Or, Fuck Yeah, Screentones
I spent two days in Budapest last week and it sounded like this:
(ahem. my sketchbook)
I drew these pictures on the train (don’t even ask about how much herpderp I had with the Hungarian train) and then added the screen tones once I got home….
Screen-tones are the sheets of patterns (generally small dots) that they used in days of yore to give depth and backgrounds to comic-book pictures. When I was a kid, I was OBSESSED with screen-tones, alas, they don’t use/sell them in the US anymore. Those dots and backgrounds are all added digitally and though its easy to find screen tone downloads for free even online, I could never find a place that sold physical Tone. It’s always been kinda my dream to make a picture and screentone it with not the digital shit.
They DO still use traditional screen-tone sheets to hand-screen manga in Japan. So last year on our Japan trip, a few sheets of tone was one of my treasure purchases. I looked up how to apply it on the internet, and though the instructions were pretty friggin’ clear… I think I pretty much managed to screw up EVERY SINGLE rule for applying the tone. ::dances::
1. Draw on a harder paper/board, so you can easily cut the tone away from the paper. (Nope, paper I used was cheap thin almost transparent sketchbook shizzle….)
2. The tone is on transparent sheets so be careful when removing it from the backing, to not add finger prints to it. (Yah, I added finger prints, in fact, I think an errant Dorito got trapped under the tone on the ‘Creation’ picture… and I was too lazy to get it out.
3. Use a massively sharp exacto knife to delicately cut the tone away from the paper, once you determine the areas you want to keep toned.
Nope. I used a dull chicken nugget to cut away the tone with the delicacy of a hungry mongoose–ah well. It was fun. Hungary was fun. Screen tones were fun.
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