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Monday, August 18, 2008

Manga, sketches and panel layouts, the lost project "Shanghai Express"

Manga, sketches and panel layouts, the lost project "Shanghai Express". This is a lost project of mine, I thought I will once again pick it up and continue (only has so far 4 pages, but I will remake pretty much from page 3 on...and it will be in black and white.)
So I started this like 3-4 years ago.
So the plan is that I will post all the update and video of how I did the panel and such. So it will be like behind the scene how to and stuff along with the Manga itself. The project name is, for now, "Shanghai Express."

It sets around 1910 in China, but mostly fiction with some historical ref...(maybe).
Anyway, there will also be tons of creatures, Western vampires, Chinese Zombie, magic, super-kungfu, etc. I hope I could at least finish one chapter for now. :)
*I know...i know...if any of you have follow my "Dogs of War", that one....is on a long vacation...until then.

Here are some sample pages #1 and #2 (I did these 3-4 years ago so the art didn't live up to my nowadays standard. But they are pleasant to look at, hope you like them.)

Here are some of the thumbnails and sketches planning for these two pages. I know perspective are tough, I will make tutorials of some similar stuff one of these days. You can count on it. :)

Opening scene and character layout.
Building perspective layouts

More to come ;)

Drawing Software & Tools I used and recommended:
-Genius MousePen 6x8
-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet (new from Wacom!)
Economy for everyone.
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Professional software)
*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

More Art resource:
-What is concept artists, how to
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-How to pick pencils for drawing
-5 tips to improve drawing skill for artist.
-Color temperature warm vs cool for artist.
-Basic Element of good design for artist.
-Complimentary color scheme, basic.
-Basic Color Scheme for Artist, Monochromatic.

New tutorials:
-How to draw face of demonic creature Asura
-How to draw fantasy female character Manga Mage
-Gatorfish or Fish-Gator Creature Design drawing.
-Drawing Mecha Bike
-How to sketch a Sorcerer Pink
-Manga tutorial, how to draw and color pirate girl.
-Drawing and Painting Blonde Girl with Double Pistols
-Learn to paint woman portrait step by step.

Face Constructed: How to draw faces
Archetypes Design Manga Characters Tutorial Download
Character Design Tutorial Download
Female Figure Fusion Vol.02 Tutorial Download
-Character Design Tutorial: Dark Valkyrie
-Free Art tutorials download and more

Thanks for all overwhelming e-mails guys!!! Due to the high volume of e-mails and questions, I apologized that I cannot usually reply to you within a day or two.

** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section. Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.

If you need any help or support you can
-post questions or comment on the post (seems to be the fastest way to get response)


Chris said...

How'd you find the time to do all this and your job?

Everybody loves Chinese zombies!

XIA said...

I don't know...just don't sleep and wake up really early and go to bed late. Believe it or not I still have a social life and manage the relationship just fine. :)

Me too love them, it will be fun to draw and make up story.

Knuckles930 said...

Personally I found that Red Bull from Thailand works also great to keep you going. ;)

Only problem is that they don't seem to stock them anymore in Chinatown.

XIA said...

Knuckle>> RockStar can be a good substitute for that. It's my morning drink, pack with vitamin B and a bunch of who knows what.

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