Comic 65 - Draginbeard Chp 2, pg 21

25th Feb 2013, 12:01 AM in Cruel World
Draginbeard Chp 2, pg 21
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Draginbeard 25th Feb 2013, 12:01 AM edit delete
The spirit has one last spell to cast, and from the light show he is giving off, its going to be a big one!

This is not my favorite page, art-wise. About the only thing I liked was Tinker doing his 'victory stance', the rest of the page is blah.

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chris-tar 25th Feb 2013, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
This looks like some deep shit.
Draginbeard 25th Feb 2013, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
Its going to get deep alright...
Centcomm 25th Feb 2013, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
yeah major spell jolly better get to doing some intteruping!
Draginbeard 25th Feb 2013, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Jolly is a little slow when it comes to the more simple solutions....
cattservant 25th Feb 2013, 2:45 AM edit delete reply
Rats and corners...
Draginbeard 25th Feb 2013, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
This is a good example of that very thing.
Dodom 25th Feb 2013, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
And actually, the light show WAS that last spell :P
Draginbeard 25th Feb 2013, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
It is. It just has some side effects that weren't expected.
JRChace 25th Feb 2013, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Beaten by a dwarf and a gremlin! Surely he cannot "un-live" this down! Get it cause he is already dead?

I'm interested in his next move! If its truly desperate, how far would a dead man go to win? Hmm!

Draginbeard 25th Feb 2013, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, this spell...its one that even the brave and desperate would think twice about trying.
LooeyQ 27th Feb 2013, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
That's what he gets for fooling around!

One time when I was little I had a friend over helping do a project, and I kept misbehaving, just acting silly so my mom put me in time out. You know what my friend says to me?

"That's what you get for fooling around"

some friend he was right! Pff!
Draginbeard 27th Feb 2013, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Yup, I have been told that very thing on more than a few occasions.

But hey, all the most interesting moments in my life all started with; "hey guys, watch this!'

This is gonna be one of those.
shinka 27th Feb 2013, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
nice work!
mmmmm can't be good! better run,hide or kick him in the something!!!!
Draginbeard 27th Feb 2013, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Its not good, and Jolly really should just go over there and clean this guys clock, but Jolly always has to get in the last word...
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 28th Feb 2013, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
Love the evil voice font! I tried something like that for the dialog of Evil Twitch, but I found it hard to read. It's tough finding "evil" fonts that are also actually readable - So many of them seem to be made for haunted house promo posters, where you just have 2-3 words blown up to huge, readable size... then you type them in a paragraph and it looks like chicken scratch. Anyway, cool choice!
Draginbeard 28th Feb 2013, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
That font is called 'Chiller' its one of the free ones off of Blambot.

The problem I have with it, is it's too light to easily read (and it doesn't have a bold/italic alternative) so I found by increasing the font size to 14, cap locking it, and using the fill tool in PS to darken each letter, it becomes legible.

There is probably a better way, but I'm already in over my head in PS.

I think that adding a creepy word bubble has given it that evil unearthly tone. The one I am using is one I found in Dave Sim's Cerebus comic. Sim does it much better.

If anyone hasn't yet, go check out Cerebus. Dave Sim is a freaking genius with not just his art, but in his dialog.

Cerebus and Elf Quest are probably my favorite indy comics. I found them both in the early 80s and I still go back and re-read them regularly.

KentuckyFriedPopcorn 28th Feb 2013, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
FWIW, here are a couple of useful PS tricks. You may already know them.

The first line is plain text in 'Scrawl' font.
The second line is that text layer, duplicated. If you right click on the layer and say Duplicate, it will create a layer copy that will make your existing lines just a slight bit heavier. It's a trick used in pen & ink when a panel's lines might look a little flimsy. It's subtle but is sometimes enough, depending on the line and font.

The last line is that same text duplicated 3 times, then merged together, and then the layer effect 'Stroke' was applied using a 2 pixel stroke width with the stroke position set at 'Center', which basically just adds some heft to the lines.


I love Cerebus but was never able to get into Elf Quest, go figure. I should try it again, as I haven't read it since I was a teen... meaning, 1980 or so...:O
Draginbeard 28th Feb 2013, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Oh, cool, I didn't know that trick, I will give that a go for my lighter fonts.

I found Elf Quest when it was still a black and white magazine.

Interesting side note, a lot of comics got in some fun with EQ, heck even John Bryne did a nod to Elf Quest in Fantastic Four 242 (one of my favorites of his run through in the Marvel Universe).

Besides Elf Quest, there was Heavy Metal, Vampirella, and Cerebus. In my area, that about as indy as I could find. Even Epic was a Marvel title.

Man o man, did I just show my age or what?
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 1st Mar 2013, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
I got that inking trick from the book "DC Comics guide to drawing comics digitally". It's a very handy, though dense, book about using Photoshop to make comic books. Completely skips over all the usual stuff about basic drawing and intro to PS, and goes right into layer work, panel construction, inking effects, etc. A great book, though it's pretty slow going to make your way through because it is very info-dense.

Ironic that I have read it and worked with its ideas, and still ended up doing most of my strip analog...

I have a bunch of Epics as CBRs, as well as the full run of Famous Monsters. Also a bunch of Creepy, Eerie, etc. I still remember the slightly reverential awe I had for mags like Heavy Metal because they were SO forbidden and "out there". Nowadays the average 12 year old has already watched 100 hours of tentacle porn online, but back then, the idea of a comic magazine that might show a boob occasionally... WHOAH :D
Draginbeard 1st Mar 2013, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
LOL I remember sneaking a look at National Lampoon magazine at the local 7-11. That was like...whoa, no way!

My Anime exposure didn't really get to any tentacle WTF? styles. I remember Star Blazers and Robotech. I'm not sure if Speed Racer counts, but I cant sit through that now anyway.

Funny thing, I still do all my pencil work at the drawing table, but everything else is done in Photoshop.

I will hit the library and check out that DC guide.
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