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How I colour my comic on video… almost!

Some people have asked me how I make my webcomic.  So when I did the Valentines Day bonus page I used a free screen capturing programme called CamStudio to make a video so I could show you.  It wasn’t a 1oo% sucess, so unfortunately you cannot see the whole process from beginning to end.  It should give you a pretty good idea however.

What you see is me scanning in the hand-drawn page of the comic into photoshop.  It’s not perfect so I make the lines sharper by increasing the brightness and contrast by 30, then I clean up any mistakes or fuzzy edges.  Once that’s done I select the black lines and use them to create two new layers, one called ‘linework’ the other ‘colorfill.’  Then I bucketfill the colorfill layer, saving various selections as I go to make things easier when I get to the shading.  Once this is completed I reload the selections one at a time and add shading using various brushes and the dodge and burn tools. That’s pretty much how I make Epic fail!

Anyway, I hope you find the video useful/interesting.  Hopefully I will have better luck next time I make one.

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Please help me win the webcomic WAR!

warboxbannerI have joined Frumphs WAR! which is a promotional competition between webcomics. I joined it late, so I’m very behind. This is an appeal to you to help me to win it!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Copy this and paste it somewhere:

HELP Epic Fail, a comedic fantasy webcomic, to win Frumph’s WAR! Go to http://epicfail.xepher.net – please copy this message and pass it on 🙂

You can also:

Tell your friends about this great webcomic you found called Epic Fail at http://epicfail.xepher.net Pop it into twitter or messenger!
Link to http://epicfail.xepher.net from your website, blog or anywhere on the internet. Even add it to your forum signatures.
• Add http://epicfail.xepher.net to your social bookmarks. There are handy buttons below every post on the website to make it quick and easy.
Write something about the Epic Fail webcomic. It can be anything, but reviews or interviews are good.

It helps if you tell me what you have done. If you have other methods I have not listed to help promote my webcomic please get in touch and let me know what it is.

Thankyou so much!

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I’ve been given my first ever fan art!!!

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Purenightshade of Children of the Tiger gave me my first ever fan art!  It’s of Tinuvielle and I think it’s absolutely beautiful.  I literally danced around the room when I got this.

I found Children of the Tiger a while ago.  There are some stylistic similarities between our comics, so if you like mine you may well like hers.  It’s one of my regular comics to read and I’m really enjoying it.

By the way, there is now a fan art gallery XD

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The UK Web & Mini Comix Thing 2009

image008As a UK web comic creator I have decided I am duty-bound to go to The Thing this year.  It is the only major exhibition in England for small-press and web comic artists and takes place on the 28th of March at Queen Mary University in London.

It will be my first time attending and I will not be exhibiting, however I may consider doing so in the future.  Aside from the many stalls there will be drawing and reading spaces, so I will be bringing my sketchbook.

If you are going and would like to meet up please let me know. I’m eager  to meet other artists and comic-lovers.  It may seem too early to think about, but you can save a lot of money by booking both tickets and travel in advance.  I hope to see lots of people there.

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Personal Review of the Myst Series of Computer Games

Myst Video game

 

Myst – I like Myst now, unfortunately it was responsible for initially putting me off the series (and point and click games as a whole). Why? Well, it is a very short game, something I did not realise until I replayed (and finished) it.  On first play I got through most of it then got stuck at the music/space ship puzzle, which is very glitchy.  This was frustrating. I felt I was stuck at the beginning (when actually I was close to the end)!   It took me 10 years and a friend to talk me into Riven.  After that I had another go… and got stuck in exactly the same place! Fortunately (technology having come on somewhat) I now had access was the wonderful internet to (a) help me and (b) make me realise I was not alone.  So I got past it, and realised Myst was pretty good on the whole. (I played REAL Myst the second time around which was probably an improvement). But Riven

Riven (Myst 2) Video game

Riven – WOWIEEEE! Dang fabulous game (but in 2nd place, keep reading)! Great puzzles and plot, tremendously beautiful and atmospheric. Amazing world-building mythos, plus the villain, Gehn, is fabulous.  You really want to watch the alternate endings just to see how evil he can be.  Myst is full of ideas and potential; Riven fulfills it.

Myst Exile (Myst 3) Video gamee

Exile – This is my favorite. Why? Saavedro. He is fantastic. I like to get inside the heads of individual characters and this is a game where you really do. He leads you on a tour, you understood exactly how f***ed-up he is and how he got there. The actor, Brad Dourif, (the same guy who played Grima in LOTR and Suder in Voyager) does a truly superb job.

Myst Revelation (Myst 4) Video Game

Revelation – This one is good but not a stand alone, and there were some bits that were annoying game-play wise. I was often left with no clue as to what I should be doing next, and spent a lot of time stumbling through the forest randomly poking things; for this it slips into 3rd place. But you’re hooked in here by Atrus’ children, Sirrus and Achenar, and discovering what happened to them after Myst. Having played the previous games I was invested in the characters and therefore really wanted to help, and understand.

Myst End of Ages (Myst 5) Video game

End of Ages – Um. Yeah. The actors were CGed in this one, very good CG but I think it took away a lot of what made Myst so unique, appealing and realistic. I have not finished End of Ages, but so far I have found it pretty dull. Atrus isn’t there, nor anyone you recognise (the original actors were not involved with this project). The gameplay in all of the Myst series is slow, but they had me interested. This one didn’t. If I finish it I suspect it will purely be for completeness of the series.