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Making Hemlock 1-34 pt 1 by mildtarantula Making Hemlock 1-34 pt 1 by mildtarantula
disclaimer: this is probably not the best way to go about things, but it's the way i do it. if i've made any mistakes, or something isn't clear, please do correct me or ask questions.

i divided this walkthrough into the traditional work and the digital work. this is the traditional part.

kind of a sequel to the walkthrough i did for "circle": [link]
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mimetalk Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Do you have a stencil or anything that you made yourself so your page sizes are adequate for lulu or do you just make a border the width of your ruler all the way around? I've been planning to start a comic for a long time but I'm rather paranoid about the proportions of my pages.
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
well, when i'm drawing it, i just make a border the width of my ruler around the page. when i do all the digital stuff, then i have a template file which i know is the right size for lulu, and i fit the scanned image into it.

you can start a project on lulu and choose the best book size to fit your pages, and then they'll tell you the exact dimensions they want. you don't have to upload any pages straight away, the project will just sit there and wait.

i would say that if you're going to use lulu, then you don't want to do comics which go all the way to the edge of the page or that need bleed. it CAN be done, but it's a pain in the ass to get it right with lulu, and you'll probably have to go through several digital and printed proofs before it's perfect. especially if you do it like me and upload it page by page, rather than doing the PDF yourself.
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mimetalk Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
I was in love with my dip inking until my bottle of ink secretly decided to be broken. I swirled my bottle to get it all ready to go and the cap spit stuff up like a fat baby. I was really glad it just got all over my table and not all over me.
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0-dot-0 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I absolutely love your comic. It's so beautifully drawn with such detail and seeing your process makes me love it even more!
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
thank you so much! haha i don't think it's a perfect process, but it does the job!
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reiu-shanra Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could've SWORN this was done digitally! Now I can't be sure about anything, thanks a lot :heart:
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
it's a mix of both! :XD: but the inking is all traditional :D
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reiu-shanra Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then I was only half-wrong :XD:
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Gwnne Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, that's really impressive!
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Some questions:
1. Do you ink with a brush for everything?
2. What sizes if so, or what else do you use?
3. What brand and type of ink do you use?
4. What are the regular dimensions of your pages?
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
yaaay questions!

1. i ink with a brush for pretty much everything. the only time i use a pen instead is for doing crosshatching, very small/fine details that need more accuracy, or for lines that need to be more even (like the lines on her apron when it's not close-up). in part one of the tutorial here, everything is by brush.

2. i use whatever suits me at the time :XD: the ones i use most are 00's, 2 and 4. if i use a pen, i use a faber-castell "pitt artist pen", but i'm not very fussy. that's just what i have lying about.

3. daler rowney indian ink (the one with a dragon on the packaging). this stuff is very hit and miss though, i keep getting bottles where the ink isn't right (too watery).

4. i paint on A4 paper (210 x 297mm), but the final print is A5 (148 x 210mm)

hope that answers everything :D
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Yeah, thanks! I'm glad you have an in-depth answer! I like knowing how other folks do their work.
I have such bad luck (read: lack of skill) with India ink - I can't get it to stop streaking. >_<
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
it's a little streaky for me sometimes too, but after it's gone through all the digital stuff, it just shows up as pure black, so it's ok in the end ^^ i put it down very thick, though, to try and stop it streaking.
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Ah HA! So you DO darken it digitally?!
... Or it shows up pure black after being scanned...?
Thickness, eh... I guess I'll have to keep trying. I have this stuff, Acee's Witches Brew, which is black-black-black. Effective but smells like acetone and it's eats my brushes ALIVE. Even my thinner doesn't clean up my brushes after using this ink.
Thanks for the responses! ^_^
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
whoa, that stuff sounds strong o__o haha the stuff i use isn't waterproof (though i wish it was, i used to have an awesome waterproof one) and yup, it's darkened digitally, you can see how in the second part of this making hemlock thingy.
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Oh, right... the second part. D'oh. :\
Thanks for chattin', it was good to actually talk to someone I admire.
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
any time! :D
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jello-bomb Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style ohhh my god <333
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heigei Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ughgfhfguf I wish I could ink like you can
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mildtarantula Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
ah man, wish to ink like someone better! :XD: my hands are so wobbly and shaky! thank you though :D
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heigei Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pfff I'm like the micheal j fox of inking : ( you are pro man.
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