Wanted to try something new and considering I haven’t drawn any Marvel characters in awhile…why not the herald of Galactus?
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.
For me, I’m trying something new. VALUE STUDY! For what, you may not have asked…but I’ll tell you anyway since you didn’t. I’ve been doing watercolor pieces for awhile, coming up with the lighting and color scheme on the fly, out of my head. But as I keep creating more complex pieces, I’m in need of better preparation.
For starters, I’ll probably do this Daredevil piece as it’s got a variety of atmospherics to consider but isn’t nearly as complicated as the Nightwing piece. Granted, while it’s not a great piece all this is a building block for better and more complex images.
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