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: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: VinceBot 26 July, 2009, 07:22:28 PM
Got a specific tutorial people might find usful? Post it in this thread!

Periodically we'll come through here and cull the posts, compile the links and delete the flak.

If you've got an entire text tutorial you want to actually post, you might do better to post it to its own thread, then post a link to that thread in here.

Important Threads

General Art Discussion (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,25764.0.html)
General Colouring Discussion (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,25751.0.html)
General Lettering Discussion (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,25773.0.html)
General Writing Discussion (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,25779.0.html)
General Self-Publishing Discussion (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,26054.0.html)

Lettering: A Guide to Abode Illustrator (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,26156.0.html) by Jim Campbell.
How do I Contact people in 2000AD? (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,26305.0.html)


Additional Tutorials

: Peter Wolf
I am not posting a specific link to any particular one, but YouTube (http://www.youtube.com) has loads of videos of artists drawing and sketching that you can learn a bit from watching.

Dave Gibbons prepares a Rorschach front cover for ImagineFX magazine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu1FBjCqxew).
Short, but it includes plenty of interesting tips.

Turkey City Lexicon (http://www.sfwa.org/writing/turkeycity.html)
A list of cliches that have been collected over twenty years of sci-fi writing workshops and therefore subjects to avoid.

Tom Richmonds Art Tutorials (http://www.tomrichmond.com/blog/tutorials/).
MAD Blogs tutorial collection, full of general artisty tutorials and tips.

Imagine FX Forums (http://community.imaginefx.com/forums/)
A much larger forum dedicated to "Fantasy/Sci-Fi Digital Art". Hunt around a little for a wealth of tutorials and tips.

George Peter Gatis Tutorials (http://www.georgepetergatsis.org/).
Tutorials on drawing, inking and lettering in Illustrator and Photoshop.


Brian Bollands Video Tutorials

: Jim_Campbell
A cautionary footnote to the Brian Bolland tutorials ... clearly they work just fine for Bolland, but almost no sane person working in comics today would replicate that channel-based workflow for colouring ... it's what Layers were invented for.

Inking (http://www.brianbolland.net/lessons/gotham_nights_37/gotham_nights_introduction.html)
Colouring in Photoshop (Part 1) (http://www.brianbolland.net/lessons/coloring_in_photoshop_lesson_1/coloring_in_photoshop_lesson_1_01.html)
Colouring in Photoshop (Part 2) (http://www.brianbolland.net/lessons/coloring_in_photoshop_lesson_2/coloring_in_photoshop_lesson_2_01.html)

: Re: Tutorials and Tips
: Kev Levell 27 July, 2009, 10:19:10 AM
First off, VinceBot, thanks for opening this subsection of the forum - I'm very happy it's here!

Here are a few starting points for things that I've found informative or useful.

Matt Brooker, better known to most as D'Israeli has from time to time put tutorials, work in progress and some analysis of comic art and artists on his website and blog... I have included a few links to some pretty cool things that IMO, everyone wanting to get work should have at least scrolled through.

This very quick video (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2007/08/video-try-out.html) will tell you about getting started with colour in photoshop.

Searching his blog with the word process (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/search?q=process) for example, should prove most enlightening.

I'd advise a read through of his Low Life: Creation series too.
part 1 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/02/lowlife-creation-part-one-borrowed.html), part 2 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/02/lowlife-creation-part-two-old-dogs-new.html), part 3 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/03/lowlife-creation-part-three-so-was-that.html), part 4 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/03/lowlife-creation-part-four-this-week-i.html), part 5 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/04/lowlife-creation-part-five-all-joy-i.html), part 6 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/04/lowlife-creation-part-six-theyll-need.html), part 7 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/04/lowlife-creation-part-seven-work-life.html) and finally, part 8 (http://disraeli-demon.blogspot.com/2009/04/lowlife-creation-part-eight-cover-its.html).

Where Mr. D'Israeli's website http://www.disraeli-demon.com/ (http://www.disraeli-demon.com/) is concerned - look at everything because it's cool - but there are some handy hints on colouring in the "education" section.

It's not just Matt who does this informative sort of thing either.
Dave Taylor (http://d-taylor-comics-music-ford-mustangs.blogspot.com/), Kevin Nowlan (http://kevinnowlan.blogspot.com/), Leigh Gallagher (http://leighgallagherart.blogspot.com/) and Dylan Teague (http://dylansdrawingboard.blogspot.com/) have all blogged about their process too.
For the painters out there look no further than Glenn Fabry's website:
and the step-by-step tutorial (http://www.glennfabry.co.uk/workinprogress.htm) that's there.

There are many other artists that have reasonably regularly updated blogs. Sometimes you'll see a page of pencils go up, try inking a page of art that a professional has produced. You are guaranteed to learn something about their process.

A fantastic place to find a huge number of links to comic artists and other things of interest is Mark Kardwell's Bad Librarianship Blog (http://www.badlibrarianship.com/).

Hopefully that's got you started - go search, find things - it'll enrich your next round of samples.
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Jim_Campbell 07 October, 2009, 10:06:26 PM
Very general, but very salient advice for self-publishing and small press (http://www.urban75.org/comics/faq.html) from Nate (Blambot) Piekos.

Cheers!

Jim
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: radiator 23 November, 2009, 11:00:55 AM
Advice on the method of converting and printing out your pencils in non-repro blue for inking...

http://scientificartist.blogspot.com/2005/10/pencilling-inking-and-non-repro-blue.html (http://scientificartist.blogspot.com/2005/10/pencilling-inking-and-non-repro-blue.html)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Emperor 30 January, 2010, 03:27:27 PM
John Freeman has created a long list of agencies who syndicate comic strips and the like in newspapers:

http://downthetubes.ning.com/notes/Syndicating_Your_Comic
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Emperor 09 February, 2010, 08:17:32 PM
Jamie McKelvie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_McKelvie)'s Comic Book Layout workshop, available as a PDF download as it appeared in the Imagine FX magazine:

www.imaginefx.com/02287754331703249440/comic-book-layout.html
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Emperor 16 April, 2010, 09:00:57 PM
Cartooning Advice: Zippy's Bill Griffith gives his Top 40 List on Creating Comics (http://cartoonsnap.blogspot.com/2010/04/cartooning-advice-zippy-bill-griffith.html) - all of them excellent covering writing, drawing and lettering, as well as conceptual issues (and it is funnier than my sentence makes it sound ;) ).

Hat tip (http://cartoonsnap.blogspot.com/2010/04/cartooning-advice-zippy-bill-griffith.html)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: pauljholden 24 April, 2010, 11:16:12 AM
Via @stephenmdowney on twitter

http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/art/How-to-draw-all-sorts-of-crap-104342407

Great primer - includes link to a printable set of pages (5 pages) - worth printing in colour if you can.

-pj
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: IAMTHESYSTEM 24 April, 2010, 11:29:11 AM
Here's some more stuff:

http://cvcomics.com/video/?p=42

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbFBkJwQ7CY
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 24 April, 2010, 11:32:59 AM
That's great and would make a great poster- nice one PJ

Good stuff there IATS- makes me want to hoke out my brushes and ink
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 03 May, 2010, 01:04:34 PM
How to create a planet

http://dinyctis.deviantart.com/art/Planet-Tutorial-3131869
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: SuperSurfer 28 May, 2010, 03:44:03 PM
There are some very fine tutorial pages by the brilliant Frazer Irving on http://www.imaginefx.com (http://www.imaginefx.com). You can download them as PDFs. Been online for a while but worth reading.

http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754332239536818/get-to-grips-with-panels.html (http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754332239536818/get-to-grips-with-panels.html)
http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754330255193097/pencilling-a-comic-figure-1-of-3.html (http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754330255193097/pencilling-a-comic-figure-1-of-3.html)
http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754331354269670/inking-for-comics-2-of-3.html (http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754331354269670/inking-for-comics-2-of-3.html)
http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754330184954282/colouring-comic-art-3-of-3.html (http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754330184954282/colouring-comic-art-3-of-3.html)

If you go to the downloads page and search for 'comics' there is plenty more intereting stuff.
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: CrazyFoxMachine 28 May, 2010, 03:58:46 PM
Nice one - cheers Surfer I'll take a peek - Frazer's a goldmine for techniques.

HE SEEMS TO HAVE MASTERED THEM ALL
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 08 June, 2010, 10:43:02 AM
Nice little tutorial for colouring in Photoshop

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/158/6/4/Coloring_tutorial_by_Phobs.jpg

(http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/158/6/4/Coloring_tutorial_by_Phobs.jpg)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 08 June, 2010, 09:32:34 PM
and a little on brushes

(http://loish.net/deviantart/resources/brushes_small.jpg)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 19 July, 2010, 05:26:14 PM
A useful little reference
(http://th08.deviantart.net/fs12/PRE/i/2006/290/f/5/How_To_Exaggerate_by_batangbatugan.jpg)

: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Emperor 10 August, 2010, 02:23:32 AM
Some good advice on pitching a comic:

http://confessions123.blogspot.com/2010/07/so-you-wanna-be-comic-book-star-san.html
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: SuperSurfer 11 September, 2010, 12:24:03 AM
Comics Journal video tutorials:

Colouring- Jamie Grant
http://www.tcj.com/superhero/craft-of-comics-jamie-grant-part-1-of-2
http://www.tcj.com/superhero/craft-of-comics-jamie-grant-part-2-of-2

Frank Quitely
Has already been linked to elsewhere but would be handy to have it linked to here as well
http://www.tcj.com/superhero/craft-of-comics-frank-quitely/

http://www.tcj.com/multimedia
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Dave Hedmark 13 October, 2010, 01:10:10 AM
All about drawing comics, tools, page rate making a schedule. top left column click on drawing comics then look to bottom left column for tutorials.

http://www.scottmcdaniel.net/
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Hoagy 13 October, 2010, 11:20:53 AM
Hi guys.

Are there any good tips on what size letters to use, coherently at 20= words a bubble at 6 panels on an A4 template, please?
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Kev Levell 13 October, 2010, 11:35:31 AM
Now, if only there was someone who knew a lot about lettering who frequented the board on a daily basis...

Hopefully the first two links should help Krom, if not, a comment on Jim's blog should see you right.

General lettering discussion (http://www.2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,25773.0.html)
Jim's tutorials (http://www.2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,26445.0.html)

Jim's blog (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.com)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Hoagy 13 October, 2010, 11:39:51 AM
Cheers, Kev. I seriously need to know this. It's really holding up an already tight deadline.
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: chilipenguin 13 October, 2010, 12:41:22 PM
I would post this in the lettering thread but I'll post here so you don't miss it...

As I've been told several times it all comes down to the font you choose but from my experience, Unmasked from Blambot works well at 10pt on an A4 page. If you type out a balloon using this font and size then compare it to the font you are using, you should be able to work out what size to choose.

Hope this helps.
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Emperor 10 December, 2010, 03:37:29 PM
Not quite a tutorial but worth bookmarking:

This is the full chapter on Collaboration Contracts from Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers by Tad Crawford

http://books.google.com/books?id=5t9Poy0Px_wC&pg=PA51

The book comes with CD-ROM containing all the contracts in easy to print off form.

www.amazon.co.uk/Business-Legal-Forms-Authors-Self-Publishers/dp/1581153953/
www.amazon.com/Business-Legal-Authors-Publishers-Self-Publishers/dp/1581153953/
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: staticgirl 17 March, 2011, 02:34:57 PM
Already posted in the General Art Discussion thread but thought people might also look here:

I typed in 'How to be an illustrator' into Google not expecting much but found some interesting websites. I should never underestimate Google.

These are particularly good I think:
Nate Williams' general round up: http://www.n8w.com/wp/552
Keri Smith doesn't rate art competitions: http://www.kerismith.com/popular-posts/how-to-start-as-an-illustrator/
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 07 June, 2011, 04:37:37 PM
A nice simple reminder
(http://th02.deviantart.net/fs50/PRE/i/2009/305/c/b/SpongeBob_Tute_01_Silhouette_by_shermcohen.jpg)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: pauljholden 03 July, 2011, 08:31:50 AM
I did a quick youtube (about 13 minutes) demo of how to draw a perspective grid WITHOUT using vanishing points. Useful if the points would be off the page.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHCkb_VtFsk
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: IAMTHESYSTEM 08 August, 2011, 11:33:09 AM
Excellent video. One of the reasons I chose to go Digital was my perspective lines kept ending up off the Drawing board. The internet-the secret of all things is there!
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 08 December, 2011, 02:06:35 PM
P Craig Russell advice

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0AFB85EACEF70124
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Hoagy 09 December, 2011, 04:49:06 PM
P Craig Russell advice

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0AFB85EACEF70124

This has disappeared.
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: johnnystress 09 December, 2011, 05:05:57 PM
http://blip.tv/graphicstorytelling

http://blip.tv/graphicstorytelling/introductions-part-1-5653243
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: terrapin 09 December, 2011, 09:32:57 PM
Really thorough videos of david yardin creating a comic book page. Its great because he talks through every step from drawing roughs to traditional inking.

http://www.youtube.com/user/davidyardin#p/a/DE81966BEAF9B6FA/0/P-wIdaWSqTE
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Hoagy 09 December, 2011, 09:35:33 PM
Cool. Cheers fellas
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: worldshown 01 March, 2012, 09:25:01 AM
Indie graphic novel author Grant Chastain (Corrective Measures) did an "Ask Me Anything" on reddit earlier today which may be useful to some.

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/qccso/iama_indie_graphic_novel_author_slowly_going/ (http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/qccso/iama_indie_graphic_novel_author_slowly_going/)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: LRS 18 September, 2012, 05:59:54 PM
There seem to be some dead links (to 2000AD forum) in the first post.
With simple link manipulation I was able to get to the General Writing thread (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,25779.0.html) and I'd assume the rest can be corrected likewise!
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: trev 14 December, 2013, 07:59:28 PM
inking with mangastudio   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YOaAINDZ5X8
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: pauljholden 09 February, 2015, 07:46:20 PM
I did a few tweets on handling drawing a crowd in perspective. Might be useful.

https://storify.com/scottmarshall/drawing-crowd-scenes-by-paul-j-holden
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Hawkmumbler 10 September, 2015, 11:07:09 AM
Having a rough time working out how to blend Markers properly but this is a great little tutorial that helped a lot.

http://youtu.be/I9eB8cKu5qk
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Hawkmumbler 19 March, 2016, 03:22:12 PM
Alright guys can I ask for some advice? Whats the best digital lettering starter kit, at a relatively low price. I considered using Abode Illustrator as per Jim's other thread (sticky above this one actually) but apparently it's about £15 a month and as a starting point that's too steep for me.
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: pauljholden 19 March, 2016, 08:17:44 PM
Manga Studio (now Clip Paint Studio) has fixed some of it's more egregious text handling features so can now be used for lettering, but if you want to work as a pro level letterer you'll need illustrator (or high end equiv)

-pj
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Jim_Campbell 19 March, 2016, 08:39:27 PM
I'm afraid the bar to entry for lettering is quite high — there's no special reason why Illustrator should have high-level typographic controls that are missing from cheaper software, but it's generally true. There are people lettering at pro-level using CorelDraw, and small press/indy guys using share/freeware like Inkscape. As PJ notes, MangaStudio/ClipStudio has recently updated its text handling — it's better, but it's still not great.

The most credible Illustrator alternative right now, for my money, is Affinity Designer from Serif. Designer is (I'm afraid) Mac-only right now, but Serif have announced that a Windows version is a high priority with a public beta due "in the summer". I'd assume the Windows version would be the same price as the Mac — £40 for a perpetual license, free updates guaranteed for at least one year.

(Affinity Photo is an equally credible Photoshop contender, BTW, and well worth a look. The quality of both these packages makes me very hopeful for the their DTP package — Affinity Publisher — which is due by the end of 2016…)

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: mightybren 10 July, 2016, 11:34:00 AM
I found this video this morning while browsing Deviant Art. It's an hour long but it talks about gestural figure drawing and touches on storytelling.
For me figure drawing is a real discipline and hard to master, but is essential for sequential art. Within the first 20 minutes when he draws a gesture the penny dropped :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsxBiylAMNM

I hope you good folks find it as entertaining and instructional as I did
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Darren Stephens 10 July, 2016, 03:40:18 PM
Might also be worth noting that Affinity Designer is now at Beta stage for windows...  ;)   https://affinity.serif.com/forum/index.php?/topic/21537-affinity-designer-on-windows-1504/  (https://affinity.serif.com/forum/index.php?/topic/21537-affinity-designer-on-windows-1504/)


*cheers to Jim for the heads up.  ;)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: pauljholden 23 September, 2016, 09:54:02 AM
PERSPECTIVE MAGIC!

http://makezine.com/2016/09/22/quick-tip-perspective-drawing-with-string-and-a-paper-clip/

I'm assuming elasticated string, and I think it's been kept in place with some scotch magic tape or something.

Gonna try this as soon as I find some elasticated string!
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: amines2058 23 September, 2016, 11:04:31 AM
Saw this on Facebook yesterday PJ and instantly saved video. Same as you I instantly wanted to try this out. thinking why the hell didn't I ever think of this before!!  ::)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Fungus 23 September, 2016, 01:31:39 PM
 :o  That's tremendous.
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: amines2058 03 November, 2016, 05:39:29 PM
For anyone who may be interested Clip Studio (manga studio) have just posted on their blog Dave Gibbons posting his process behind creating his page for prog 2000. Link below:
http://blog.smithmicro.com/dave-gibbons-describes-his-comic-creation-process-in-clip-studio-paint-part-i (http://blog.smithmicro.com/dave-gibbons-describes-his-comic-creation-process-in-clip-studio-paint-part-i)
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: Hawkmumbler 03 November, 2016, 05:48:53 PM
For anyone who may be interested Clip Studio (manga studio) have just posted on their blog Dave Gibbons posting his process behind creating his page for prog 2000. Link below:
http://blog.smithmicro.com/dave-gibbons-describes-his-comic-creation-process-in-clip-studio-paint-part-i (http://blog.smithmicro.com/dave-gibbons-describes-his-comic-creation-process-in-clip-studio-paint-part-i)
Phwwaarrr!!! Now that's getting book marked!
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: amines2058 03 November, 2016, 06:40:11 PM
Part 2 is his Dan Dare cover by the looks of it. 
: Re: Tutorials and Tips Megathread
: moly 19 March, 2017, 05:05:53 PM
My daughter is 6 can anyone recommend any good how to draw books ! Thank you