You know what's funny? The very first time I heard of Photoshop was in my junior year of high school and Illustrator was the first one I used, then I got a wacom the summer before college and my computer (thank goodness for student grants) and went into Photoshop and never looked back. I faintly remember the mesh tool, that was pretty neat. For one of our first digital college works we could only use the mesh tool to color, it was such a pain at first. Sorry, I'm not being helpful!
Your lines are so cleeeaaan! I've really gotta practice my digital inking. I prefer to sketch and ink traditionally, but my scanned lines never come out as a nice, solid black. Very frustrating. I blame my scanner.
Also, I love the perspective on this face, it's such a cool angle! What do you use for drawing reference?
He did indeed! My lines are now wonderfully solid and smooth, and SO much easier to work with! I'll definitely be doing that resizing thing for all my scans from now on.
Man, what I wouldn't give for a single digital comics class! I feel like all these mistakes of mine are easily-solved problems for someone who's actually trained to do digital art. Luckily, awesome people like you guys are willing to help me out when I'm completely stuck Thank you!
Milo's process is way different than mine - I tend to ink all my comics digitally now, which is what I was originally doing for 1Q - but I'm really happy to hear it worked out! (I also have a new little gizmo to put in my bag of tricks, too.)
Hooray for awesome gizmos! I'd like to ink digitally someday in order to streamline the process, and so I can stop having battles with my cranky scanner. For now though, there's still a bit of a disconnect between me and the computer that makes my digital lines not so good. I'll keep practicing, though!
(PS - scan your pages at 600 DPI, crank the levels up so all the pixels are either solid black or solid white (NO GRAY, unless you're using pencils or something where you need some subtlety of value) and then resize down. The lines will soften as your re-size them but retain the bright whites and solid blacks.)