Opinion on your preferred... texture?

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Opinion on your preferred... texture?

Postby Bloomer » January 9th, 2019, 1:40 pm

Hello strangers! For a few years now I've been using rough bristol board under the assumption that was all there is (apparently that was all our Michael's sold), although very recently I discovered there was smooth bristol! I already drew a page on it, and got some mixed opinions from rl people who read my comic for some reason, so I thought it'd be fun/helpful to see your opinions.

So, which do you think looks better? Do you even notice a difference?

Rough:
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Smooth:
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Sorry about the size.
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Re: Opinion on your preferred... texture?

Postby eishiya » January 9th, 2019, 1:58 pm

Your images are broken, I don't think Twitter allows hotlinking. They work when accessed via the URL, though.

I can see the difference, but it's not enough for one to be better or worse.

The rough texture is more consistent, whereas the smooth one makes your strokes more visible. If you stick with the smooth one, you can make use of that and add more dimension to your art by colouring along the planes you're drawing, but if you draw counter to those planes, then it might look a little more flat without the paper texture to obscure your strokes. So, perhaps that's something to consider in your decision.
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Re: Opinion on your preferred... texture?

Postby Bloomer » January 9th, 2019, 2:26 pm

eishiya wrote:Snip

Damn, I was hoping to kill two birds with one stone, lol. Hopefully the images are fixed now, they showed up fine on my end, which is weird. Computers are weird.

That is true, I've noticed that the smoothness makes my pencil strokes more noticeable, this is a bit annoying since I have to put more effort into making the coloring consistent. The look is also a bit bland to me? It might be because I've grown so used to the aesthetic of the rough pages though, in a way it felt like it fit with dinginess of the story, but felt it may have been less readable? In a way? There have been a few criticisms about the pages being too grainy, but some of these readers did admit to being bias towards the polish of digital. Either way, it's nice to get that experience.
The thing I do like is my lineart shows up better, making stuff stand out more, and it's more crisp. The smooth paper might work well for a polished looking sci-fi comic. Preferably with marker.

Thank you for the response, Eishiya!
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Re: Opinion on your preferred... texture?

Postby mitchellbravo » January 9th, 2019, 8:25 pm

I like the look of the rough bristol, but also think it depends on the look you're going for in a given scene/context.

Also just popping in because your art has evolved a lot since I reviewed WYIHN a thousand years ago and it's cool to see you still embracing traditional art and rocking the hell out of it :D
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Re: Opinion on your preferred... texture?

Postby Bloomer » January 24th, 2019, 9:37 pm

mitchellbravo wrote:-snip

Sorry for the late response! I was waiting to let the thread accumulate some responses.

Yeah, that's true! Someone on another site suggested I could do the rough paper for flashbacks and dream sequences, or episodes. To give the pages a more "in the past/not real" feeling.

Aw man, thank you so much! I still have your review screencapped on my computer! (I should revisit it sometime) That compliment is really nice, especially since I think my style still looks pretty much the exact same... except maybe with a more "impressionist" coloring style. xD But yeah, traditional all the way! I just couldn't bring myself to pick up a stylus again after trying it out for a year in high school. lol

Thank you for responding to my thread, I really appreciate it!
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