I made a video. This video is a compilation of several time-lapse drawing processes of me making my comics “Time to Live” and “Fallen Clouds”, nature footage that I made throughout the Summer of 2021 year. Mostly nature footage took on Lake Baikal’s shore. Vlog style without voice-over. Just something warm, nice, and lovely I wanted to remember during this cold Fall season.
Two of my favorite things in the World is to be in my summer cottage and to draw my comics.
It was a lovely sunny day in August when we took a walk to the Baikal’s shore:
Here are couple more of close up photos of waves and some weird construction on the lake side. This thing was built out of dry logs washed by the waves from the lake to the shore. Such logs are very smooth and polished by the sand:
Here is a “Time to Live” comics poster, I actually drew this picture long time ago on paper. In 2013 or so. It’s been a long time and I finally colored it in Clip Studio Paint app on my tablet PC this year. And I am so happy with the result. This is one of my favorite drawings in terms of the mood and the way I depicted character’s personalities.
Some of the backgrounds are from clip studio assets library, which means I didn’t draw them, just pasted into the picture. Anyway, this art is not pretending to be a masterpiece. Just a little funny picture which warms my heart. ^_^
I live in the place where the climate is very harsh: too hot in summer, too cold in winter. But, every season has its own beauty.
Maybe, next time I’ll post some golden leaves photos and snowy landscapes.
It’s been two month since I bought Samsung Galaxy tab s 6 lite (pc tablet) and all these time I’ve been using it mostly for drawing purposes. Tablet comes with S-pen included. I really like how soft and smooth the touch of the stylus on the screen and it is very responsive and overall drawing experience is very nice and pleasant for me. On the other hand, I’ve never owned either PC tablet or any kind of drawing tablet with draw on the screen feature before (I`ve been using Wacom Bamboo for drawing since 2011). So I have nothing to compare with. Anyways, I am quite happy working with what I’ve got for the price it costs.
With that being said let’s move on to the drawing apps I’ve tried. One thing that I really like about drawing in both of these apps is timelapse feature, which auto-records your drawing process and squeezes it into small time frame ranging between 15 sec and 3 minutes if I am not mistaken (don’t quote me on that) on Ibis Paint. The longest video I managed to record on CSP was about 6 minutes. I have not quite figured out how to regulate the length of timelapse there,aside from picking between 15 seconds,30 seconds,1 minute and
IBIS PAINT APP FOR ANDROID
Firstly, I tried Ibis paint app, barbecue CSP didn’t have timelapse recording feature at that time (now it has it, since December 10, 2020). I really wanted to try video recording process.
Interface was quite intuitive and easy to understand. There is free and paid version of the app, I used free version and it works fine for me. However, I found the brushes there a little bit harder for me to operate because I got used to other apps where my brush of choice was very smooth and sensitive. I really liked using this Ibis Paint app!
It also has big variety of brushes to choose from and materials library, where you can find backgrounds, screentones, patterns and use it in your art. It’s awesome bonus. Ibis pant also has online platform where you can share your art through Twitter. (You log in using your twitter account). I didn’t use this option myself, but I watched other people’s arts and drawing process recordings. That’s awesome!
Here is an example of my doodling process in Ibis paint:
One more simple sketch, background from Ibis Paint material library:
CLIP STUDIO PAINT APP FOR ANDROID
Clip Studio Paint turned out to be the best comics drawing app for me among other several apps I’ve tried. It is a fantastic app and I am completely in love with it. It has gorgeous resources (assets) library where you can fine literally anything you need.however, in my personal opinion overuse of pre-made brushes (flowers, hair, sparkles, castles you name it)could make drawing look stiff and lifeless. On the other hand, if used wisely, those assets are priceless, especially when it comes to speeding up the process,which is crucial when you have comics publishing deadlines to meet.
There is one time purchase for PC version, and monthly or yearly subscription price model for clip studio paint app. The price is reasonable for what you get in return. I am more then happy to pay this price to continue using this app!
I’ve tried clip studio paint on PC before, however it was rather hard for me to get used to, but, on my tablet it works perfectly for me. The interface seems more intuitive and easy on app version.
Here is some video process of me doodling my original characters in CSP:
And the drawing itself:
I guess, that’s it. I will update if I have anything to add in the future. ^_^
Somewhere far away in the North there is a land where clouds fall from the sky and cover everything with a soft cold blanket. Erifeya is a beautiful southern Nymph ready to risk her life for a chance to see the snow. After a stubborn northern barbarian Ratibor saves her from the deadly cold, Erie decides to return the favor. Nymph offers magical help in search of his sister, kidnapped by the warlock. Their journey full of adventures, sweet romance, and spooky creatures of Slavic mythology awaits
This year has been a bit crazy with global pandemic and all. I hope you all are doing well.
I came to tell here what I’ve been up to for the whole year of 2020
In the end of May 2020, I’ve began publishing my new comic project on webtoon canvas. This experience was interesting at least. Not only I made a decision to try creating a full colored comic, I also changed format. Instead of the pages, which I usually draw on A4 format, I went webtoon – vertical scroll format rout. And, hoo boy, I did struggle with it. Not only it takes me several times longer to make panels in full color, but I also had to change the format of thinking and push it beyond page limits. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. At the end I decided to make normal pages, as I used to, and crop them afterwards with rearranging for the vertical scroll. Scroll is good for smartphones, I can see why it became so popular lately. Not every one owns PC but a lot of people own smartphones nowadays. Not everyone, of course, but more and more people everyday. But even from the PC tablet it is hard to read at least for me – the text is too big the frames are too big. So, I prefer to have both formats available. Shame – it took me too long to realize. As they say, to live is to learn, or something like that.
Here is the video of one of the latest pages I have drawn, recorded with Clip Studio Paint App on tablet PC. One and half minute video actually took me three evenings to draw and color this page. And this one was relatively easy to draw.
Also my friend LisHikaru, the author of “the Sands of Gods” webtoon had introduced me to amazing world of other webtoon canva’s creators and collaboration. Oh gosh! Those webtoon collabs we made together with other creators from Canvas section on Webtoons were the most bright impression of this year spent in lock down and remote work.
I mean I also got my second degree at uni, but that was definitely not as impressing as collabing with all the wonderful artists out there. So honored to be able to take part in such fun activity alongside amazing comic creators.
Fallen Clouds or what the heck does this supposed to mean.
Well, that is the title of my colored comic, which you are able to read for free on webtoon Canvas and Tapas. My original title is “Where the clouds fall on earth”. (Which was supposed to mean “snow”.)
However, after some thinking was done on my part, I decided to shorten it. I’ve always been using “fallen clouds” as working title for this story anyway. I thought something shorter would be much easier searchable on the comic reading ups and give less chances of misspelling and mispunctuating since webtoon’s app recognizes punctuation as well and not show the search results if you mistype the title.
As of today when I’m writing this post on December of 2020, my comic got 2,6 thousands readers on webtoon. It is bizarre to think about. I’ve never had more then hundred people interested in my stuff. And here I have more. I am not sure how many of those people are real, tho. There are actual readers who reading my story and leaving comments on every episode I publish. It is shocking to me and I am so very grateful to each and everyone of them. Nice feedback helps me move forward with the story. And I want to thank them all. Unfortunately, webtoon doesn’t allow people to have profile pages, so I don’t know who they are. But I want to thank them all for taking time to write kind words about my story and drawings.
A also mirror this story on Tapas.io and I also have readers there which I am very grateful for!
Let`s take my manga Videira as an example – I am experimenting with the tools I use for drawing it until now.
I have used a variety of papers and pens. Let`s move straight to it:
1) A3 paper, gel pen, black markers, roting isographs
first chapter was drawn on A3 paper – it was the largest size I`ve ever used for drawing manga.
I have drawn my manga with pencil and inked using simple black gel pen + Roting isograph 0.1 for thinnest lines + Roting isograph 1.0 and random black markers from the nearest shops.
I couldn`t find neither isograps or ink for them in my town, so I had to buy them online and wait for a couple of weeks until they arrive.
I liked using isograps but it was a little bit of inconvenient to fill them with ink and I usually ended up covered with ink from top to toe as well as my bathroom where I was doing it XD
After having a kernel of 0.1 isograph broken I had to buy it online again, and wait for two weeks until it arrives… agrh! No matter how much I enjoyed using it, this was way too inconvenient considering the fact I had to constantly fill it with ink and I didn`t have any of the accessories in my town.
After receiving and replacing the kernel of 0.1 isograph, I had broken 1.0`s (thick line-making) isograph corps. And I was done here.
By the way, about the paper size – It was great to have an ability to depict the smallest details, besides, after scanning the page looked very neat and pretty, but here I had another issue – the scanning XD I had A4 scanner which is 1/2 size of A3 pages I was drawing at. I had to scan every frame separately and after that, combine them in Photoshop. Oh my! It was a disaster! But the result was very good. I actually can proud of the quality of pages of the first Videira chapter. But it still was not very practical and took a very long time, so I was looking for other materials
2) B4 paper, Ink, dip pen holder, g-pen, maru-pen
During the second chapter I have switched to B4 – this is standard Japanese format for manga pages, a little bit bigger than A4 and a little bit smaller than A3. Love this format! I have bought (online as well as I can not even dream of such paper to appear in my town…) wood dip pen holder G-pen, Maru-pen, and some others, along with B4 paper, Black Pilot and black Deleter ink and a couple of Chinese cheap ink bottles – black and white.
I had so much fun using these materials, imagining me like the true manga artist XD As I had never experienced ink and g-pen I was so new and exciting but it took soooo long to make a single page. The line was much better it was alive and curvy. However, I still had scan-making issues as B4 pages were still bigger than my scanner and I still had to combine separate frames into one-page after scanning.
I did draw 2nd and 1/2 of the 4th chapter ( as I had drawn 4th chapter before the 3rd) using ink and B4 paper.
3) A4 paper, sakura pigma micron multiliners
But I have continued experimenting and the 3rd chapter was done in A4 format (paper size keeps going down and down lol). Meanwhile, I have discovered a new material – multiliners! And they were great they are such a life-savers. Love them. I personally prefer Sakura Pigma Micron Multiliners (I have tried some other brands as well as copic multiliner which btw did very good as well but Sakura pigma micron have stolen my heart) I am still using them and a random simple black marker to cover large black spaces.
Nowadays I am still experimenting with Videira looking the best possible materials which would provide both joy from the process and the result with good
balanced speed and quality. I`m trying to draw some pages digitally in the 7th chapter, it is easier in some way – because I don`t have to clean the scan from dots and scratches but I am not quite satisfied with the line itself – digital lining is hard for me but I am working on it.
Hope it was useful information, every material has its own advantages and disadvantages: just try them all, and decide what is better for you, but never use the lack of some material as an excuse for not drawing – I have tried a lot, and one conclusion I could make:
it is your story and your art – what really matters, no matter if you use super expensive Japanese ink, B-4 paper designed especially for manga or cheapest A4 paper for office technique and simple gel pen+ black marker from the newspaper kiosk.