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    Question Working on a new style.

    Hey all,
    I'm working on a new ink and color style and would love some opinions and crits. The idea was to give the overall surface more of a colored pencil and ink on paper feel while maintaining strong detail and color saturation. 100% Photoshop with a 12x12 Wacom.

    This piece came from a collaboration with Chad Du Lac. He did the pencils and I did the inks and colors. He's done a ton of kick ass work for me in Dungeon Magazine, which I contract out the art for, and I hope to work with him quite a bit more in the future.

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    Let me know what you think!
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    I think that atmosphere colour are missing. Just add new colored layer in photoshop, and make it overlay or something.

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    Don't use so much black dude, it kills the piece, especially the nice linework. Perhaps experiment with some colour a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Schley
    ...Dungeon Magazine, which I contract out the art for...
    Hi Mike, can I be your friend?

    As for the art, I think the color and linework are competing with each other. It looks like it can't make up it's mind whether it wants to be a painting or a colored drawing. It would work better as either one than it does now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    I think the color and linework are competing with each other. It looks like it can't make up it's mind whether it wants to be a painting or a colored drawing.
    I agree.
    Maybe I should cut the linework and focus on the colors by themselves. I think the images would develop a more solid 3 dimensional feel. Whereas now it seems stuck somewhere between the flat graphic look of a comic and the more rendered look of a naturalistic drawing.

    Hmm...

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    if you knocked the linework down a couple values it would make integrating color a bit easier.

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    There are some parts in the hair/on the necktie where the colours seem a bit too blurred to be colour pencil.

    The blue/green doesn't mix very well in my eyes. Where's your sense of fashion?

    My favourite part would be the area on the chin. Something about the way you've mixed the skin colour to the brown looks tight. Although I'd dim the lines some.
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    If you have the linework on a separate layer, try using the "lock non-transparent pixels" button to seal the linework. Then go over it and change all the black to colors. it's a decent way to deal with linework when you need a quick fix. But, if you want to use it completely successfully later the coloring under the lines has to be designed with that effect in mind so that one doesn't look "pasted," which may happen if you just try to go over this.

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    A queston of style

    Quote Originally Posted by otherside
    The blue/green doesn't mix very well in my eyes. Where's your sense of fashion?
    Actually, my sense of style is far better than the character in the illustration. Trust me, I would never wear anything like this.

    I agree that some of the brushwork is soft, but my traditional colored pencil style leans towards really smooth color transitions, albeit not quite as smooth as this.

    Mike

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