Thought I’d try another Batman image in the grittier-looser inking style that I’ve been playing with recently. Plus, I thought I’d mix up the design a bit, less spandex and movie armor and more military-esque.
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Some Manga Studio digital inks followed by some color. I love how I don’t have to worry about knocking over the ink bottle all over my desk and the drawing or how I don’t get carried away and push to hard on the pen tip and breaking the damn thing.
I sketched up this guy a couple weeks back and finally got around to inking him up this weekend. I’ve been going for a gritty black and white feel for these inks as of late. I like how I can just lay in lines and not worry so much about how clean they will look in the end. Working this way is a huge departure from the well contained, tight images I have been working up in the last few years. I’m really enjoying myself, it’s good to change it up some.
Okay so… I finished this guy’s colors up in Manga Studio. I hadn’t used MS much for coloring, this was my first real test and I enjoyed it. It works much the same way that Photoshop does minus a few things that aren’t there or I haven’t figured out yet. For example in Photoshop if you create a mask, you can use your brush tool to work directly on that channel. In Manga Studios you use the eraser tool instead. Does pretty much the same thing just messed with my head a bit because my go to was the brush tool and that just wasn’t working. Another thing that bugged me was the radial gradient tool it just seems wanky compared to Photoshops. Probably just need to get use to it. Other than that I really dug it and plan on doing more coloring in MS. If you were curious about the app… I’d give it a shot.
Oh and what exactly is the Unbroken Seal? It’s a personal just-for-fun project that I hope to start developing, as a web comic, in the very near future. Of course, that means all other work will come first, so it may be a bit sporadic with updates. Wish me luck.
If you have been following you probably have noticed that I have been working in a new app, Manga Studio 5. I am really digging it for inking, really really natural. I don’t consider myself to be the best inker out there, no where near the top of the lists, but I would like to be. So, I plan on playing in this app for a while. I worked up this guy who is demanding that I now add some color. Guess I will do just that. Not sure how Manga Studios handles colors, but I am interested in the halftone patterns and how they work with regard to color. I have been so engrained in Photoshop for so long, it may be tough to switch up to a new program.