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Jamrams

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« on: 01-14-2006 13:10 »

Hey everyone,

I'm interesting in drawing futurama characters, but I need some help about which programs are the best to use.

Can anyone please help me?

Thanks,
James
Marcus
Starship Captain
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« Reply #1 on: 01-14-2006 14:45 »

'drawing'... scan art, pc-drawing, or pencil-drawing-then-scanning-into-pc?

Whatever your preference, a recent versino of either Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop will come in handy. Open Canvas is meant to be a winner too, mind.
Jamrams

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« Reply #2 on: 01-14-2006 16:00 »

Thanks, I already have adobe photoshop, but I might try paint shop for a trial to see if it's better or not
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« Reply #3 on: 01-14-2006 23:26 »

 Photoshop's cool, but if you wanna trace the characters or a scene you have to go with a vector based program (photoshop's a raster-based program which means it's pixellated). 

So I'd go with Illustrator without hesitation.

Photoshop does have the pen tool, so you can do some vector work but illustrator revolves around that and, though it's a little tougher to learn, it's so much cleaner.  here's one site that explains the differences between raster and vector: http://www.nw-media.com/ps_intro/html/lesson_1/lesson1_pg3.html
Jamrams

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« Reply #4 on: 01-15-2006 04:54 »

great thanks
Professor Zoidy

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« Reply #5 on: 01-16-2006 20:41 »

well, I find plain old pencil-to-paper it good, but if you have a tablet and photoshop, that's probably one of the best combos
Capīn Skusting

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« Reply #6 on: 01-17-2006 21:21 »
« Last Edit on: 01-17-2006 21:21 »

I've been working proffesionally as a graphic artist for over twenty-six years.
Didn't always have computers to work on.

I do almost everything in Photoshop.
Sometimes I pencil sketch on paper, scan it then ink and color it in Photoshop.
I do a lot of Illustrator based art at work and combine it with Photoshop art.
Corel Painter is really cool if you want to have your digital art look like traditional art (oil, watercolor, charcoal, etc)
Even if you do vector art with Illustrator, you still have to convert it to a raster based piece to post it.
It also helps a great deal to have a Wacom tablet with stylus.
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« Reply #7 on: 01-18-2006 03:11 »

 
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Originally posted by Cap'n Skusting:Even if you do vector art with Illustrator, you still have to convert it to a raster based piece to post it.

That's true, I just don't know who would want to free hand something you could easily perfect with bezier curves.  Come to think of it, though, illustrator's pretty crappy with gradients and highlights and stuff- it'd prolly be the most economical to outline it with illustrator then color that image in photoshop.
Capīn Skusting

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« Reply #8 on: 01-18-2006 10:08 »
« Last Edit on: 01-18-2006 10:08 »

Except for the background on "Spike" these were all done totally in Illustrator including the gradients.
You gotta learn how to use the Gradient Mesh.
Spike
Jet Black
Katerina

This one's not mine, but it's an ultra amazing example of vector art done to perfection:
Taya no hanami
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