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Syn-Thesis : 003 by fox-orian Syn-Thesis : 003 by fox-orian
Syn-Thesis was a project completed for my senior year at AIB. My goal was to create five highly finished comic pages based on the very early development of Synthesis. The pages have no bearing on the final Synthesis story.
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:iconmystanane:
Mystanane Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me "good night punpun" :d
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's because this old example comic I did was inspired by Solanin, another Inio Asano manga.
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:iconmoemoney123:
MoeMoney123 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your drawing are so perspective/architecture oriented. From my experience, most comic book artists tend to shy away and avoid perspective with you it's the complete opposite. It's like you try to include as much perspective as you can. I like that.
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:iconrabbitmaskedman:
rabbitmaskedman Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think that there is a weee bit too much toning...
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's actually not screen toned, but painted in grayscale 8-bit grayscale. The tone pattern you see here is created from the image being reduced from original size in duotone.
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:iconrabbitmaskedman:
rabbitmaskedman Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh... that sounds a hell of a lot more complicated...just...keep doing what you are doing...
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Actually it's crazy easy XD Rather than piecing out sections of screentone pattern, I just paint as I normally would in grayscale on a layer beneath the line art. When you convert the image to "Bitmap" (aka 1-bit,) you are asked how you would like to convert the image to JUST black and white. Choosing "Round Halftone Screen" with dot size somewhere inbetween 72-128 LPH, (you can even double the output resolution if you'd like,) the resulting image will be a perfectly halftoned, print-ready page.

I actually have a tutorial explaining that entire process (on this very page) right here: [link]
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:iconrabbitmaskedman:
rabbitmaskedman Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I WANT THAT!!
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:iconderekablackburn:
derekablackburn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been looking through your gallery I noticed you used your phone concept in the second to last panel I really like that.
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The concept for that phone originated in that panel, actually. The concept sheet came later. Which is not typically how that's supposed to work. hahahah
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:iconewicho:
ewicho Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Nice perspective

i really love this picture *-* it looks so real
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:iconageshero:
ageshero Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Oh my gosh this is spectacular stuff, i love it. I need to learn how to draw landscapes and scenery like you do.
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:iconhyroar:
Hyroar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist
WOW! Great drawings! - I'd love to read a full-length comic book drawn in your style. :)
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:iconnitros124:
NITROS124 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
your universe kicks so much ass.
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:iconinsolitusnemo:
insolitusnemo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
nice,
nice,
nice,
GASP.
incoming call - jace
looks really really similar to my deviant id.
lol.
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:iconghostcharmer:
ghostcharmer Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
darn you and your mad cityscape skillz! :shakefist* haha, you're amazing ^^
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:iconcsp499:
Csp499 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm drooling at the design of this page- very Manga-esque. It's a style similar to that toward which I've been striving for a while.

Though something about the scene itself reminds me of Tokyo.
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:icongreenfroggies:
greenfroggies Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010   General Artist
This is really sweet stuff :)
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:icongiorunog:
giorunog Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
flat tire :)
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:iconmisternicely:
misternicely Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
You take a picture of clouds then ctrl+t it on the sky?
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, with my 10mm lens from the roof of my building. I was intending to do a mixed media with these pages.
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:iconmisternicely:
misternicely Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
A lot of manga artists do that. They will take pics then throw on a halftone pattern.
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Except most manga artists don't even draw the backgrounds. They just manipulate the photo heheh.
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:iconmisternicely:
misternicely Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
cheaters
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:iconaridax:
Aridax Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I'm usually more of a country/nature person, but your cityscapes make me want to cry with happiness. ='D
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:iconizz-noxfox:
Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
I like how the floors of the building in the background are numbered on first panel, it's a small detail but it contributes to give a scale I think.
the vibration move of the phone is nicely rendered as well, your strikes are fine and in the right place
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:iconcarlorozykomiks:
carlorozykomiks Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
please tell me how did you do the building.... is that manually drawn or something else....

it's also my problem in making manga
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I draw all my buildings from scratch hahah. I'll look at photo references, but it's rare that I find a photo or something that actually suits the camera angle or particular area I was looking for.
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:iconcarlorozykomiks:
carlorozykomiks Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
oh...ok..

but how long did it took you to draw this whole page..?
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A couple of days.
Wayyyy too long for a comic page hahahah.
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:iconcarlorozykomiks:
carlorozykomiks Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
hah XD i knew it..XD

being a comic artist must be really though...XD
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:iconmademoisellenl:
MademoiselleNL Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
I love that you took a picture of the real sky and put it with your drawings. it looks interesting this way, not that it wouldn't have if you didn't. :]
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:iconversus-victor:
versus-victor Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! did you used a photo as reference for the buildings?
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:iconiumazark:
iumazark Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great job
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:iconnightmargin:
NightMargin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The background......:jawdrop:
Your art is incredible!
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:iconbelialmadhatter:
BelialMadHatter Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
I really love your backgrounds!! It is something that I'm not really able to do so watching yours leave me breathless!
Good work!! :heart: & :+fav:
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:iconmetalheadkomik:
metalheadkomik Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008   General Artist
perfect !
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:iconbazevedo:
bAzevedo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Pro-fessional!

Seriously, Matt, these are looking good. Your photoshop toning is ace.
Great attention to detail.
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:iconvoid-intricacy:
Void-Intricacy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Excellent details this look great. I personally don't like the font that much for the speech, cuz i think it's a bit too cartoony and doesn't match the drawing style. But nonetheless I think it looks awesome:]
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The problem is that I haven't settled on a font yet. I've been debating making my own font, because I don't like any other font currently available. So many are too generic and almost as annoying as Comic Sans itself. [Anime Ace, Fanboy, and Digital Strip from Blambot are some of the most commonly used ones that come to mind.]

There are some good looking fonts out there, but they can also become expensive, hurhrhurgh.

Get this, the font used here is LaCartooniste, and even then I had reduce its width by 15% to make it look less "round."

I'm still debating whether or not I want a font is nothing but capitals or to use lower case letters as well.
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:iconvoid-intricacy:
Void-Intricacy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Yeah, it's true, sometimes it's really much easier to just create something so that it is exactly how you want it. Fonts are so crucial to comics :] I don't really know how much effort it takes to create a font, but if that's what's gonna work best, go for it. :]
I suggest you should stick with upper and lower case because all uppercase letters remind me too much of those classic American comics like Justice League or those comic strips on newspaper.

Good luck :]
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
There, I did some research and managed to get my hands on a professional font called VTC Letterer. It's an all caps font, but contains variations for each character based on whether or not you held shift. It's a good looking font.

I also found out that all caps is an actual feature of what makes word bubbles so easy to read.
There's a strange science behind it, but it makes your brain happier as you read.
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:iconvoid-intricacy:
Void-Intricacy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Oh, I do like this font. All caps aren't that bad, then. It all really depended on the font :D And oh yes! I do remember learning that caps make it faster to read cuz your eyes travel in a straight line.
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think it should be too hard. Adobe Illustrator is able to create fonts from vectors.
Maybe I can just write with the brush tool and convert it? Kinda make one based off my own handwriting...
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:iconclipnet:
clipNET Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Ahh good work as always. I'm trying to collect atleast the first chapter before reading these pages but I have no will power :T
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:iconzulu-eos:
zulu-eos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Whoah man. Your drawing skills have improved greatly.
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