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Thread: Kev Ferrara's graphic novel THE DEAD RIDER is out now (details inside)

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    your ink drawings are awesome, and i like the variety of mediums in your thread.
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    Fantastic work there... truly stunning. I just love the way your comic stuff looks like some classics (Buscema sr., to say one), great stuff
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    Here's a pencilled panel from The Deadlander. I think this one's ready to ink, although I always clear up and darken a few things before touching a fully pencilled panel with the black stuff. Ink is so striking that sometimes the first three brush strokes can make the rest of the pencils practically invisible. Sometimes I will make a high contrast copy of the pencils that are as dark as the black ink, so during the process I still have a reference I can read as to what is actually under the ink.

    On the narrative front, It's always a challenge to draw a "talking scene" interestingly. Although whether the moment is highly charged or a subtle contemplative stasis, my method is identical. To me it's all about conveying emotions with gestural form, the control of tensions, and getting the drama between characters to read graphically.

    Here, The Deadlander is on "death watch" for his friend the Shaman, as the Shaman tries to recover from a gunshot wound. They talk and for the first time the usually laconic Deadlander begins opening up about how he had come to be in this wretched undead state. I was trying to capture in his attitude, both the Deadlander's reluctance to talk, but also his resignation.

    UPDATE: Okay, I've got an inking on this one. Since this panel will be printed at about 2" x 2", the inking if fine. The values I insert when I color it will have to pick up the slack.

    In comparison, I am very sad I made the decision during the inking to simplify the Deadlander's vest. Glad I scanned it in. Wish I had scanned it at high rez.

    Well at least there's a recording of a nice bit of drawing that once was.

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    A little fun... Some more caricatures...
    Last edited by kev ferrara; July 28th, 2007 at 10:55 PM.
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    It's been a pleasure looking through this thread, Kev. I always enjoy your insightful crits on other threads too. I've downloaded the Harvey Dunn notes, I'm off to devour them now.
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    wow your work is astounding the line quality and design design schems remind of some of thr classic comics from tales form the crypt i used to read!
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    really cool pics yall can tell this is where yall belong lookn forward to more
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    Kev seeing your works makes me determined to become more disciplined and increase my level of skill. Also, each time I read one of your critiques of another persons work, I see that you are someone who speaks wise words. I'm going to study Bridgman and commit his books to memory as you said you have done. Keep up the good work, man.
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    Title page Deadlander #1 from Dark Horse. Plus detail. Now changed to The Deadlander with some additional digital painting...

    Traditional and digital...
    Last edited by kev ferrara; August 15th, 2007 at 07:08 PM.
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    this looks damn cool! i can´t say more...
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    Grail Soldier...
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    Kev,

    I found the Dunn's notes you told me... Thanks a lot.... they're quite useful and easy to understand.... you only have to practice hard, very hard... but that's part of the artists life!

    Cheers!
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    Alternate cover to Deadlander 4.

    Unfinished, abandoned... May become an interior panel.
    Last edited by kev ferrara; August 2nd, 2007 at 08:58 PM.
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