Behind the scenes

Material

As I am very nomadic and I spend my time traveling everywhere, I am equipped with an iPad and an iPencil. I have to tell you that I am usually not at all an “Apple Addict”, and I have always worked on Windows with tablets from various and varied brands. But by comparing it during many months with the competitors of the “laptop tablet”, I fell for it. And honestly? I am far from disappointed.

The Retina display is the best I could find on the market, and the iPencil is super lightweight and powerful, it really feels like making traditional art (it calculates the pressure and also the angle of inclination with precision).

Moreover, when compared to the price of tablet computers that currently exist on the market, investing in iPad + iPencil is still cheaper than everything else. In short, I hesitated for many months with other brands, and it’s certainly one of the best investments I’ve made for drawing.

Software

I use Clip Studio Paint to make my comics boards and illustrations. On iOS, it is currently available via a monthly or annual subscription, with two formulas: PRO and EX.

Personally, I chose EX because I regularly use 3D in my compositions. In addition, paying for Clip Studio Paint gives access to the library of tools created by the community, where there many stuff can be found: brushes of all kinds, textures, frames, 3D models, gradients … etc.

Why CSP and not another software? Because I think it’s the most suitable and the one that offers the most tools for drawing comics / manga, for now.

Note: By viewing the articles from the site of The Fallen Sentries, you finance the comics! However, my opinion is still objective, I am only talking about the tools that I like to use, and references that I enjoyed.

Bibliography

Drawing

As drawing is more than drawing lines, I suggest you discover the authors and books that help me understand a lot of things in drawing. Let’s start with anatomy. My little favorite is called Morpho by Michel Lauricella. He literally cuts humans into a series of sketches where he makes us explore the muscles, bones and human tissue in the most scientific way possible, it’s fascinating to reproduce, or even just look to understand.

Comics

When I was little, I spent all my time following Toriyama’s advice in his book Hetappi Manga Kenkyūjo. These are basic tips that seem obvious once you’re used to drawing comics, but not necessarily obvious at first! I highly recommend if you just started, it is very educational, fun and more.

And can I evoke books on comics without mentioning Understanding Comics and the whole series about comics by Scott McCloud! It is a must have for any good comics maker. He explains all the mechanisms, whether in terms of technique or philosophy.

Scenario

In terms of scenario, there are some essential to read if you want to get started, but even I have not read everything yet, there are many on my list haha. For now, I can only recommend famous The Anatomy of Story by John Truby, which will blow your mind and make you rethink how to build a scenario from A to Z without ever bruising your creativity.

Right now, I’m reading Reel People by Howard M Gluss. He explains by using the psychological sciences how to build coherent and interesting characters. I have not finished it yet but it is very interesting, although approached with an American cinematographic point of view. Maybe you’ll have to adapt it depending on your culture then. 🙂

The next on my list, about which I’ve read dozens of articles and watched lots of lectures: The hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. In this book, the author shows how, since the dawn of time, the great adventures follow a universal pattern.

There are still lots of books that I could talk to you about but this page is getting very long. So let’s move on without further ado. : D

Free resources

Here are some sites I use regularly to document myself and look for inspiration:

I still have others, I will fill this list as the memory comes back to me.

Making process

Under construction !