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My Process of Complication

When I started Seven Extraordinary Things I told myself to establish a style of drawing and inking that was simple and quick to execute.

With that in mind I kept my initial drawings uncluttered…


…my first ink lines were clean…


…and unadventurous.  So far so good.


I added blacks to separate foreground from background…


…and thought, “It might be nice to cut some detail into the black areas with an erasure tool”…


…Hmmm.  That’s fun.  Sorta like scratchboard.  Now maybe I’ll add a bit of local texture and some shading on the figures…


…ah, what the hell?  May as well put some shading in the background.


Now I’ve managed to complicate it.  This work flow quickly led me to creating panels like this:


I remember hearing someone say it takes two people to paint a picture: the artist holding the paint brush, and someone standing next to him with a stick to make him stop when the painting was finished.

3 Comments to My Process of Complication

  1. by Chris

    On April 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    This is great! I’d really love to see more of this stuff!

  2. by Laura

    On April 19, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Just wanted to tell you I love your artwork, journal posts like this really speak to me since I want to try a graphic novel some time. You’re amazing! 🙂

  3. by admin

    On April 20, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Thanks for the comments. I will be posting more examples like these in the future. I’m also preparing some videos of my work process, and hope to get those uploaded soon.

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