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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 02 March 2019 at 6:21pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Lots of lines lost in this one with the image reduction, but still a good page to try to achieve that "zen" feeling.

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Posted: 03 March 2019 at 7:59am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Brilliant inks Eric. 

I made myself two PS-brushes for Kirby Krackle. One is my own design based on Kirby's effect and the other is based on John's Kirby-Krackle.

It is too easy to find oneself 'placing' rather than affecting the Krackle. Having a brush apply the Krackle allows me the freedom to 'paint' in the negative space, as you would do with any other tool.

Your Krackle is great, I just offer this as an alternative.



edit-I should note that the total time taken for these two demonstrative panels was five minutes. One could spend a lot longer fine-tuning things and adding whit krackle to accent some areas.


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This was a lot of fun on a slow day at work with some admittedly limited tools at my disposal, so please don't judge me too harshly. And this is a phone photo too, so ....

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Nice one Mike. I enjoy seeing photo's which include the tools used.
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Eric Ladd
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Darren, thanks for the brush suggestion. I do have Photoshop, but I am doing everything on the page. I need the practice.

Mike, take a photo or scan of just the art and reduce it to 600 pixels wide. Can't make heads or tails of your picture.

Here is my latest. Since JB added the lettering I thought it would be fun to add it to this page as well. What do you think?

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Here is just the panels if anyone cares to comment.

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John Wilcox
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Nice work from all involved! Makes me miss my days as a colorist! (I can no longer color since my stroke back in 2013) A real treat to see all this!
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Eric,

That page is really stunning. I realize our host had a little something to do with that, too, but you really did a wonderful job with the inks.

Wow. I love your textures and your line weights.
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Eric Ladd
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I messed up the lighting effect around the ship so this one goes on the "do over" pile.

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Sebastien Herve
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Mr. Ladd, your inking work is very respectful of JB's work, and very interesting. The raw material is of course exceptional. The whole thing makes me really dream (and sorry for my bad English).
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I've always loved John's jungle scenes. I got a kick out of inking this page. Every single panel space was filled with detail (quite a bit was lost with limited resolution for posting).
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Eric Ladd
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Paul, you and I seem to be fairly consistent with postings so I wanted to give you my two cents. First, I recently picked up two new inking tools I want to suggest to you. Marvy Le Pen Drawing pens are fantastic! I've tried lots of different brands of pens from Rapidograph to Microns. I picked up the Le Pen Drawing pens and like them the most. You may have different tastes, but this is my go to "tech pen" for inking. I also picked up the hard and soft versions of Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens and like them for the same kind of work you might do with a crow quill. I still like brush and quill, but these additional tools might come in handy if you care to give them a try.

First off, take everything with a grain of salt because 600 pixels wide reduces lots of detail and I'm also not a pro. I think your page looks good and there is lots of improvement month over month. I suggest you keep working on the line weights that define your figures. Panel one has a huge challenge to make Wolverine look like he is in front of Storm. The foliage in panel one at the top is nice. It is well defined, but as you move down the panel the foliage gets flat. JB drew lots of indications of plant life, but also suggested that his "argle bargle" needs to be interpreted by the inker. Make the plant life more definite.

Panel two is better at showing depth with the foliage, but try to determine what is close and what is far away and use line weights to add more depth in that panel. No other panel has a longer field of depth on the page so you can make that panel stand out if the viewer's eye has the chance to travel "into" the panel.

Panel three gives you some depth with the different line weights between Cyclops, the jungle and Sauron, but you need a different texture on the rocks and plants to trick the viewer into seeing the jungle. The feathering on Cyclops also will work better if you can get sharper points on those lines.

Panels four and five seem like your strongest and I wonder if you worked down the page. Again, I suggest you go ahead and interpret the foliage in both panels. That will help separate the winged figure in panel five. Take a look at how well Storm pops off the page in panel five because of the different directions and density of the lines for her hair surrounded by the foliage.

I'm not trying to tear you down and see lots of good stuff here, but I think your frequency of posts to this thread means you don't need me to just tell you what I like. I'm looking forward to your next page!
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