Garage Sale Toolkit
Before you can color your cartoons, you need to whip them into shape. This may involve cleaning up pencil lines that show up after you scan in your line art, or perhaps moving elements of the cartoon around to make a better composition. These things are easy to do when you know what tools work best to accomplish this.
The old way of cleaning up your art required you to erase all your pencil lines after the ink dried so that these small lines wouldn't show up when your cartoon was reprinted. Typically, a cartoonist would sketch out the drawing with light pencil lines and then move to the final phase of the drawing known as inking. Using the light pencil sketch as a guide, the artist would either take a pen, nib, or brush and go over the pencil lines, creating a nice crisp final drawing. Using the Eraser tool effectively can streamline the process of cleaning up your art. One thing that I suggest is to use a nonphoto blue pencil for sketching instead of using a dark pencil. Anything drawn with nonphoto blue pencil isn't picked up by the scanner, and you won't have to waste time erasing anything.
The diameter of the spotfaced area is specified. Either the depth or the remaining thickness of material may be specified. See Fig. 1-40. A spotface may be specified by note only and need not be delineated on the drawing. If no depth or remaining thickness of material is specified, the spotface is the minimum depth necessary to clean up the surface to the specified diameter.
Traditionally I would create presentation sketches by using the base sketch as an underlay, over which I would then draw the clean lines, and would put some marker and pastel on it to to express the 3D form. However, if you did this quickly, it would look too sketchy, and if you did it properly it would actually become an elaborate rendering and be quite time consuming. Another risk would be that in 'cleaning up' the linework, some of the character of the original concept sketch would be lost.
However, these tools aren't just for those who have decided to make the total digital leap. If you're still well-grounded in the traditional tools of the trade and primarily use Manga Studio for inking and or screen toning, you'll still find the Pencil and Eraser tools useful. It's a snap to clean up your scan, remove or tighten up a few lines here and there, or strengthen the outline around your characters to help them stick out just a bit more. If you're drawing digitally or just cleaning up your scanned-in artwork, I'm sure the more you use the Pencil and Eraser tools in Manga Studio, the more you'll discover how indispensable they truly are.
Cleaning up and finishing the painted rocks We will add more textures as we continue painting the image. Follow the preceding steps when you paint the textures so clean-up is easy or so you can delete changes that do not look the way you hoped. Collapse the Texture and Rock layers together and, using a combination of Dons Brush and the Variable Chalk brush, refine and integrate the textures into the rocky surface. Generally, I work from the dark colors to the light ones. Paint additional texture in both the light and dark rock surfaces. Use only a few different paper textures, but vary the scale of each texture frequently to make sure there is no monotony in the surface. Clean up the edges of the cliffs and buildings using the Eraser brush. Figure 2.30 shows the current state of the painting. Figure 2.30 The painting after clean-up with Eraser Figure 2.30 The painting after clean-up with Eraser
We need to clean up and paint over several rough edges and white spots to finish the Reflection layer. Also, we need to darken the Rock Reflection layer a bit, as it has the same value as the cliffs. Now all we need to do to finish the water is to clean up the waves, paint the area where the water meets the rock surfaces, and add a few highlights to the water surface.
The director wants the work reels for his sweatboxing, the animator needs them to study his changes, and the assistant animator must check the scenes he is to clean up. Throughout the day, the assistant director will be trying to grab the reels so he can make all the changes that were requested yesterday. They are a popular and necessary item.
Practice drawing a flower against a completed background. I cropped the photo to focus on just one of the flowers, and to eliminate some of the unnecessary subject matter. Create the drawing in the size you want the piece to be, and use transfer paper to place the line drawing to the suede board. Once the drawing is transferred to the board, you can clean up any smudges with a kneaded eraser. Do not use any other type of eraser, because it will damage the surface of the paper.
This part of the book covers all the basics you need to get your page ready, from concept to finished pencils. Chapter 4 is all about properly setting up your page and story files so that they're at the proper dimensions you want to work in. Chapter 5 covers how to scan in your work and get it adjusted properly on the page. If you're looking to use a drawing tablet to clean up the scanned-in artwork or possibly even create all your work digitally the chapter also covers how to use the Pencil and Eraser tools, as well as how to work with the page as though it's a real piece of paper.
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