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Trying to achieve graphics in a comic book style

Started by Mouth for war, 27 Jun 2021, 22:29

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Mouth for war

Hey y'all!

I've been trying to create game graphics like the style you'd find in a typical comic book. What do you think? :-)

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TheFrighter


Well you're close Mouth for war! It's just a little "square and plain"!  ;)
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Mouth for war

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Danvzare

They look more like graphics you'd see in a cartoon than a comic.

Mouth for war

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Cassiebsg

I agree with that's been said. If you want a comic book like, then find some references to the style you want to achieve and go go nuts. Comic books are usually hand drawn, and require some more detailing that what you have. Like grass, pebbles, wood texture on the fence. You can apply a filter, shader or texturing to make it look more hand drawn.

If you want cartoon, then more or less the same apply, you still need more texturing, or the image just looks flat and boring. As right now, it could just be drawn in paint and then used a single colour fill.

Here's a bunch of 3D movie cartoons for good inspiration: https://www.thisgrandmaisfun.com/20-best-animated-3d-movie-list/



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Mouth for war

I did try more textured first, but it's too detailed I think...i want it simple...like how The Simpsons is drawn kind of...but maybe that is too boring? :D




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Cassiebsg

#7
I think this one looks much better to be honest.  (nod)

If you going for a Simpsons style, here's some inspiration:
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Make the shadows less hard. Even the Simpsons uses soft shadowing.  ;)
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Mouth for war

Thanks for your input really!!! I'm gonna try to texture it more but not TOO much :D
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FormosaFalanster

There's lots of different styles of comic books though, which style are you going for?

Cassiebsg

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Mouth for war

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Mouth for war

#13
Here's another version. Is this better? :)

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Mouth for war

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Potajito

Nice! Clear improvement from the first version. As for some criticism, the level of detail/style seems a bit inconsistent, for example, the bricks don't really match, at least for me, with the roof of the house.

Darth Mandarb

I think the biggest "problem" I see is the inconsistent shadows and shading.

For instance if you look at the stone-work around the door of the house there is adequate shading to define the shapes well (though I might suggest a bit more contrast between lights/darks to make it a bit more obvious). The wood frame-work around the edges of the house, however, is a single color and it's difficult to see the shape/form of the beams (same with the roof tiles). I would suggest adding a darker shade to the sides to define that better (or, at the very least, a black/dark line to show the edges where the shading would be). As it is they almost look like blobs of clay with no edges just lumped on to the sides of the house (the roof tiles are a little better but still need some more line work/shading to define the edges)!

The flowers, trees, rocks, mailbox and fences are all casting shadows but the grass over-lapping the path isn't. Just stands out to my [picky] eyes!

Compositionally speaking I would suggest (if it's not too much effort) moving the path/fence opening more to the center (just horizontally, doesn't need to move up/down) to draw the eye into the scene more effectively. In its current form the fence is really distracting and lends an almost claustrophobic feeling to the scene (I don't know the tone/feeling of this scene/game so if that's the intent, kudos, leave it as is!).

One last thing is the [sort of] outline on the character... it looks unfinished so I'm hesitant to comment on it but I think either embrace the outline and dive in with it or remove it entirely and let the colors define the form. I lean towards the outline to match the style of the rest of the image.

Those few nitpicks aside I really like the direction this is headed. You're on to something good here!

Mouth for war

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll get cracking with this again tonight :-D
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Mouth for war

#19
Can't seem to do much about the outlines of the character. That's the way Poser renders it. The alpha transparency seems to be causing it or perhaps the antialiasing. When he's bigger (like standing in front of the fence) the outlines are more visible. When he scales down, they seem to disappear a little

Edit: Ah! I found a setting for the outlining...that seems to be working :D
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