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John Mietus
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:03am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

What an odd -- and fun -- commission idea. And what a great drawing! This
is a lot of fun, JB.
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Eric White
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:05am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

There are three basic mistake young (and some not so young!) artists make
when drawing cityscapes

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And you don't think you have a "how to" book in you for aspiring comic
artists?

If not a book, maybe a sticky should be put up with all these tips you've
been giving everyone. I find them very informative and I'm not an artist!
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Jeff Gillmer
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:08am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Poor Robin.  Not only was he not invited to dinner, but Alfred took his mask!

Great job as usual JB, and kudos to the person requesting such a unusual commission!

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Darragh Greene
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Whimsical!

(Alfred's mask is a witty touch!)
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

What a FUN idea, and a GREAT execution of that idea! Love the mask on Alfred!
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Marcel Chenier
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

This commision is far and away one of the best--not only is it excellently
rendered, but it's got a certain kind of soul going on that I can't quite place.

That you felt compelled to throw in Alfred as a 'freebie' says a lot about the
piece, IMHO. This piece is just overflowing with character: of the heroes
AND the artist.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Love the mask on Alfred!

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Butů butů how can you tell it's Alfred? He's got a
MASK onů???
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:13am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

What I love about the mask is, again, verisimilitude.  Alfred is wearing a mask because that's what one does in this world when one doesn't want others knowing who you are. It's brilliant!
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Kor Watkins
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:14am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

That's cool! What a FUN piece!
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:16am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

JB mentioned he was surprised that Spider-Man appears in so few commission requests and when he does he is often the "guest star."  With that comment in mind I found it humorous that Spider-Man appears to be literally the guest star in this one!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:17am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

As long as I'm handing out the "lessons" -- this piece is a good example of something I have mentioned before -- the "trick" John Romita taught me for drawing Spider-Man's costume webbing. How the scallops switch direction, shot to shot, based on the curve of his body parts. As JRsr pointed out, if this is not done, the webbing starts to look like coffin lining.

In this piece, notice how the scallops slowly switch the direction of their curve as they move along Spider-Man's right arm, so that by the time they reach his hand they are curving in the opposite direction from his shoulder.

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Brian Hunt
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Posted: 19 May 2007 at 10:28am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

What a well executed original piece!
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