While trying out my new software Clip Studio Paint EX I did a quick blueline sketch of Supergirl. And because I really like how the dynamics in original sketch art look like I tried to capture some of the dynamics by directly doing the inks over the layouts.
I like some of the results and probably will stick to this approach when working on sequentials. In comics everything is about dynamics… so I think this will work. What do you think? Would you read a comic with this kind of style or do your prefer a more “traditional clean” look?
Tested my new Faber-Castell TK-Fine Vario L 0.3/0.35 pencil during my coffee-break and I love it! You really can get in all the fine details you want.
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Here is a Wonder Woman sketch that was photographed directly from my sketchbook. The lasso did not come from me and was added before I had drawn mine. I just left it so that the family blessing stays healthy. :)
Usually I do not show this kind of sketches in public because they contain a lot of flaws. So there are problems with the pose, the anatomy and also perspective. On a comic page, I would fix these issues in a rough layout before even going to pencils. Here I wanted to test the rendering I had in mind and have skipped the step therefore … in the assumption that it will never get public and seen anyway. Silly me ;)
Not only do I want to show clean-up work here, but I also want to give some insight into how I practice and show how dirty sketches look like. I am convinced that every artist has endless sketchbooks on his shelves that are full of junky sketches. Therefore, my advice to all draftsmen out there: Just draw a lot and quickly with courage to the gap. Only because of your mistakes do you learn to become better. Ultimately, it is only important to recognize the mistakes so that you can improve yourself with a little more effort. But you do not need that in the sketchbook … it’s enough to recognize the mistakes and jump to the next sketch.
BTW: Wonder Woman’s pose inspired me to do the Captain Future pose from the last post.
I had to create some new digital pencils and inking tools in photoshop today and after reading about a live action movie about Captain Future in the works I had to test the new digital tools on a fast piece of the Captain… the hero of my childhood.
I’m not so happy with the inking tools I have created yet, but the pencils (which you can’t see here) are working great!
I wanted to color this too but the kids got sick again and I have to finish some more important stuff today also… so you get the B&W version only. 24 hours a day is never enough!
Can’t wait to see the Captain in action again and this time not as an anime!
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