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04-10 Got It

Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

BMR on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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I think this page and the previous ones do a good bit showing the new lighting system I've got put together. It was mostly work with setting up the materials just right, as well as a bit of tweaking here and there with how I rendered things.

And speaking of how I render things...

Now, I am kinda on the fence... things do look nicer in some ways, but things are veering away from my ideal goal of not looking obviously 3D. Like I've said before, I would love to get a painterly look on things, watercolors if possible. But that's still a ways down the line. Right now, I think I'm suffering from creator's blindness where I can't quite tell if the effect is what I want. What do you guys think? Does this look more obviously 3D? Less? About the same? Something completely different?


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Thracecius on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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Well, generally speaking I think the quality of the characters has improved (less muddy looking), but they still look very much like 3D models to me. I've had some training in animation and modeling though, so I'm probably more aware of it than others. As for the style being more like watercolors, the earliest pages looked sorta of like that or cell shaded, but to me it lacked clarity and made me less inclined to keep reading.

Working in a 3D medium is a very challenging choice, but I've seen comics make it work well (Datachasers, Planet By Planet, Off World: The Crease) and like the direction you're going with the art, so keep tinkering and I'm sure you'll find a good compromise of styles, or, more likely, you'll be forever tweaking things throughout the course of the story and continue to develop your craft in the process. :)

BMR on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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Heh, being forever tinkering and tweaking does sound more likely to happen :) But I'm not complaining, that's how we learn things, and learning is always good!

B on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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I prefer 2D in general, not just in comics but there are exceptions and I've liked all the styles you've presented. I have to say this page looks the best imo, but it does veer away from 3D. And keep in mind my blatant 2D bias (in which your 3D comic is an exception).

BMR on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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Thanks :) And I'm glad my comic is an exception, heh

Haegan2005 on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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Success helps greatly with frustration.

Well done with the character building!

BMR on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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Indeedy! Nothing like doing something well to make one want to do even better.

And thanks!

felixp7 on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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Now that's a beautiful moment.

BMR on Fri, 25th Oct, 2019

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It was tough to pull off just right, glad that you liked it :)

...(RockB) on Thu, 7th Nov, 2019

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> Does this look more obviously 3D?

Depends on what & where exactly you look at. Tbh I think that the color reduction effect didn't help very much with looking less 3D-ish, only to some extend.

> Less?

Mmmaybe?

> About the same?

That's probably the best answer.

> Something completely different?

I think it looks more like modelling-clay-made than 3D-rendered. The nose still gives it away, but faces were IMHO worse in the old style.

Check out other great comics!