Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Back in Black

I am finally at the point in the scene where the flashback has ended, so i started using bold black shapes again, which excites me to no end. I will say that i was extremely intimated by the scene with no blacks, but in the end i learned a TON. I found that i could play with line width and depth a lot more. In fact my brain is working overtime now figuring out how to combine the two, using bold blacks for compositional elements and focal points, and building atmosphere through the use of no blacks. The journey continues...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Art Supplies

Many of you, who know me, know that i am a art supply GEEK. Thats putting it mildly. So i've decided to post some threads about supplies here and there. Todays topic, The Faber Castell PITT pens. I love these pens. The Brush tip spread like a welcome disease throughout the cartoonist community in the early 2000's. The M, F, and S tips were great. They had some nice flex to them, much more a drawing pen than a technical pen. The ink is great as well. I only had one problem, the S (superfine) wasn't fine enough. I had to compliment this pack of pens with another one. I've tried a bunch, and ultimately landed n the Micron 02, thanks to my friend Chris Brunner (see the link for Kickstand Kids.) Its a nice pen, with some flex to it. Faber has upped their game recently, with the release of a new pen and another to come. The new pen is the XS, an its a fucking Porsche! So I'm having a blast with this pen on my new pages. Its out now, RUN AND GET ONE! The one to soon be released is sure to be another gem. PITT is releasing a new Brush tip, a BIGGER and FATTER one, holding 3-4 times as much ink. I haven't seen it yet, but I'll get a promo soon ( i work closely with my Faber rep.) This is sure to be another smash. So PITT will round out their set with 6 tips, as opposed to their previous 4. Well done Faber.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Colors and DONE!

Well i'm done! Strikes and Gutters, not too many strikes though.


I was going to call these done, but they seem to cry out for some color. So, I'm busting out the copics.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


We'll it's done. Strikes and Gutters. It suffers from a poor compostion, and poor planning, BUT i did throw it together for a class demo. If this was an actual job, i think some of the flaws wouldn't be there. Strikes and gutters. Cool technique though! For a first time, not too shabby.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Here is the last page of the flashback. Now i get to use my lovely blacks again! Back to the safe zone.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Marvel, On Card

Pencils, on the card themselves. Inks to follow.

Stage 5, HE LIVES!

The oil wash has been applied, I'll get the photos of that up soon. Then i left the oils where the shadows are, lifted everything else. Its lookin OK now. SHWEW!

Stage 4

Here i've softened the highlights, giving the form more volume. Things are starting to look up.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Stage 3

Here i've lifted the highlights out of the painting. I just took a wet brush and painted the shapes i wanted, then hit it with a paper towel and sucked up the wet watercolor. The Acrylic is coming through in those areas. Is it dead yet? I'm still going to finish this. I'll reserve judgment until then. I do think this piece would have benefited from some reference material and more thought, but in a class demo, i just don't have the time. Firing on instinct.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Stage 2

I've added the watercolor stage, the mid tones. Next I'll lift the highlights.

The prelude to the act...

I think i started to hit some decent line weights, in terms of building depth into the compositions. Things are moving along. Violence is around the corner.

Stage 2, Demon

Here i've added the light tones of the local color. The yellow is quite "icey", which isn't something i wanted, but I'll work with it.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Learning Curve

Learning a lot as i go. Sometimes i feel like a step forward is two steps back. Strikes and gutters, ya know?