Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby LibertyCabbage on Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:12 am

Isn't "Online" redundant?
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Postby Cope on Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:22 am

I figure he's going for a retro '90s feel.
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Re: COMICS ON THE INFORMATION SUPER HIGHWAY

Postby LibertyCabbage on Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:31 am

Cope wrote:I figure he's going for a retro '90s feel.

O.K., I see how that could work.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby peterabnny on Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:12 am

Okay, then... Ditch the "Online" part of the name - check. Change the color scheme - check. Any preferences? Black on yellow? Yellow on purple? Should I pull out a color wheel and look for opposites? I got low marks originally when I tried to come up with a digitalized logo, so I went back to an analog paint-on-cardstock approach that you see here.

What about the tiled background? Lose it and just have a plain solid color background?
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby Mastermind on Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:26 am

If you're aiming for a graffiti look, maybe replace the tiles with hand drawn bricks. I'd also place a bunny kilroy next to your name, might look cute.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby peterabnny on Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:29 am

I had an toonsmith pal pan the tiled BG and agreed with everything else you guys said. Do you think a hand-drawn brick wall would be better, or a pic of an actual brick wall (just thinking of things from a color standpoint)..?
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby IVstudios on Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:40 am

I think the bricks would work well. The tile look brings to mind a shower and that + red drippy liquid on the wall = violent shower murder, ala Norman Bates and Scarface. A "spray paint" look instead of the brush look might help it read better as graffiti as well.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby Mastermind on Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:02 am

I imagined simple slightly crooked pen lines (Beavis & Butthead feel). Real brick pattern could work if it made the background for the entire page and in a neutral color like sand or gray with low contrast.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby peterabnny on Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:27 pm

Okay, cool. Going back to the drawing table for a v3.0 of the logo but have a beta test of the redesigned website up and live now. Here's what I got so far: http://www.crittersonline.org.

Getting closer?
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby peterabnny on Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:28 pm

Okay, cool. Going back to the drawing table for a v3.0 of the logo, but have a beta test of the redesigned website up and live now. Be back soon! :)
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby RobboAKAscooby on Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:35 am

peterabnny wrote:Okay, cool. Going back to the drawing table for a v3.0 of the logo but have a beta test of the redesigned website up and live now. Here's what I got so far: http://www.crittersonline.org.

Getting closer?

Well it's certainly looking more modern. Still needs a background of course. Just try to tie everything together thematically.

Side note, try adjusting the levels in your comic - I did a quick go on your current page to show what I mean - this way the blacks are less washed out:
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby peterabnny on Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:35 am

RobboAKAscooby wrote:
peterabnny wrote:Okay, cool. Going back to the drawing table for a v3.0 of the logo but have a beta test of the redesigned website up and live now. Here's what I got so far: http://www.crittersonline.org.

Getting closer?

Well it's certainly looking more modern. Still needs a background of course. Just try to tie everything together thematically.

Side note, try adjusting the levels in your comic - I did a quick go on your current page to show what I mean - this way the blacks are less washed out:
july2012.jpg



Thanks! At first I couldn't see any difference, until I compared my original to your touched-up version. What'd you do to highlight the blacks?

TBH, at this point I haven't a clue as to what to use as a background. I was just going to have a plain, solid color background.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby RobboAKAscooby on Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:43 am

peterabnny wrote:Thanks! At first I couldn't see any difference, until I compared my original to your touched-up version. What'd you do to highlight the blacks?

TBH, at this point I haven't a clue as to what to use as a background. I was just going to have a plain, solid color background.

Just used GIMP, go into Color > Levels then use the black eyedropper to pick a point that should be black (used the gray on the stairs) and then you can adjust a bit manually if you want.

Plain colour background can work but you might want a subtle texture, you'll figure it out when everything comes together.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby peterabnny on Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:05 am

RobboAKAscooby wrote:
peterabnny wrote:Thanks! At first I couldn't see any difference, until I compared my original to your touched-up version. What'd you do to highlight the blacks?

TBH, at this point I haven't a clue as to what to use as a background. I was just going to have a plain, solid color background.

Just used GIMP, go into Color > Levels then use the black eyedropper to pick a point that should be black (used the gray on the stairs) and then you can adjust a bit manually if you want.
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I don't have GIMP, but PS has something similar. I never would have thought about messing with the contrast levels, but there is a difference when you stand back and look at it. I'll try that on this next cartoon that I'll be releasing this weekend.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby VeryCuddlyCornpone on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:47 pm

I might suggest using google fonts to either create your own font or choose an existing one, I think the use of plain old arial kind of takes away from the visual cohesiveness.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby RobboAKAscooby on Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:09 am

Some miscellaneous pics I'm using as I experiment with my own site redesign:
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby peterabnny on Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:03 am

VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:I might suggest using google fonts to either create your own font or choose an existing one, I think the use of plain old arial kind of takes away from the visual cohesiveness.



I'm wondering what I could use. I have another toonsmith friend of mine who's also a professional web designer also helping me, and he said I should drop the Times Roman that I had been using and use something simple like Ariel instead. But DO NOT use Comic Sans, as it's tired and way overused for comics. I should ask him what he thinks...
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby VeryCuddlyCornpone on Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:41 pm

peterabnny wrote:
VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:I might suggest using google fonts to either create your own font or choose an existing one, I think the use of plain old arial kind of takes away from the visual cohesiveness.



I'm wondering what I could use. I have another toonsmith friend of mine who's also a professional web designer also helping me, and he said I should drop the Times Roman that I had been using and use something simple like Ariel instead. But DO NOT use Comic Sans, as it's tired and way overused for comics. I should ask him what he thinks...

I agree with not using comic sans or TNR, but I think making the lettering you use for your comic might be a possibly good idea. But your friend, being a pro, likely knows better than I do, so heed his advice over mine :P
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby McDuffies on Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:48 pm

Hey, the other day I wrote this:

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How do you like it? I think I'm really getting a hang of this writing thing.
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Re: Doodles 12: Just like clockwork.

Postby Ahaugen on Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:45 pm

you're a hell of a writer for such a novice
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