Old 10-18-2012, 02:21 PM   #1
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I notice illustrated adult ebooks are beginning to pop up. So to compete I had to learn Adobe. Still prefer my old handrawn black and white line art but the public demands...
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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I notice illustrated adult ebooks are beginning to pop up. So to compete I had to learn Adobe. Still prefer my old handrawn black and white line art but the public demands...
Why not illustrate by hand?
Does the public reject hand drawn illustrations?

Post some here.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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My personal taste is for colored drawings. I prefer the erotica to be less gritty than graphite often appears, anyway. This despite the fact that I'm quite fond of using a simple pencil when it comes to drawing. Pencil erotica for me just doesn't produce the aesthetic I seek. I figure most folks feel the same way and would prefer colored.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:54 AM   #4
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My personal taste is for colored drawings. I prefer the erotica to be less gritty than graphite often appears, anyway. This despite the fact that I'm quite fond of using a simple pencil when it comes to drawing. Pencil erotica for me just doesn't produce the aesthetic I seek. I figure most folks feel the same way and would prefer colored.
I like the color too, but, for me, many digitally rendered images are too stiff (and not in a good way), they often seem to lose their humanity/weight and softness. A certain finesse is needed to breath life into digital images.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:03 AM   #5
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Line art evolution in ebooks

I still hand draw in black and white sometimes from models.
But then I use pageimg and compupic to keep track of everything
and change formats. The pix used to be easy to make, took little space,
fast downloads, and little website overhead.

My genre is illustrated stories, not comix. For like 30k words, maybe
30 or so pictures. I don't have a lot of competition in that special
genre yet. My closest are the big mills pushing out the same
kind of topics using comix with no stories but with big production values
like this.



http://refer.ccbill.com/cgi-bin/clic...acial_sex.html

But I do stories from the inside, character driven, that become serials
and evolve.

But more and more people are selecting on the cover.
Until a few years ago a typical illustration of mine would be.




I would finish a story and look through it for scenes I thought
should be illustrated and scribble out 3 or 4 per day.

Even then I realized you can't really illustrate anyone in black and
white that has to be reduced unless it's a muscular male, all the
hard angles etc. Esp a black male for the simple shading. Curvy
females just had a few simple lines.



Oddly enough, when you add color to muscular male bodies, you
actually lose a little definition but it's what they want!



I tried to compensate by having the female wear black clothing
instead of being nearly naked.

Well, today space is not a restriction in downloads and web overhead like
it used to be so I went to Adobe reluctantly. Mainly because I wanted to
do a better job on the female body, plus the layers and lighting and shading
and animation was easier.





But I like the way there's no limit on what I can do with rounded
instead of angular bodies. The problem is I can't dash out a new story
every week. More like once or twice a month.




The big mills, especially hentai, if you look at it long enough,
all the stuff looks the same. It's like taking Ken and Barbie dolls and
changing perspective. Most of the big shops use the same 3d imagery
with a lot of computer horsepower. They can rotate, enlarge, change
perspective. Of course I can't even think of doing that so everything
has to be done the old way.

Anyway, I don't think print is dead yet, but ebook downloads,
especially illustrated, are what's gaining in popularity, whether
Visa or Amazon like it or not.

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Old 10-20-2012, 12:22 AM   #6
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It HAD to be black and white? No grayscale?
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:07 PM   #7
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Hand drawing in Pageimg

I used to draw with a no 2 pencil and then scan it, take my time. Can't do that with blogs and websites and monthly updates. So a cover can only take a half a day, a story pic, and each story has around 20 pix, maybe 4 hours.

Iv'e tried computer drawing programs but nothing so far equals pageimg, something I got for free 15 years ago when I bought a scanner.
You have to adjust the mouse sensitivity. It has a memory leak, so you have to kill it every few days, including all your settings, but especially hard is your handmade palette, which has to be done again. It can't save anything.

Most ebook publishers insist on a book cover around 1400 by 2000 pixels. I don't know what they use that size for. And most people do judge a book by its cover it seems. However, kindle applications I think need special treatment because of the size of the screen.
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