Everyone’s Favorite Wallcrawler
AMR-Cosplay as Spider-Man
Original video by Distractatron, Dragon*Con 2013.
I’m not sure what I’d recommend for someone looking to “get into” webcomics. The thing I use right now is, like, a $2500 Cintiq. That’s not really an entry point.
But before that, I just used pencil and paper and scanned it into Photoshop 5 and used a mouse to color it.
Since David insists on not being a reliable resource for aspiring cartoonists, I’ll just go ahead and tackle this one.
Literally any computer made in the last 5 years that somewhat exceeds the minimum requirements for your graphics app of choice. Photoshop runs really well on a Core2Duo Mac from 2009 (as this was my primary work machine until last week). Similarly, it should run well on a PC with the same specs. More power is certainly better, but more RAM is more important if you have to choose one. Photoshop CS5 runs well with 4gb of RAM, but it runs MUCH better with 8gb. An SSD drive will also drastically improve Photoshop performance.
As for tablets, I’d start with an entry level Huion or Monoprice tablet. They work as well (often better) than comparably sized Wacom tablets and ofter cost 1/8th the price. I recommend the Huion H610 from personal experience. Amazon has them for $60. Read the reviews to make sure it’s right for you.
If you want to just straight into the world of “monitors you can draw directly on” don’t bother saving up for a Wacom Cintiq (at least not for your first tablet monitor). Start with something MUCH More affordable, like a Yiynova MSP19U or the Monoprice 19” Tablet Monitor/Huion GT-190 (you can see my detailed review HERE). These models lack some of the features and polish of the Cintiqs, but the barrier to entry is significantly reduced due to the $400-$600 price tag vs. Wacom’s $2000+. Tablet monitor drawing it’s for everyone, so don’t break the bank before you figure out if you even like the experience of using a device like this. Stay away from Bosto Kingtee monitors. They seem to have prettier industrial design than Yiynova or Monoprice, but their customer service is notoriously horrendous.
I mentioned Photoshop because that’s what I’ve always used, but conventional wisdom says don’t buy a $600 program when you’re just starting out. Start with Manga Studio. It’s often on sale for $50 and most professional comic artists seem to be switching from PS to MS these days due to it’s superior brush engine and litany of tools designed SPECIFICALLY for making comics.
Hope that helps.
reblogging this because i don’t know what any of these words mean but they at least look superficially real to an uneducated observer
While discussing missed opportunities in superhero movies…
An open message to Comixology.com:
Your browser-reading system needs to be fixed or replaced ASAP. Half the time I try to read something on my computer, some of the pages fail to load, and the rest of the time the interface is just sluggish. It’s even worse than the previous version, and that was an inefficient substitute for downloads at best. This would probably be because the new one is still a beta version, but then why am I being forced to use an incomplete system to read the comics I bought on my computer? It would be far more convenient to just allow customers to download bought comics to the desktop, or at least make it possible to install comics on a device without the use of Wi-Fi, which I don’t have. I’ve made a similar complaint before, but it seems to be expected of me to invest in a wireless internet connection if I want your service to be more effectual. This was at least tolerable when your website usually worked, but your business keeps on shooting itself in the foot. If your website isn’t improved soon, I may be forced to save my time, effort and money by no longer buying from you.
We just tried this super easy Reversing Arrow Illusion, and it is, in fact, super easy. Draw two left-pointing arrows on a piece of paper and then put a clear, empty glass between you and those arrows. When you pour water into the glass, you’ll see something that you might not expect. How exactly did that happen? From Physics Central:
No, you aren’t going crazy and you haven’t found yourself with Alice in Wonderland staring at arrows pointing in opposite directions. In fact, you have just demonstrated a physics concept called refraction, the bending of light.
When the arrow is moved to a particular distance behind the glass, it looks like it reversed itself. When light passes from one material to another, it can bend or refract. In the experiment that you just completed, light traveled from the air, through the glass, through the water, through the back of the glass, and then back through the air, before hitting the arrow. Anytime that light passes from one medium, or material, into another, it refracts.
Just because light bends when it travels through different materials, doesn’t explain why the arrow reverses itself. To explain this, you must think about the glass of water as if it is a magnifying glass. When light goes through a magnifying glass the light bends toward the center. Where the light all comes together is called the focal point, but beyond the focal point the image appears to reverse because the light rays that were bent pass each other and the light that was on the right side is now on the left and the left on the right, which makes the arrow appear to be reversed.
via The Awesomer.
i wana cry
An unreasonable amount of people don’t find bats adorable.
Neil Degrasse Tyson - Cosmos
I think Chris Hardwick has finally settled the GIF pronunciation debate once and for all.
"Spirit Guide" by Seth Fitts