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HOW TO SAKANA by MyNameIsMad HOW TO SAKANA by MyNameIsMad
Please note that this is ENTIRELY MY OWN PROCESS, and not the be-all-end-all on how to draw comic strips. I should also mention that I do it all traditionally, by hand, and make touch ups in photoshop when the need arises. I also letter by hand, and recommend it for people who want a more "home-grown" look for their comics.

MY MOST PRESSING/PERSONALLY SUCCESSFUL PIECE OF ADVICE HERE: hashing out the dialogue beforehand is the most helpful thing in the world and makes the process of drawing the actual strip a million times easier/faster.

I'm sorry my process isn't that interesting ;U
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animatrix1490 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for putting this up. Whenever I sit down to ink a page, it's a zen-ish process for me to be able to take a deep breath and say "Words. Balloons. Panels. Everything else." It takes a lot of the anxiety out of staring at that penciled, but largely blank, page. It may not be the only right way, but it's so helpful that I just have something consistent to do each time. Especially since it's really effective. :)

You're awesome! Thanks for everything! (Art, tutorials, being the coolest)
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kozispoon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Definitely a great crash course on how to Sakana! I love this-its not too convoluted and shoot from the hip kinda tutorial. I see you include the actual word bubble in the final drawing instead of adding them after the fact in some digital editing program. What made you decide to go that route? Are there problems with this kinda comic if you wanted/needed to translate it into another language?
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sweetmangotea Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you SO much for this! I haven't had the courage to try and put stories into comic form (because I can't figure out when you need to use different shape/size boxes in different situations) but your tutorial gave me a little motivation to try :3
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KawaiiHoshiko13 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cool that help me alot
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Kira1the1ninja Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LEARNED SO MUCH
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haptic-soliloquy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I just learned more about setting up a successful comic strip in five minutes than I have in a month into private art school for comics.

GOOD WORK
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wetdogsmell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
this was really helpful aaaa
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strayspoon42 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
this has actually helped me a lot in making my own comics. thanks for posting this up here!
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Michin-kun Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student General Artist
IT IS interesting. :3

Thank you very much for sharing all this tips! >v<:heart:
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Jal-ier Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
I should let you know that this helped me quite a bit. I'm trying to write a fancomic and looking at this helped me make the process easier and smoother. Thanks for doing this!
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JasmineClouds Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
This is really awesome and i'll be very useful!Thanks a bunch!:D
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Angelichu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Artist
thanks for doing this! it will be so helpful later on<3
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faux-brains Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Artist
I feel increasingly compelled to make a comic. Yer fault. Hope yer happy.

Love your style by the way it's so cool :)
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RedHenry Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
OH YES!!!! THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKIN' BOUT!!!
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SomethinCliche Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I've been trying to figure this out for what feels like forever but how do you scan such a large piece of work so perfectly, what size scanner do you have? Is their any public places that allow scanning cheap?

These might be extremely stupid questions but I really want to know; I prefer drawing larger too, but trying to scan is just a hideous process that infuriates me to no end and if there is a bigger public scanner out there, I'd rather just go there instead of buying a new scanner and if there isn't I want to know what would be the best to scanner to get.

Sorry this is so hella long, but I just have to find out and you seem like the best person to ask.

P.S. Your inking is flipping excellent.
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Apples-N-Spice Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
AWESOME!

Thanks for making this so detailed about your process! I always have the worse time with thumbnails and boarders, so hopefully this will help me better.

Thanks again :D
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StrayFlame Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
i find this quite helpful. im a little proud to say i figured a few of these steps/tipis out on my own before i even started researching in the slightest.

i will definitely refer back to this for when i restart my comic :3
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umbles Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
million years late comment but
i love your comics + how they look and it is always so cool to see how people do stuff! AND THIS IS AWESOME STUFF
i love your handletting
a really helpful/interesting read!! : D
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Dadrick Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was very helpful!

I was wondering though. Is there a reason you use regular pencil lead instead of those non-photo coloured leads?
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not a big deal to me to erase the mechanical pencil after I ink it, so I don't have much of a reason to use the blue pencils :I
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hypernekoninja Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful indeed, but what do you use to ink with? or do you use photoshop for that?
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I use brush pens!
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hypernekoninja Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :3
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Star-Seal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Thanks, Mad!
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
sho thang!
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Luhi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Thanks !
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lunargoeth Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student General Artist
This is a really helpful tutorial!
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Aww man, loved seeing this, I've always wondered how you drew these! This is full of helpful tips, thanks a bunch!
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! 8D
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Objectionized Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU THIS HELPS A LOT BAW ;W;
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'M GLAD IT HELPS ;O;b
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verdinho Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Awesome!
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Vixii Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic |D Now that I'm going into Illustration for sequential this will be most helpful~! <3
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yaaay!
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Vixii Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh question. You said you work on 24 x 18. How do you scan it all? o3o;;;
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i cut the paper in half and work on two strips at a time, and then i have to scan the 12"x18" pages in two pieces and fit them back together in photoshop
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Vixii Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ohh~ Clever! ovo I'll have to remember that~
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Mashikiko Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
...you sir, are made of awesome ;v;

It's a good thing I found this, too. I needed some tips on making comics... since we're forced to make one as a project for school. ;;
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Good luck with your school project! MAKE IT ROCK!!
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Mashikiko Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I'll definitely try my hardest! *fist pump* xD ;;
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NicParris Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
I dunno if people ask you this, but did you consider color or did you always want to do them in black in white?
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I wanted to challenge myself to make each page work without tones or color! (But I'm also not very fast/good at coloring, so there's another reason :U)
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NicParris Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Gotcha! Yea, I defiantly hear ya on the color thing. I always get really stumped in the beginning of my pieces when I'm coloring them. Either way, I dig your comics!
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Tevenyel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great :D I've never written a comic strip (I don't even think I've ever tried O.o), but I might just give it a go after reading this... I just don't know what it will be about....

and your example comic there is hilarious xD
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You should try it! IT'S FUN!!
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beefeebrillate Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010   Filmographer
what do you mean by "interact with the picture"?
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
As in, overlap some of the artwork
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beefeebrillate Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010   Filmographer
ohhh! ok thanks :D
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robbicide Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
THIS IS AWESOME. THANK YOU. I REALLY LIKE SEEING THE PROCESSES OF OTHERS.

MY PROBLEM CURRENTLY IS THAT I DO NOT MAKE THUMBNAILS HIDEOUS ENOUGH. )8 YOUR SHORTHAND SYMBOLS FOR THE CHARACTERS ARE ADORABLE, THOUGH.
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
HEY

I AM ALMOST DONE YOUR COMMISSION I PROMISE, PROMISE RINGS, PINKY SWEARS
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