Your words at Critique Center have moved me to another stage. I'd like to thank for you gentle and interested aid.
Another thing: I never heard about Harvey Dunn, but I found his work very interesting and I'd like to buy a book about his techniques. You told me I should read them.
BTW, your work is very good and it's always a great honor to be criticized by someone like you.
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.
Last edited by kev ferrara; August 2nd, 2007 at 08:58 PM.
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.
Jesus, man wow, I never buy comics, but this will be the first thing i purchase in ages. You have inspired me to no end.
I love your loose style, and the story has really got my blood pumping to find out more.
YOur oils are also beautiful. I was wondering how the hell you get everything doen in a day?
is there any chance you give us a rundown or a typical day for you? (if you ever have a typical day i mean.)
I think me and alot of other people would like to hear about your approach to oilpainting.
[url=http://galleryonefone.blogspot.com[/url] This would be my gallery in Sweden
Maybe you wana add to that list? A dane called P. S Kroyer, a part of the group known as the skagen painters, they did some cool stuff, basically the wequv of the impress. but here in scandinavia instead.
Whoa. Outstanding work, Kev.. I noticed one or two of your pics had a perspective flaw or two (for instance, the pencil pic of the guy bending down w/his hat on the ground -- Cobra? The angle of his face seemed a little wonky), but that's just nit-pickin'. Top-notch drawz.
And I thought I spied with my little eye some Mucha influence in there Even if you hadn't 'fessed up, the hair on that leaping barbarian in your second post -- if that ain't Mucha hair, I don't know what is!
Keep up the stellar work Can't wait to see the next installment of teh hottness
These are just awesome and inspiring artworks. Great control and life in your pen and inks. I enjoy studying your panels and the dynamic comps. Frazetta was a master of form and drama; Something you've mastered as well. Really like the sillhouettes of your panels and absolutely love the drama of the crisp lighting.
Great character portraits.
Thanks for posting those notes from Dunn. A treasure.
Keep throwing out those gathered bits of wisdom. "Cause I am soaking it up.
Boy, I'm sweating all over. This is so hot!
I'm such a fan of adult western themes, I even made a thread of my own here, and it's all about postapocalyptic cowboys.
Love it, love it, love it.