Saturday, December 5, 2009

the unsexy girl

New art! sort of, actually i drew this while i was waiting for an oil change on the back of a comic page i finished. i was trying to make her sexy but she turned out just the opposite.
Ive been listening to comic book geek speak which has been great, some other comic podcasts especially art specific ones were not - unfortunately. but i just listened to episode/issue 697 of comic geek speak which has an interview with freddie williams author of "dc guide to digitally drawing comics" and he talked about all aspects of comics - mistakes he sees a lot in beginners - things to keep in mind - his book. all in all was a good refresher and a very good hr.

Higgins black magic was suggested and all they carry at michels but it is very watery no good for brushing in blacks. i also tried strathmore smooth comic boards which ive been using for my "cosmic times work" though i havent used a quill for any of it. today i did the inking samples for ECV press and tried it. At only 12 bucks a pack - it is a deal. it is thinner (scary when erasing) and it might be the ink being too watery or a combination but I couldn’t use a quill at all because lines would blead up to 2 ½ times the line width. so if you get it only use tech pens a occasionally a brush or 2. I have found how to use tech pens like quills though, to imitate their lines and pull it so it moves thick to thin especially the “b” brush pen and the “m” pen, also just found they make a “xs” variety equal to the micron sizes. Very nice and a great help.

ECV had a variety of different pencilers to ink over, some reminded me of
the new jae lee using photo reference
cam kenedy
adam hughs
but inking over these people I think i found my nitch inking wise may be finishing rough pencils - finishing out is where have the fun and get to play with texture experimentation. also with emotional drama penciling vs where i thought id want to be - super heroes.
pencil samples were all sooo tight - could feel arthritis coming on because I couldnt use my arm to move the pens and used a “xs” pen 60% of the time. I even blew the panels up bigger than they would be on the page. That being said I did try some stuff and was extremely happy with the end result based on what I was given.

am also wanting to try "drawer boxes" for my collection but they're expensive. And I've been enjoying Heroes season 1.

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