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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…

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…my first ink lines were clean…

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…and unadventurous.  So far so good.

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I added blacks to separate foreground from background…

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

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

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

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

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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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