Thursday, March 11, 2010
What’s Fractal Fiction you ask? It’s a way cool web comic by some of my U.K. friends as written by Emperor . I recommend you go here and click the start here button on the right. Basically, you need to read the blog from the first starting post to see all the pages in order.
Fractal Fiction’s art team rotates, and I’ve just seen my ‘guest artist’ page put up, so I can now post it up here to share it with you. ‘Enigmatic’ Emperor wrote it, ‘Mysterious’ Matt Soffe did the colors and ‘jumping’ Jim Campbell lettered it up.
For those that like such things, here’s a look at the lines I drew before the U.K. magic was applied to it.
Friday, March 5, 2010
I’ve been taking a course on inking over the last few weeks which is being taught by some comic industry professionals like Pat Davidson, Ty Templeton, J.Bone, and Ramon Perez.
The biggest thing I’ve picked up so far is to use a damn BRUSH!
I used to use markers and nibs for almost all my inking. On the last few pages I’ve inked, (including a soon to be released Fractal Fiction page) I’ve been using brushes a LOT and I’ve been really happy with the results. I’ve gotten over my fear of the brush, and now I can’t believe that I’ve avoided them this long! The Darwyn Cooke page below was 70% inked with a brush, and the Ed McGuinness Hulk was about 40% brush work.
Why was I so scared of brushes all this time? In my best Tony the Tiger voice…”They’re great!”
I’ve posted Ed’s Hulk pencils for comparison, but sorry…I don’t have a Darwyn pencil scan. Darwyn’s blue line page was handed to me and I started on it right away. It looked pretty close to the way I’ve inked it though. ;-)