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
Last week I finally got around to reading The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics. It’s definitely on the short list for anyone looking to get started or making the transition to drawing their comics digitally.
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.
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.
In Manga Studio for you can create custom color sets. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to export them and share them yet. So instead I’ll explain how to quickly create a set that includes all the colors from Copic’s range of markers.
Over the weekend, I finally read Josh Blaylock’sHow 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.