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aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
This is simply an amazing comic, and the best part is reading from start to finish and seeing the sheer amount of improvement!

I've been wanting to start a comic of my own (have the plot and character designs laid out) but I've been torn between mediums to pick. I was originally going to do it digitally as a way to improve my digital rendering skills, but it just hasn't worked out for me at all (I love working digitally but I'm still so new despite practicing for 2 years, I learn excruciatingly slowly). So I thought maybe it'd be a good chance for me to instead continue working traditionally and use this as an opportunity to improve further specific skills--mostly anatomy and rendering, and composition, and also just help me get better at comics in general (I've done a few oneshots but that's it).

Any advice you can give as far as working on comics traditionally, as opposed to digitally? I'm heavily leaning towards pencil as well (because of you hahaha...your artwork and your entire gallery is incredibly inspiring), but I would love to have an element of color...
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for replying so late! Thank you for your comment tho! I'm personally really happy with how far I've come with this comic and I can't wait to see where it takes me.

Working with something you have little skills with can be tedious, but it shouldn't be a reason to postpone something. It might end up in a situation where you feel like you'll never be "ready" to start something. And you won't. But if you want to do something you should just start doing it, you will get better at it as you do it. My comic should prove that point decently enough. I had zero experience in comics and whatnot and I set myself a goal that was to learn to draw people and comics better. I exceeded my expectations. 
Anyway, enough rambling. I can understand your issue with the choice of media. You should stick to whatever feels the best for you. Sometimes I feel like making comic digitally would be easier, maybe a bit faster even, but I love doing them traditionally with pencils. There's an entirely different feel to it. I sometimes make short comics digitally, nothing special, just silly stuff, and while it's easier to correct your mistakes in SAI or Photoshop it feels very different.
I think if you want to do a comic traditionally there are certain things to take into account depending on the media of choice. Pencils are fairly simple, but there are some technical tips and tricks to them as well. I've seen quite a few watercolour comics and it's also a very nice medium of choice for trad comics. It might also be a nice way to combine pencil work and colour. In that case you should take into account the materials you use, the paper, the colour and whatnot. Watercolours require a bit thicker paper and pencil smudges easily. I prevent the pencil from smudging by keeping a clean sheet of paper under my hand as I draw.
Also, since traditional comics aren't as easy to edit afterwards as digital ones I've found that it's good to have a somewhat clear idea of what you're doing. The way I do it is 1) gather the ideas of the things I want to have in a comic strip 2) write a script for the strip 3) go through the script and edit it 4) make a thumbnail for the comic strip 5) start sketching the script on paper. The script ALWAYS changes during the process. I might've written one thing on the script but end up doing something differently in the actual finished comic. I think when you actually start drawing the comic you see what parts of the script actually work as you want them to and what you need to improve. I think the theme of constant change applies to my entire comic and story. It keeps changing, it's flexible enough to be changed without much trouble. This is just general pondering but maybe it can be useful.
I hope this helps!
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Neapsis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
I finally read all the parts and I want more! You're so good at this, you make me laugh and cry and I love that. The part of hunting pirates with Thorn singing that was particulary hilarious, I must say xD On the other hand, the psychic gym was really sad and made me cry at the flames! This two are my favorite parts so far X3

By the way, I can't help noticing that some of Nessa's expresions remind me Edward Elric a lot (and I love that too), maybe is just because like you said this expressions are pretty standard, but do you know Full Metal Alchemist?

PD: I hope my english would be understandable xD
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply! And thank you very much for your kind words! I'm really glad to hear you like my comic.
Nessa's expressions are actually vastly inspired by my own expressions. I have a monstrous face when it comes to twisting it. I know FMA though, it's one of my all time favourite manga. But it wasn't really that big of an influence.
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Bantirat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
short question,
what helped you to improve your drawing skills during your challenge?
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think what made me improve the most was repetition. I had to draw the characters over and over and over again and not as head facing left but in several different situations, angles and poses. When you draw something enough you will eventually get better at it. For example, I was terrible at drawing humans and I am still learning but I think most of the improvement is thanks to this challenge. I knew I wasn't good at drawing humans and I was hoping that this challenge would help me. So in addition to repetition and challenge I'd say not being afraid of making mistakes is an important factor as well.
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Bantirat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the insight
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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Kyoushu-Ookami Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Did you practice a lot on the designs before you used them in your nuzlocke? I find it a bit hard to draw most pokemon and I'm curious as to how long it took you until you were happy with the design.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do. Whenever I have a new character appear in the comic I like to do some sketching and planning. Sometimes I have a clear image of the design in my mind and I just need to get it out. But sometimes it takes me a lot of sketching and planning to get a result I like. It really depends a lot. As for the designs in this Nuzlocke none of them took me too much time. Except for maybe one. Usually I start with a very basic drawing of the character and then I modify it until I'm happy with it. 
I'd say drawing the Pokemon in the comic is the best practise. Drawing them over and over makes you better at drawing them the way you want.
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