Blogger needs a "Like" button! This is great, Ellis! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Rick. I've been spreading me around as the master of the cintiq on a robot arm. Got a few hits.
Awesome page, El-ric. I love that you're doing this!one tiny comment--I got a little confused visually between the character with the cigar at the edge of the giant circle, and the guy in the middle. Moment of crisis over who's who between panels 2 and 3 (round glasses for one guy, square for the other?). Also, maybe the action of the floating baseball cap could be slightly more legible if the guy in background were smaller in the frame--he could probably be real small, maybe just a silhouette, even. It took me an extra instant to decipher what was going on there.Keep going! I want to see who's down there!
Thanks for the notes Marty. Great solve on making the guy smaller. My big flaw is trying to ink up really quick direct thumbnails that should have been erased and toiled over much more before using them to trace up.
No! I don't agree you've got a "problem"--but you might fall into the same trap I do (and I do it a lot more than you): if I'm doing a "serious" piece (something that is meant to show my A-game), I will over-elaborate. I fall into this mindless application of effort. The thinking goes, "I better make sure to draw all the detail on this guy and get all the fabric and anatomy just right otherwise people will think I'm no good, or that I'm not trying hard enough...." But doing so, I lose sight of the bigger picture--namely, telling my story with clarity and concision.Your thumbnails always have a great vitality--whatever you do, don't lose that!
Right you are. I just need to push into an abstraction that doesn't actually desert the rough as much. I've been wanting to do something like Drawyn Cooke or Ashly Wood. But then I get into the rendering as you say.
Great stuff, Ellis. So thrilled to see you get your artistic groove on!
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