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Creation Station / Berserk Chronicles is gone?
« on: October 23, 2015, 03:33:08 AM »
Hi guys, I saw some uncredited Berserk colors drifting around that I thought I recognised as being Armhan from Berserk Chronicles' old work.  But I went to confirm and the site is gone.

ETA: Berserk Chronicles officially closed August 31, 2014.

If anyone saved off any of the colors from that site, I'd love to re-archive them.  Wayback Machine only has a few of them.  The art in question is this one, I've seen it around since at least 2008.  If anyone happens to remember if it's Armhan's or someone else's I'd love to know. 

Creation Station / Pimping random people's awesome fanart
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:06:36 PM »
I don't usually go around all 'omg look at this' but David Müller recently posted this gorgeous painted version of a Berserk page and well damn just go look at it, it's pretty as hell.

Speculation Nation / Little Serpico moment in Vol. 33
« on: September 07, 2013, 06:53:59 PM »
During the downtime, after Guts rescues Casca and Roderick rescues Guts, but before the pirates attack, there's a scene with Farnese and Casca.  Cas is goofing around and Farnese throws a minor tantrum at her out of general frustration.

Now, the in middle and end of that scene, we get a little panel suggesting Serpico is in the wings while this is going on, but he doesn't get an explicit 'hmm, my relationship with the rest of the cast' scene like Schierke does a few pages previous.

I'm wondering what significance that has?  I mean obviously the panels wouldn't be there if it didn't matter, but I can't think what exactly witnessing that moment would mean to Serpico that he didn't already know.

Creation Station / Lithrael's revised Berserk Gallery 2013
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:05:13 PM »
Hey folks just a heads-up, I finally rebuilt the old Blissing Ig Berserk gallery, and it can be found here:

I've included my work and that of CnC, Proj, Vax and Spikey, the original gallery contributors. 
(If any of you guys would prefer your work not to be archived there at this time please let me know!)

Further developments as they develop.   :carcus:

Shootin' the Breeze / I need some Italian help!
« on: June 08, 2011, 01:08:15 PM »
Hey folks!  In unrelated news...  Can any of our Italian friends help me out with something?  I was getting a statue (not Berserk though, like an actual marble statue) shipped from Italy and it hasn't shown up and I need to contact the sculptor's studio and find out what's going on.  But they don't speak English & I don't speak Italian so...  if anyone can help please send me a PM!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Record of issues of YA with episodes of Berserk?
« on: November 09, 2010, 04:51:58 PM »
There was a Japanese site I saw a long time ago that showed which issues of Young Animal each episode of Berserk was published in but now I can't find it.  Does anyone know where I can find a resource like that?  I'm looking for info like, which YA was Berserk episode 256 in, that kind of thing.  I know I can find many of them individually by searching this board (YA 11 of 2005, btw) but I'm wondering if this information is actually compiled anywhere.

Creation Station / Lithrael's new tutorial
« on: March 06, 2010, 04:14:57 AM »
New Berserk Color Tutorial!!!

This is a bit rushed.  Feel free to ask questions/feedback etc and I'll get more detailed. 

Whoops.  Second draft.  I just revised a few things to improve the workflow I'm suggesting a little bit.   

First things first: scan cleanup.  Berserk in YA is printed on tinted paper so it'll usually need a little cleaning up after you scan it. 

OK!  Ready to go.  The simplest way to show most of this stuff is just to give you an example, so here's the photoshop file that adds up to this:

Right-click, save, and open 'er up.  This was made in CS2 but should open in most versions of Photoshop.

Now open up the Layers window (Window->Layers, or the F7 key).  So.  What are you looking at?  A mess of layers.

At the top there's a Group.  A Group is a folder full of layers whose overall result can be blended into the rest of your image as if it was just one layer.  This group is where I put the adjusted lineart and all the work I want to do on that lineart.  (The lineart is a Normal layer at the bottom of the group and above that, inside the group, are Screen layers lightning that lineart.  The overall Group is set to Multiply.)  If you look at that group by itself, it looks like this:

And all the layers below it add up to look like this:

I always used to have the lineart on the bottom and layers of color on Multiply above that, but turns out it works WAY better to have the colors on the bottom and the lineart on Multiply above that.

By putting the lineart group at the top and setting it on Multiply, I can do all the color layers below it as normal layers, which saves a LOT of careful painting.

Now about the actual colors:

There's a big plain layer at the bottom; this is the overall background color.  I've used a round gradient fill (the other option on the paintbucket) for color (set to normal).  Then I made another plain gradient layer for luminosity (set to luminosity), which makes it easier to get exactly the effect you want.

Next I blocked in (that's not a photoshop term, it just means 'painted in simply') all the basic parts of the picture with basic colors, with each bit that needs to be 'on top' of another on a new layer.  So here there's basically these blocking layers (again blocking isn't a photoshop term, I just mean 'where the color is at'):

the scuff of dust and the voicebubbles
Schierke's outfit and Isi's knife handle
her skin
her hair
the rock edge she's standing on
the tentacles grabbin' her
the 2 tentacle parts that are in the foreground (closer to 'the camera')
the staff and the bag

With these blocked out we can start shading with Clipping Layers.  You make a new layer above the main blocked in shape and, in the layer menu, right-click the layer to get the options and choose 'create clipping mask.'  (left double-clicking the layer gets you the layer style menu, the thing with glows and drop shadows etc.) You can color on a clipping layer as sloppy as you please and it will stay within the borders you blocked in on its source layer.  And if you change the blocked-in color's borders on the source layer the clipping layer automatically updates its borders from that.  (It's easy to accidentally release clipping masks when you're re-arranging layers but don't worry, you can just click the layer and create clipping mask on it again.)

For Schierke's dress, I blocked in that & Isi's knife handle on one layer and used a clipping layer based on that to shade her dress, but for Isi's knife handle I 'locked' transparency on the blocking layer and did some shading work right on that with a brush set to Multiply (the layer lock holds the borders).

Here's how that works:  This is the dress's blocking layer:

This is the shading layer on top of that (see how sloppy it is)

And this is the shading layer as a clipping mask based on that first blue layer:

The upshot of all this is that, with a little planning, you only have to be careful about creating any EDGE for your colors ONCE.  Once you start shading, you can use clipping layers for shadows and light.  Usually I find it convenient to use layer locking for smaller things that need shading, and clipping layers for larger ones.  In this I used clipping layers for the dress and the tentacles, and locked transparency for everything else.  (The disadvantage of just shading right on a locked layer is that you can't go back later and adjust your blocked color and the color you shaded with independently from one another, whereas if you use a blocking layer and a clipping layer you can use image->adjustments->hue/saturation on either layer anytime you want.)

At this point the color work looked about like this:

After this it's mostly a lot of fiddly work and more layers that are pretty self explanatory if you spend a little time turning layer visibility on and off to see what each layer is there for. (That's the eye icon next to each layer on the layer menu.)

There are also a few layers with 'outer glow' filter on them for the glow effects:  Isi's knife blade, the head of the staff, and Ivarella.

I actually did the line layer first but I'll mention it last.  In the line group I lightened the ziptone of Schierke's dress simply by painting it out on a layer set to Screen, with NO PAINT over the actual linework (I erased those back out).  (Another option is to paint out ziptone sloppily and then paint the linework back in on another layer.)  Then I locked the layer and painted a little shading into it.  On another Screen layer I lightened some of the linework and played around in general.  Now my lineart layer group looks like this:

Add up all the layers and you get this! 

download full res:

Musing on the recent episodes...  For Griffith, everything has gone perfectly.  Beautifully.  Swimmingly.  Amazingly so, even considering his super powers and super charisma and super allies.  He's been cool as a cucumber.

Wouldn't this moment, of culmination of prophecy, expecting the ultimate badass impossible victory...  be a fantastic moment for a reversal of fortune for Griffith? 

Idea's plans trump Griffith's, with the defeat of Ganishka leaving the Falcon totally fucked over, and the world dripping with Darkness...  And Griffith's personality going through another transformation as he falls, once again, from the pinnacle of glory.

Naturally this is wild monkeys-from-butt speculation but what a cool direction for the story to go...

Hey folks,

I swear I'm working on some Berserk colors...  but... 

I got sacked a little while ago from my awesome video game job and I've been Ebaying like crazy to pay my high end Lith expenses.  It's just about come to the Berserk stuff.  I thought I'd run it by you guys first.

I've got the last couple years of Berserk as serialized in Young Animal, of course you get all the bonus pinup girls too and Air Master and all that other crap that's in there.  I'm doing them for like $10 per magazine, plus media rate shipping.

I've also got a few Japanese volumes:  12, 14, 15, and 18 used and 27 thru 31 brand new untouched.  I'll do those for $5 for the used ones and $10 for the new ones.

Then I've got some other misc stuff, like the SPOOKY BOX PS2 game + figure and of course I still have a bunch of sleeping Beherits and a couple random things like a Zodd Head minibust and a minifig of Hawks Guts.

Anyway this'll all be up on my ebay store later ( ) but like I said if anyone wants to save me the trouble of listing I will be like WOO YAY!

'F anyone's interested just let me know.  Thanks!

Creation Station / High res scans for our colorists
« on: June 17, 2006, 11:59:26 PM »
Heyyy well I've been getting YA lately so I thught I'd make nice BIG scans of a few pages and panels for our awesomely talented color artists to work on if they so desire.   :carcus:

Here are thumbnails, the links go to the full res versions.  Please don't everyone go clicking them all just for kicks though, they are beeg.

They are in greyscale gif format to save filesize; don't worry, they will un-ugly when you change them to rgb format.

Creation Station / Screwing around with Flash
« on: January 07, 2006, 01:06:58 AM »
  Flash + Berserk = ugly (but fun)

  ETA:  my domain is down, click here instead.

  It's about 3 megs, but I didn't put in a preloader, so just wait a bit before you clicky clicky the DS.  I got through six pages before I got tired...  hehehee... 
  This was done to get myself familiar with Flash for another little Berserk project I've been working on with Mahlernut.  Hehehee again.
   I know sliding bitmaps around in Flash comes out ugly as hell but I can't help loving the small filesize...  If anyone has tips or tricks I'm listening!

Creation Station / More Berserk fanart!
« on: July 28, 2005, 10:23:51 PM »
Once again I tried to draw some Berserk stuff..  came out a lot better this time.

and a comedy one too.  Heh. 

Creation Station / Proj's colors
« on: April 08, 2005, 02:20:10 PM »
Since many of the older images linked in this thread have been moved or lost, I'd like to point new visitors to

the Proj2501 Gallery

More recent pages towards the end of the thread are working fine and can be browsed with images intact.


On behalf of Proj, here's the first color job he has ready to share. 

Finally got everythign here it is.....                                                                     
tell me what u guys think.

And here is is at full res.

My own first comment is, next time don't save it with all that white space.   ;)  And I definitely like the style so far.

Creation Station / Schierke fanart
« on: March 16, 2005, 01:53:56 PM »
Ok..  I'm finally trying to draw some Berserk fanstuffs.  First on offer: Schierke, plus a couple of years.

And then there's this Zodd I drew several years ago, but it's still cool damn it!

Next time I'll try to break my 'portraits - only' habit..   ::)

Creation Station / Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: June 03, 2004, 08:15:50 AM »
To keep from cluttering the board, I'll link to all my colorizations and tutorials here, and edit this post to update whenever there's something new.  Thanks!!  You all rock!

Colorizations: Haha!  I finally rebuilt my gallery thing here:

Have some stuff available at imageshack in case my site is down.

Totally forgot to link up the new tutorial!  That can be found here:

Manga Mausoleum / Beherit apostle a sacrifice?
« on: May 12, 2003, 04:09:04 AM »
Admittedly I didn't try very hard, but I haven't figured out exactly what was going on with the Beherit apostle...  Its tongue was branded.  When did that happen?  How was it a sacrifice?  

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