Set up your master reference folder in Manga Studio

In The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics, Freddie Williams wrote about keeping all your reference material organized in a master reference folder. His working method is to have all the files organized in one place and then paste the needed images into their own layer group in his master page template in Photoshop.

Here’s how I set up my master reference folder in Manga Studio and I think it one-ups Photoshop

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Not as wobbly as you may think

Classic Doctor Who has a reputation for being low budget.  When you read about the classic series you’re almost guaranteed to come across one reference to “wobbly sets”. Classic Doctor Who certainly had its fair share of special effects failures, but as I watch old episodes, even from the black-and-white era, I’m impressed by what they did accomplish.

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Manga Studio Quick Tip: Draw a straight line without a ruler

The correction setting in the pen tool settings.Here’s a simple one. Do you have a lot of straight lines to draw but they’re all at random angles? You could use a ruler, but you’d have to keep repositioning it. Save time with the correction setting on your pen. If you crank correction all the way up to 20 on a tool, then no matter what you draw it’ll turn into a perfectly straight line. Even if your line turns, it’ll still end up as a straight line between the start and end points. When you’re done set it back to whatever you prefer or just select “Restore Default Settings.” This saved me some time and headaches. Hopefully it’ll do the same for you.

How to Self Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them

Cover to How to Self-Publish Comics: Not Just Create ThemOver the weekend, I finally read Josh Blaylock’s How to  Self-Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with aspirations of creating their own comics. While there are probably hundreds of books dedicated to drawing comics, there are often only a handful of books dedicated to the less glamorous tasks of comic creation. That’s definitely the case here. The only other books I can find were apparently published in the late eighties or nineties. So, this is certainly the most up to date reference.

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Exploring how stories are made

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Third Person - Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives

Recently I’ve been reading articles in an interesting book that brings together an eclectic mix of media under the umbrella of exploring how massive stories are both created and experienced. The book is Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives edited by Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. So far I’ve read articles on such diverse topics as Doctor Who, H.P. Lovecraft and superhero comics.
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