shoujostrip said: Hi, just wanted to say I really love your artwork and was wondering if I could ask you a question? (btw, that wasn't the question). I was wondering what kind of brand do you use for your nibs? I've been experimenting with a few and I can tell when I have a Zebra G-nib, but what's the difference between Tachikawa and Nikko? Same goes for Maru pens. O_o Which do you think are better (or which ones do you prefer)? Is one preferred over others among professionals? btw, can't wait for your Spiderman.
Hey! As you noted in your other message, I use Zebra G-nibs and Tachikawa maru ones. To be honest, it’s mostly just what you feel best using. Some of them are softer to use/not as stiff. I like the ones I use cuz they just work for me, but it’s always a good idea to get a sampler or something and just try out a few different makes. I’m pretty sure everybody just uses what they feel like!
ashluscombe said: Hey Giannis, how're you doing? I have two questions for you. What techniques or exercises can you recommend for improving control and flow with nib pens? And the second is what sort of settings do you use when scanning or importing your work to try and get the best possible finish and line clarity? Cheers, Ash.
Hi, Ash! Interesting questions.
I only ever started understanding nibs once I just jumped in and started drawing some comics with one, sort of swim or sink. I could never get how to make a line with them and even though I’d spend a lot of time drawing lines and circles and hatching, it only clicked when I used it on comics. I still don’t use it well at all, but it feels a lot more natural to me now. When using a new tool, we’re always kinda self-conscious about it being hard to use and different and new. So for me, it helps when I just use the tool as a tool, as a means to an end, and not as a Thing in itself. I drew a lot of shit pages (plenty of which I actually turned in for things) but at the end I found I’d grown comfortable with a new tool. Extremely long-winded, but closer to what I’m thinking than “Just draw circles dude!!” Also, if you’re having flow problems, make sure your ink isn’t too thick (add some water) and that you’ve burned/rubbed the grease from your nibs (if they’re new).
As for scanning/cleaning/formatting, etc. I’m the worst when it comes to this stuff. I have absolutely no idea. I scan everything at 400dpi unless someone asks for larger specifically. I generally don’t sharpen and just scan as grayscale, then Brightness/Contrast the scan to where I’m happy with it. I’m sure someone who knows better can reply to this and help you out with scanning things!
From Prophet issue 45. Last issue!
JB3 you guys ⁺✧.(˃̶ ॣ⌣ ॣ˂̶∗̀)ɞ⁾
[just something I can point people to when asked about this since my tools have changed a bit in the past year]
I could come up with plenty of supposed reasons why I like drawing my own comics, but the simple truth is it lets me draw Gackt riding toward a post-apoc Balamb Garden whenever I want to
ancestralvision said: I think that's the cover the international edition of the book? I hadn't seen that either until you reblogged it but I only see people from outside the US selling it with that cover. So that's nifty
No idea! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
Look what arrived in the mail today. The homie Brandon Graham’s opus, Prophet: Remission TPB. Featuring stellar work of Giannis Milonogiannis, Simon Roy and the buddie Farel Dalrymple. Gonna be great reading material on the flight. Thanks!
I love that even though it’s been like 10 years since me and Lesean lived in the same city we can still keep track of each others work. I hope you like it doooode.
They’re using that cover for the first trade now? I hadn’t seen that. Cool!
ONLY FEW DAYS LEFT to place your orders for grand finale of our first arc in UNDERTOW #6.
Wanna see it? Order it prior to 6/30!
Cover A (regular Trakhanov) – MAY140741,
Cover B (Christopher Mitten variant) – MAY140742
And don’t forget that this issue will also contain the astounding epilogue with the very first debut of a brilliant Russian artist YAROSLAV ASTAPEEV!
You guys, I like this comic book so much. I’m gonna miss waiting for it to come out every month. If you buy your comics at a shop, make sure to let them know you want this!
That way we can trick Artyom, Steve and Thomas into making Undertow forever and ever