Figuary 2021

As I ramp up redrawing the comic pages I lost when my last computer died, I’ve been taking part in figure drawing. Figuary is a challenge of sorts to draw figure studies from reference during the month of February. Since I’m still getting used to working digitally, I’m also taking advantage of this by doing all of my studies in Clip Studio Paint. The following are poses from Line-of-Action, starting with 30 seconds and building up to 10 minutes:

Save Tim?

My main computer, Tim?, might have a problem with his hard drive. I’m in the process of trying to fix the problem myself. I’m not the greatest when it comes to computers. It has a ‘no bootable device’ error. So far, I’ve tried a few of the recommended fixes and am moving on to the more invasive solutions. I had to order some equipment for the repair. Nothing too fancy or expensive. But if you’d like to help out, it would be appreciated.

You can buy me a coffee or two by donating through my Ko-fi account here.

The Dib-Dib-Dib

I’m rebuilding my portfolio, and decided to rework some old illustrations now that I’m doing digital art. This one is an illustration from the Palestinian folktale ‘The Dib-Dib-Dib.’ It’s a hilarious story of much ado about nothing. And panthers.

The original was an Inktober drawing made with pigma micron pens, and TOUCH alcohol markers.

Ex Pro

I’ve finally upgraded the license for Clip Studio Paint from Pro to Ex. This mostly means I can now make files with multiple pages! Very handy indeed. I like being able to see the layout of the entire project as it comes together.

I had much fretting over the size of the pages. I went with A4 because that seemed like the best option for printing but a part of me is unsure. I had to scale down the most recent pages, and the buffer is far too small. So hopefully I’ve hit a Goldilocks size for the pages going forward.

It’s Handy!

I just wanted to pop in to share a new tool I’ve found useful in my comics journey. I just installed the Handy Art Reference Tool on my phone, and it’s… well.

It is so easy to manipulate the models and lighting. I haven’t tried changing the colour of the light but you can do that too! I mostly use it for lighting faces. The hands are a little too exaggerated to work for my purposes. But I can usually find one that’s close enough and just imagine the rest.

Anyway, it’s my favourite art app for reference!

The Everlasting Hills

Now and then I am struck by the disconnect between what I imagine and what I have the skills to create. This panel is a good example of this. I really wanted something flooded with light, and had this clear picture of the light diffusing through the clothing of the figures on the heights. Could I find a way to render it, though?

Not really. Turning to reference, I couldn’t find anything that came close to what I had in my mind. I did my best with what was available but it still needs work. To make matters worse, the pressure sensitivity on my tablet’s pen turned itself off again.