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Comic 22 - The Mob Part II Page 10

20th May 2012, 5:55 PM
The Mob Part II Page 10
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)
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Kim Allman 20th May 2012, 5:55 PM edit delete
Kim Allman
Not the be outdone, Nigel has a few words. While Lucy and Malfelix look smug.



Unka John 20th May 2012, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
Unka John
Another fine page, Kim.
vwyler 20th May 2012, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
They do look smug! ;D
cattservant 20th May 2012, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Because, Only you can prevent forest fires!
Kim Allman 20th May 2012, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Thanks Unka John I think I might be getting the hang of cleaning up the scanned in images. Next step is to learn to do lettering on the computer.

Wyler It was a lot of fun drawing their expressions.

Cat, now I am going to have a bear show up in a Montana hat. :)
skorpen 21st May 2012, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
The importance of proper mob behavior...
davemation 21st May 2012, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
This page does look very clean. Do you still use Gimp? Lettering on that program is kind of difficult. When I tried it I got tired of failing and ended up just using paint.
Kim Allman 21st May 2012, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Indeed skorpen, indeed.


I use GIMP to clean up the page and enhance the blacks as I use markers and felt tips to ink and sometimes those tools just do not go on black enough for my taste especially after I have scanned the image. I have found some tutorials online on how to use GIMP for making word balloons and importing fonts. I just have not had the time to play with it as of yet. The trick is in using layers and I am not up to speed on using layers. I am also considering going back to using old fashion pen and ink and brush to draw Nigel. I love the convenience and speed of Copic markers and Micron pens but there is a quality of line you can only get with traditional crow quill and brush. And to be honest I am just not happy with my lettering. Hopefully with practice I will get better.

Personally I want each page to be better than the last and of course the overall story has to work and engage the reader.
dougwarner59 22nd May 2012, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
So that is what I am doing wrong! I have been writing stories that don't work and could never in a million years engage the readers. All kidding aside, you are an amazing inking. And from the positive comments you get I see that cross-hatching must not be dead. I might go back to it, because to me cross-hatching is very forgiving; if you make a mistake you could add more cross-hatches and possibly end up with a even better picture.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 23rd May 2012, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
You haven't used layers? Dang, man, that's like the linchpin of digital art, LOL! It's easy, really. It just takes some time to make yourself a collection of vector balloon shapes that can be resized and floated over your art.
Kim Allman 23rd May 2012, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Dough, you kill me man. :)

I would agree that cross hatching can be forgiving. Another thing you can do is reverse cross hatching using white paint and a fine brush. It makes for a neat effect. I have seen some alternative comics that are all cross hatching and are very sketchy in style that work very well. You of course would probably not want to use this style with say a superhero comic but it was used with good effect in some European comics which tend to be more esoteric in nature anyway. I think that in many ways I am trying to be an European artist that happens to be American.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 23rd May 2012, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
Totally fun, as usual, and I love their facial expressions. Also, whoah! Nigel's got some Elvira cleavage going on there. :D The cat looks particularly cool. Will we get to see more of the cat? I'm wondering how much of a part it will play in future stories.
Kim Allman 24th May 2012, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
KFP, yea I just need to take the time to learn how to do layers and new vistas will open up for me.

Cleavage? Nigel has a manly chest I will have you know. Actually under that black robe he has a very athletic build. You will learn more about Malfelix as the story progresses. At the risk of being a spoiler he is more than just your run of the mill alley cat.

I have the last two pages of this story arc penciled out and just need to find the time to letter and ink the pages. Now here is a question for the gang, I am considering adding color to Nigel. Yes? No? Have I lost my mind? Let me know your opinion.

KentuckyFriedPopcorn 24th May 2012, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Try it and see! I plan to do that in future with my comic, probably in so simple a way as to have a character walk across the screen and flip a switch and have the comic switch into color for a panel or two. Basically, just as a test to see if I enjoy doing it in color or not.

What about adding a single color and going from there? You know, keep the pen & ink the focus but add a bit of sepia or green tone to see how it looks. I don't think full color would suit your comic, IMO at least.
Kim Allman 25th May 2012, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Adding just one color or using a limited pallet is actually what I had in mind KFP. I am going to find some time over the long weekend to not only get the update done but see if I cannot get ahead a bit. Plus I have some other art commitments I need to meet.
moizmad 3rd Jun 2012, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
That business done, Nigel and Lucy head in for a delicious dinner of corn-on-the-cob, while Malfelix has a fresh cat-fish from the moat.