Did you fully ink the piece before using the grey marker?
|Posted: 06 February 2012 at 9:11am | IP Logged | 11
Wanting to make as much use of the grey tones as I could, in terms of defining textures and forms, I laid out the piece in light pencil, then basically did the "finished pencils" with the gray tones. When they were done, I went in with the black pen.
This is why I made a reference, upthread, to doing a piece with gray tones being a whole lot like drawing it twice.
One of the things I want to push with the tones, if any more such requests come along, is to diminish the use of black holding lines as much as possible. Wally Wood did some amazing work in MAD, using Craftint boards (a way of laying gray tones into the work) in which much of the form of many objects was held entirely with gray, no black line at all.
Here's an example:
This is only half a wide panel, but I wanted to post it as large as possible, so you could see what's happening with the tones. (That's also why it's sideways.) To fully appreciate his brilliance, note that there are only TWO gray tones in this, along with black and white.
Personal Note: I fell in love with Wood's "futuristic" drawings right from the start, especially his architecture (this piece is circa 1958). Today, I'm happy to report I actually live in a house not unlike the ones he used to draw, such as here. Alas, the rest of what he "predicted", like flying cars, did not come to be!