I often get asked art questions from aspiring artists, so thought I'd share some answers from time to time. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll answer them on the next post :)
Does scaling down an image result in quality loss?
I know that if you resize images to make them larger the quality of that image is either blurred or not the best quality and loses detail.
What if you wish to scale down? Would all the details/quality look blurred? I have been asked by a client to produce art at only 1900x900 pixel dimensions. I would really like to draw on a larger sized canvas but if I size down my image It'll lose any detail?
Yes. You will lose detail if you down-scale since you're lessening the pixel information you have in an image. However There is no noticeable quality difference between down-scaling to say 1900x900 and working with those dimensions to begin with.
What I would do is work at the largest dimensions possible. Save a copy which you then down-scale to fit. You'll then also always have a higher detail version if needed.
How do I create an interesting Manga story ?
What are the basics? Is it okay to take reference from other stories (movies songs and so on). I know many stories are based on something else but I am afraid of making it to easy to recognise. How should a good story start ? How do I plan it?
Ask yourself what would you like to read about? What kinda stories inspire you? It's fine to borrow ideas. There are loads of time travel stories for example, but each one is told in a different way with a different cast of characters and different scenarios.
For manga I like stories about everyday life, where the hero starts as a loser and progress to greatness, usually with the help of something, someone or a special item or power that other people don't have. So far as I'm concerned if people stick with a basic premise like that they can't go wrong :)
Start by considering a chapter (20-30) pages and how you would convey your premise and introduce your main characters.
Start with rough draft or written script before finalising by moving on to the pencil and ink work.
Photoshop or Paint Tool Sai?
I really want to take my art to the next level and to get into digital painting and I'm not sure which program is better for that. I've only had brief experiences with both programs so I'm not that familiar with either. I also want to go to art school for animation and graphic design so if either of these programs could help me with that in the long run, that would be great as well.
1. Most companies or universities wont have Sai available or teach it.
2. Photoshop interface is similar in programs like Illustrator and Indesign which you'll use if you also get into graphic design.
3. Photoshop can be used much easier for things like photo editing and texture creation for animation.
Sai is an awesome program for art and illustration, but having said that, 4 outta 5 people who recommend it do so on the basis of: "it's easier for beginners", "That's what I've always used", and "It's cheaper". That's fair enough for hobbyists but it has more limitations than advantages over something like PS.
I wonder how many professionals in the art, design, animation and illustration industries exclusively use Sai? Probably not that many.
If there's a question you'd like answered relating to art, or digital illustration, feel free to contact me or leave a comment.