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Something new on the way! by jonathan-rector
Something new on the way!
Hey everyone!
Hope you're following my fanpage! Info on this coming soon! PATREON subscribers FIRST!
Gib by jonathan-rector
Trying some new stuff out for this lunch sketch.
Bortello - Castle Dracula by jonathan-rector
Bortello - Castle Dracula
Had a blast with you guys and dolls during the live stream tonight! Thanks again. Here's the last thing I'll show for the CASTLE DRACULA comic until she's finished. Hope you enjoy the new main character's look, and may your whip crush your enemies, and see them driven before you.


jonathan a rector
Well here we go! I created a fan page for all my art to be placed on. If you are an artist, or enjoy my art, this will be the best place to follow it all! Trying to seperate my art/nonsense posts so that those who want artwork related materials don't get lost :)

Please share, and spread the word! More info/updates coming soon!

You can "like" and follow the page here:
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Megadeth, Slayer, Radiant Historia OST
  • Reading: Comics!
  • Watching: Gordon Ramsay videos on YouTube
  • Playing: Radiant Historia
  • Eating: Food :D
  • Drinking: Water, and Tea

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Vulpesvulpes89 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi Jonathan, I'm a beginning comic artist/hobbyist. I've been watching your art videos and looking at your art for about two years now. they've helped me improve so much and take into account important things that I never would have considered otherwise. Thank you so much. I was wondering if you review beginners work in order to give them pointers? I admire you so much and would be honored to have you even glance at my work.
jonathan-rector Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Sure do, and thank you! I offer detailed critique's on my Patreon page, check that out here:…
SquirrelHsieh Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your WATCH:)
MrDaaark Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Jon, I was just watching your cover  inks video, and I noticed you were having trouble with the 'halos' around your fills again.

When you use your drawing tool, such as the pen, you have an option for anti-aliasing, and it's represented by a few icons that show you the fallof from your pen color.

The more anti-aliasing you add, the more intermedite shades you have.

When you use the fill tool on anti-aliased lines, it will stop on the edge of that intermediate shade because it's a new color. You can get around this in a few ways.

1) If you are inking in high resolution (300 dpi or more) and you will only have black lines on your ink layer, you can set the expression color of that layer to MONOCHROME. This is one bit per pixel, and all pixels can either be black or not. So this problem won't exist as you won't have intermediate shades to deal with in the first place.(Of course the downside is not having those other shades to smooth out your lines!)

2) Increase the COLOR MARGIN settings on your fill tool so that it will accept those intermediate shades while filling in. The settings is what percentage of the color range it will consider the same.

3) Use the AREA SCALING setting. This setting is the amount of pixels you want to fill over what it would have filled anyways. So if your halo is 5 pixels wide, then setting your area scaling to 5 or 6 will compensate for it. Because you told it to extend your fill by 5 or 6 pixels on every side.

IF you are using the MAGIC WAND to select an area to fill, the same ideas also apply.

COLOR MARGIN will be a percentage of the color range to consider the same when the selection is being made.

AREA SCALING will add that many pixels to your selection automatically. A setting of 2 will make your selection 2 pixels wider on all sides.

And some things to watch out for:

You will usually want to turn anti-aliasing off on your wand and fill tool, unless you want to end up with a 'halo' from the line edge, and a 'halo' from the egde of the fill. :) Always turn if off when flatting.

Your area scaling setting will change all the time depending on the thickness of the area being filled. There isn't a good catch all value.You will usually end up tweaking your area scaling and color margin a lot on a case by case basis. It's not that bad, and is always quicker than drawing over the 'halo'.

Avoid using STRONG anti-aliasing on your pens. The color margin to fill these properly gets to be close to 99 percent, at which point you end up often accidentally filling your whole page! Weak works best.

And last, but certainly not least--

Hidden under the FIGURE->Direct Draw (U) menu is the LASSO FILL tool, which is a giant time saver. It lets you draw out a shape and then immediately fills it when you lift your stylus (or unclick your mouse). This is much quicker then using WAND then FILL, and you always get exactly what you think you will.
woohooligan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi John! Just found you via a youtube video about the 3D modeling tool in Manga Studio. Enjoying your work. :nod: Do you get out to cons in Detroit or elsewhere in the Midwest?
jonathan-rector Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
I live in Windsor, Ontario Canada, so Detroit is very possible! Any recommendations? And thank you :D
woohooligan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No recommendations yet. Tiff and I just bought our first house in Dayton around Christmas and Detroit is just 3 hours north of us, so I haven't had a chance to get to any of the local cons yet. But someday hopefully soonish. ;) Unfortunately I've been too busy with repairs on the new house to publish on my own comic (
delaronde Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hey Jonathan,

Great work bro! Keep up the amazing work. Love your youtube Channel!

Where you at in Canada? I'm near Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Cheers mate!

Johny C.
jonathan-rector Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014

I live in Windsor, Ontario!
delaronde Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer

I was just wondering, for what game company do you work for? I worked for EA-Visceral Games on Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. I storyboarded the cinematics.

I also went to your website, very cool!

Didn't find your pencil brush that you mentioned in one of your videos.
The Frenden brushes do look sweet though he's got a bunch of them too! 

If you have the time, check my channel on youtube. I found a video of a guy that explains how to take photoshop brushes and import them in Manga Studio 5 EX. Could be a cool thing to mention in one of your future vids.

Cheers bro,

Jean Claude "Johny C." de La Ronde
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