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Post by deantrippe » Sat Dec 17, 2005 12:09 am

I havent been around a lot recently, but I wanted to show y'all some of my current work on Butterfly. I feel like I'm finally getting a handle on using my tablet to achieve/enhance my normal drawing style.

I hadn't updated Butterfly in about two months, so when we last left off, Knight-Bat was about to begin battling Ms. Mouse, a villain who'd infiltrated Butterfly's school, posing as a substitute teacher. Knight-Bat and Birdie had just arrived on the scene.

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Butterfly.

And here's some tablet test stuff.

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By the way, Butterfly will be appearing in Ad House Books' Superior Showcase alongside the works of Nick Bertozzi and Mike Dawson, and all wrapped up in a Hope Larson cover. My pal John Campbell is scripting my story and doing a swell job of it. Keep an eye out for that book, cuz I'm thinking it's gonna be worth a look. :)
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Post by Josh Mauser » Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:17 pm

ha, Knight-bat, nice!

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Post by deantrippe » Sat Dec 17, 2005 2:13 pm

Another:
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I guess I should explain, if you haven't read Butterfly before, it's a superhero parody about the sidekick of a sidekick. The little dude's name is Butterfly.

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Post by Azad » Sun Dec 18, 2005 12:20 pm

Awesome linework....Out of curiosity, you say this is all digital, right? How do you keep your lines looking crisp from thick to thin? When I use my wacom, my lines always are bumpy along the edges. I can't get a clean looking brushstoke... I've played with the brush prefs to no avail. Any tips?
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Post by deantrippe » Sun Dec 18, 2005 12:41 pm

Azad wrote:Awesome linework....Out of curiosity, you say this is all digital, right? How do you keep your lines looking crisp from thick to thin? When I use my wacom, my lines always are bumpy along the edges. I can't get a clean looking brushstoke... I've played with the brush prefs to no avail. Any tips?
Thanks dude. I tell ya, it's only this week that I've finally started to feel comfortable using the tablet for actual drawing. For the last year, I've only used it here and there for coloring. I'm really happy with this work, and I like how it's clean but not perfect, you know? Using the tablet, you can keep the "artist's hand" visible.

Well, I work at 600 dpi, using the pencil tool at around 50px width for my linework. I usually do that on a multiply layer I've set up over a layer where I did the 'sketching' with a larger, grey pencil.

Also, when I do the actual lines, I do them really quickly, with my fingers on ctrl-alt-z all the time. That way I can take a shot at the line and if I miss, back up and try again. Most of the larger lines require several takes for me.

Another thing, I've started doing: I often connect lines by drawing past the stopping point and then whiting out the carry over. That's a trick I learned from regular inking, but is considerably easier when drawing with a tablet.

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Post by Azad » Sun Dec 18, 2005 4:19 pm

so you dont do anything particular to the brush features? Just default settings?
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Post by deantrippe » Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:00 pm

Azad wrote:so you dont do anything particular to the brush features? Just default settings?
Yeah I guess so. I think just working at the high res is what makes the lines look smooth?

Here's a link to the new Butterfly website I'm working on, btw.

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Post by Azad » Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:03 pm

Thanks Dean!
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Post by deantrippe » Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:38 pm

Another:

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Post by Evitaerc » Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:32 am

Fun Stuff!

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Post by deantrippe » Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:20 pm

Evitaerc wrote:Fun Stuff!
Thanks, dude. The upcoming story is going to be VERY fun. :)

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Post by JessTheFink » Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:45 pm

I really like the tablet style Dean, it's suave and it kicks.

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Post by deantrippe » Thu Dec 22, 2005 11:46 am

JessTheFink wrote:I really like the tablet style Dean, it's suave and it kicks.
Thanks, Jess! I'm happier with this new stuff as well. :)

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Post by Kuzinski » Thu Dec 22, 2005 1:34 pm

Very nice, funny and elegant, Dean.
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Post by deantrippe » Fri Dec 23, 2005 1:57 am

Kuzinski wrote:Very nice, funny and elegant, Dean.
Thanks, dude. Here's today's:

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Man, I haven't been enjoying drawing comics like this in months.

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