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

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    Your work is beautiful Kev, thanks for sharing.
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    Here's the way that panel came out, where the guy was shot off the horse. I shied away from the gore in the inking, but found that the picture lost something without that shocking splatter coming out the back, so I added it back in with the coloring.

    Comments are encouraged as always.

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    The colouring has given a lot back to the drawing that the inking had removed for some reason. I like the ink splash touch on the blood as if your pen holding the red ink had been jogged. Great stuff.

    On your quote in your signature about Icarus at least trying I'm reminded of what Stanley Kubrick said regarding his view of the moral significance of the myth:
    "Forget the wax and feathers and do a better job on the wings".
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev ferrara View Post
    Here's another entire page from the Dead Rider that will not be in the final miniseries.

    The page was done early in the project's life, so there's all sorts of "meaningless" ink strokes flying around. By meaningless strokes, I mean those strokes that don't concisely describe the character of the object being depicted. These kinds of strokes are almost always either wasted effort or detrimental to the work.

    See that witch's head? That is the drawing to the right, which I created to replace what is under there which shall remain buried!

    I think you can see the big difference in the inking between the add on witch's face and the rest of the page.

    kev
    Hey I know this is like, a year late, but I am just going through your sketchbook for the first time. I really like it. I love this page. I am a total western nerd but can never quite capture it in my own work. Yours is spot on!

    edit: i guess the image did not show up.....Oh well. Great work.
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    Hi Kev and thanks for your comment on my project.
    I am quite impressed by your work, even though your style is not my favourite. Your craftsmanship is superb. I like your black & white inks the best - really powerful and full of life.
    I wish I could say something constructive, but unfortunately I suck compared to you, and can only offer my encouragement to keep up the good work!
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    The Upshot Is...?

    Thank you Jonas, Chris, DMadd, GM...

    Here's an update...

    This is a post about a panel from my Dead Rider graphic novel, (which should be out early next year from Dark Horse comics...)

    I did a sketch for this picture and I thought I really captured the emotional tone I was going for... heroic, lonely, windswept... But each time I lightboxed the sketch off onto good paper and drew it out and inked it... I lost the point of the original sketch...

    Part of the problem was that the original sketch was *really* sketchy. Its really difficult to tell which lines are the lines that mean what I want to say, and which ones are just random scribble, or errors, or thoughts that can be discarded.

    Something about the sketch was "right" for the expression, but it took me a while to figure out what that something was.

    So here's the original sketch... two botched attempts to bring it into reality. And then a better attempt at the pencils and finally the final product on the finished page...
    Last edited by kev ferrara; March 16th, 2010 at 10:18 PM.
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    My Process: Dead Rider Graphic Novel (Dark Horse Comics) plus oil paintings, pencils and other goodies:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=101106

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    You've got a lot of great stuff here but the second drawing in this thread is very very similar to a particular Frazetta drawing. Was this an exercise.
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    Thank you for the complement, Dave.

    Unfortunately, you take away more than you give with the second part of your post. With regard to that second drawing, it is surely my own. However, if you have a link to the Frazetta piece you think I ripped off, that would be great to look at. I certainly don't want to be thought of as a thief. And I pledge here and now that I will put the drawing in a shredder if your assessment is correct.

    Here are portraits I did of CA members Chaotic Knight and LoveandaSandwhich from elsewhere on this site.
    Last edited by kev ferrara; November 15th, 2009 at 11:07 PM.
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    My Process: Dead Rider Graphic Novel (Dark Horse Comics) plus oil paintings, pencils and other goodies:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=101106

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    Nice work Kev, the dog painting is beautiful, and thanks for the drawing progressive really inspiring.

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    Sorry, I didnt mean to come off as accusatory at all. "Master Copies" are a great exercise, I was just wondering if thats what it was. Frazetta is a great source and you've definitely got that great inking style he used on his comic work.
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    I really like the upshot progression, I find it quite instructive

    Wonderful inks as usual
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    Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
    Last edited by kev ferrara; November 26th, 2009 at 01:44 AM.
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    My Process: Dead Rider Graphic Novel (Dark Horse Comics) plus oil paintings, pencils and other goodies:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=101106

    My "Smilechild" Music. Plus a medley of Commercial Music Cues and a Folksy Jingle!:
    http://www.myspace.com/kevferrara
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