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    All of your sketches seem to have the same unabashed simplistic effectiveness. Your lines are all exciting and really effective! One of my favorites is that fat witch from the first post. it just works! Thanks for the comment and keep up the fantastic work!

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    Thanks Sketcheth!

    Some rough and dirty sketches: The invisiboo girl and the Silvah Surfah.

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    lovely work man, really powerful lines and entertaing stuff! hope to see more soon!

    ciao

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    Hey dawg, things in here are quite good I like how you do characters

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    you have a great way of adding energy to those sketches,, kinda like marvel style..
    I LIKE!

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    Well, I dropped of the face of the earth! I started freelancing and it's been quite a ride so far. Seems like there are never enough hours in the week to do everything I wanna git done!

    Been commenting in some threads but haven't been uploading any art so it's time fer some art postin'!

    Here's a Superman pinup done with a little bit of Photoshop CS2 and a digital tablet. Happy Friday everybody!

    -Mike

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    great work man! loving the style!! that scarlett witch is beast!!

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    Awesome style PsiBug! Loving your comic work and confident dynamism! Thread sub button here I come! Zing - Pow - Boink - Click!

    Keep up the great work

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    Thanks NickyBeats!
    Thanks The7Artist7! yay a sub!

    Here's a little Vampirella sketch I started today:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsiBug View Post
    And here is a little micro-tutorial that shows my basic work process on comic stuffs:
    Nice and simple tutorial. I have been experimenting this with my new cintiq 12wx (the smaller version). I like to use photoshop cs (or above). Is there more detailed info on this (like resolution, size and etc) somewhere?

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    Damn nice style you have..., I really wish I had the ability to draw like you.. oh well, eventually I'll get there I suppose..

    Please, keep posting, we want to see moar!

    My sketchbook - help me get better!
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    Glad you posted again, I would never have come across this really entertaining sketchbook. Love your style and I know it's been said loads but I do love the chubby witch, the boobs made me laugh.

    Congrats on going freelance btw!

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    really interesting sketchbook, great work !

    To be or not to be , this is the question !

    Help me drawing the head


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    PS: Sorry for my bad English
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    oh wow, awesome sb! love your flowy gorgeuos lines!

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    This sketchbook contains two things: 1) Awesome and 2) Win.

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    Really nice pencil work!

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    Thanks Drawallday I bet you'll come to love your cintiq the way I love mine. I use it every day. I'm still using Photoshop CS2 and I think I was using my wacom intuos3 when I inked and colored the page in that tutorial.

    As a general rule, penciled pages are about 10x15 inches and the final art is reduced down to about 9x6 inches.

    I usually work digitally at this size: 400 DPI with a live area of 2450x3875
    I'm attaching an image that shows the template I use (although it has been shrunken down for easier viewing). To the best of my knowledge, these are the dimensions and DPI used by Image comics. I think 300 DPI is commonly used for comic art as well.

    Comic pages are printed, bound together and then trimmed to give a nice uniform edge. In my diagram, the inner box is the Live image area. Standard comic panels generally use this box as their outer borders. Anything within this area is usually safe from being trimmed off after printing or being lost in the folds between pages. Lettering and important visual details generally should not extend outside the live area.

    If you want art or background color to extend to the edge of the comic page, you can draw, ink and color all the way to the outer edge of the bleed area, however, some of the art will get trimmed off after printing. The trim line indicates the approximate place where the page will be trimmed after the book is bound.

    Hope that helps,
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    Thanks fernandoart. Keep up the good work!
    Thanks for the encouragement, lettiedwestlake.
    Thank you Angel Intheuk. That little witch has been received so warmly! She's one of those happy surprises in drawing that keeps me motivated. A bit of a departure from my usual stuff. Did a few non-traditionally-sexy witches that year but she was the star.

    Thanks TheGeek!
    Thank you rumpenstiltzkin. I always try to be flowy!
    Thanks Lord Dubu That's a kickass compliment.
    Thanks Chate Noire I love digital but I love coming back to the pencil.

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    The magical Mike Bullock (writer for the upcoming Lions Tigers and Bears Vol 3 book) did an interview here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?p...ticle&id=31577

    that includes a few illustrations including these panels. Hope you like!
    - Mike Metcalf

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    Here's a splash page from Lions Tigers and Bears Volume3 featuring Ares the white tiger! The tiger says...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsiBug View Post
    Thanks Drawallday I bet you'll come to love your cintiq the way I love mine. I use it every day. I'm still using Photoshop CS2 and I think I was using my wacom intuos3 when I inked and colored the page in that tutorial.

    As a general rule, penciled pages are about 10x15 inches and the final art is reduced down to about 9x6 inches.

    I usually work digitally at this size: 400 DPI with a live area of 2450x3875
    I'm attaching an image that shows the template I use (although it has been shrunken down for easier viewing). To the best of my knowledge, these are the dimensions and DPI used by Image comics. I think 300 DPI is commonly used for comic art as well.

    Comic pages are printed, bound together and then trimmed to give a nice uniform edge. In my diagram, the inner box is the Live image area. Standard comic panels generally use this box as their outer borders. Anything within this area is usually safe from being trimmed off after printing or being lost in the folds between pages. Lettering and important visual details generally should not extend outside the live area.

    If you want art or background color to extend to the edge of the comic page, you can draw, ink and color all the way to the outer edge of the bleed area, however, some of the art will get trimmed off after printing. The trim line indicates the approximate place where the page will be trimmed after the book is bound.

    Hope that helps,
    -Mike
    Ooooo! Useful post is useful!!!

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    Thanks Lord Dubu.

    That reminds me, for anyone who isn't familiar with "KA-BLAM!" it is a company that prints out your comic books, posters etc in color or black and white. They also sell comic book paper and they'll even print your logo or name on the paper if you wish.

    http://ka-blam.com/printing/index.ph...alculator&op=1

    I haven't used the Site myself but it looks like a good resource. I think there are a couple other similar companies but I can't think of them off of the top of my head.

    -Mike

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    Smile Psibug

    Great work Dude Lions,Tigers and Bears is a favourite of mine.
    Where do you start in getting ideas published? Hope you don't mind me asking?

    Cheers.

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    Thanks Dazzamataz! I'm a fan of the first two volumes of LTB too. I've only recently joined the crew on Volume 3 so I hope you enjoy the new LTB when it comes out! I looked at some of your stuff and it's fantastic, so I'm not sure how much insight I can provide but here goes:


    I think that the most simplified scenario for getting published is to have a small portfolio of good stuff with you, meet someone influential when they are feeling receptive to glancing at your work and hope they can hook you up. If you want to pitch a project of your own, have a good chunk of it polished up and ready to grab someone's attention.

    The second version of my answer is my general step by step checklist for becoming a comic artist:
    1) Practice practice practice. The first step is to develop your abilities. For Pete's sake don't be wishy washy! go for it!
    2) Seek feedback and be open to it. receive it graciously and learn from it. Get feedback from pros and peers when possible (not just family and friends who may be afraid to hurt your feelings).
    3) Keep adding new and better work to your portfolio. weed out weaker pieces.
    4) If you want to do comic work, do sequential pages. What your portfolio shows is more important than what you believe you could do if you had a chance.
    5) Consider having an online portfolio, a portfolio you can carry and perhaps some smaller giveaway samples with your contact information.
    6) Connections and word of mouth are helpful. If you do freelance work, set reasonable deadlines and deliver on time. Be polite and communicate clearly.
    7) Seize opportunities. Watch for promising gigs. A pretty good job right now might give you the reputation that wins you a better project later.
    8) Set short term and long term goals to stay motivated. You may get a big success right away or you may have some small successes. Keep moving forward.


    Third version of my answer (How I got my first published gig):
    About four years ago I ran into an old friend who had once been my neighbor. He and his lovely girlfriend invited me over to dinner with HER former neighbor who happened to be a well know comic writer. Well my car had just been stolen so I considered staying home like a potato, but instead, I got off my butt, rented a homely little canary yellow mid-size sedan and drove about an hour and had dinner with these awesome thoughtful people and their families.

    Writer dude very generously gave me feedback on some of my sequentials, and we talked about writers and artists and conventions and comic company stuff. He connected me with aNOTHer writer who had a project with unfinished art and that (FINALLY) is how I got started.

    Too long/Didn't Read? "Be nice to your neighbors and don't turn down free dinner."


    Hope that helps,
    Mike Metcalf

    OH! One more thing. I haven't used kickstarter.com but I have heard good things about it

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    hello there , thanks for sharing with us all those wonderfull things (illustrations and tips)

    your tiger is pretty nice, but isn't it too scary for litlle children (wich i guess is your target) ?

    hope too see more

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    Thanks zou!

    If you think that tiger is scary, you should see the pirates and the ghosts!

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    Great sketchbook! I like all your various styles and especially your rough pencil sketches!

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    Smile Hi There

    Hi PsiBug, thank you for your kind comments and thank you so much for all your information and help, that was very kind of you. I'll check out kickstarter.com and let you know how I get on.

    Thanks again dude and keep posting your awesome and inspiring work

    Cheers

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    Thanks Mirre!

    Went to a life drawing class this weekend because I MUST be less of a hermit crab this year! Here's naked Jay:

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    Amazing update bro!

    Keep posting!

    My sketchbook - help me get better!
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