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Develop Your Story / Re: Jumbled Idea Journal and Random Scribbles
« Last post by suuper-san on December 11, 2018, 12:02:04 PM »
Good names for my characters might not be good names for your characters. You've got to take into account era and country (if it's a fantasy country does it have a reference in real life?) ie Attack on Titan has a bunch of German names.
Anime often has characters names based on a theme, such as the 7 sins, or a name that's linked with their ability (even though their ability isn't known at birth.
Although not anime, The Incredibles did this nicely with Dash (Dashiell?) = Speed, Violet = Invisibility (Ultraviolet light is invisible/shrinking violet) and Jack-Jack (Jack of all trades), to name a few.
Characters can also have long term/permanent nicknames/hero names that are a lot closer to their ability or personality, and get used more than their name does.
People these days are just making up names for their kids anyway, and I sometimes think of a word or a mash-up of words and think it sounds cool as a name. Road names have been a source of inspiration too.
break Room / Re: Xmas Raider MR
« Last post by Echo_River on December 11, 2018, 11:13:05 AM »
[Survival Mode Activated]

- Black knit cap. The kind with a visor.
- Black double-breasted military coat. Knee-length. Metallic blue buttons.
- Light-blue fingerless gloves, with black circuit board looking designs on the back of them.
- Jeans. Probably with leggings underneath.
- Black mid-calf boots with light-blue fur lining and laces.

Oh, mind the nano heating technology built into the gear. :tongue:
Develop Your Story / Re: Jumbled Idea Journal and Random Scribbles
« Last post by Coryn on December 11, 2018, 10:52:44 AM »
Alright let's continue.

3. Related to point 2, every character should have a distinct way of speaking, just like all of us do in real life. After all, we're all individuals with past histories and experiences. Things will change. Now, this is definitely not an easy thing to achieve. I have definitely struggled with it myself. But there are some ways to combat it.

First up, you need to have a well defined image of eagc character in your head. Right now Asher and Magnolia are basically cookie cutter fantasy characters. They've got nothing to set them apart. You need to work in the little unique quirks that add to their humanness. The more you shape them, the more it will be apparent to you as their creator how they will sound. It's a long process, but it will be worth the effort.

The second thing is something of a game you can play. Take all of the lines of dialogue each character has, arrange them at random, and then see if you can pick out who says what. If you can do it, congratulations you're at least at a 2 out of 10. You wrote it after all. Now get someone else who has read the story to do it. If they can, it's a 5/10. If you can get someone who hasn't read the story to do it, then you're 8/10 territory. I don't say 10/10, because while having distinct dialogue is going to mean you've made it a lot of the way to having really good dialogue (You'll be learning along the way, after all), there's still the question of how well it's written from a general standpoint.

4. Understand your world inside and out. The more you know your world, and your characters' place in it, the more you will understand how that world informs their character. It is always interconnected. And that's true for all of this advice. Character development has as much to do with writing good dialogue as having a good grasp on the language itself. You should always look for the lines that connect them.

I hope that helps you out. Good luck!
Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« Last post by rusinstein on December 11, 2018, 05:24:07 AM »
a bunch of recent work.:)

sexy fanart work.:D
characters are:
Futaba - Persona 5
2B - Nier: Automata
Aloy - Horizon Zero Dawn

character illustrations for both are the same character, young and adult form. below is her raptor form.

something different, also for

character illustration for

and another sexy fanart work. characters are from Girls' Frontline. tried a different shading style on the hair here.:)

will post more soon.:)
Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« Last post by rusinstein on December 11, 2018, 05:22:22 AM »
Gorgeous bodies, as usual. Keep up the great work!

thanks so much! :)
Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« Last post by rusinstein on December 11, 2018, 05:17:01 AM »
funny, thought I commented on the grass hill one but apparently not. I really like the detail you've put into all the grass, but also into the individual flowers of all the different types too.

the beach one has great back lighting, giving her a bit more 3D form than your normal style. also nice sand lighting on the legs, I assume that is.

the detail on the folds of the open shirt one is fantastic and nicely realistic :)

great lighting on the hair as well with the light sources and colour.

thank you! that greenery caused me so much pain.xD the whole process was very experimental. as I used photoshop with it instead of Sai. I wasn't 100% satisfied with it but I learned a lot from it and it's definitely a good point to develop from.:)

thank you for noticing the lighting on her legs. I wasn't sure if it was too subtle. and yes, it's from the sand.:D

thanks so much for the comments! :)
Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« Last post by rusinstein on December 11, 2018, 05:11:14 AM »
Heck you've gotten extremely much better since I was here last time. Wasn't bad back then but some of the new pictures are really amazing! How do you pick the colours? I'm still having trouble getting skintones right for atmosphere so I'm practicing from photographs mostly. Getting mixed results though.

thanks so much! :)
a little trick I do with photoshop is, after applying the normal base colors I just add an extra layer on top. fill it with the color of the atmosphere I want. for example here I wanted a blue tinge to the whole image, I used a blue-ish gray palette. then set it to multiply. here's the before and after.

I normally apply it as the very top layer at first. so I can change the colors if it needs to be adjusted. maybe change from cool to warm and vise versa. the I merge it with each base color layer, still set to Multiply. so that it's not just a filter on the very top of the image. but most of the time I adjust some parts to match. like on this case when I added the Multiply layer the dark blue parts became too dark and saturated. so I adjusted its brightness and saturation. just to match the whole atmosphere.

it's a little hard to explain.xD feel free to ask any questions.:)
Develop Your Story / Re: Death By Ex-Girlfriend (Senkumo War Stories PUBLISHED)
« Last post by OhGodHelpMe on December 11, 2018, 01:11:16 AM »
Trying out some new cover designs. What do you guys think?  :notunderstand:
Manga Writers wanted / Beta Readers Wanted
« Last post by OhGodHelpMe on December 10, 2018, 06:27:05 PM »
Howdy folks, I'm in need of one or maybe more beta readers for Senkumo War Stories: Book of Betrayal. It currently stands at 11 chapters, 37,116 words, so it would take some time to read through. Perfectly fine with me, as I'm in no hurry to edit or release it. I just want the fresh pair of eyes going over it as I handle other tasks. SWS is a prequel series to my story Death by Ex-Girlfriend and features a few characters from there.

It takes place during the Warring States period of Japan and chronicles Tsukiakari's experiences during the war with the Senkumo clan and their bitter struggle to create an ideal society for themselves beneath the ruins of the broken, feudal state. Tsukiakari spoke briefly of her time during the war in DbEG, but this is a more detailed telling of everything that happened. It's kind of a dark read, given the historical era.

Please let me know if you're interested! When I do eventually get it released, I'll be sure you have a chance to get the book for free.  :clapping:
Manga Art Gallery / Re: Suuper's manga (+digital and 3D)
« Last post by suuper-san on December 10, 2018, 04:46:07 PM »
thanks! I mixed it with a little grey to make it less anime-level purple.

I had a really bad art moment drawing these. Proportions legitimately ceased to exist....I felt really out of place and strange, but I struggled through and well I have results as opposed to no results, but could definitely use some improvement. the inked sketches needed a better base sketch and it wasn't really detailed enough and I had to guess a lot, even after removing the ones that I thought were too sketchy already. Added numbers to reference easily.

improved sketches:

inked sketches:

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