Soon

Soon I’ll have a new 404 page up. I found an image of Yonro the College dropout on Youtube when I tried to play an episode of Shin Chan on the work iPad. As you can see it might be the most perfect image of being rejected while searching for something. Yonro the college dropout is good for something after all.

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An Association

I have an association with Pulp21. I’m their cat herder. As such, it means that I’m the guy who is suppose to keep them on track with story ideas and doing actual work. The three of us have admittedly been rather slack with our output over the last few years. This year, things changed. Chet and Richard have both produced a story that was placed in a comic and hawked at the New York Comicon. They told me that when the next thing comes out, I’m allowed to have some of my work in the book.

That means that I have to start working on stories. And I am.

This is where babies come from

There are four sizes of sketch/notebooks that  I use to keep ideas and notes to myself down on. Thankfully I have enough presence of mind to understand what I’m talking about in these little bastards. But there are starting to come in real handy as I write more and more story ideas and scratches for designs to later refine.

With the ideas being placed down, now it’s time to start weaving a story. Or in my case, since a lot of theses ideas can’t touch each other, stories. So far there are four concrete ideas that want to be told. And one happens to be  zombie story. I know they’re played out, but this is one that I’ve wanted to tell for at least 8 years now. It’s not a bad story and it’s not a good story, but it has something to say and it’s at the low end of the scale so more then likely, it won’t be told until zombies make a revival again.

Until then there are a few more stories to write down. No good guys or bad guys, just guys with problems.

Richard’s Batman Tutorial

A talented guy I know on Your Mom’s Basement named Richard asked how to do separate layers. He’s computer illiterate. Even the Christian 3rd World Charities had to send someone to help him download porn. 
This is his Batman. 

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The first thing that you need to do is make sure the drawing is in RGB. This allows color to be added and blah, blah, blah. 
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Next up is the channels. What are channels. All images are divided into channels. RGB is separated into a Red, Green and Blue channel. Each other them look grey, but the composite makes them in the color file you love. 
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You to the channels pallet from Windows >> Channels. 
I prefer to use the Red channel. It seems to generally get all the black that you’ll need for this little project. Select the channel and then drag it to the little paper pad icon on the bottom of this window. It will make a copy that is very important for the next step. After you make the copy. Go back into the layers pallet. 
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Create a new layer. A new blank layer. 
Go to Select and Load Selection. Choose the channel, “Red Copy.” Click “Invert.” Click “OK.”
You’re going to have a selection of the the pencils that you laid down on paper. Now it’s time to color that in with black. 
Select the paint bucket. Hit “D” on your keyboard. This makes the color swatch Black and White.
Hit a black point on the drawing. Just once. 
Delete the locked background layer.
And this is what you should have. 
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BUT WE AREN’T DONE!
Add another layer and move it under the line art. Hit “X” on the keyboard. This switches the black and white color swatch. That new layer is your new background. Add white. 
Now it’s time to start to the clean up. All the messy stuff that we never think of on the paper. 
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