles and categories, so it's hard to know which one I'm working with any one time, and how to improve it and finish it. Here's a breakdown of my main categories that I'm trying to work within.

"Scene" illustrations. These typically involve a lot of action and character interaction, like a photo out of someones everyday life. There's meant to be BG but I'm working on that. This is the most realistic of my composition styles, even if the art style itself isn't realistic.

"True Masterpiece" illustrations. These are typically more cute/beautiful compositions and not so realistic, more like a staged photo. There is a focus on prop interaction and a lot more smaller details everywhere. This is what I want my main output to be , hence the "true".

"Fake Masterpiece" illustrations. I call these fake as opposed to the true ones above, because I feel that it is a LOT easier to draw pieces like this, partly because of not having to draw the full body, but also because the background is often a lot simpler, being just a pattern, flowers, or something blurry. These pieces are somewhat like embellished beautiful selfies, and I'm convinced that some artists draw these because it's easier/faster and so they can make more art and it looks good. Until I produce some work at both levels I wont be able to say for sure, so it's just an opinion for now. They still look nice though haha

"Character Sheet" illustrations. Generally this happens when I dont have a good enough pose or concept but I add details anyway, making a really detailed but plain looking piece, like they are a character reference or something. They would probably be good for inspiring new pieces.

I created a new project, officially called "Single Layer Quick Comfort Sketch".
The idea was to get me used to pressing lightly for the guidelines and then sketch over the top, eliminating the need for extra layers underneath with a pose or something. So this method would work well in traditional with my ballpoint sketching, which was the main reason for the project. But halfway through my sketching style started to change and that has bled into other projects as well.
Took 2.5 hours. Overall very samey pieces but some nice ones mixed in. I avoided thinking too much about making the pieces varied and just went with my comfort zone 100%.
I also found that very occasionally I zoned out so far I started to think about my next piece while still drawingthe previous one. I'd like to be able to work with that ability. It seems to be related to habit and experience.

Thanks to working in a single layer again, I adjusted my Finish Sketch phase of WIP processing again. It's now officially "Finalise Concept", and as such, does not need to be too accurate since it will be fully resolved later. Instead of drawing the figure, hair, face etc on different layers, I now draw them all together and it seems to work just fine. The bonus is that the quality drops a small amount (but surprisingly similar), but the time taken drops by about half. I was up around 7-8 minutes, but I'm back at 3-4 as I was when I started ages ago.

I've made a lot of changes to the stage of processing, especially the Finish Sketch phase. I think with more experience somes a more solid plan of what you want to do, and how you want to achieve it.

Here's a nice breakdown of how this stage has changed through the 2 years since I've been doing it.

Overdrawing the original Sketch

Redrawing the sketch

Drawing pose/face/hair etc in iterations on new layers

Increased quality due to more layers

All drawn on one layer

I think this really highlights how much I've improved from a year ago. I'm definitely more confident with my lines, and experimenting with more concepts and more complex ideas. I've worked with 2+character compositions more in the last couple of months than I ever have in my entire art history.

I've also found that I'm less embarrassed with my concepts which has really helped to generate some cool ideas to work with and lean more out of my comfort zone. It's safe to say that my comfort zone is just absorbing new ground, I'm suddenly more comfortable working with more genres than I was before.
Even something like this would have been completely outside what I could manage to draw.

But there's always room for improvement so I'm hoping to push my skills to new levels.

The other thing that I did was to finish the next level of my manga pages. These are randomly themed single pages that I'm practising with. Utterly random themes, no reason behind any of them haha. Feedback welcome nonetheless :P
This finished sketch stage was a bit of a confusing one because I think I levelled up halfway through doing it and I dont think I even needed this intermediate stage. I could probably generate this level of sketch on the first try, without needing a previous sketch. We'll see.
Took about 8 minutes per page. I'm starting to have thoughts about the style and level of art that I want to work in for actual manga stories, and I've got a couple of ideas, especially for my first one. Gotta work a lot more simpler than I expect I think.

Here's my favourite one. I hope you like it. (reads right to left)

Oh I nearly forgot, here's my activity graph. notice anything poignant? that's right! a record monthly total, a new weekly average peak, and also (by definition) a new 30 day running average! And that's not including the 6 hours I'm going to draw after posting this :P
I also set a new record for the highest amount of drawing done in a day - 9.5 hours! that's actual time spent moving my pen drawing.

I cracked the shedule/energy problem! (I hope)
I don't know if it's just getting used to doing more recently that has enabled me to push harder, or just relentless trying to get myself in the zone or what, but I'm really churning it out these days. Next month should be a killer if I can keep it up all month. With an increased schedule, I should be able to push my plans up a notch, specially get a manga started while I'm still furloughed.
I'm taking a lot more power naps of 15 minutes, and quick reset naps of 5 minutes,  to keep my mind clear of "white noise" thoughts that distract. And avoiding social media and YouTube like the plague now.
And sleeping at a proper time!!

My plans for the next month are a full on attack on backgrounds and manga. I really want to get a set of pages to the inking stage, to get an idea of timings at each level and level of skill required. And then just grinding for practice.

So see you all in 2 weeks!

I've made sushi a couple of times in lockdown, it's pretty much the only thing I like to make, and it's not really cooking haha.
I gained a bit of weight within the first month and then it has stayed the same since :/

Starter Gallery / Re: just started drawing more, pls have mercy xD
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:11:46 AM »
nice character!
I switch between art styles and genres all the time, I've just got used to doing it now since I can't control it haha

internal consistency is quite an important point, as what is applicable in one genre or story might not be in another.
if you have to use a contrivance to get something to happen then generally your story could use a look at on the logical level, as it means that somethings not working out.
But as said, comedy allows for playing it off, whereas a more serious story would require a proper explanation that fits into the worlds laws.
I remember in Hayate no Gotoku they introduced a train to get around the huge school grounds, and I think it went something like :
"Wait, we have a train?"
"Of course we do! it's been around since the beginning of the story and we've just never seen it! It's totally not that the author just thought that it would be a good thing to have and made it up now!"
comedy is a lot more forgiving

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writer Discussion Table
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:02:31 AM »
@Coryn typically you can do a search and replace for returns to remove any doubles. I do that for catching double spaces and the like, replace two with one works wonders as you can repeat it to remove any number more than one.

and yes editing is a nightmare, I'm dreading it when I start writing for real

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Daisetsu's works
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:00:14 AM »
I super like that last one!
possibly one of your best pieces!!!
lighting and details are fantastic!

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:59:16 AM »
haha yeah had the same thought XD
I love the cute middle one, I've always wanted to draw that pose but I worry It'll look too sexual /(-_-;)\
I think the feet are too small for both characters perhaps?
The last one is super dynamic and awesome! You don't do backgrounds too much (maybe because you charge extra and people don't request it?) but when you do they're really good.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Echo Archives
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:56:28 AM »
awesome animation!
I was expecting a hyperactive reaction but was not disappointed regardless XD
love the couple sketch, drawing any sort of interaction is a different skill as I'm learning painfully :P
love her frilly clothes!

Manga Art Gallery / Re: boss art
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:53:48 AM »
lovely sketches since the last time I visited!
I like your hatching colouring and shading style.
If you want sharper boundaries when colouring, may I suggest using a very thin pencil tool to trace the boundaries, and then use a fill bucket to fill in the shape? then you have full control over where the lines end, rather than using a thicker brush and "manually" colouring it in, so to speak.
love the pose and outfit on that last one.

MR Pub / Re: MR Hero Coats
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:51:04 AM »
haha our styles change through time XD

MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2020
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:50:34 AM »
woah the true Coryn origins story!
very rad. ironically mines almost the same for the symbol haha.

Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: June 14, 2020, 12:05:54 PM »
Finished Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, a solid good watch but nothing special.

Started Black Clover just because it's there.

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