Wow, thank you so much, everyone, for helping out!
(1) fireflywishes and Ephemeral-Garden, maybe now we can start drafting a loose outline based on the already-provided-for-format on
ephie's thread and the additional tips posted here? Oh... *squints* firefly, you already wrote the outline! Thanks
... lol, I'd like to suggest a nitpick, lol... doesn't it feel awkward that you guys call yourselves "Pencil
Artists, Pen Artists, Watercolor" etc., etc.? What I mean is, wouldn't it sound more nicely if the focus is on the
medium used instead of the person? Bleh, that came out awkward, lol... what I
mean is... *proposes this*
LOOSE, DRAFT OUTLINE of 'Tips for
Doujinshi Artists' Thread'
(courtesy of fireflywishes, nitpick by charaz-long-name)
1. Basic Preparations for All Artists
2. Working with Pencils
3. Working with Ink Pens
4. Working with Tablets/Styluses/Mice
5. [Working with Other Media]
6. Applying Colors to your Artwork
--- Working with Watercolors
--- Working with Image Editing Computer Software
--- [... other means of coloring ...]
7. Miscellaneous Tips
(Including Perspective, Black and White artwork, References and Scanning Tips)
... On (5. Other Media) and (6. Applying Colors), what other media can a doujinshi artist use for her/his craft? Also,
can anyone suggest anyone in MT who dabbles/draws with other media/mice/tablets/styluses? I could only think of
Evanrued, Keough and Nuriko right now... ^_^ So I/we can bug them to suggest their own tips?
... On (7. Miscellaneous Tips: Scanning), I was wondering... I do recall some artists here having their artwork deleted
by the MT staff because the doujinshi was "scanned badly". Is it true that scanning traditionally-crafted work
on a scanner renders the artwork badly? Does this apply to all media -- watercolors, etc?
... More on (7. Miscellaneous Tips: Scanning), maybe people can also suggest ways/tips to nicely scan in their artwork
on the computer, that is, how to nicely convert scanned traditional/hand-crafted
artwork into digital format? I found this tutorial on the web: http://www.mangapunk.com/tutorials/scanning/melody ... but
I think the main problem with it is that it relies too much on Adobe Photoshop which, sadly, not every doujin artist has
one installed on her/his computer. Maybe if we could find other tutorials or if people here could post in their own
tips/tricks to nicely scan in stuff without using such programs, then that would be awesome, ne? Maybe we could ask MT
members who are adept in scanning to help out? Suggestions?
Lol, I actually have lots more questions re: the posts made by lev, Hasuke, DarthTofu, KOKUJINDESU, fidiou and you two,
but I'll stop for now!
(2) kokuyu, 'glad to know we're helping you out! Frosty, nice read, ne? ephie, I smiled at your "But I pick parts from various artists. If I like this particular artist's ear, then I'll take the ears and
match everything. I don't know if this is illegal" comment, because I'm guessing everyone who
draws/drew/attempted to draw must have started out copying other artists' works, and maybe that's the beauty of it,
since you're sharing and all and learning from each other... and maybe the whole stuff about "legality" and
all are actually preventing you artists from exercising creativity and all, and lol, that would be another topic for
(3) 'Added a Resources List on the
draft Tips thread, with various tutorials and all...
A noteworthy find, I think, is from the Manga
Revolution site, with full-length tutorials written by several DeviantART people!
(4) I promise to be back with more questions and suggestions for you guys, and 'hoping that more people keep on pouring
in their own tips and ideas here. Thanks so much!