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Postby Xbabiboix on Fri May 07, 2004 3:28 am

a pretty good cging tut that i used http://clubph34r.com/cgpage1.html
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Postby Faub on Fri May 07, 2004 6:08 pm

Umm... There's blank records in the forum database?

Project Gutenberg: http://www.promo.net/pg/
The full texts of many old books such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and (several versions of) Grimm's Fairy Tales.
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Postby LAGtheNoggin on Wed May 26, 2004 2:29 pm

A little picture an uber artist made. It's a very good colouring reference, a friend has it printed out and hangs it over his desk.

http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/tuts/misc.jpg
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Postby Asarea on Wed May 26, 2004 3:10 pm

I really wonder noone has mentioned this link before - its from the biggest amateur artist community I know - 'Elfwood'.

The FARP section (Fantasy Art Reproduce Project) has many different tutorials to provide, even tutorials written by professional artists how to sell your art and such things. Really worthy to check them out.

http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/farp/?8195
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Postby McDuffies on Thu May 27, 2004 5:58 am

Hey, I found a lots of cool tutorials, the only problem is, they're not free.
But they're 99p each, seems like a fair price for the ones who are not satisfied with what they usually can find on net.
Anyway:
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/
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Postby LAGtheNoggin on Tue Jun 22, 2004 5:45 pm

Some proffesional tips on Photoshop (and 3D Studio Max).

Crumbs of Enlightenment

A thread from my other padding ground known as Polycount. These are respected games artists posting, they know their stuff.
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Postby Carlin on Wed Aug 04, 2004 9:45 pm

Ink Tank

This page has many articles about cartooning and various other things. Be sure to check out other links in the "comic coach" menu. There are plenty of other items that are quite helpfull for the aspiring cartoonist.
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Postby Christwriter on Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:38 pm

Gee, we've really neglected the art of storytelling here, haven't we?

Here's a good one on <a href="http://www.anycities.com/user1/ghostofdawn/reviews/marysue.html"> Character Development</a> I found while surfing NaNoWriMo's boards.

Enjoy.

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Postby YarpsDat on Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:40 am

Unfortunatelly. I have to report I encountered numerous difficulties trying to follow the article linked in the previous post.

Namely point 2 tells me to "I want you to take all preconceived notions; anything you've read from any kind of fanfic, seen in the movies or on tv--anyone else's ideas anywhere. Take all those and flush them down the toilet. Your mind is empty. Anything you come up with from here on out is your own creation and not some rehash from someone's tired out fanfic who probably copied it from some other cliche` fanfic as well."

Primo: this sounds like mixing up the concepts of "Mary Sue" and "cliche"
(as does setting "Mary Sue" in opposition to "oryginal character", that the article does many a time.)

Secundo: the best I could do after emptying my mind of everything I've ever read or heard was
"Torg, need, food."
So, I assume the perfect character would be pretty hungry...

Tertio: the whole paragraph continues to keep me confused.
I'm to describe a character, and for some reason I can't use their dating habits for that. Not that I'd want to, but the reasoning as to why it's not allowed (quote:"It's wrong because it's wrong") is beyond my comprehension. So what can I use? Their purpose? Their work? Their family? Their past, future, their favourite drink???
Apparently not as:"Mary Sue must be able to stand on her own"
What does that mean??? The way I read it is that "If the universe consisted solely of that particular character, it would still make an interesting story" and that's umm, kinda dificult... Unless the character has multiple shizophrenia, and very vivid imagination... which could work quite good when you think about it...
Anyways, I suspect I misunderstood something, and I'd welcome some clarifications.



And finally a couple of lines later it says:
"You are filling that out, aren't you? I'm serious guys! If you don't have a paper, then go get one right now. This is a good exercise. I've done it before myself. It helps, I promise!"
No, I'm not filling that out beacuse I can't understand. ;_;
But all these warning labels are making me think that continuing to read without following the instructions would be a terrible waste.
I imagine it's sorta like clicking a link to one of the sabotaged flash thingies, and then, while the flash is loading you read the next post say "OMG! I was looking at the screen trying to find that mouse and then there was that horrible-horrible scream and dead bodies everywhere", and that ruins the joke _forever_...

So I'd like to hear some explanations, or at least a promise that my life won't be forever ruined, because that would suck.

I remain confused.
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Postby Fullcircle on Sun Aug 22, 2004 4:38 am

I actually had a website dedicated to Character Development in college. I've recently taken the text and been revamping it. I'm not completely finished and it still needs some work, but I hope someone will find it useful. /(^v^)\ Viva le writers! Feedback is more than welcomed.

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Postby Squis on Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:58 am

Since I liked the idea of flipping through fashion mags for clothing reference, but never have such a magazine nearby, I found a great online-fashion-shop:

http://www.sportscheck.com

You can browse by clothing pieces and some items have a 360
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Postby Endless on Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:56 pm

http://www.renderosity.com/tut.ez?Form.sess_id=30663792&Form.sess_key=1109192003 has some good stuff at Renderosity, though gfxartist.com is superior
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Postby Endless on Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:37 pm

oh, and http://www.sumaleth.com/links/ is good too
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Postby LAGtheNoggin on Sat Nov 12, 2005 2:23 pm

COLOURING / PAINTING

These pages and onwards are good from Loomis
http://d538518.u320.bigcrawler.com/FigureDrawing/76.htm

Spicey Curry Brush tutorial
http://www.deviantart.com/view/24105181/

Basic CG painting tutorial
http://www.mattiassnygg.com/tutorials/tut1.htm

Another CG painting tutorial
http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials/14033
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Postby LAGtheNoggin on Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:38 am

COLOURING / PAINTING. Again.

wp wrote:Awesome site with coloring advice and lots of other stuff:

http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/art_tut.htm

The guy behind that tutorial has influenced me the most throughout my colouring life.

His how I work and main page are also worth a visit.
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Postby Salicyclic on Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:03 pm

html editor (free)

for people redesigning/building their webpage, i found a pretty good little editor on download.com called page breeze (not all of us have access to dreamweaver or the patience to code the old fashioned way)

i'd call it a great editor but it does have a few bugs in it - sometimes changes you may wish to make to page information or table format don't work using the menus, but if you know even a little bit about html it's very easy to select the html editing option and just add changes manually.

it has links to free templates online and won't install lots of advertising crap on your machine. and it's free so you won't have any kind of limit on the time you have to use it.

link: http://www.download.com/PageBreeze-Free ... ag=lst-0-1

hope this helps :)
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Postby Compugasm on Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:19 am

Here's two links too friendly communities that are great assistance in using the programs used to do all the tutorials in previous posts.

Paint Shop Pro - Pinoy7

Photoshop - Designers Lounge.
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Postby Wyldcherry on Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:34 pm

Lissa Explains it All - Don't know html? This site has a lot of good (easy to read) tutorials. IMO, I think all beginners who are new to html should go here.

NVU - Free wysiwyg editor. Good for coding beginners. Actually here's a list of free wysiwyg editors (as well non wysiwyg). http://www.developershome.com/webBuildi ... ditors.asp

Open Canvas 4 - Great program for lining and toning (depending on which version you get). Also, you can learn how people draw from the 'event files' that's located in the community area of that website. There is also a freeware version. I don't have the link with me, but google for Opencanvas 1.1 free version. It should turn up. Also, here is a good Open Canvas 1.1 tutorial.

Manga Studio - I haven't tried this out, but it looks like a cool program.

Free Screentonez - Lots of them, too!

Drawing in One-Point Perspective tutorials.

All the Human Photo References and Textures 3D Artist Wants - Just what the title says.

css Zen Garden - Need ideas for your website? Go here and gaze in awe at some of the designs found here.

A List Apart - Lots of good tips on webdesign.

W3C Validation - Good place to check mistakes in your coding (especially if you use wysiwyg editors).
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Postby Smorris on Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:18 pm

For anybody not reading comixpedia, I found this link to be really interesting reading.

This is the best digital coloring tutorial I've ever seen.

Some good Photoshop advice in this conversation and many more links within.

And I'll second CSS Zen Garden. Their online book is a great resource.
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Postby Churusaa on Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:32 am

salicyclic wrote:html editor (free)

for people redesigning/building their webpage, i found a pretty good little editor on download.com called page breeze (not all of us have access to dreamweaver or the patience to code the old fashioned way)

i'd call it a great editor but it does have a few bugs in it - sometimes changes you may wish to make to page information or table format don't work using the menus, but if you know even a little bit about html it's very easy to select the html editing option and just add changes manually.

it has links to free templates online and won't install lots of advertising crap on your machine. and it's free so you won't have any kind of limit on the time you have to use it.

link: http://www.download.com/PageBreeze-Free ... ag=lst-0-1

hope this helps :)


There's also another one (completely free, and opensource) called NVU that has no adware, no spyware, and even has source-code available (so if you're into that kind of thing, you can mod it to your little heart's content, or add plugins) The mac version is a little buggy, but hopefully that will be addressed soon. I use a mac, and NVU can be a little frustrating at times (won't let you save any manual changes to the source-code you can't insert in the GUI sometimes) but it does a pretty good job. My site (http://msac.comicgenesis.com was built using a combination of NVU and hand-crafted javascript.
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