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Guillaume's Rambling Ride page54

Finally an Update for Guillaume’s Rambling Ride

The comic has been on hold for quite a while. It has been a whole year since the last update. I’ve planned for a while to start doing the pages digitally but never felt totally comfortable with the inking part. After discovering Inkscape I’m optimistic. So for page 54 I decided to do a simple landscape. The ship flying over this icy planet with orange lakes.

My first try was in a painterly style. I didn’t like it at all and realized I had to think a bit more about which style could work for me without the traditional tools.  I always felt there is a strong connection between comic art and japanese woodprints. If I was to do a print how would I do the black line art? Just a black sky with some lines and speechbubbles. I did them in Inkscape saved the image as a pdf to be able to open the file in a non vector based image editor. Then I simply painted the orange water and some white stars and snowy mountain chains. The image of the ship is from one of the flashmovies in the beginning.

I’m to tired tonight to actually update the comic itself as it’s not published with the help of wordpress but here’s the final image.

Guillaume's Rambling Ride page54

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Using Inkscape

I was planning to use a vector based editor in my comics making process and downloaded Inkscape. It was quite a while ago and I never got to using it. The reason was I couldn’t make it work with my Wacom tablet. The cursor moved but I couldn’t draw a line. I’ve had some experience with Illustrator and never really felt comfortable with it and it is far too expensive for a hobby that generates no income. So I was disappointed to find that I couldn’t use Inkscape because the interface looked promising.

Today I downloaded and installed version 0.48.2 without any hopes..but it works!! 🙂

Generally I think the interface gives a good overview but personally I would have prefered less colorful icons. One thing that I really like with Inkscape is the scroll bar with colorswatches and it’s easy to set a default font, Digital Strip being the one I use both for Guillaume’s Rambling Ride and Exodus from Masr.

 

As a quick test I took a drawing and imported it into a layer. On a second layer I started to try out the tools. My favourite is the “calligraphic or brush” tool set to “brush” which I’ve used on the arms.

 

I think I might get that page done for Guillaume’s Rambling Ride someday…

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