So it’s taken me a couple weeks to get this one done, and I’m a little irritated about that.
To get things done faster, I’ve switched to pencilling and inking by hand. This works better because I can carry a drawing pad with me wherever I go, and if I have a few minutes where I’m sitting and waiting for the kids, like I did the last couple of weeks, I can whip out the drawing pad and get to work. I even bought a shiny new mechanical pencil for this purpose, along with some red leads to go in it. Using a red pencil lets me scan in the drawing without having to worry about erasing the pencil marks. I just drop out the red in the channels palette and voila! All I’m left with is my ink work. Pretty neat, huh?
But then I got to thinking (and this is where the trouble usually starts)…
Maybe, just maybe, I should try doing the cartoon in color. Yeah, it might require an extra step or two, but wouldn’t that be cool?!
No, it turns out it would not. Manga Studio Debut is not cut out for colorizing cartoons. I tried to get it to work, and had lotsa problems. First off, I want to be able to publish these cartoons as a collection at some point, a print collection, and there are very few webcomics that come out in print in color. Black and white is far easier and cheaper to print. Fact of life. So I would still need to prep the cartoon for black and white as well as color, meaning I’d still need to put in all those gray scale tones I’ve been using. I though I could kill two birds with one stone by doing the tones in color, but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get the tones to come out in the colors I wanted them too. You can see that this week’s cartoon is pretty washed out. It looks like a hand tinted photograph, almost.
So not sure what to do. I’ll keep exploring my options, but hopefully won’t allow it to interfere anymore with production. Meanwhile, you guys let me know. Color? Or no color? There are ways of getting that vibrant color I wanted, but I’d have to skip the toning to get things out fast.