Thirty Second Gestures
Drawing Tablets: A Cautionary Tale
I haven’t actually worked on any major art for almost two weeks. Why? Because tablets
-The WORST Driver Support
-Doesn’t work with a lot of programs (Such as Toon Boom)
-Doesn’t like a lot of computers
-Drivers are super finicky
-Customer support is entirely cookie cutter
-Nothing major, but make sure you have more than one hdmi support if you use one as your major monitor
I have gone through three full tablets now, and to no luck whatsoever. I’ve had to either tweak the ever loving christ out of it, or return it.
I don’t want this to happen to you, so if you’re shopping for a new tablet, check this out first
My first Tablet was the Yiynova DP10u, a small tablet that I thought would do fine since I couldn’t get my hands on a Monoprice. That was until I actually got the thing
The physical tablet was fine, if feels cheap, but other than that, the tablet pen was great and the screen worked great for me. This tablet is not a favorite for people who want “true color” in their art, but I didn’t notice a difference.
Getting the drivers to work was the most terrible experience I’ve had with the thing. It took me a full week of wasting my only free time to work getting everything copacetic. The tablet worked instantly when my girlfriend tried it on her computer, but everything fought me on mine. I ended up with a functioning tablet after almost 7 days of hours upon hours working on this stupid thing, experimenting with every archaic bit of advice I could find on google.
Their drivers are so obscure that not even google could come up with answers, and I figured it all out by stupid luck…after I filed for a refund. On top of that I found out it didn’t even work with Toon Boom, which made it 50% useless to me!
After that by sheer luck I found out Monoprice’s 19’ tablet was FINALLY not sold-out! I picked it up, waited eagerly, and was heartbroken to find it didn’t work for me.
I worked about five to six more days trying to get the drivers to work with this one, and couldn’t get it to work for the life of me, which sucks! This tablet felt great, I loved the glass on the front, and the pen was great (Fully rechargeable too). The only thing that bothered me was the sweet spot you had to look it at, which promoted my awful posture too much.
All of my effort to get this thing’s drivers to cooperate resulted in the pen working, but the pressure sensitivity didn’t work at all. Without that there is no point, I have to have that! So after all that I finally broke down and got a Cintiq
This thing is fantastic, but once again I just can’t seem to catch a break! I only have one hdmi port and my speaker jacks don’t function at all, so without another hdmi port, my monitor can only show video while I work on my tablet. Which means I have no sound, no music to listen to while I work!
I’m currently in the midst of buying a hdmi splitter to hopefully fix this problem.
My piece for @Alex_dlc's Zelda Collab
Usually I just pick something smaller in a collab (Mainly cuz I usually find them when they’re almost done) but Majora’s Mask was too big of a game for me to not do
My piece for @JoelliiRancher's DBZ Collab
I have seen The Garlic Junior Saga more than any other DBZ thing. As a kid for some reason I caught it playing for like the week or two it was on Toonami every time. He was always one of my favorites
30 Second Gestures (Sorry forgot to flip the last one)
30 Minute Speed Paint
Here’s a cool trick I learned from studying Yuko’s and Ananth’s comic Johnny Wander
The first image is copyright Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya, I’m using this only for studying
I’ve recently come to the conclusion that a comic page works like a sentence, that crosses visual and textual info to make it’s statement
What I mean by that is displayed perfectly by this page. All the text in this reads clearly like it was straight from a novel. Yet if it was, you’d need a lot more “context clues” to figure out the mood built for it.
If it were from a novel, it’d need something like:
"You know what they call me back home?" Penny said glancing away disdainfully, prepping herself for the title she hated to reprise. "LA GATO NOIR" the words flushed out of her mouth, creating a hated nostalgia she only wished was a joke.
But this is a comic! We can’t say these kinds of things unless we want super unnecessary blocks of exposition (we do not). Since we have to display this kind of info in a different medium, one that is visual, how do we do that? Yuko Ota uses a terrifically simple solution for this problem!
She uses terrific body language with an awesome use of panels. You can see Penny in these panels having to really wrestle with her desires and reservations. But these alone don’t cover “the words flushed out of her mouth, creating a hated nostalgia she only wished was a joke" quite enough visually, and there’s simply too much information in that sentence. Comics can come close to describe this information, but I believe they can’t get quite that specific. So what does Yuko do? She punctuates the comic with harsh uses of black in the background
And you thought the black was just good for filling out the pages (I did)! The black backgrounds used in those two panels are a visual representation of whats going on inside her. All those feelings we could describe in words are represented in inky black nastiness creeping behind Penny!
This is what I like to think of as visual punctuation, it’s adding an extra “!!” to the message this comic is trying to tell without using words. This makes what it’s trying to tell a thousand times more grabbing, expressive, and relatable all at once! You can try it in your own comics!
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:
Compare the examples I made tracing over this comic. The body language is strong, it definitely tells a story, but it needs more oomph! Adding that black makes it say visually “My cat ran” to “MY CAT RAN"
That’s not all, it even works for other feelings and atmospheres! Check out that third example I made, I just made up a fart joke, and visually made it a million times more dramatic. That’s how powerful punctuating your comics is, it can completely add a new dimension to your story telling!
Now go try it out for yourself, I know I will!
30 Minute Speed Paint
30 Second Gestures
The Clarence pilot
I really want Clarence to have the same support from Tumblr that Steven Universe got. There’s something strangely sad about this show and this is the closest I’ve ever seen a cartoon be to the kind of show I would make (I recently had to change a character design because it looked so much like Clarence).