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Making of RD Comic by TamarinFrog Making of RD Comic by TamarinFrog
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Well, well... I actually made this. People have asked me SO many times how I make my comics so here you go. Oh, and this is SIMPLE tutorial. I have simplified some things because the idea of this is to get the basic idea how I make the comic. For example, Lost Tower is really on it's own layer but I made it a part of the BG in this tutorial.

At first I was going to make a tutorial only about the shadows but I figured that I might as well show the comic progress step by step. I hope you'll find this interesting and if you learned something from this. Great! Oh, one tip for the shadows. You don't need to use bluish shadows. You can also use other colors and see how they affect the multiply result. Play around with the Hue/Saturation adjustment to get interesting results.

About line arts... I have done line arts with pencil/markers too but I've find that I get the best result with digital ways. It takes more time though and, to me, line art is the most time consuming part in comic making.

The program I use is Photoshop CS5 but you can do this with older versions too. As for other programs... There shouldn't be anything too complicated here so I think they are good too.

Edit: Commonly asked questions:

How long does it usually take to make one page?
- Depending on how complicated the page is (amount of characters and/or effects), about 5-10 hours.

How big are your working files?
- I don't change the size of scanned documents in any way. The size of one comic page while I work and BEFORE resizing is usually 2457x3437. Resolution 300. (very random numbers indeed).

And of course, you can see the final result here.

Pokemon (c) Nintendo
Random Doom (c) me
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DexKai Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  New member
AuroraArt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing! This is very helpful. :D
Freezachu92 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow... This made me realize how complicated the process of making just one good drawing is. Not to mention all of the groups that Tammy's in, and all of the drawings for them. 
Clap Tammy, you are truly a professional. It will probably take me a lot of practice to get even close to this... But that just sets my goals even higher! I am gonna work on my drawing skillz for days!! (Until I get my grades up that is Sweating a little... )
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

Good luck with your own projects too! :D
Makoes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial!!! Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!!!!!! I can't even explain how many thing I've been struggling with just clicked into place with this, and how many more things this has opened up for me!  
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you found this helpful. I've learned some better tricks after this and I hope to make a new tutorial someday but this will get you going too. :)
victorialampini Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so hard to make the paintbrush tool make straight curves without any bumps and mess ups. Then again, I am a beginner at this type of art. 
How long did it take you to get a steady hand to make the lines so clean?
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aah, I've been drawing digitally... 5-6 years. That might explain why I have really steady hand. Be sure to have a big canvas and resolution at least at 300 so you get the best results in smooth lines. :)

Also, if you feel your hand is not steady enough, pen tool is one option (if your drawing program has it). Here is a tutorial on how to use it on photoshop:
I use pen tool pretty much the same way as shown in the tutorial and I've made some works entirely with it. Example:
victorialampini Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks 4 the tips Jenna!

I'm sure gonna be using the pen tool a lot for a while!
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help and good luck.
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