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WIP Crime Noir Comic

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So, to better my skill set and continue my growth with IC6 and related content, I've optioned a number of short stories from friends of mine for developing as a limited manga series of crime noir comics. Have figured out a nice workflow and carving out the time now to begin. Here's some WIP scene studies today and some B/W pages as well for you to see. Nothing finished fully yet - just thinking out loud and seeing where I shall go for my final look.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/d2314296-1a49-46c5-b55c-ea76.jpg
I like the 20mm lens here and it's a good look for a hideout space. I'm just getting my head around the props I have available and the style of lighting I want to use.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/96dcfd6f-1609-402e-8a0b-cdff.jpgHere's the same room with a 35mm lens - and it's a fairly simple illustration in IC6 with minimal Photoshop tweaks (just some dirt and stain work). The toolset in IC6 is robust so I can have a lot of fun lighting these digital sets. As comics were my gateway to cinema, you can see how I try to make the frame tell a story - we know there are bad guys around - there's a tactical shotgun front and center - but what's the deal with everything else?
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/00e4e91c-e15e-4029-a218-7249.jpg
What kind of monsters have a bicycle, a kid's rocket ride and religious iconography spattered about? This is how I find my characters sometimes - I build their rooms and then grow from there. In the case of "Bar Scars", the series I optioned - I have some fully fleshed out scenarios so imagery like this is just an exercise in world-building and color palette finding. I cannot underscore how important it is for me to warm up and do exercises before starting any work of greater significance.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/3309ed1c-aacd-41b6-af1e-20c7.jpg
With the B/W ' manga work, I'm finding the tonal range and seeing how far I need to push detail and how well the Med Rez characters hold up. I'm happy with this kind of staging and look for a monochrome comic and it will probably end up as the look of choice for Bar Scars and the noir world.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/5b1ada74-40c3-4291-a1d5-e99b.jpg
Panel orientation, breaking the gutter margins, screen direction and tonal range tests allow me to see how best to approach the finished work. IC6 makes manipulating the new CC models a joy and adding Manga Studio 5 to the mix (I can't bring myself to calling it Clip Studio - yet) helps me define the structure I need to begin.

Looking forward to new CC hair tools and the opportunity to delve deeper into the tool kit and continue my work. Thanks to everyone here - especially Rampa - for the continued advice, insights and ideas. Any feedback, hints on IC assets I should look at and other ideas will be most appreciated.


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This is looking great. It is always motivating to see what others are up to, especially when they do as good a job as this Wink
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I'm liking this very much. BigGrin  I especially like your use of perspective in your panels. Can't wait for more.

Cool pete


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WOW! An artist at work....how refreshing!!!BigGrinBigGrinBigGrinBigGrin


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Wow! these do look great. Smile
Waiting to see the actual character now.
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I think breaking the margins is important if you stick with clearly defined boxes. The "Bam Bam Bam" really improves that second page in my unqualified eye Wink
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Thanks for your comments everyone. I greatly appreciate it. The work you see here is still unfinished (except for the color panels) - and text, dialogue bubbles, sound fx all liven up the comic pages and are usually added after the layout phase - accounting for them in thumbnails created prior to beginning.

Here's a link to the test look at a figure in the room who will figure prominently in the story, All This Will End Well, which I am tackling first.

http://youtu.be/oiO1RELRMek
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Nice work JG, looking forward to seeing this in action.


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About 18 pages in - I'm running as many as I want - I'm not stopping at 22 or so (because I don't have to). Am happy with the look and the breakdowns are working well. Overall, it's a gritty noir comic that is a good lead up to my more involved work for 2016.


These two pages are a good indication of the tone and staging. I'm happy with how I can work with the characters and sets - and building upon my skill with the Face Key Wditor for performance values.



I will post the completed work online this holiday season.
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Fantastic work which works really well. Assuming the video is a fair representation of how it looks when it leaves Iclone (ie does not look like any of the processing performed in Iclone) would it be possible for you to reveal what software/techniques you are using to create your pen and ink look.
Thank you very much for sharing and inspiring others.



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