(AKA “How to Cheat at Webcomics”)
Just for fun, here are some progress shots from the last panel of Page 150, along with a few tips for being
lazier more efficient about drawing:
(Larger version here.)
Step 1: Google SketchUp! Very fun to play around in. Best thing ever when you don’t want to figure out environment perspective and proportions from scratch in every panel.
Step 2: MyPaint! Free and open source. Inking is so much faster and easier here than in Photoshop, it isn’t even funny. Try the Ico_Precise_Pen_02 brush (in the Ink set) with a boosted radius. You can even zoom way out to ink a long line, and when you zoom back in, the line will be perfectly smooth. ♥ So good.
Step 3: Photoshop Actions = Win. Flat fills take about one minute per panel once you have a good select->expand->fill Action set up (assuming you’ve closed most of your lines).
Step 4: I haven’t figured out how to cheat at this part yet. Any suggestions?