Then and Now

Improvement chart

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook), I can’t find any of my drawings from back then, and I’ve been searching long and hard because I want to redraw something from back then and see just how much I’ve grown. But, until I find something, we’re stuck with random ramblings like this every week. –a few weeks ago

 

Guess what I found!

 

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My Artistic Journey (AKA Frodo’s Death Complex)

Determination

Back when we were all young-uns, we drew. It was what we did.

Then we grew up. Most people stopped drawing, but I didn’t. I liked it, and I saw no reason to stop. I was always able to count my friends on one hand, so I never really cared about being weird. I accepted that one early on.

So draw I did, and draw I do.

However, it hasn’t always been an easy road. “Live by the comics, die by the comics,” I believe the old adage goes.

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Making Webcomics: The MSPToons Way

http://ratherfluffywaffles.thecomicseries.com/comics/4/

The joyous visage of a completed comic page.

If you haven’t noticed, I kind of make webcomics.

Shocking, I know.

Anyway, this week I’d thought I’d go into the process of how an MSPToons comic comes to be. Keep in mind that I’m an idiot, so this is not a standard way of making comics. It’s just my way, and it works for me.

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Soft Shaded vs. Cel Shaded

Soft Shaded vs Cel Shaded

Who knows, maybe next week they’ll fight to the death. –last week

Yep. It happened. The not long-awaited battle of the week-century: soft shading versus cel shading!

Just to recap previous posts, soft shading involves blending color softly (who’d a thunk it?), while cel shading is when you have solid chunks of color creating the illusion of depth. Before this death battle begins, let’s break each side down and see what’s going on.

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Soft Shaded Counterpick

Soft Shading Illustration

Since cel shading took the spotlight last week, I figured it would be fitting to give soft shading a similar profile. Who knows, maybe next week they’ll fight to the death.

Anyway, now that I’ve got less than an hour to write this post because soft shading takes for-freaking-ever, let’s get this show on the road.
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Cel Shaded Illustration

Cel Shaded Illustration

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This week, I discovered that I’ve been spelling “cell shaded” wrong my entire life. It’s actually supposed to be cel shaded. As much as I pride myself on grammatical nuances that few people know about, I will admit that I only cried for twenty minutes.

Then, after a long week of not doing much of anything, I drew stuff. Shocking for a cartoonist, huh? This week’s illustration, given the title of this post, was cel shaded. You can behold it’s purdiness (I’m from Georgia) to the right.

 

The heck is Cel Shading?

To be cel shaded is to appear both flat and three dimensional simultaneously. Oh wait, hang on. *turns off philosophical gibberish* Ah, that’s better. Now then, let’s define cel shading. At its simplest, it’s an artistic rendering style that creates shading with flat areas of color. If you want shading, a solid block of darker color goes over the base color. Cel shading invokes the ever-quoted “less is more.”

Ever played Wind Waker? That’s cel shaded.

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