Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 25, 2009 12:54:01 GMT -9
Hi, this is Dryw the Harper, I've never tried posting any figures before (I've never thought they were up to One Monk standards) so I hope this works. Below is a link to a PDF of a set of Nighthunderchmen I designed quite some time ago. I titled them Imperfect People since they are not as flawless as other artists (I'm a writer, not an artist). I hope some of you enjoy them, feel free to comment on them. I have a set of Monks almost ready for posting as well. Whether this link works or not, I don't know
Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 25, 2009 13:33:12 GMT -9
I hand drew the fronts at double-size, photocopied them, used a light-box to draw the backs, put them together with a glue-stick, photocopied them together, colored them with a combination of colored markers and colored pencils, scanned them into the computer, resized them to the correct size, put a page of them together with Aldus Pagemaker, ran off a copy on the printer, scanned it in as a PDF, and spent time readjusting the colors. Whew. ;D
Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 25, 2009 18:15:29 GMT -9
There will probably be more than three sets when I finish tonight. I've already posted Nighthunderchmen and Monks. I'm in the process of posting Farmsteaders, Market Folk, Night Folk (for the Nighthunderchmen to have something to do), and Henchmen.
I've been making paper figures for years, but always had mirrored backs until I came upon this site and viewed pieces with actual backs. It makes a huge difference and gave me quite a bit of inspiration. I threw away my mirrored figures and have been playing "catch up" ever since. Mind you, I call them Imperfect People because they don't always line up perfectly, and the quality varies (I'm getting better). Still, they make decent extras to fill up the gaming space.
Post by old squirmydad on Nov 26, 2009 10:53:18 GMT -9
Drywtheharper - I like your work! Here's some tips that may make you happier with your work (as you sound a bit unhappy), I've picked these up from reading Floyd and Anita's comments. If you have access to any paint program that uses layers and blending modes (Paintshop Pro, Gimp, Photoshop) then this should be pretty easy. Should be.
I think the scanning and reduction process is diluting your highlights so I used a soft brush (50% hardness) to blotch in more highlights on their own layer.
Then I used the Gaussian Blur filter to soften everything and set the layer to Overlay.
I then duplicated that layer and reduced it's opacity to 50%. I also went through with an eraser set to 50% softness to knock down areas that were too bright.
I then selected the base image layer and dialed up the brightness and contrast a little bit.
Before and after;
Thank you very much for the Monks and Nighthunderch and I look forward to more great work from you.
That's basically what i was going to do with the minis on photoshop. They look much better now, but you may want to have a little less highlights or at least less intense ones (lower opacity?), to the colors on the robe become more obvious.
All the respect to the guy who does this traditional way With the pencil you might want to add more shadows and you don't need to worry about photoshop. I know it is hard to do shading right with felt tip pen, that is why I'm suggesting some good pencil. And when pdf-ing or scanning you can raise the brightness/contrast to make it pop. If you have photoshop there is a tool called "levels" When you choose it you can see three eyedroppers. Click on the white and choose the area on the paper which is completely empty this will clean up the grayness of the paper. I like to use the black eyedropper in the same toolbox when scanning in pencil drawings, choosing the darkest gray will make the gray lines appear as it was drawn by a pen. But I'm off-topic. Forgive me for that. You are lightning fast with these, if you have just started to make the backs --we are talking about several sets of backs here
Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 29, 2009 21:21:53 GMT -9
Hi Anita, First of all, love your Angels and Turtles. As for speed, I started most of these months ago when I first came upon this site. They are all used in the stories I run and I thought they might be useful to others. I just thought that this site had been very good to me (your Angels, your sister's Horses, your husband's Tavern Folk, and the various Hordes and samples, not to mention the various sets I purchased such as the Brigands, Bandits, and Demons) and I should do something to contribute. They were in a very raw form and I had to lay them out in a more "One Monk" style but most of these have been around for a while. I'm glad you like them, and I have a few more sets to lay out and turn into PDFs (thanks to my wife and her better computer skills).
Unfortunately I dont have any skills which I could show here, so I can only express my big thanks to you for letting me participate in your great drawing art.
I like the desert folk too. Its very practical because at the beginning of the new year I am continuing my katapesh campaign and I will definately use your set with it. (this leads to a little question: You dont have a camel or some elementals or djinns in your desert folk collection?
Post by Dryw the Harper on Dec 1, 2009 10:19:30 GMT -9
Sorry, no current Djinn, Elementals, or Camels. I may try my hand at a Djinn or Elemental, but my animal art is terrible (hence I am waiting for Xtea to finish her Draft Horse for my merchant caravan, I've got wagons, teamsters, guards, and merchants, but no Draft Horses) so I'm afraid I can't help you with a camel, but I may be able to try something simple later.
Jabbro's upcoming Arabian Knights set should have a number of Djinn once it's complete.
IMO the camels are very important for arabian games. I always have to use mules or horses (or recently I cut out even some of anitas free desert combat turtles ) for my desert raiders...but no camel atm.
Regarding the djinns, they are similar to devils in the arabian mythology so I guess they are important for such games too if you want some nasty enemies for your heroes. Jabbro has some in his set, but he is not sure when it comes out, and I thought possibly you have lying around some of them in your upper drawer.
What would also be really cool are typical fantasy hero characters with arabian clothes. (imagine a halfling, elves or dwarfes with turban, fez, kaftan or keffiyeh!
Post by Dryw the Harper on Dec 1, 2009 12:30:34 GMT -9
Rejoyce, I have tried my hand at a pack camel. Not being the best animal artist, it has a mirrored back (I know, I cheated), but it seems to have come out pretty well. I've laid out six on a sheet, but it still has to be turned into a PDF before I post it (probably around 8:00ish Pacific Time). Hope you find it useful for making a caravan.
Dryw the Harper
Oh, I intend to post it on the Desert Folk thread.
Love these guys. It took me long enough to actually build them. I printed them up years ago. I've been in a bit of a creative funk so I've been building paper minis that are backlogged on my 'must build' pile. Thanks for making them. They will be a great addition to my games.
Post by Dryw the Harper on Apr 13, 2013 8:38:50 GMT -9
That's funny, since I often build multiple pages of your figures (I now have tons of Elves, Orcs, Goblins, Hobgoblins, Trolls, and Vikings) and each time a learn someting that I attempt to improve my figures with. Now I have a backlog of front and backs of new figures inked, but I never seem to get around to coloring them until a week before I actually need them in my campaign.
Dyrw the Harper
P.S. I love all your figures from all the games, including the ninjas, schoolgirls, zombies, and western, but since my campaign is fantasy based I have little need for the others (though I have built some "just because"). The Samurai, however, will make an appearance in my fantasy game once the characters set out to sea.
Dryw, i'm asking in this thread just because is "fresh":
There's any chance that you'll upload somewhere a unique, big zip file with everything you've made? How 4Shared works is good enough for an occasional download but, since i'd need to (re)grab all your stuffs, it's becoming a pain. Having just one big files would be wonderful
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
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cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
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