Prince of the Astral Kingdom Chapter 1 pg 81

28th Mar 2019, 4:16 AM in The Beast of the Medina Azzahra
Prince of the Astral Kingdom Chapter 1 pg 81
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chris-tar 28th Mar 2019, 4:34 AM
Great city-scapes. Do you use a little reference when you illustrate those? or can you make them straight out of your mind's eye?
I also admire your ability to draw cloth, fabric and folds.
Zachary Cullen Alford 28th Mar 2019, 11:32 AM
Zachary Cullen Alford
Thank you, chris-tar! I find cities very difficult. I almost always use a photo reference and in this case in particular I actually traced two photos. In panel 3 I just used a picture for reference and freehanded it.
chris-tar 28th Mar 2019, 11:46 AM
Great freehand drawing! Also, tracing is nothing to be ashamed of. Many artists here trace over 3D rendered polygon models in order to perfectly depict the human body in various poses and perspectives. I believe Manga Studio has a built in polygon figure feature. All that matters is the end result, not how you arrive to it.
Zachary Cullen Alford 28th Mar 2019, 11:49 AM
Zachary Cullen Alford
I also use photo reference for fabric sometimes, like in panel 2. I'd say about 25% of the book so far uses reference photography.
snuffysam 28th Mar 2019, 4:42 AM
I feel like it's kind of rude to use the verb "snaked" given present company...
Zachary Cullen Alford 28th Mar 2019, 12:01 PM
Zachary Cullen Alford
You're right! Snakes don't even have legs! I should have said, "ambled".
AmeliaP 2nd Aug 2019, 4:06 AM
I should learn more with you. This loose strokes are GREAT in the first panel. The background looks organic. I loved it!