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I used MyScriptFont.com, it was pretty simple. I kind of wish I could make bold and italic versions and stuff, though…
The current status of Inscribing Ashra
At present, I’m expecting IA will resume updates sometime in Summer 2014. It’s my senior year of college (!) and IA is going to be my senior thesis. So, over the course of my last semester, I’m going to be doing all kinds of things for the comic.
My current plans are:
- remaster all the old pages (fixing dialogue, relettering, updating art in some cases)
- new website layout at new domain (iacomic.com); less clutter and larger pages!
- drawing new pages! (of course!) My initial goal was to do a full 30 new pages, but I’m not sure that’s a thing I can do in the span of a few months coupled with all the other stuff I need to work on for it.
I’m going to be taking down inscribingardi.com and it’s content soon, so I reccommend you follow/bookmark/subscribe to the RSS of this page (iacomic.tumblr.com) so you can be in on future updates!
Did you know I’ve got a webcomic? Follow it’s tumblr, so you can keep up with it!
I have a problem. My secret special power is drawing things in Lion King style.
Assuming there is magic in this universe, Loki is actually a… hyena? And Odin would have wanted to use him as leverage for peace between lions and hyenas. And he has a ravishing lioness form I don’t know urishwsjgiwqjf
Hey remember that time I drew Assassin’s Creed peeps as dogs like 4 years ago? That was pretty cool.
Aaand here is my version of perfect Carlos the scientist, perfect of stature and bearing, perfect of tone and taut (agreed, Cecil).
Human. Plain joe kind of guy. Mexican-American, sort of hairy by nature and getting some early greys all over, but cleans up really nicely (but never really tries, and when he did that one time, well, Cecil didn’t like it very much). Dresses pretty plainly, favoring an old red plaid shirt, which he usually wears under his lab coat. Usually looks very tired (because he is), and also like a puppy.
Came from a bit of a broken, but big and loving/overbearing family. Is known to be an excellent cook but only because he has all of his mom’s old heirloom recipes and he is exacting with measurements and stuff, so he can reproduce it all flawlessly. No recipe, though, and he cooks like shit. Not that he cooks at all anymore, because science, and subsequently, the study of Night Vale has taken over his life.
Pairs well with my version of Cecil.
Here’s my version of Cecil (Gershwin Palmer!) of Welcome to Night Vale. I wanted to give him some of his voice actor’s facial features, because he already’s got his first name…
I kinda subscribe to the idea that Cecil looks different to different people. For me, he’s white but maybe 1/4 Native American. But also 1/2 eldritch horror, on his dad’s side… His tattoos can come to life - he has six purpley, glowing ethereal tentacles that hide under the skin of his arms and shoulders, and the eye on his forehead can pretty much see all of Night Vale.
Edit: I removed his lil’ hair thing on the back of his neck. Just seemed classier without it.
Thank you! :D
Okay, I’m gonna ramble a bit. Not all of this may be relevant to you specifically, anon, but I hope it can help inform your decision about tablets better!
A tablet is essential to my process. Like 90% of my work is digital, and done with a tablet. I use a Wacom Intuos5 Medium at present. The newest equivalent sold from Wacom is the IntuosPro Medium, which for some reason sells for cheaper than my old one… The lines of Intuos(whatever) Mediums have always been my go-to, because it’s not too small but it’s at a more realistic price than a larger tablet.
I don’t like Bamboos, for whatever reason - the one time I tried one I just hated it. I have heard that Monoprice tablets are good, though, if you are looking for an extremely cheap and temporary solution to owning a tablet, but I’ve never actually used them myself. My tablet was about 300 bucks, while a Monoprice of the same size is under 100. But it may not stand the test of time.
Some people have trouble getting used to tablets in general though, because they feel some kind of “disconnect” when they draw on the tablet but stuff shows up on the screen. I’ve never actually experienced that, but it’s a big factor for some people.
To remedy that, there are Cintiqs (that’s the most expensive one I think, but they generally aren’t below $1k), or interactive display tablets. Basically the sort where you draw directly on the screen. I don’t own/use those - one, because they cost thousands of dollars and two, because I never liked the lag between the screen and the tip of my pen that is inevitable. That bothers me more than a “disconnect” between surface and screen. A slightly cheaper alternative to the Wacom Cintiq is the Yiynova.
Now, getting a tablet that suits you is only part of the equation. It doesn’t matter how fancy your equipment is if you don’t take the time to adjust the settings. Bad settings can make your tablet unusable, making it under sensitive or over sensitive.
Pressure sensitivity (where you draw on your tablet, and the lines vary in width depending on how hard you press, just like real media) is EXTREMELY important to me, and I’ve spent years perfecting how my tablets respond to me the way I want them to. My goal has always been to mimic “real” media, specifically the behavior of a brush pen.
Wacom has an okay interface on adjusting how your tablet’s pen responds. But again, that’s only part of the equation - you also have to know your way around your chosen program (Photoshop and MangaStudio 5 for me) in order to manipulate your brushes / tools. The size, size variance, opacity, texture and shape of the brush are also huge factors in having your pen look “just right.” My personal preference is always a bit of a grainy edge on the brush, with a little bit of opacity variance so it’s not completely opaque. Basically, my end-goal is always to make a perfect brush pen…. but that’s just my main tool. There are also watercolor brushes, gouache brushes, stuff for washes..l basically all the different tools / types of mediums that you would use IRL. It takes a lot of time to learn how to make these things happen on a digital canvas.
The easiest way to deal with the brush problem is to download somebody else’s, and modify from there. I swear by Kyle T Webster’s Brushes for Photoshop, and Ray Frenden’s brushes for MangaStudio and Photoshop.
I think I covered everything I wanted to… basically, in my head, the perfect recipe for great digital art would be:
- Tablet (Wacom Intuos5 Medium)
- Programs (Photoshop CS6, MangaStudio 5)
- Brushes (Kyle and Frenden)
- Customization of Wacom and program settings
…and balancing all of those.
No escape from the storm inside of me!
"Frozen" AU: Loki is finally crowned king, but succumbs to something twisted inside him, and his ability to manipulate snow and ice quickly slips out of control. He becomes the Snow King, hiding himself away in his self-built ice castle to keep Asgard and, most of all, his beloved brother Thor safe from him. Thor refuses to give up or be shut out, though, and will follow his brother all the way to the darkest corners of his mind in order to save him from himself.
Saw Frozen today. I couldn’t help but see this… particularly the “For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)” bit of the movie. Ooooommgggg.
SOMETIMES I HAVE MUSICALS IN MY HEAD AND I CAN’T GET THEM OUT
Decided to meld Thor and Loki’s clothes with Anna and Elsa’s… Thor/Anna worked surprisingly well! For Loki/Elsa, I basically just put him in her outfit but made it greenish. :P