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Paul Wills
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Posted: 24 October 2023 at 4:17pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

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I've inked this before and didn't go back to look at it so I wouldn't be influenced. But on a side note, I did go back afterwards to see when I  had posted it and saw a bunch of my earlier inkings and yikes! I wish I hadn't! I now know how JB feels when he sees his early stuff

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Very nice Paul.  In terms of advise for the future, consider varying the line-width on the silhouette based on the reflected background light you would be getting from grazing incident reflection.

That may sound like a mouthful, but it just means that materials become more reflective as light approaches from a more extreme angle (of incidence) as it bounces off a surface to be reflected into your eye.

Practically speaking, the "outline" in line art is really an expression of a dark background behind the figure or object (i.e. little light coming from that direction).  The darker background should have a heavier line, and a well lit background should have a thin or no line.  In fact, "vanishing lines" or "broken lines" are a big part of artistic flair.

The inverted colors of the shiny black X-men's costumes are also an expression of reflected environmental light.  The highlights should appear only when that also makes sense in a scene.

For outdoor scenes like these, light is pretty much coming from above, and all the characters should have shadowed brows, chins, arm pits, abs (if bending over like Wolverine), etc.  The depth of the shadow is a function of how much "bounce light" there is in the environs.  In the deep jungle, not so much.  Out on a snowy day, tons.

Also, don't forget about "self shadowing" --- again, always thinking about where the light is coming from.

Great shadows make great art.  Additionally, in line-art, it's really the only way to make things look three dimensional.


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Thanks Steven - I appreciate your constructive critique. Hopefully I can put it to use in my future inks!
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Page 8. An ungodly amount of foliage detail JB put in! I like inking jungles so I had fun. I tried to keep the characters with clean lines and the foliage a little rougher while also keeping in mind light source (I'm looking at you Steven!) (:
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Looks good, Paul. There's an awful lot of detail there and well done for putting in the time and effort to do it justice.
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Thanks Peter!
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I have always loved Byrne's non-action pages. So good with normal home layout settings.
I just can't understand how JB always gets his circles, ovals, ellipses so perfect! I have french curves and templates and it's still difficult!



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I had to go back and tweak the above page. Some things were bugging me including some shading and thickness of lines. Still not perfect but in my eyes, better.
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Posted: 02 December 2023 at 12:45am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Very nice, Paul - well done!
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Thank you Kevin! I've been practice-inking lots of different artists but certainly have the most fun inking Bjorn Hyne!
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Posted: 07 December 2023 at 3:25pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

John Byrne with his uncanny ability to make people standing around talking on the telephone seem interesting!



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Great work inking such amazing art!!
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