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SYAC - Consistency by TomPreston SYAC - Consistency by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
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I've been asked why I don't experiment much with the "style" of SYAC, and the dirty little secret behind why mostly has to do with time. When you've got a regular schedule you need to maintain, it's hard to try new things.

That said, I took some time to try a variation on coloring for the comic here. The first panel is how I normally color, the second uses Copic Markers, and the 3rd is a Photoshop painterly effect.

While the 4th panel crayon drawing is meant to be a joke, I wouldn't mind some feedback on those other 3 coloring styles. If people like one more than the other I might switch my coloring methods...
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xRoyDx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why the shit won't you draw like panel #3 style all the time? Why would you draw like a 6-year old girl when you can do better?
I understand this is a daily comic and all but since you rarely (if ever) even draw backgrounds, upgrading your art to #3 would only slow your pace like 15 mins

2/10 not mirin'
Kninjasticks Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 number 3
Rayanaminge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, this is an actual fear of mine. I'm always playing with my style, I'm afraid to start a comic because I know the style will change often. Any advice you could offer?
TheAntsaBoy94 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have two styles; my realistic original style and Pokemon style which I would use if I decided to draw a Nuzlocke challenge comic. During that series my Pokemon style would surely improve and I would still draw some other things with my original style. Even if I were to draw original style so much it would improve enough to change the Pokemon style a little bit, too, it would be fine with me as improving and little bit changing during a long story is completly natural for even professional artsists!

You`re not me, though, but perhaps you could still just choose one style and stick with it in that comic but improve and/or change your actual style as you please on/for other things! How does that sound for a solution? :)
Rayanaminge Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think its the whole, turn off what you've learned and adjusted while you work on a comic. I end up just procrastinating and never getting to the comic. Maybe having someone hound me about it, like a manager would be easier, but I will never get there at this pace.

I appreciate that you took the time to tell me your points, and they have been helpful. I just gotta buckle down and do it.
mishihime Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If not this series you should experiment in another or your art will stagnate and so will you.
nagaoshinaoru Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe.. the crayon is cute
Pluie-Froide Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm... but the point of experimenting is to get better. You don't need to experiment with your public comics; you can always experiment off to the side, and when you think you've found a cool new quirk to your style, you can add it on: no worries. Your comics do not need to be consistent. The Garfield comics changed a lot over time, remember? The viewers didn't mind.
JamarBHSamurai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pencil-snap Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the last panel
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