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10 July 2012 @ 08:00 pm
Sombulus - 3D modeling and a new art style?  

Well, even though my nanomango goals fell short, I'm pretty happy because I've been trying lots of new things artistically in the last few weeks. I can now make 3D models using Blender, and though they're pretty crude, they're really helping out for my interior and exterior building shots.

Also, I'm trying a black and white style for the next few pages. My husband thinks my pencil/sketch linework is more expressive than my color panels, and has been urging me to try it out. What do you think?

I'd love some constructive feedback on this, because while I'm really hoping this style will be faster than full-color to churn out (hopefully netting me some sweet sweet backlog for when I take a vacation in August), I'm feeling really self-conscious about it and I'd like to make it better.
Current Mood: hothot
Hiding in plain sightwulfae on July 11th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that's a pretty sweet idea! I have a couple of tutorials that might help.

This one is for Maya, and it's about building a castle. It's pretty neat how relatively simple geometry can give a fairly detailed appearance!

The next one is using google sketchup. Uncle Mugen's background tutorial. Uh, ignore how creepy he is, I think he mostly makes eroge visual novels or something?

I also like black and white art. I think it comes from reading manga as a kid, and also really enjoying Poison Elves and Bone, both of which are in black and white. In fact, I very nearly hate the coloured version of Bone, because I feel it obscures the beautiful line work. Maybe I would have liked it if it had been coloured in a more traditional way, and not obviously with photoshop. I really hate that soft airbrush shading. /ramble.
Delphinadel_chan on July 11th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much! I just clicked through the castle one. I can't stop staring at that well. Definitely gonna be a handy technique for my big stone church next chapter. =o

I didn't even know they had a color version of Bone, and I definitely can't envision it with Photoshop color added after the fact.