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I wanted to post another example from last week’s comic where I took a look at some Bugs Bunny stills as a source of inspiration.
I feel like it came out a lot better than what I posted last time and feels a little bit more “alive”.
Are there any thoughts on what I could do to take it even closer to that Saturday Morning cartoon look?
Hopefully, it comes back in the near future.
Thanks for confirming that it wasn’t just me.
I just took a look at Schoolism, and think the Stephen Silver Character design courses could definitely a huge help for me!
Thanks for sharing that resource.
Thank you for all those resources. I’ll go through them and see if perhaps some of them could line up with what I’m looking for.
Chris, your hyper-exagerated arch is a step in the right direction. I thought I was being dramatic with it, but I supposed I need to remember that it’s a cartoon and I shouldn’t be afraid to go overboard with the C-Arch, and Looney Tune style poses.
Brad, as soon as you said “puppet show” I knew what you were saying. I’m trying to go for a Saturday Morning cartoon look, but I’m still doing the easy “talking head” route. I’ll take a closer look at Kirby and see if there’s a way to make my compositions more interesting. Off the top of my head, the cartoon series Invader Zim had some incredible angles and poses that made even the most mundane shots more interesting.
Thanks, guys. I’ll see what I can come up with for the next comic.
Oh wow, I completely forgot about Draw with Jazza. That guy is great. I should definitely dive into his stuff.
Brad, that’s a good idea to post images into the critique section. I could post panels from my more recent comics and take it from there.
Wow! I need to get cracking on that. The only annoying thing is I have to cut up my comics to fit their size restrictions. Looks like I have a tiny weekend project to look forward to.
I was planning on starting from about 50-ish comics back, and post ten straight out of the gate. Then post a few a week until I’m all caught up.
Alright, sounds like there’s no harm in setting up a webtoons account to mirror my comic from here on out.
Thank you. I did come across that but it’s very misleading. They say the third camera manipulator is to move the camera back and forth, and it does that up to a point, but it’s more of a push/zoom in which seems to reach a limit at a certain point at can’t go on anymore.
I might have to just accept that the camera controls in Manga Studio are rather limited.
I’ll just have to keep doing what I would do before and take a screenshot from Sketchup then bring it into Manga Studio. It just would have been nice to get the proper angle right inside of Manga Studio without a lot of trial and error.
I try to use Instagram the same way I use Twitter, as a way to express myself and the things that interest me. I generally get bored pretty easily when a creator ONLY posts their comics or updates on Twitter and Instagram, and quickly unfollow them. I like to know about them as a person. What are they into. Their interests. That type of thing. But only if they are interesting!
With Twitter I usually have my snarky personality shine and try to come up with Tweets people hopefully find funny and enjoyable. Every now and again I might talk about something interesting that’s happening in my life (but I’ll still try to twist it into something funny), and only rarely do I actually promote my comic with it.
With Instagram, I again use it more as a journal of interesting things I see. I’m currently living in London so I post images of the city, as well as any fun geek thing I come across. I also post “bootleg” style images of the latest comic I’m working on. Admitedly I don’t use Instagram as much as I should, but I generally avoid accounts that only post comics. I want to see something beyond the comic. Either the world they live in, or something they are working on.
One “contest” I saw that was actually pretty clever was one done by Mystery Science Theater 3000. I can’t remember the exact specifics, but I think it was a voting contest. To vote one way you had to share their post. To vote another way you had to like their post. So only people who were already fans and following MST3k would know of this, and were already likely to engage. Obviously I don’t know how it worked out for them, but it was a clever use of the Share vs Like system.
I don’t think you should. The cost to enter for anyone is nothing. Hit a like button, and boom you enter. There is no guarantee that they will even take the time to read beyond a couple of posts. They just want a shot of winning that free book, which you would have to pay to have shipped over. And if it’s the book I’m thinking of it won’t be cheap.
I remember seeing someone offer a $100 gift voucher to some video game store for his “readers”. Poor guy only had a handful of people liking his page, so I’m guessing it was an attempt to spread the word. As you can imagine nothing really came from it, and he probably had to pony up the cost of the prize he promised.