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IDpaula_vieira
StatusArtist
LanguagePortuguese
Birthday 12/28/1985
Country Brazil
Latest ReleaseGod of Destruction The Agency
Number of Releases20

I'm a Brazilian artist, graduated in Printing and currently studying Design and Illustration. I speak Portuguese, English, some Japanese and also a little German and Spanish.

I've been a manga and anime fan since I first watched Saint Seiya, back when I was 9 years old... and so my drawing style owes a lot to that old-school aesthetic. My favorite mangas are The Violinist of Hameln and its sequel, Shchelkunchik. I also enjoy Katekyo Hitman Reborn, and the original Saint Seiya manga holds a special place in my heart.

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Elanor Pam 07/24/2011 11:52 [it sure feels great to be productive comments]

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I plan on using Manga Studio as well, but first I have to take this online sequential art course.

Drawing comics never felt like much of a mystery to me - though there were tips and tricks I had to be told about, of course. Still, my own personal secret to sequential art is just to picture a movie in my head, and take some snapshots! It's sometimes a realistic movie, and sometimes an anime, but it's always moving. Every panel has to have some movement, even if it's just hair in the wind or layered cloth reacting to gravity. (That way, a completely still panel packs a huge punch!)

But for everything comics I think you should look into the book "Understanding Comics", by Scott McCloud. It's a wonderful book, not merely about drawing comics, but about the significance of many symbols we use and recognize in them. And it's all done as a comic book!

As for what's happining on the page, I think he sees something out the window but it's just the girl.

Nah, the girl is sitting right in front of him.

I guess it doesn't help that Manga Studio doesn't auto-save panel layers. This is an auto-saved page... a sort of preview page the program creates and updates automatically every time you save your file. The preview page only shows art and text layers, though, and I used a bunch of support layers in this page which are invisible in the preview, including panel layers. On the page top, you actually have 2 panels - 1 in which Herbert looks to the side, and another with a close-up on the window. Does that change your perception of the scene?

Teichan 07/26/2011 21:42 [it sure feels great to be productive comments]

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Woah :o

I personally found

Still, my own personal secret to sequential art is just to picture a movie in my head, and take some snapshots!

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Every panel has to have some movement, even if it's just hair in the wind or layered cloth reacting to gravity.

to be very insightful!

Thanks :).

I haven't checked out that program before :3 but then again I can only draw stick figures :(.

Elanor Pam 07/27/2011 11:31 [it sure feels great to be productive comments]

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I haven't checked out that program before :3 but then again I can only draw stick figures :(.

The program does have drawing aids for people who don't have much experience in drawing. 3D mannequins you can manipulate into poses and then trace, pre-made 3D environments and objects you can set into place in your desired angle and then rasterize to get a "pen-inked" feel complete with screen-tone shadows, rulers of all sorts which the cursor automatically snaps to while drawing (if you want it to - you can toggle them on or off!).

The 3D environments are mostly modern places, like paved streets, buildings, schools, houses and detailed inside views of certain rooms, but if you have a 3D program you can actually build your own - and I have :D The inn in chapter 7 is actually a 3D model I built in 3dsMax to cut back on drawing time - the kitchen, the common room, Herbert's room... they looks a bit unnatural at places, though, which is why I intend to use the models as a tracing guide rather than as the definitive backgrounds in chapter 8. (That, or get better at making 3D models.)


(above: rasterized 3D render of the inn's common room)

As for rulers - in the page above, for example, I used the symmetry ruler to draw the window, since I kinda suck at drawing symmetrical objects. In the finished page the window probably won't be in that angle - but I took the time to draw it as neatly as possible because the pretty window frames are a new addition to the inn's building which I had to design eventually anyway. And talking about angles, the program also has perspective rulers! 1, 2 and 3-point perspective, which makes for some rad background action. My favorite is still the symmetry ruler, though. Any random doodle looks good when you have the symmetry ruler.

All in all, it's an AWESOME program for sketching, drawing, inking and screen-toning. The coloring options are the only thing that are "mostly okay", though to be fair I haven't explored all of its options.

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