I'll highfive to that! I love seeing each new piece you color with your tablet, you have a very distinctive style that stands out. I'm constantly awed at how you bring a marker vibe to digital coloring. It's very painterly. And it's even more awesome to know that you use the GIMP, because I've seen other artists getting similar effects but they have to use something like Paint Tool Sai, or Photoshop--what you do shows without a doubt that the GIMP is right up there with commercial products. (Of course, I recall you made absolute masterpieces using MS Paint and the mouse alone. So it just goes to show that a talented artist can make ANY art program turn out quality pieces if they've got the skills.)
Thanks! Yeah, it's funny, I have had people ask me what program I use (one person kept on asking how I got that '3D' effect, and I told him I just use GIMP and color it like I'd color traditionally. I think he got frustrated with me thinking I was keeping something from him ). But yeah, no layers, no fancy programs, just GIMP and the paintbrushes (and the multiply tool comes in handy too). Like I think we discussed before, I don't know what half the stuff on GIMP even does, or what it's for.
Basically I do try to make my digital drawing look somewhat traditional. I'm glad it's working!
And I guess it ain't what ya use, it's how ya use it?
Aye, and you use it very well! That's another thing that's pretty inspirational about your work--the fact that you DON'T have to use a bunch of different filters and digital effects to get a drawing to come out awesome. You've brought traditional values to a digital medium and make it seem so effortless. I think it says something about starting off with traditional mediums before moving on to straight digital stuff alone. A person can get a more thorough understanding of how to make great art by being able to learn a process that doesn't leave a lot of room for "undo". Something I've felt about drawing with a pencil instead of my tablet is that I'm more wiling to COMMIT to a line when I don't have the undo option. Sure, I still have to erase, but it all becomes one big process to get to a finished piece. I'm afraid working digital has increased my fears for committing to a line, since undo is such an easy option. I tend to dislike erasing when I work digital and I'm a lot more cautious about applying color or shading. I'm trying to get over it, but I think I'm just gonna have to go back to pencil work for a little bit to try and get my confidence back.
Aw, well thanks. I tried the layers thing--I did--thinking it would make life easier. I got it, but it still felt weird. I guess it's because I came into the digital thing so late, as opposed to you younguns out there. I do feel like, since I got so used to traditional, that that does give me somewhat of an advantage much of the time. Yep, you have to jump right in there, and there ain't no control Z-in' anything!
I would highly recommend practicing frequently with your pencil drawing, maybe even trying some hand-inking. I still have to hand ink, usually; I can never seem to get that line quality I desire with the tablet. With some things, things like the Schnauzers I did for my folks, getting that quality of line isn't so important, because it isn't a comic or cartoon, really. But for some cartoons, I have done the outlines (everything, really) in GIMP and it seems to be more tedious and take longer. The line art is clearly not as crisp, though, as when I ink with an actual pen, like with this comic. At least it doesn't seem like it to me.
I don't think it's coming to the digital world late--I believe it has to do with the fact that you've worked on the single layer provided by your paper. You learned how to layer marker colors (among other mediums) without having to deal with them separately--they were all part of a whole; which leads into my thoughts of learning traditional mediums before digital. Without relying on an undo button, an artist has to learn to live with mistakes and either make them into a part of their work, or start over again from scratch. It forces them to consider what they're doing but not be afraid of taking risks. And having learned that beforehand, it means you can actually jump into digital with very little effort...the biggest thing is learning a program and just what effects it can offer.
I've had a difficult time balancing the two mediums because I never got all that good in EITHER one, and I jump around a lot, not sure precisely what it is I'm trying to do...
Oh, hey, speaking of inking digitally--I have noticed your lines usually come out a lot crisper when they're done traditionally--I was wondering if you ever messed with an effect in the GIMP under Filters...it goes: Filters - Artistic - Cartoon I've found it useful for sharpening and/or thickening lines a little bit, but all it's basically doing is adding more black, that's why it usually needs to be messed with before you've added any color, or else I think it'll just add back into those hues as well. The other thing I found cool, and I didn't know how to do it for the LONGEST time, was getting my line art separate from the white, with a transparent background... You take your black&white drawing--either scanned, or digitally inked, or whatever... Cut - Make a new transparent layer - fill it in with black - toggle a layer mask (it's under Select, I think) - paste the image you cut - toggle off the quickmask - press "delete" - and then deselect everything Then you have separate line art on a transparent layer. You can add a separate white background layer underneath that one, to apply colors and stuff. You can "lock" the line art layer to color it if you want. It took me YEARS to figure that one out. x_x Although something to note...I don't believe adjusting line art that's separate from a white background with the "Cartoon" effect does anything. It won't noticeably embolden the lines, so it's important to do that before cutting/pasting/whatever.
Sorry if all that sounds like it might as well be in Dutch, but I just figured I would share! (And if you already knew about the separating line art thing...you probably learned faster than me.)
I actually have to do a picture tutorial sometime, for SteelFanged, because he'll be interested in that little effect...