At this point I was actually going to say something like “no real comment on this one”, but then I decided to check what the page actually looked like. And I do have a comment to make, but not much. I probably intended to write way more when I first drew up this page, but most of the things I wanted to say have been lost to the… y’know depths of memory or something.
This page and the following page are done completely digitally. No pencil drafts or anything. I took my big tablet (not the TC4200; that was still three months off in January) and just started drawing. It took maybe twice as long just to do the lineart as it would for me to do a complete comic page on paper at the time. That’s seriously like 5-6 hrs and then some for the digital toning.
It’s not bad I guess, but after two comics I obviously decided to stick with paper as paper is what I’m using right now at 485. Honestly I just can’t do digitally what I can do on paper yet. I tried again at 479 (maybe I’ll have more things to say when that one comes up) and it still failed hard. And I didn’t even tone 479. I dunno, the paintchats always seem to come out beyond my expecations, but when it’s time to get down to business, it just doesn’t go as well.
Anyways, I don’t really like the text for the next few pages, so it’s subject to change with the compilation of part 5. Which reminds me: I should prolly print hard copies of these two pages sometime… I dunno how the toning will show up on paper. It was really hard to scale it properly so it didn’t do queer shit when I resized the image. I guess in general it was just hard to create a toning policy – like when to change the tone size or when to change the color, etc.
OpenCanvas 4 is real nice though. I like how it lets me use the legacy brushes to paint and stuff… and then give you some added features and all.
Colette is back up after a week of downtime following that multiple installation meltdown I had last week. I’ve taken the time to finally swap out the CPU fan and the HDD to quieter alternatives. Still not silent, but there’s a lot of fans and my fan controller just doesn’t go that low. I think most of the remaining noise is just that of air running through the thing, not any of the fans. I mean it’s like a subdued version of what my AC sounds like.
A bunch of backend changes too: SP3, new printer driver, new http server, in theory I should be able to do complicated stuff like mysql databases and all, but hell if I have any use for that. I was talking to a friend online and somewhere along the line made an simple splash page as well. Basically just a modded variant of the CPUZ dump for this machine. Gonna be my new homepage from now. Or something.
Have a good one folks.