sqbr: pretty purple pi (I like pi!)
Monday, August 14th, 2017 01:34 am
I feel weird making a post about this as a super pale white person, but I keep seeing other artists draw dark characters really badly in the sort of flat colouring used in animation and comics etc, and don't know of any better guides. So here's what I've figured out. If people know of better techniques or guides, or if I've inadvertently said something wrong or offensive, please let me know.
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sqbr: pretty purple pi (Default)
Monday, May 22nd, 2006 07:38 pm
Using only the power of my brain I have made not only one new page but four new pages for A Circle of Stars. Plus annotations for all of Chapter Two so far, which, you may note, is eight pages long. Got some catching up to do haven't we [livejournal.com profile] nico_wolfwood? :)

I have discovered the best way ever to do speech bubbles, via [livejournal.com profile] skeletor_hordak and some trial and error. Basically, you make a new layer with white speech-bubbles and then choose layer->Blending options-> stroke, setting the colour to black. This is also good for making text stand out, see the spiky bubble on this page for an example of both.

The way I make the speech bubbles is using the filled-shape-with-path option on the shape tool (the little square with points on the corners but no pen in the middle) using either ellipses or the custom shape (which comes with speech bubbles!) and fiddling with the anchor points using the add-anchor-point tool. A similar technique is discussed here. I also came across the guy from applegeeks discussing a variation plus other stuff. The advantage of my technique over both of these is that it's very easy to fiddle with the shape using the pen tool or Edit->Transform, which is important given the way I keep changing my mind :) It does require competency with the treacherous pen-tool though.

Doing "The High Voltage Show" for the first time at work day after tommorrow. Scary.