Episode 37 Production report, part 2.

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Screenshot: Krita, a sneak peek into the upcoming Pepper&Carrot episode.

Since my last report about episode 37 published back in April here: https://www.davidrevoy.com/article906/ep37-production-report-style , my opinion changed. What happened?

So, everything started fine when applied the conclusion of my style research, but during the final step I felt stuck. The workflow wasn't flexible when I wanted to fix the line-art and control line thickness.

Unfortunately, it was a bit late for a change: at that point I already did all line-art and the colored flat under them with Colorize Mask. Switching mid-way to another workflow meant a lot of hours done for nothing.

That was a hard pill to swallow, but I changed strategy: I put my clean line-art down to low opacity (40%, Grain Merge) and I started to just paint freely under this new setup, focusing on the general ambiance of the panels.

Then I merged all and started to paint over that colored sketch. It's a longer process, but I had room and freedom now to fix the drawings, adding details and continue to improve the panel while coloring.

When I had to redo the already shaded page 1, I could play with the thickness of my line-art, making it thinner and removing it when necessary. This picture compares the two rendering, left (before), right (after).

I also changed hardware midway: I started with the XPPen Artist Pro 24, but then I preferred to comeback to my comfort zone: my non-display tablet Wacom Intuos 4 XL.

All in all, this episode had a very chaotic process so far, as you can see on this three versions of the same panel, but I feel on better track and closer to the rendering I have in mind now. I hope you like the result!

Finally, the call for translations before release was published last week on https://framagit.org/peppercarrot/webcomics/-/issues/213#note_1853362 , many thanks to all translator who already uploaded their work on it.




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3 comments

link Levi   - Reply

Absolutely gorgeous work, David! It seems like it was a journey, but you really got to an epic place with it. Love the results of this new process!

link Noah   - Reply

Awesome, I'm really glad about this conclusion. I love the final feel of the result - painterly yet defined, with the freedom to remove the line art where it looks right. Keep it up! :)

link DarioTW   - Reply

Hi David,
great work - enjoying it a lot -
Are you going to do a post on why you have gone to a non-display tablet?
I am having issues with display tablets on my Ubuntu newest release, and been going back to the old Intuos from time to time.
cheers
ps
Have ever seen the Mongolian desert city of Kara Koto (well, ruins now, with some fresco paintings etc in museums) or any other Central Asia ancient pre-Islamic centers and their architecture ?

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