alchemichael asked: one day I am going to get you to teach me photoshop. those panels you posted earlier this month look great!
i did a tutorial on how to get the texture a while back if you havent seen it !
Anonymous asked: What are your artistic/musical/ film influences and inspiration? How did you get started?
lately i’ve been peeping a lot of ron wimberly and tatsuyuki tanaka and listening to wistful piano music while staring out the window into the endless rain. will senpai ever notice me? i also filled out this influence meme a while back which skims 2003-now. a brief art history of amika.
for music ive been listening to a lot of tv on the radio and broken bells’ new album and i don’t really know a lot of music words? i listen to kasabian and pretty lights lots when im not in a particular mood.
as for how i got started (been drawing all my life blah blah), i went to art school to pursue an illustration degree but it turns out i think doing illustration is the worst so i was bummed about ruining my life for a while.
then i befriended royalboiler (who is actually the least intimidating person in the world) because we liked each others drawings and i met him at a comic art show here (i did not meet simon-roy that night but i saw the dick he drew on the wall) and i guess i was really hung up on the fear of boring myself to death over being consistent and never fucking up, ever? anyway brandon talked me into giving it a try, so i took a graphic novel class and ended up loving it and i made this.
it’s weird cause i was above average in my class technical skills wise, ie i drew pretty, but my work was pretty shallow stuff. i had a really hard time thinking in narrative terms until i started to do panel stuff. i’m still not very comfortable or confident doing this but it’s getting easier. my art style’s changed a lot in the past two months and im hating it less.
Anonymous asked: amika i heard you're using Kyle's brushes but which one of his brushes are you using for the lineart?
for most of my stuff you see on here lately like comics and stuff i use ink on bristol board. usually microns or a dip pen sometimes if im feeling it, and then I scan it. ive been learning how to use a pentel brush pen too, for far off dreams. basically whatever works.
When I draw or letter digitally I usually use the comics tech pens or “your new favourite inker” that you can get in the Ultimate Drawing Set here. All the brushes in that pack are good and tbh I play with them all sometimes. I’ve been eyeballing those halftone brushes too, they look sooo good. Kyle’s stuff is more than worth what he charges.
(when i letter digitally i use the tech pens and trace over typed text set at 20% opacity)
When I’m doing lineart for a full digital piece like this or this I use a brush that I made but that’s fairly common in inking packs, it’s just a triangle to simulate a more natural line. You can download mine here if you don’t want to make your own. This other dude did an awesome inking pack but it looks like he took it off deviantart. The triangle is the important one though.
also i’m kinda over digital inking cause for me it’s slower than analogue inking, but everyone is different. i do like how it looks.
It also helps to work at 300dpi and scale down to 72 (or 75 if you’ve used halftones) for digital display. It makes your lines look smoother and your work look more detailed than it is.
I dunno. I’m super inconsistent with my tools i think cause I only started drawing & inking vs digital painting in earnest in 2012? I didn’t even really start inking until last year cause I was afraid of commitment (once I got over that I got way better at drawing tho, conquer the fear). I’m still feeling things out & learning.
iamharis asked: Where can I find your comics? I've been looking all over, but couldn't find any
hey thanks! the one i’ve been posting previews for isn’t out yet and it’s also my first for real comic. im new here. i have a couple things here — http://belovedlights.tumblr.com/tagged/comics but that’s it. my new thing is gonna be printed through Image and im sure i won’t shut up about it once it gets closer to being real.
or like worst case scenario if Image burns down i’ll make it a webcomic.
edit: dont burn image down just to see it faster
tutorial: hey amika how did you get that texture
ok a bunch of people have asked me about my colours ive been posting lately and i think trade secrets are dumb and not hiding tricks up your sleeve keeps you on your toes. but yeah my textures are super easy, i consider it post processing.
- i’m using photoshop CC 2014 but im pretty sure you can do this with your version of photoshop. i’ve also had some people yell at me on twitter when i insinuate the GIMP isn’t a comparable program (unfortunately!) and insist that you can do anything in the GIMP that you can in photoshop, so, there you go.
- i’m doing this on a 300dpi image & you might want to mess around with some of these numbers if you’re working smaller than that.
Step 1: i colour my image. most of my shading happens in ink or not at all so my colouring is basically just flats & sometimes coloured lines. i only do shadow when i feel like i need to.
Step 2: i make a new layer on top of everything and fill it with any colour. then filter > noise > add noise, set it to 100%. i do uniform colour noise because i like the shimmery chromatic undertones but do w/e suits your purposes.
hahaha oh man i just noticed — a while back a bunch of screencaps of miyazaki saying it’s clear ghibli was going to fall apart (but he’s smiling and seems lighthearted about it) were going around on tumblr, and when everyone was freakin out cause they thought it had shut down, someone reblogged it having edited out all the screencaps of him smiling. so it looks like he’s sad (im assuming cause the reblogger was sad?). that seems like some zen pencils level mouthpiecing shit???
it’s ok to be nostalgic or even a little broken up at the end of an era but don’t manipulate the image of a dude who I always got the impression was all about moving forward, and who is still creating things on his own because the studio isn’t the artist, just for some cheap feels. it’s tacky.