Here’s an illustration of a rat pushing corn up the stairs.
Download it from shutterstock.
I’d like to plug a Photoshop plug-in that I discovered a couple months ago and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. Lazy Nezumi Pro. What it primarily does is smooth your strokes for you, which eliminates the regrettable stair-step pixelated lines you sometimes get if you’re zoomed out too far when you draw or when your processor is being stupid. And it smooths out your wobbly curves. It lets you specify how much you want it to average out your strokes, so it’s totally adjustable for your preferences.
Another totally useful things it does is that it has a ton of different types of on-screen rulers to help you draw lines, curves, shapes in perspective, spirals, etc. The great thing about these rulers is that you can adjust the precision. So, when you want to draw almost-perfect shapes or lines, but not so perfect that it doesn’t look hand-drawn, this does that beautifully.
There are a bunch of other cool features as well that you absolutely should play with.
I bought it because my wonderful wacom cintiq had ANOTHER 3-in-1 cord fail on me. Seriously, wacom? Seriously?!? And it took TWO MONTHS for them to send me a replacement because they were out of stock. (If you have one of these, do yourself a favor and buy a spare cord to keep around, because they break ALL THE TIME and wacom can’t seem to keep them in stock. Especially if you’re out of the warranty period.)
So, my cintiq was out of commission for the entire second half of my recent Genie Loophole project. Luckily, I still had my old wacom intuos pro. It is a graphics tablet, but not a screen tablet like the cintiq. It takes a little longer to get the lines the way I like them on the intuos than on the cintiq. The two main problems are getting strokes to fall exactly where I want them and avoiding the stair-step thing on my lines.
Lazy Nezumi saved my skin. After some practice, I was able to use that in combination with my intuos and get results as good as, and almost as fast as, with my cintiq.
Anyway, go buy the thing. It’s worth the money. You will thank me for it.
I just put all the images from The Genie Loophole into my Portfolio.
And I’m done! Here’s the cover image for The Genie Loophole by Paul Maguire which I’ve been working on for the last two months or so. I’ll post a link when it goes up for sale!
Chapter 10 of The Genie Loophole by Paul Maguire.
I am particularly proud of that throne.
And the steepled fingers. Those were harder to draw than they look. But they had to be steepled, otherwise how would you tell that the character was evil? 😉
Chapter 8 of The Genie Loophole by Paul Maguire.
Chapter 6 of The Genie Loophole by Paul Maguire.
Here’s chapter 11. Almost the same image as chapter 2.
Another illustration for The Genie Loophole by Paul Maguire.
So many layers….