Archive for March 22, 2008

A Photoshop Test, In COLOUR!

Here’s the result of an afternoon teaching myself Photoshop. I say “teaching myself”, but there were two Internet videos involved and a lot of guesswork. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, but then I am also easily pleased by two year olds drawing in Microsoft Paint and there’s not much difference between that and what’s above.

I drew it in pen, which I don’t normally do (unless I’m in class) and realised too late that I’d fucked up the hand and that it was too late to change it. I tried to cover it up, but it’s really obvious. All the missmatches in colour and the random lines of colour are where I was experimenting and failed spectacularly (something about placing layers on top of each other, I think.)

I don’t actually plan on colouring every panel (this alone took me several fucking hours), but it’s nice to know that I can at least attempt to. Now maybe I can make everything look “inked”. That would rock.

And, yes, I am using this to put off my dissertation. Goddammit.


“Dissertation Insanity”

Right! New comic! This is the last of the pre-prepared already-lettered ones I have lying on my desktop.  I don’t know when the next update will be. (Fucking Easter, screwing up all the open times…)

There’s not much to say about this one. The only panel I like is the expression in the last frame. The rest suck. Part of the reason I wanted to do a comic is to challenge myself with every panel, so this time I thought, “Hey, I don’t do profile pictures! Why not set a comic mostly in profile?” Well now I know why I don’t do profile. It stinks. I have a few more comics being sketched and none of those will feature profile (okay, one panel, but I’ll make it better, promise.)

My hair and face have actually grown since I started this dissertation, it’s not quite that long. I refuse to shave my face or head until this is finished! Luckily, this is going to be soon. I am so nearly there I can taste it. Only one more dissertation-based punchline coming your way, then we can talk about other things. Like jelly.

In other news, I have a wisdom tooth, which is hurting like a mother. Must get some Bonjella, excuse me.



Posted: March 22, 2008 in Musings
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Right. I am so nearly there. So very nearly there I can see the end of the goddamn tunnel. My dissertation is 99% complete, with all the other hand in crap being around 50% there.

On Tuesday Jack and I will get this bound. It will be done. I shall post comics to celebrate! And I shall reward myself with learning how to use Photoshop like a ninja, instead of a n00b. I don’t want shading, or colours or anything, I just want to be able to use it – currently I sit in front of it like a child looking at its first game, going “uhhhh…?” If I could use Photoshop to even half the level of Ian McConville… jeez. That guy is badass. 

I watched Mad Max today. I was disappointed. It might have had something to do with the fact that I didn’t realise until after the film ended that I’d watched the whole bloody thing in dub-o-vision, with stupid American “everyone sounds the same” voice acting, but that didn’t detract from the way I felt underwhelmed at the end.

Anyway, enough timewasting. Back to the grind.