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Comic 27 - Nigel the Nosferatu Book II page 2

15th Dec 2012, 12:37 PM
Nigel the Nosferatu Book II page 2
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Kim Allman 15th Dec 2012, 12:37 PM edit delete
Kim Allman
OK I have learned a few new lessons about scanning originals and this page looking closer to my originals than anything before. Thanks to Gary Cramer for some much needed advice. When I get a moment I am going to go back and reload page 1. Other than that what do you think?




cattservant 15th Dec 2012, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
But contrast and focus seem more adjusted.
The finer detail is carrying more information.

The tension is building up quite nicely too.
One gets the feeling that the negotiating committee of the Thornehaven Castle Gargoyles Union has a long standing grievance to address.

*(I'm not an expert.**)
**(Even if I am from out of town!)
moizmad 15th Dec 2012, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
This page looks better, I'm totally pursaded Kim and I'm not easily pursaded.
All seriousness aside, I've never done anything with my scanner, I just set it to photo, colour document, and 600 dpi and it seems to work OK.
vwyler 15th Dec 2012, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
The reason I opted for digital as opposed to water paint is due to my less than stellar 2nd hand computer equipment.

My hand paintings always looked washed out and grainy, and my hand letters looked scratchy and bore little resemblence to the original work.

This looks Great, as usual.

However you could square up your border lines with the line tool in Ms Paint in minutes. ;)
Kim Allman 16th Dec 2012, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Thanks Wyler,

Ms Paint? OK off to do a Google search.
vwyler 17th Dec 2012, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
Ms Paint comes with practically every Windows PC. It's a chintzy stock program I was forced to use due to my technical ignorance. However, the line tool in Paint is real handy for squaring up borders with B&W art. ;)
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 29th Dec 2012, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
I vote for sticking with the rougher panel frames, personally. I like the raggedy hand-drawn look better than the perfect digital lines. JMO, YMMV, etc. What did you do differently about the scanning here? I'm often annoyed that my own scans don't seem to look nearly as good and detailed as the original art.
Kim Allman 6th Jun 2013, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman

I just followed some of Gary's advice about scanning directly in black and white instead of in grey scale. I also play with the levels in GIMP to make the blacks richer. Or at least that is how I think I did it. Waaay back when I first started working with scanners I found that scanning in black and white with line art just had too much of the detail drop out. My current scanner is far more sophisticated than my older model and clearly the resolution is much better.
gary cramer 16th Dec 2012, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
gary cramer
Kim, Thanks for the the shout out but I think I was just confirming your own doubts about the presentation of the art. This page looks incredible and very consistant. The difference was just a scanning issue, that's all. Great page!!!
dpat57 16th Dec 2012, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Yeah nice work! Like.
Kim Allman 16th Dec 2012, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Re-scanned page one so take a moment to see the difference. The next thing I need to do is get more comfortable with doing layers so I can do more with fonts and other skills to enhance the images. Thanks for all the support and comments folks. I'm still catching up with everyone's comics and will be posting soon. I am so glad to be on break from grad school.
Unka John 18th Dec 2012, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
Unka John
Way to go Mr Texture!
JMRonk 24th Mar 2013, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
I like the skull candle and the detail put into the reflection in the eye of the candle. Excellent ink and texture.
Kim Allman 6th Jun 2013, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Hi folks, I should have a couple of pages up in a day or two. As usual too many hands on my time. Grad school is eating up a lot of my creative energy as I have to write research papers. Of course, doing the research is a task in itself. I just attended Con Carolina here in my home city of Charlotte, NC, USA and attended a number of writing workshops that have energized me to get back to feeding the art muse. Thanks for all the support and kind comments.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 10th Jun 2013, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
Wot thee hell, man! All this time you've been living just south of me? We live south of Greensboro, dude, right off the highway. Small world!
Kim Allman 11th Jun 2013, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Hey KFC! We so need to get together then. Did you make it down to Heroes Con or Con Carolinas? I am currently earning my MLIS through the University of North Carolina Greensboro online. I have to occasionally go up to UNCG for a conference and I have caricature gigs that take me up there as well. Small world indeed.