Check it out…classic Green Lantern now in the store and looking for a good home. It’s actually one of my favorite pieces I’ve done in awhile.
Lately I’ve been experimenting, looking to break old habits and try to achieve a more contemporary look to my work. I think what I’ve noticed is I really enjoy feathering when I ink. Not a lot of comics out there today have art with much feathering.
A lot of that volume has been taken up by colorists who have more input as to the shape and end results of the book. Not that I’m against anyone making a living or making great art, but it’s not my preference to hand over so much control. While I won’t give up completely the hypnotic effect of feathering, I’ve made efforts to tone it down, to make it tighter. If you look at comics from the Bronze Age of comics (1970s) you’ll see massive feathering which carried over into the 80s. At least that’s not the deep end of the pool I’ve been swimming in. Still there are a few characters like Conan, that the romance of feathering still makes a lot of sense.
Ballard Locks celebrates 100 years. So I found some shade and threw down some color while listening to a very elderly marching band. They still could carry a tune. As for me…I could barely keep this piece from going off the rails.
We did a little excursion over to Roslyn, Washington several weeks back. It was windy as heck. Didn’t dare break out the gouache lest I fight with it drying out. So watercolor it was.
In the second part of this series, I found some old FANTASTIC FOUR pages that I’d never submitted to anyone. I finished inking them as a way to warm up and get back into inking sequentials…but this time I tried something a little different.
Never having toned anything I thought it’d be a nice look to see what something would like like with halftones. I worked out what a good linescreen would be in Photoshop instead of Clip Studio where I didn’t feel I had the same control over the pixel size of the dots.Still, it might be a matter of time before I actually ever do this in a real book. Who knows…just might need for the right project to come along.
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