Isn't blue invisible in grayscale? I know it doesn't scan in black and white.
That’s really only true of graphic art cameras and old photocopiers. Modern scanners pick up cyan/light blue when scanning in even grayscale because most of them are meant to handle full-color photographs and grayscale images of deeper shades/varying hues. And when black-and-white, it works if the threshold is set to remove it, otherwise it can show up as tiny scratchy black dashes and dots.
Blue lines are still in use because of how easy is is to up the contrast in grays and thresholds for black-and-white to remove them completely. I decide to remove the blue pencils manually because I can keep a close eye on the quality of the black lines and avoid my blue lines being rendered as dots or dashes.
I have the most sincere question ever, among the other art questions I have asked (which were hard to answer, sorry btw):
What is that blue pencil you use, how do you hide it when you are inking and decide not to ink a line (and it was a surprise that you didn't want to ink that line), and... Um... Why are you so pretty and amazing and awesome and *more oogling at your style and more inspiration* :O <-- I don't know why I do that mouth thing... But I wish I could either make it drool, or look more like the All That logo. :D
Oh my goodness!
Well, personally I stick with the blue lines because they’re kind to my eyes, but the way the pencils are removed from the finished page is done in a way that you can use any color that isn’t black or gray. I tried green and purple before, and while they still produced clean line work, they hurt my eyes too much.
I use a Platinum OLEeNU mechanical pencil because colored lead tends to break easily, and these pencils are designed to prevent breakage. It isn’t a perfect fix, but it saves me some heartache.
I’m not sure what you meant by hiding a line. Or a “line I didn’t want to ink.” These lines are very light, I darkened them in that picture for visibility, so they are very easy to draw over. And, like I said, I stick with a light blue because it’s easy on the eyes.
I assume maybe by “hiding” you meant making it disapear when scanned. What you’d do is knock the brightness and contrast up a bit to make the blue a little more pure, but not enough to distort the black lines. Open Hue/Saturation, drop down Cyan (or whichever colors you’re trying to remove) and raise Lightness all the way up, Saturation all the way down. Sometimes you have to do the same with the Blue, if there are still remnants where the pencils were particularly dark. Then, if you aren’t going to reduce the image to Grayscale, Desaturate the line art instead to remove any other hints of color.
I hope that was helpful!
EDIT: I should also note that the guidelines for the layout, bleed and panels is done with Copic markers in a similar color to my pencil.
Are there any major historical events in the world of Love Me Nice that are different because of Toons? Have they always been there, or did they kind of pop up more recently?
(Sorry I'm an alternate history nerd.) (LOVE the comic by the way.)
A few, I’m still fleshing that kind of stuff out. I think it’s one of those things that will only be mentioned or even imagined up if it helps the story or advances it somehow. I’m still thinking up things as I write/draw — the details/backstory is pretty dense as it is, hahaha
Are there any toons you design that you decide are just too wacky or strange?
Do really extra weird toons exist in the world, like ones that border on criminally insane or whatsit because of their unpredictability?
Are there toon laws that exist that are exclusive to toons, regarding the above?
Due to some of the rules I established about this world, Toons don’t deviate too far from a human appearance — it can get really bizarre, but you’re not going to get, like, a talking fire hydrant. Maybe someone who *looks* like a fire hydrant, sure. But that’s pushing it. It’s mostly organic things that Toons mimic.
And there are rules depending on where you live. There’s a Toon Quarter, which is a sort of neighborhood spanning multiple cities, specific to where the main characters live that has different zoning laws and stuff that allows for “toon behavior” to continue without interference. Like Kelly’s “hammerspace” bag — thinking about how that could be used for pretty terrible ends, it’s not a wonder it’s banned in public. But in that Toon quarter, it’s perfectly fine to have and use.
which of your characters have already experienced the hardest time of their lives, and which ones have yet to experience it?
Honestly that’s a hard question to answer, because of what “hardest” can mean and the fact that for a good chunk of the characters, the hardest parts of their lives are ongoing.
I guess Roger has experienced the toughest parts of his life already and now he’s sort of dealing with the repercussions and clean-up/damage control. Mac Sr. too, the worst of his experiences are behind him. Kelly’s had a lot of bad experiences but she hasn’t really had to face them head-on until future chapters, she she hasn’t gotten over her toughest hurdles. And then there’s Bongo, who had hard experiences in the past, and has hard ones coming up, and his life when he enters the story is a sort of lull in that stream of shit that is none the less still shitty (though he’s to blame for it partially). Claire’s in a similar boat as Bongo, only her life wasn’t shitty, just tedious and tightly choreographed — currently she too is experiencing a lull in the shitstorm that used to rage and will pick up again soon.
And then there’s Carolina for whom every single moment feels like a new hurdle.
Hey I colored your awesome robot lady. I tried to link you but apparently tumblr doesn't want questions to have links in them anymore after that one guy spammed the shit out of everyone, so I guess just click on my dumb face what has glasses on it.
I'm really looking forward to seeing more slipshine stuff from you, not to mention Love me Nice! DON'T STOP DRAWING STUFF YOU PRICK!
Oooh I see! Yeah, I know I found a few of those because I get alerted to certain keywords, like my name, and Love Me Nice. It’s super cute!
Also, I have been successfully bullied into drawing forever! Crying and drawing! Never stopping!
“mandiiv (9:31:20 PM): also I brainstormed more bongo and melissa stuff while cutting fruit at work
mandiiv (9:31:25 PM): to the point that I cut too much fruit
mandiiv (9:31:33 PM): and kinda forgot to help the other bartender
mandiiv (9:31:36 PM): but
mandiiv (9:31:43 PM): he has enough fruit for the next 4 days”—There are some days when it’d be a better for my bosses if I wasn’t at work and they sent me home to write/draw comics instead.
I don’t drink enough caffeine for that to be true, I don’t even drink a cup of coffee a day, or even every two days. I limit the amount of caffeine I ingest because I am very prone to kidney infections. I don’t even keep soda in the kitchen.
I’m just finding more and more it is a solution to my problems. Which is bad for a thing you try to avoid.
I went to bed early with a day-ruining tension headache, took medicine. I woke up at 6am with an even worse headache. The kind that makes you cry but crying hurts too much so you just rock back and forth and moan.
I then took a caffeine shot with my medicine and went back to bed. Within an hour the headache cleared up.
The last thing I need is for events in my life to tell me I need *more* caffeine.
A medium gains legitimacy and respect when people making work in that medium legitimize and respect it.
Comics as a whole are in the process now of gaining that legitimacy, and it’s because of the people doing good work in that medium, more than any other reason. Superficial aspects like deciding…
Very, very good, what you have said here.
A lot of people talk about abandoning the term “webcomic” because of it’s negative connotations, but I think that’s backwards. The term has use and describes a form of publishing and distribution — what needs to change, and is changing, is the quality of webcomics. Webcomics are no longer a novelty, you can’t have “success” by doing the bare minimum and being on the internet. They are a legitimate form of distribution and every day the “market” is becoming more and more saturated with quality comics — the bar is being raised.
Because publication and print have “weeded out” poorer quality and less refined work, webcomics have been viewed as less “legitimate” because “anyone” can put a comic online. But now that the world of webcomics is being bombarded by amazing work, it’s that density of quality that is weeding out the lazy comics and challenging artists to strive for better.
So, like Evan here says: We need more good webcomics.
And if you’re starting one, give it your all. Don’t think that just because its a webcomic, you can be a little lazier and not try as hard because it’s on the web and you don’t have to impress a publisher — you still have to impress an audience. See, if you do that: a) You’re not helping build the library of great comics on the web and b) your work is going to be overshadowed by all of the amazing artists — amateur, self-taught or professional — who are all transitioning to the web as I type this.
Just a fun fact: Nancy Grace's brother is named Mac Jr.
Now everytime I watch her show, I'm going to imagine her as the long lost adoptive sister of your LMN character. Which means, now I won't take her emotional shouts of desperation and anger seriously.. :o Does that make me not human? D:
I don’t know what a Nancy Grace is, so I’m gonna have to trust my followers to decide for me whether or not you’re an inhuman monster.
I never got through all of Sailor Moon S. You are made of sterner stuff than I.
Well I watched most of it fansubbed as a kiddo and revisited it later at like 17-18, and it’s way easier to burn through them fueled by nostalgia.
But that means you never had to watch SuperS, and no one should have to watch SuperS.
MY OPINION OF SAILOR MOON ANIME SEASONS:
Sailor Moon: Cute and charming! Tongue-in-cheek, makes fun of itself.
Sailor Moon R (anime-only story): Still cute, a little unnecessarily melodramatic
Sailor Moon R (manga-inspired story): Cute, charming, similar in tone to the first.
Sailor Moon S: Way less charming and a lot more cheesy, very melodramatic, plot doesn’t make sense, characters kinda become less likable, funny moments feel out of place and forced
Sailor Moon SuperS: Brain-numbingly stupid and pandering, the “cute” is piled on heavily instead of the charm, the story makes zero sense, it feels like a different show
Sailor Stars: Obvious attempt to right the wrongs of SuperS, which means it became charming and cute again like the first season… but also very melodramatic like S. Terrible story, but fun to watch again. The show hadn’t made fun of itself this much since the first season. Still really stupid, mostly towards the climax and conclusion.