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Gena's 6 steps to comic-ing by genaminna Gena's 6 steps to comic-ing by genaminna
Requested by *scuzme but I guess it can be used by anyone if they'd like. :D

From start to finish, this is how I finished Page 208 of the "Trunks' Date" comic. (The finished product is here: [link] ) The same rules usually apply to when I do *any* comicy page though.

Even if you don't usually do comics, I hope you can find something helpful in it to you for your own journey in the art world (or even better, I hope it will inspire you to start creating comics of your own! :) ) I am not perfect at doing this in any way, so it is not totally 100% comprehensive... but if you have a question that you think should be included in the tutorial, then feel free to ask away. :) I'll try to answer it to the best of my knowledge.

This tutorial is just showing how *I* do my comics; if you can find a better, easier way of doing things on your own, then I'm not the one to hold you back! :) Well, um... I hope this helps a little...^^; Took me a while to do... >o> I might make a tutorial for 'how to imagine your manga as an anime' (for help with paneling), but I need to find good reference pictures for that...

Okai, enough talking, lol >o> Enjoy! ^^;
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arvelous Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you for the great information for starting a comic. It's really helpful to see the steps.
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Student
Checking my favorites again, and I was wondering... what program do you use for this? I know it's PS, but what version?? Loves to ya! :glomp:
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
before I had 7, but now I use CS2 (it's not really that much of a difference if you ask me...lol ^^;)
but for my recent stuff, I use manga studio ex 3.0 too. I should probably update that '6 steps to comic-ing' thing...
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Student
Much obliged!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:smooch: :D
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:iconhphantasia:
HPhantasia Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Student
When you do the "thumbnail" and then full size image for your comic pages, how big are they?
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genaminna Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
ummmmm, well, the full-sized images are like..... (width-wise) around 758 pixels for most of the newer pages... is... that what you meant...? ^^;
I mean, just as long as someone on a 800x600 screen doesn't have to horizontally scroll to read...
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Student
Well I mean... It asks you how lbig the full size image should be.... and I have no clue how to make it a thumbnail sized preview...
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genaminna Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
ohs, urm... o.O so, they're making you make it into a preview image? last time I checked, at least, you have that checkbox thingie to see if you wanna show the 'full size image' (like, in its original form), so you wont have to pick the certain pixel amount you want it to be? or like, 'allow download of original full-size image'? for full view size, you just put 'original size?'
at least, if it's in jpeg, it should do that. i think that if you have a really big gif image, they force you to have a preview?
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Student
Yes... it's just that they have the certain sizes to check, and I don't know what is a good size. Also, sometimes I see Devs that say "click to view" and it's a thumbnail. Do you know how to do that?
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genaminna Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, I think that way (if you WANT a preview) you have to upload a preview image too, and not just let DA resize it for you.
I don't let DA resize my full-view pictures XD I usually just resize things myself on photoshop or whatever, but it may be to your liking, so I don't know...? when I submit to DA, I just choose the first option in the 'full view size' box, called 'Original size (__ x __ pixels)' (the spaces are whatever your pixel size is for your picture, before you uploaded it to DA).

but if you WANT a preview image, I think you can only do that when submitting certain file types. (it used to not matter, but I guess they changed it.) look here: FAQ #79: How do I submit Artwork?
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General-RADIX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Hopefully, this will help me with my OWN comics! [hough, my psuedo-ADD may STILL prevent that) Thanks very much!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
lol ^^; I hope it can! good luck :D although I've changed a little bit in how I edit things in nowadays~ ^^;
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mingming07 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Yay! Someone who draws comics with pens! T.T;; And here I thought I was being left out of the digital inking age. T.T;; This is very very good. >.>;; Except it takes me days to finish just one page. T.T;; I like this very much! More power to you and your comics! Happy New Year!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, no, I hate digital inking T_T (well, it would be hard with a mouse XDD) *no tablet XD Plus, I like regular inking anyway...:D :) I feel more of a 'connection', ya know? :hug: and thanks so much!! :hug: as you keep drawing, you'll get faster and faster! :D
happy new year to you as well hehe!
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mingming07 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I also have no tablet due to financial incapabilities. >.<;; My bestfriend, was given one though. By her Livejournal friend. T.T;; Nobody does that for me. >.<;; Anyway, even without the tablet, yeah, I think that's true.

I wonder sometimes if I would actually feel a sense of accomplishment if ever ink my artworks digitally. T.T;; I mean, I'm just not used to combining traditional techniques with digital. If I started drawing it traditionally, I want to finish it traditionally. Same goes for digital...>.>;; T.T;; But still, I think a tablet will make my life easier for requests and commissions (if ever I get one..>.>;;) since I'm such a slow inker.

Oh yeah, I checked out your Dragonball Z and Deathnote comics, @_@;; And whoa. You rock. I dub you my 'traditional-manga-style-inking-hero' Yay. (Trunks in topless was :heart::heart::heart: whoa.) xD I'll go comment and go around now. :boogie:
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genaminna Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Inking is so fun. :dance: (Sorry for the late reply but yeahs...) ^^;
I dunno, I guess people can feel different 'connections' to different media. For me, at least, I can't feel that connected to the computer... even with a tablet... (I don't have it anymore tho. I only borrowed it from a teacher while in school. ^^; ) Sheesh, 'll have to save up money like the rest of us, lol. I only would probably use it for editing and screentoning *_* (or coloring, but rarely ever inking...who knows :shrug: ) lmao, I'm sure you wanted to hear all that drag. >_> lol >_>
aw, and thank you! :D :D hehe, I'm glad you like my traditional stuffs XD yay for Trunks in topless XDDD :lol: :hug: ^__^:heart:
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Katiefoolery Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006   Writer
That was a fascinating insight into the hard work that goes into putting comics together. Thanks for sharing it. :)
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genaminna Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
:blushes: aww, no problem... :D glad to have helped give some insight...:D :heart: :D :)
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RachLurvesEdElric Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
You explained things brillantly.
Thank you for this!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
you're very welcome! :D glad I could help out ^_^
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scuzme Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
lol *points up* some one thanked me for the idea :XD:

yay thank you for listening to me and doing this :XD: :dance: this is so very helpful! but man i suck at doing lineart with pens >.< i shake to much
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
aww...:hug: just relax and try to be as 'free' as you can while being controlling as well... >.> lol, that was just a contradiction but >.>;;; I dunno, mabbie you hold your pens in a different fashion than mine...? ^^; oh yeah, and another tip: don't be afraid to turn your paper around to draw certain angles and things that would be harder to do if the paper were stationary and shown at the angle to be read at... ^^; um, I hope that made sense, lol ^^; ^^; anyway, you're muchly welcome :dance: I hope it will help you! :heart:
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scuzme Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
your tips are like air :XD: i need them and love them :love: i will try to be :free: and when i can i will do water paint so then i can do your request :XD:
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
haha okais ^_^ :dance: I'ma a lookin' foward to it :dance:
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AuldBlue Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is most helpful gena ^^ i cud use this if i eva wanna do a comic :hug: thnx..and 2 scuzme for requesting it
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
mabbie you should do a comic and try it out...:giggle: hehe ^^ thanks a lot, miss :hug: :)
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AuldBlue Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw ur welcomes gena chan ^^ :hug: .. i havs gohan and videl pix u shud like 2 look at ^^and trunx...but yes i havs finished my contest pic...and submitted 1 version of it^^ u shud like them
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17superfan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing it, you've inspired me! :clap:
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
whoohoo! I'm glad you got inspired by something I did ^__^ :D :D that's the best feeling evers ^_^ :hug:
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17superfan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
You're very very welcome! :glomp: :glomp: You see I've wanted to do my own manga, but I just didn't know if I could do it properly, there's so much in it as well as the panels... x_x But anywhooooo glad I gave you a good feeling! :D
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
well, you have to have a start somewhere you know :D :D :hug:
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IrisHime Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Student Digital Artist
om my gawd... you are so amazing.... :cries:
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
lol uim...:blush: thanks, if you say so ^^; XD :hug: :blowkiss:
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IrisHime Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Student Digital Artist
you so are!!! >O
I would KILL to have your abilities!!! TT____TT

er.... jk, lol...

maybe.... :paranoid: XD
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IrisHime Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Student Digital Artist
lol I would't. not really. killing someone unfortunatly does not grant YOU their powers... T__T
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
ROFL O.o;;;um...don't kill anybody...XDDD
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AelitaAngels Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
YAY!!! *scribbles down notes*

Ur so great at this! I wanna be just like u when I grow up XD
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
rofl XD um thanks :XD: but you should wanna be *better* than me ;) :) i hope this helps you out~
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JoeyTheMostAwesome Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woo, dis is neato! MINE!!! *rushes off to :+fav:*
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
lmao, thank you! hope it can serve you well~
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JoeyTheMostAwesome Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I'm sure I'll find some use for it =D
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
wahoo! :w00t: :) :)
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BekaDavis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only ONE day?!?! It still takes me a few days at least to make something half this good. Thank you for the tutorial! It's inspired me. ^^
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Yayy! Inspiration!! :heart: ^__^ hehe :giggle: ^^; you're welcome, I'm glad I could help. oh, and, but of course... if I don't have a clear idea on what I want on the page, it can take me way longer than a day. I just meant the actual drawing part till the end...and yeah it took me like a few days to do one page before >_> but mostly because I kept doing mistakes...^^; I htink...>_> (not saying you do, but yeah...) >_>;;
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BekaDavis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh believe me, I make more mistakes than there are stars in the sky. =)
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
hey, it happens to all of us :) but without mistakes, how will you ever learn? :D so the more mistakes you find and correct, the better you will become :dance:
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SukiMitchell Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks i needed this!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome~! :blowkiss: I'm glad I could help... :heart: :love:
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Gosha-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thats outstanding!! It looks a lot of hard work. Its really useful though to someone would like to do a comic etc. Well done :clap:
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