Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ink Test Conclusions

Shan in the trees about to kill some dinnerZ.
I have been running the paces in my off time with Photoshop, Corel Painter, Illustrator, ArtRage, and on and on.
Conclusions I have drawn is that all these programs offer bennies over the other.
One, to me, stands as a clear workhorse champion.
That program is Photoshop.  As it ever was.  It offers the most flexibility while punching you in the face the entire time with its interface.  As it ever has.
Pen line, stroke line, render path…..over and over.  It does, however, work.  It works well.
Give me a goddamned stroke and render option.
I am pleased with the results on a few levels.
If I were to ink Shan in the trees in 1997:

I would use 6 different pens and probably use and entire ‘sharpie’.  I would hope I would not get so high from the fumes I would collapse and drool on art Bob and I created.  It would also take from 4-6 hours.
Today in …okay….yesterday in Photoshop I spent 2-3 hours.  No pens…no drool.
A happy side effect…this could be time or tools….I am not sure…but I made harder choices and went for a more deep contrast of lines.
This helped to actually create the look I had told Bob I was going for in the late 90s.
I gave him a list of people that I wanted to meld for a look:


Golden Baby

Michael Golden. My absolute, hands down, without a doubt favorite Doctor Strange artist.  Everything he has ever done is great.  Look at that droopy cape.  His look on Dr. Strange produces that noir feeling.  I loves that.

Bill Willingham

Bill….I just like his work. Smart and not afraid of funny.  I loved the Elementals.  GREAT book.


Mike Mignola.  Everything he does has an undefinable mystery.  He is the master of negative spacing.

Lone Wolf and Cub

Goseki Kojima.  He brought an attitude and quite grace to the page and story.
I think Bob and I have achieved that which I sought.  The new inking brings us elements from all of these artists and defines it as ours.  We have a true blending of our ascetics now.
I am anxious to get the new character breakdowns and to start seeing the pages roll in….and out.
Tune – Snail – Smashing Pumpkins (when Billy didn’t need a good teabaggin’)

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