12 comments:

Mark Martin said...

Hey Jed -
In answer to your query about prepping comic art correctly in photoshop:
I looked around on the web and all I can say is "No wonder so many comic books look like crap now." All of the info I googled up was wrong. "Wrong" in my opinion. Sure it will result in some sort of printable color, but you won't have sharp clean black lines that overprint and trap pure clean colors correctly, if you follow the tutorials that I was able to google up.
I learned the "Dark Horse" way of coloring years ago when I was working on some forgotten project for them. It is the best way I know of. Sculptor Rick and I have refined and perfected it over the years. If interested you might contact Dark Horse and ask them if they still have the color-prep instructions they used to send out to people who were doing color comics for them. IF YOU DO THAT, let me know what you get and I'll tell you if they are still doing it right. (Who knows - they may have some insane art director there now, for all I know).
I don't have time to put a tutorial together now, but if you want me to walk you through it on the phone or something, let me know.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> I see that crack !!

** Scott Adams is rolling in his grave.



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..er wait a sec' .. --

>v<

Jed said...

So I wrote Darkhorse for the information you suggested, but have yet to hear.

I'm just wondering if my 600 dpi anti-aliased two color pages (with colors separated on layers) are ok. You have the results, Mark. My Blue Kid mini. What do you think of the printing quality? I did the seps by keeping the line art black (but anti-aliased) and gray scaling the tones. The lines seem to look pretty good--if anything the tones are a little pixelated on close examination.

But my present concern is my black and white work. I HAVE kept my line art separate from my gray scale art, and as of now I have 600 dpi files that are more the twice the print size. The black line art is anti-aliased, but separate.

I'm always sort of paranoid about this stuff and often convinced that I'm totally doing it wrong and since most of my comic art in its finished form exists only digitally ((The originals are just a pitiful pile of heavily white-outed scraps) the digital files are really all she wrote.

And markmartin.net seems a little sparse. I mean, sparser.

Mark Martin said...

That's because it IS sparser. It's working!

eeTeeD said...

the lloyd's art is fantastic!

thanks for sharing!

slatts said...

WOW!

So, this is what Mark Martin dot NET has become... a BIG BLOG that acts like a website (cuz I guess that's what they are)...

Crazy Boss is back. That's all that matters.

(ooops forgot the damn secret code...)

Benny said...

Miz Johnzon! Usual suspects! I'm "creaming"!

eeTeeD said...

will there be more work for lloyd's depicting the other seasons?

Mark Martin said...

No, it's just a Christmas card. Not a seasons card. I think they'll move on and keep the variety going in their print materials.

greg said...

You draw like someone who sold their soul to the devil.

HemlockMan said...

He seems to hail from the Will Elder Chicken Fat school of illustration!

Mark Martin said...

I WISH!
(the Elder thing, not the devil thing)