Just wanted to take a mo to thank you for vindicating my sister and I. Saw your Iron Giant diner ad (thank you, tumblr suggest-a-blog feature) and the last two lines cracked me up. First off, Dean is the man, but secondly freaking *mmm boy* is a quote my sis and I have been repeating to each other for, no joke, the last decade or something. We fixated on that line for some reason, must've been the way that FBI-type jackass delivered it. Thought we were the only ones to appreciate it.
YESSSS I say that all the time without even thinking about it! Inexplicably one of those lines that just… stuck in my head. My gift to you, Kent Mansley:
GUYS. My most amazing friend Kelly started a blog basically about all the weird things she’s found writing her dissertation on 19th c. morticians (officially called: “Men of Sorrow, Markets of Grief: A History of the American Funeral Industry, 1780-1930.”) She’s just getting started, but please give her a warm welcome to Tumblr!
AAaaaa Kelly is amazing and this blog is probably going to be amazing! If you love history- especially the weird, particular tidbits of history that make it so rich and oddly relatable- you should definitely check this out.
In regards to the file resolution question, do you think it's harmful to work in significantly larger resolutions? (Say, 900dpi+)
I can’t imagine any instance where that would be “harmful,” per sé, but it also seems like you’re dealing with diminishing returns at a certain point.
The only times I find myself using 900+ dpi is when I’m scanning something that I plan on enlarging for print or display- if you have long term plans to zoom into/enlarge your piece then knock yourself out, but 900 dpi seems a bit egregious for day-to-day work. My big takeaways:
11 x 17” at 900dpi is the equivalent of a print-resolution 33 x 51” file, and that’s gonna most workstations slow to a crawl if you’re working with any substantial number of layers
brushes and brush textures have a set resolution (they aren’t vector), and they can start to look crappy when they’re enlarged past a certain size
there’s no significant difference between printed 300 and 900 dpi to the naked eye, and the same can be said when you’re shrinking them down to 1000px tall for display online
Again- not harmful, but not necessarily helpful, either.
How big are your drawings pixel/resolution wise? I've been wanting to give line art another try (i found out you have big files so the detail of the lines aren't noticeable and you don't do all of them with one stroke!!) I do my things at 200 resolution pixels/inch
Well it’s not just the dpi that matters! You could have a 200 dpi image that’s only 400 x 400 pixels, and you’re still going to get some pretty shitty artifacting from your strokes. :)
I work at 8.5 x 11”, 300 dpi at the least, but most of my finished pieces are 11 x 17” and up. This is some of my lineart at 100%, par exemple:
high resolution is a must, even if you’re just downsizing it and posting it online- it allows you a sharpness and level of control that you can’t get at basic screen resolution. You can get away with 150-200 dpi, I’m sure, but I wholly suggest upgrading to 300 and up!
It’s also awesome if you ever need to resize your work for promotional purposes- if you’re working in the 300+ dpi range, you have a lot more leeway for what’s going to look good on a giant banner. :D
Why are you so awesome?! Do you like potatoes?! What is your favorite potato?!
Russets if I’m mashing ‘em, possibly a mix with yukon gold if I’m in the mood. Boil, strain, mash (there will be no ricing in this house). Melt in butter, add milk for creaminess and texture. Salt, pepper, sour cream, and sautéed leeks to taste. Basic, simple bliss.
Where does your username come from? Like, what made you choose it?
Shoom’lah is a portmanteau of two words in D’ni, the language from the MYST franchise- shooth, meaning “death,” and m’lah, meaning “lizard.” So I guess it means “Death Lizard” or “Lizard of Death” or “Ew it’s a dead lizard don’t touch it” or something comparable.
I came up with the name when I was trying to design creatures for my own Myst age back in 2000 (the Shoom’lah was some semi-aquatic reptile that was an omen of death), and when I needed a screenname in the now-defunct Rivenguild forums I went with that. I can honestly say I didn’t expect it to stick, especially not for eleven years.
And, if you’re curious, my drawings of the actual shoom’lah creature over the years:
You probably get this all the time, but how is your first name pronounced? It's a word in French (roughly pronounced 'leen-yah'), but that doesn't mean that's how you say it (or prefer it said).
Haha that’s just the name of my blog! My actual name is Claire Hummel, hidden down there in the blog description.
I went with Ligne Claire as a blog name since it does double duty as 1. a French comics style that I adore, and 2. a pun on the fact that I’m an artist, named Claire, who does a lot of clean linework. :)
Got any questions about world-building as it relates to illustration? General? Specific? Put ‘em in the ask box: http://sbosma.tumblr.com/ask
I think I’m gonna write a post about it, but I’d love to hear what people are curious about as jumping-off points. Can be about specific images I’ve made or about the practice in general. I don’t really do this stuff too often, but I’ve gotten several questions and it’s something I like talking about.
Sam Bosma is gonna be answering questions about world-building in illustration! This is something I would love to write about, but in the meantime I’m just gonna sit and listen to Sam because why wouldn’t I