Chapter 3 revision

Chapter 3 is taking more and more time.
I’m facing story telling issues and I’m having a really hard time progressing because of that. So in the end I decided to rework it.

I know it’s been very long that chapter should have been out, and people won’t be satisfied by some standard length and content. But if I put everything I wanted to put in that chapter it will just take forever to be done…

The nearly finished pages shown until now have been taken off.  They might be re-injected later…it will depend on how quick I can get things done…

Updating mangatengu.com

I finally did it. What a pain it was…but now everything works just fine !

-Now comments are open again I’m using disqus so you can comment with your cherished social network account, get replies, follow people, vote etc…
-The manga reader works correctly (but still needs some serious CSS to be less…horrible)
-Social network buttons are everywhere
-Responsive theme…
-Old posts have been input (manually and painfully)

I finally got a functional website ! (which I was looking for since 8 years)

Now let’s do some manga stuff…

Try and retry

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A few impact effect tries. Mainly to compare my ability to use a graphire, intuos and Cintiq…Cintiq is the last (and best one in my opinion).

These days I’ve finally been able to get back to WASTE. Chapter 3 is definitely coming out before February 14.

With chapter 3 I decided to go for photoshop as my main and only drawing program. So I’m relearning to make my FX and find the tools I’m comfortable with from scratch again. That certainly is the kind of disadvantage you have over traditional media. It’s frightening to see how much a program can influence you.

I went for photoshop mainly because the unrivaled freedom and possibilities it provides. I can even now reuse Manga Studio and inject it in photoshop in an easy way. But I want to do everything in PS so I don’t have to dance switch between programs.
Photoshop gives lots of freedom but you have to build your own tools from scratch (I’m crafting lots of brushes). However I’m really happy from what I get.

New brushes

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The render of this panel was really puzzling me as I didn’t render interiors since…so many years.

I made a first try with soft gradients of gray I posted on my facebook page but neither me nor readers were convinced. So I gave it another try.

The goal was to avoid gradients which are everything but line art (and they also print very bad). So I went for high black and white threshold.
To do so I made my own brushes in photoshop. It really worked really smoothly and I’m pretty happy with the result !

Back to work

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Today I began inking WASTE chapter 3. I have been pretty busy the past couple of months. I wasn’t expecting it and it’s far from finished…It’s funny how there’s always something in my way when it comes to manga.

However, today I put everything aside to begin inking chapter 3. This is the very first panel which is the most difficult, unusual and time consuming task when I begin inking a chapter…so I need to be mentally prepared before I do it, and to be honest, I can kill more time turning around the task than doing it…

The good thing is, when this is done, then all the rest comes by itself. It even becomes difficult to me to stop. So I believe I can finish this chapter before December…

However, I’m still taken by a lot of projects at the same time and I can’t garante anything. I’m sorry for those who wait for me and support my work. Hopefully I can soon dedicate myself more to manga.

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