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Mark Haslett
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Posted: 09 September 2022 at 10:12pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Excellent Mark. Love your background inks.
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 12 September 2022 at 3:42pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Another page I went back and worked on. I had to fix a few things that bugged me the first time. Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one who can see the differences but at least it puts my mind at ease!
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 14 September 2022 at 1:07am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Very nice Paul.  You make me wish I were a better inker!
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 21 September 2022 at 3:18pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Another one I decided to go back, clean up and make changes. I sure get a kick out of Byrne's sci-fi characters. Seems so effortless
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John Byrne

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Posted: 21 September 2022 at 4:33pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Drifting thru to add a small note of caution. Some of you, inking the Thing, are rounding off his skin plates, bringing in a cobblestone effect. Many inkers do this, but the look I go for is the sharp edges of a dry riverbed.
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 21 September 2022 at 11:35pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

...taking JB's priceless tips to heart and re-visiting one of my Thing pages.
(great way to reference description so I can grasp the idea!). 
I tried to sharpen and flatten those plates as much as I could but still a little cobblestone-y. If I were to start from scratch, I think I could implement the technique a bit better. I might have to try again on a new page. I did get a chance to revise some other things though. for me, one of the best ways to learn to improve is revisiting previous work with fresh eyes to see what i could have been done better. 
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 03 October 2022 at 12:02pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

A great Wolverine intrigue page with lots of different textures - a great way for an inker to learn his craft!
I think I'm finally getting some of the subtle nuances of inking (after more studying of the greats).
Also, whoever claims John Byrne doesn't draw backgrounds - let alone highly detailed backgrounds - is out of their F'n mind!



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Steven Queen
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Posted: 03 October 2022 at 6:20pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Outstanding Paul!  I love Logan's entrance into the lab in particular.
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 03 October 2022 at 7:45pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Thank you Steven!
I had to go back and make some corrections on Doom's capes. One of  the things I struggled with on this page initially. Funny - seeing the page reduced down to size shows you what didn't quite work. I'm sure in a day or two I will see more!
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 04 October 2022 at 3:12pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

If I may be so bold as to offer some commiseration on drawing cloth:

1) I try to remember most folds are soft edges.
2) If there's decent ambient light, the fold-valleys should be in half-tones, not full shadow.
3) Unless there's wind or motion, soft cloth "hangs" with gravity from a point straight above.

One artist who used to make a living drawing mythical Mediterranean people in togas was Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.  You might enjoy looking at his work.  The brightness of his style compliments Mr. Byrne's to my eye.
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 04 October 2022 at 4:28pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Thanks Steven for the great tips! I will check out Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema as well. It's nice to have a  proper reference for practicing!
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 04 October 2022 at 10:59pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Ok, I'm taking another stab at that last panel. Maybe I'm overthinking it!
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