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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 4:44pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

 John Byrne (quoting Joe Sinnott) wrote:
..."It's not in the brush!"...

I used to do quick drawings on camera for my public access television show, and I also posted the drawing segments on YouTube. I would get a lot of comments from people asking what kind if pens I used, and what's the best pen for drawing,  etc. I tried to explain that it depends on the line the artist is going for, and such.

Well, after so many times of being asked the question,  and realizing that most of those asking were hoping for a secret trick to being able to draw,I decided to make a new video with intent on making a point. I drew the Incredible Hulk using a tooth pick and a bottle of ink. I wanted to demonstrate that the ability is in the artist,  not the tool used.

People started commenting, asking if a tooth pick was good for drawing. Ugh! Point lost! I explained that a tooth pick was not made for drawing,  and tried to stress what my point was to begin with. 

Some people out there just want to believe there's a trick to being an artist.
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Larry Gil
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 4:53pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Wow...this made my Saturday.
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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 5:05pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

How about Bob Waicek? I thought he did a great job for
you on She-Hulk and Namor.
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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 5:23pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Scratch away, sir! Very nicely done. Here is hoping that much like poison ivy, the itch only gets worse after scratching. ;). I think it is safe to say that you still got it.
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Paul Greer
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 7:09pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Incredible!
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Jeffrey Rice
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 7:37pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Holy snappers! I would love to see Walt Simonson ink that. The energy is fantastic.
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Vishwas Aragam
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I am unfamiliar with the comic art process, so are pencils typically
done to this detail?

My understanding was that the pencils are looser and inkers add
shading and line weights. Like filling in Wolverine's mask or boots.
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 8:21pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Depends on the penciler.
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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 8:38pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Depends on the time period too.  Pencils have generally become much tighter as the years go by, leaving far less decisions for the inker.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 16 June 2018 at 8:42pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing this with us, JB.
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Philippe Negrin
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Posted: 17 June 2018 at 3:00am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

So how do you feel about drawing now Mr Byrne ?
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Philippe Negrin
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Posted: 17 June 2018 at 3:03am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I mean do you think there's a future for you in this business ?
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John Byrne
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Posted: 17 June 2018 at 3:43am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I mean do you think there's a future for you in this business ?

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That's kind of the ultimate question, isn't it?

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Depends on the time period too. Pencils have generally become much tighter as the years go by, leaving far less decisions for the inker.

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Again, it depends on the penciler. Last time I drew these characters, four decades ago, my pencils were much tighter. Over the years they have become much more organic.

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Michael Penn
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An artist who can toss off this drawing, but there's no place for him at Marvel or DC...?

Utter stupidity.
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My sheer, unparalleled genius is of another age, Michael!
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Steve Coates
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Fairly recently my daughter and I were in a Comicbook store and she was showing me a trade from a Batman series. It was reproduced from the pencils. To me it looked dead and flat, without any evidence of layout or construction lines and with nothing for an inker to add, just follow the lines.

In contrast JB's sketch has movement and dynamic perspective with emotional reaction from the characters.

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Blair Herd
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Posted: 17 June 2018 at 7:52am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Always a pleasure to see your pencils. Love the heavier lines.  I always enjoyed Wiacek and Williams inking you.  I think they would still do a great job with your current style....
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Oh, yes, that's lovely.  If there's going to be more, I will be quite excited! Add me to the chorus of those that just love seeing your pencil work. If left completely up to me, my choice of inkers would start with you, but I know that wasn't the exercise here. 
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...JB's sketch...

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May I just take a moment to say AAAAHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHH?

What I posted is not a "sketch", it's a finished drawing.

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Posted: 17 June 2018 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Sorry JB, no slight intended. I associate pencils or conte/charcoal to sketches. Drawing is proper designation, everything is there.
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Wow.    
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 QUOTE:
My sheer, unparalleled genius is of another age, Michael!

I'll tell you this -- your passion for the characters as they should be certainly is passé.
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Posted: 17 June 2018 at 2:37pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

I totally dig it, and look forward to inking over it
tonight on an 11x17 piece of bristol vellum with my
favorite brush pens.
(THIS is what I dreamt of doing when I was a kid.)
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RE: publishing comics without inks... I'm remembering some kind of color Gene Colan comic published from pencils without an inker and I didn't like that one, but there was a short Roy Krenkel comic or part of a comic in pencil with color that seemed to work, but a lot of it was set underwater and it suited that. P. Craig Russell b&w pencilled comics are very nice! I also saw some Curt Swan pencils in a San Diego con book once and I think he could've gone without inking too. Maybe it's putting color on top that is a bit strange looking, although today's quality of printing maybe even that Gene Colan with color could've worked out, especially minus too many bold primary colors.


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