Practicing with my XP-Pen!

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I think I'm slowly starting to get the hang of drawing on the tablet. It's been taking a while to get used to the different "feel", but I'm getting there!

After years and years of drawing with pencil on paper, transferring that to the digital has been a bit touch and go. I know what I want to draw, my hand makes the movements, but it doesn't look right on the screen. If I made the same movement on paper, everything would be fine.

Last night I started with this:

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A very basic humanoid shape.

What I'm trying to do is work out the characters for the comic I want to draw.

Lately I've been fiddling around with my XP-Pen and Clip Studio, and everything looks god-awful. But last night I decided that it didn't matter if it looked god-awful -- I'd continue with it.

And that grey humanoid shape became this:

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I was a bit happier with it. The eyes aren't right but I felt happy enough with it to continue on.

And this happened:

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This character's appearance isn't set in stone -- I feel like she needs long hair, in a ponytail, for starters -- and I need to work on my backgrounds a lotttttttttttttttt more than what I have been, but I feel like I'm getting somewhere!

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This is no where near the stage I'd like to be at, but, as they say, practice makes perfect.

Maybe I'll actually have my comic ready to go in a few months! I've already started writing a script and have several strips thought out in advance... I just really need to get better at drawing. 😅

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My people need emotion in their faces, character, I need to be able to draw fingers, shade properly, ugh!

I'll get there. 😅 Practice, practice, practice.

 

Until next time!! ❤️

 


 

All images in this post are courtesy of me, @kaelci.



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Will that comic includes cats? (asking for a friend^^)

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I've been wondering this too! I've been debating whether my main character will have a pet cat, or if there'll be a stray that visits all the time until she claims it as her own. Or maybe both!

The comic, however, starts off in current modern times and then dissolves into apocalyptic madness... so maybe the stray cat idea will be more logical.

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I agree with the ponytail and the stray cat thing.

The cat in that photo seems happy and content, so you're good to go already on the facial expressions front for cats at least. 😁

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I've had a lot of practice drawing cats and animals - my artstyle, back when I was drawing a lottttttt would probably be considered "furry" LOL. I'm not one. And I'm not part of that scene at all. But drawing anthropomorphic animals with their cute little faces and paws was just so much easier than human faces and hands! haha!

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LOL!

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Seriously though, human facial expressions are much more subtle I guess. Even with language added to them, they can be hard to read sometimes.

Either way, would love to see your progress with this new character.

Practice makes perfect indeed!

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Hey @kaelci 'm impressed, you're doing great with that. So you using Clip Studio? I have a pen and screen writing ability on my HP, so I was thinking about getting involved with a program like this. Was it a bear to learn? I just started drawing again (on paper) but I'd really like to be able to do it on the computer.

It was fortunate for me to find you post about just the right subject at the right time.

And making a comic strip, how [email protected] Can't wait to see it.

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Thanks!! 😄 I'm terrible compared to the fantastic artists we have here on Hive, but I'm still learning. I'm hoping in a few months I'll be good enough to actually share things properly!

Clip Studio is fantastic!

But I guess it really depends on what you want to draw...

I was using a program called Artrage before, which is also a great program, but it wasn't great for my needs. Artrage is fantastic for drawing proper digital masterpieces, it mimics actual art products like oil, acrylic, ink, charcoal, etc and has many different paintbrushes and things so you can truly create something wonderful.

But because I want to draw a comic, I was struggling using the program for my own purposes. So I investigated and found Clip Studio, which is specifically designed for creating anime and comics and things. You can also use it for other digital art! But it's main purpose is comic creation. And it has a free 3-month trial!!! Which is what I'm using at the moment. 😅

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I think it looks fantastic! I marvel at folks who can draw, it seems impossible to me. I would not have any idea how to start with this.

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Thanks! 🙂😊

Drawing takes a lot of practice. I haven't really drawn anything for about 10 years or so now, just little doodles here and there, so I need to practice more to get to how I used to be. I used to have sketchbooks filled with things! Pieces of paper everywhere! Then... I just stopped. And now everything I do looks awful. To me anyway.

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