Good golly gosh! Fellow karate bugman enthusiast zix-art and I will be tabling at Power Morphicon 2014 this weekend from the 22nd to the 24th! We’ll be bringing prints, commissions, stickers, and comix!
This is kind of different from other cons I’ve done—we’re actually one of a very small handful of artists, as artists share floorspace with vendors.
Therefore, AA table seating choice is first come first serve (actual registration and everything else was cleared ahead of time), and everything opens at 3 PM on day one so that everyone has enough time to register, set up, etc.
This means we actually weren’t given a table number, so if you’re going to PMC, please come find us! We’re sure to stand out as we’re going to be one of the few artists tabling at PMC!
if yall like karate bugmens and color coded spandex warriors and art yall should go to this and find our table and buy our stuuuufffff
The final printed issues of M-Zero-Oh #1 are in, and they look gorgegous! Thank you Ka-Blam for doing such an amazing job!
Pick up your copy at Power Morphicon 2014 in Pasadena, CA (I’ll be tabling with zix-art, look for our table!)—or at Fall Kraken Con in Oakland, CA! I’ll also see about setting up online sales as well!
weeps it’s been a literal half a year in the making. Here’s to making issue #2 just as great, and here’s to hoping that yalls dig my comic!
I am amazingly jealous of artists who do black and white manga like stuff and their blacks are entirely solid. And like. I have to run my shit through about three levels of color contrast bullshit on photoshop and illustrator just to get mine even halfway decent and they take pictures of their work and they are perfectly smooth flat blacks and I’m here diddling about worrying about running out of ink in my pens or using markers and I’m thinking how are they doing that it is manga witchcraftttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
pssssssssssst here’s a dirty little secret— WE ARE USING THE COMPUTER TO MAKE PERFECT FLAT DARK BLACK TONES
EVEN WHEN WE TAKE PICTURES, WE RUN THEM THROUGH THE COMPUTER TO MAKE THEM LOOK NICE
the oldschool stuff (like, way before photoshop) got its solid black tones through the printing process (and materials, too—ink in a bottle is heads and shoulders above doin’ it with a felt tip pen).
Those of us that do black and white stuff today, though, have the option of running it through the computer and making it EVEN DARKER.
here’s an example using the lineart of a commission I did recently:
All of this was painted with a brush using windsor and newton black india ink with some very small touchups done with a pilot ink pen.
Yeah, ok, it’s nice, but it could be nicer, yknow.
so when I work on stuff, I change my monitor display to a custom setting so that I can see contrast easier. My eyes are actually getting worse as the years roll on, but honestly this helps a lot even if you have perfect eyesight.
and here I am being exposed as a fraud for using GIMP.
Seriously, though, the next step is to fiddle with the levels—I try to make the black parts of the piece as dark as I can get it, while making the brights brighter. I wanted some midtone in there to keep the washes from entirely disappearing, too.
There really is no such thing as “perfect flat blacks” when it comes to traditional work, unless you really invest in some of the good stuff for your inks. A friend of mine has dedicated part of her life to finding the best combination of inks that would give that effect (I highly suggest you ask her stuff about this), but to be honest, a lot of us use this computer adjustment trick.
This is a zine centered around bad-girl villains and original characters! The theme is pretty open - You can submit female comic or cartoon villains, as well as self-portraits, pin-ups, or original characters if you like.
I’m officially closing this after Otakon (wednesday the 13th). If you want…
The first proof of M-Zero-Oh issue #1 has arrived and it looks great! There’s only one page I need to correct, so I’m looking forward to seeing the fixed copies arrive soon!
If you’re attending Power Morphicon 2014, be sure to pick up your copy! I’ll see about setting up online sales, too.
I DID IT I DID IT I FINALLY DID IT IT’S HAPPENING
A commission for momopuffsalot, who requested either a Kamen Rider inspired by Eva Unit 01, or an Eva Unit inspired by Kamen Rider Meteor.
I opted for the former.
Done with ink + brush + digital.
If you are interested in purchasing a commission from me, please refer to my commission post!
MAN IT FEELS GOOD TO INK STUFF WITH A BRUSH AGAIN
"Even if you fail at first, we have many clones prepared. Godspeed, Major."
Illustration of classic adventure arcade game Major Havoc , a vector game by Atari. It is considered to be one of the first platformer games.
A poster version of this will be available for purchase at High Score Arcade, as well as the upcoming conventions I’ll be tabling at!