Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A brief FAQ

Whoops! I'm getting behind on this blog! I'm going to answer a few questions from the New Year's post. (So it looks like I am posting again.)

What do you mean by "more often"?
More often now means "soon". LOL This IRON MAN Marvel gig is taking up some of my time here and I was not allowed to show the art yet. But now I can! So "soon" I will have more tutorials up with some of the crazy new things I came up with.

I came up with this AWESOME feature last night. I'm sure you guys already know it, but I've never seen it or used it. So I'll be posting that feature soon.

This should be called The Idiot's Way to Draw in Illustrator instead of one of those Idiot's Guide. LOL

It seems like every day recently I make a new discovery in Illustrator. I'm like Columbus. I discovered a new land...that some people were already living on. Oh well, enjoy my germs. Maybe you can catch something from me that helps you...

What is the difference between Pencilling and Inking?
(I assume you mean in the computer because on paper that's a whole other blog!) My pencilling stage is basically my sketching stage at this point. Using the PENCIL tool with NO FILL and a .01 Stroke. My INKING stage is me drawing very tight final art with the PENCIL tool and a BLACK FILL. I also draw with a WHITE FILL to add extra little details over the black art.

Do you print out to give to the editor? How do you print out?
I don't print out pages to send to an editor.

One of the advantages to drawing on the computer is saving a client's Fed Ex money. No longer do I have to send pages to Marvel for approval and then they send them to the inker and the inker sends it back to Marvel. That's a lot of last minute rushed Fed Ex packages! Now I can wait to the very last possible second and send my TIFF FILES to my editor via e-mail to get paid. :) Plus I don't have to race through traffic, put up with FedEx guys who close the door when I get there, or forgetting my address as I fill out the Fed Ex slips. That really brings a guy down!

Plus my little ol' heart can't take that stress!

I went to a convention in Dallas this past weekend and met a lot of great people. You would not believe how the mouth's drop when I tell people I am drawing in Illustrator. One guy was kind of funny because he was grilling me about drawing in Photoshop instead of Illustrator. "Why do it in Illustrator? Why not Photoshop?", He would ask. I told him over and over how I am doing this or that, and how this feature is better in Illustrator. But he would not have it. I've tried to do this in Photoshop and it drives me crazy. And I know Photoshop! It just works a lot better and faster for me to do this in Illustrator.

Of course what works for one guy may not work for another. We all have our tastes. I prefer it in Ilustrator because I tried the other programs and this works incredibly well for me. I hope you are finding this tutorial helpful.

If you have any more questions please send them! It may help to know what you need to know.

You know?
Brian Denham


Gary Mitchell said...

Can't wait to hear about your new discoveries and see some art. I'm inking over at Blue Water/Alias by the way. Isn't that where Elsinore was published?


Anonymous said...

Nice to see an update here. Always check this and your dA account.

Can't wait for you to get back on showing us some tips on this.

Personally I find it easier to get tighter in Photoshop. I haven't really mastered drawing the contours for inking yet, while brush pressure in PS makes it easier to catch on.

I do however want to make the overall switch as doing perspective stuff is a pain in PS, and as you approach the middle of a drawing PS starts to lag way more then Illustrator.


Brian Denham said...

The lag was something I noticed as well. I can't have a lag when I am trying to draw fast. I would get the lag during the sketch stage of my art and that just won't do.

Funny you mentioned the perspective issue...that was the "discovery" I made the other day and what a life saver!

I'll post a quick tutorial to show what I mean.

The contours issue is a big deal when inking. You really need tight pencils to do it well. I think I can get away with it a bit easier because I have drawn tight pencils for years. when I used to draw my pages on paper I would draw the contours of all shapes and then fill them in with pencils to indicate where the inker should ink black.

Maybe that was just a lot of practice for what I am doing now.

Anonymous said...

Why do you work at print size? Is that the reason to avoid the lollipop of the damned?

Brian Denham said...

I suppose I work at print size because I can...

I could make it 10"x15"inch size like original art, but pros work at that size to accodate the inkers brushes and nips. In Illustrator I can zoom in to the size of a comma so size no longer has any meaning. LOL Plus I can blow up my art to the size of a building without losing any resolution, so it doesn't really have any bearing on the size of my art.

Lars Munck - danish storyboard artist said...

Nice to see your tutorial on perspective grids, i see that graphical designer in you :) I guess it could make it easier on boarding cam. follow object falling down between skysprapers etc.

Im alsow a much more fan of illustrator than photoshop,
its much more swooshy.

Brian Denham said...

I totally agree Lars. It is more swooshy!

Daniel (SMT) Smith said...

After reading your blog I just had to try Illustrator out and I have to tell you that I can't believe I wasted so much time in photoshop. I love PS but man for line art Illustrator is just so much better. Maybe because I am the same way with my penciling so I am just loving it and I am only using V.8!