Looking for some tips to speed up comic drawing.

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Looking for some tips to speed up comic drawing.

Postby yodalr on Wed May 19, 2010 1:13 am

I'm working on my first a little more serious comic/hobby project, but every frame seems to be taking forever, at first I went all color. Then I understood, why most comics are drawn black and white and went on line artsy, but it still takes too long.

I'd like to draw a page within a day, but it comes out more like half a frame in a day... I like realistic style, so I wouldn't want to cut from quality to get quantity(a little paradox... yeah :P)

I'm using Poser for pose and face reference and Photoshop + wacom for drawing.

Oh and it is for a flash game me and my friend are working on. Here's what I got so far. 7.5 pages (in total I'm going to need 20 pages).

So I'd really appreciate if someone with more experience, would comment on my frames and give some advice how to speed the process.

Page1: http://www.lrstudio.eu/LJIS17/slokoto_story_Page_1.1_2.6_resized.png
Page2: http://www.lrstudio.eu/LJIS17/slokoto_story_Page_1.2_4.8_resized.png
Page3: http://www.lrstudio.eu/LJIS17/slokoto_story_Page_1.3_1.4.1_resized.png
Page4: http://www.lrstudio.eu/LJIS17/slokoto_story_Page_1.4_0.8.6_resized.png
Page5: http://www.lrstudio.eu/LJIS17/slokoto_story_Page_1.5_1.0.4.png
Page6: http://www.lrstudio.eu/LJIS17/slokoto_story_Page_2.1_0.7.3.png
Page7: http://www.lrstudio.eu/LJIS17/slokoto_story_Page_2.2_0.4.3.png

When I look at some other comics/manga and the speed they are produced by 1-2 man teams it makes me wonder if maybe I'm just a slow drawer... or not cut out for it.
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Re: Looking for some tips to speed up comic drawing.

Postby Mangaka2170 on Thu May 20, 2010 6:48 am

I'm not sure if you're planning on sticking with the CGI artwork (if it's faster than drawing, maybe you should keep with it), but one thing I have learned is that detail, backgrounds and straightedges are three things that slow you down. I usually do a page in around 6-8 hours (although I've gone as fast as 3, and as slow as forever), and I'm generally pleased with the results. Really, all you need to do is keep practicing. Work on drawing more efficiently.
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Re: Looking for some tips to speed up comic drawing.

Postby yodalr on Thu May 20, 2010 10:37 am

Mangaka2170 wrote:I'm not sure if you're planning on sticking with the CGI artwork (if it's faster than drawing, maybe you should keep with it), but one thing I have learned is that detail, backgrounds and straightedges are three things that slow you down. I usually do a page in around 6-8 hours (although I've gone as fast as 3, and as slow as forever), and I'm generally pleased with the results. Really, all you need to do is keep practicing. Work on drawing more efficiently.


Ok tnx. Practice-Practice-Practice... noted :D
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