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    Snake Altar (WOTC Eberron)

    Hey-
    Here's a page I did a while back for wizards.... I inked this with pens & then I digitally colored this one. A lot of my comic covers have been colored by other colorists, though I got a chance to color my own work this time around. I'm posting the color final, the ink version and a detail from the pencil. Love to hear your comments. thanx
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    Amazing as usual. You are incredible with the inks, and I always think the balck and white versions looks better. This is more interesting as you coloured it yourself. Really good (but the black and whites still blows me away totally, and the colours are "just" amazingly good.

    What size of paper do you work in?
    I'm guessing it has to be a bit bigger than the original to prevent bleeds and other mishaps with the inks.

    Great stuff!!

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    I think it looks great!

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    Wonderful. Love the colouring. How do you deal with colouring the less dense blacks? Do you paint over them or is there as method of capturing them so that they exist on the inks layer? (assuming it's photoshopped!) Does my question make sense?!

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    Andy, great to see you own colors on some of your work finally! pencils and inks are rock solid as usual. great job!

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    that's fantastic. you should color your own work more often!

    how did you color the snake eyes?

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    crazy stuff here dude i love it...

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    gallon- the image area is about 10.5 x 14... on 11x 17 bristol board

    culebra- it's colored in photoshop... and I basically just use layers set on multiply to color over the linework...does that answer your question?

    stefania- on the snake eyes i used a photo I had taken and manipulated to get a texture...then distorted it & colored over it a little until it looked how I wanted it

    Thanx for the comments

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    Wowsers. It's always a treat to see your work man, you have some mad inking/drawing skills, the level of detail is astounding. I'm curious, how do you get such smooth transitions between your values with ink? (Always a major issue I've run into when having to do pen and ink illustrations.) Also, what are you using to do your inking? As always, look forward to your next post.

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    very awesome. reminds me of a story me and my cousin wrote like ... 8 years ago the character had a dream where he was on an island and he faced a giant cobra with a mystical sword after disturbing an altar with snakes around it ... lol

    love the texturing.

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    You've got the coolest style ever
    Always nice to see some new stuff.

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    Bad ass Andy! Love the ideas and line art. I think you could have pushed the value range a lot further in the coloring. It kinda flattens it out for me.

    Do you draw the borders in all of you work by hand or add it from illustrator or psd later? Awesome suff as usual.

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    I think it's illustrator....those inks are awesome, takes me forever to make a crappy two-tone ink drawing, I don't know how you pull it off with midtones and such, I don't suppose those are pencil lines, but if they are they're also a strongpoint, I just love your inks man, end of story

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    so badass. about how long did this take?

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    great (quite fucking amazingly good) ink job
    wow...just that

    it's nice to see more of your art

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    The inks are astounding. The colours are pretty good too, I like the fact that you stuck with them being rather simple, since there's so much going on in the inks.

    What doesn't work for me is the background of panel one. The detail of the trees is lost, and the darkness of what is behind the twisted branches takes away from the human character's character, making his haircut virtually invisible, for example.

    Still, awesome inks and a great picture overall.

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    Andy,

    Beautiful as ever! I, too, love the black and white version better simply because I just love to pour over your line work without the distraction of color.

    And such tight sketches as well. must be a painstaking process to work up that sketch so tight and then have to go over that again with ink.

    Did you do a super loose sketch for WOTC or did you dive in with this tight drawing?

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    I always love your stuff Andy. Kick ass as usual!

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    Beautiful Andy! How lond did that pencil work take?

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    I always love to see your work. This is a fantastic piece of art. After seeing this today I've been pencilling just that little bit tighter.

    What is it for? It seems almost sequential.

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    exile- I use micron pens to ink...Different line thickness, the spacing of lines and different texture patterns all help with getting different values...it's something you get more used to with practice

    figure of frgt10- cool... the story idea from this page was provided by Wizards of the Coast...the reptile creatures are actually called "Yuan-ti"...though I was able to do a little of my own visual spin on these creatures.

    demon-thanx!

    se7en- the designs on either side of the center "eyes" panel were drawn...the border design at the bottom was created by layering some different designs I had drawn...then repeating the pattern across the bottom...done in photoshop

    charlie2- yeah it's ink... i did leave the shading on the guys face under the ink rather than erasing over it

    lohan- don't know...my stop watch broke

    Infinit-thanx

    Aremah- the coloring was kinda tricky I wanted the colors to be strong but not too overpowering ...I kept most the coloring on the characters pretty washed out and simple so it wouldn't cover the ink shading too much.

    miracola- yeah, I did a really loose sketch first...I'd like to do more just B&W art

    Dan- thanx man!

    Lonewolf- few dayz...I got carried away with rending on the pencils

    Rusty baby- It's for Eberron "Secrets of Xen'drik" RPG by Wizards of the Coast ...a chapter Header, but yeah, it is like a sequential page...I maybe doing a oneshot comic soon

    thanx for the comments

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    Hey Andy,

    this work is really great. kind of different for WOTC, but it totally works. The yuan-ti were some of my favorite creatures as a kid playing D&D and your version puts most others to shame. Very cool.

    PS, say hi to Liese. This is Michael from her old job.

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    Adore your line work dude, you so rule

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    Andy -
    You continue to amaze.

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    Holy jeez!
    I envy your patience! I would have gone a more painterly route only because I wouldn't be able to sit and detail all that out, so props to you, I love it!

    My only crit is in the bottom image. The focal point isn't clear like it is in the top image. I wouldn't want you to hit us over the head with it, but maybe a little more of a focus would be nice, but that's it. Beautiful work!!

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    Michael- hey, I didn't know you posted here...I checked your sketchbook...nice creature sketches & concepts...Liese says "hi"

    Gavin- thanx man...are u Gav from the Niles board?

    Tim Bradstreet- hey man , thanx for your comment... it means a lot..& great to see you post on these boards!

    Phuzion- Thanx Daniel...yeah there's a lot going on in the last panel

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    Quote Originally Posted by synthetINK
    Gavin- thanx man...are u Gav from the Niles board?
    Nah, I'm a different Gav Anyhoo, keep on rockin . . . .

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    damn, your hatching blows me away evertytime man. may i say, this coloring enhances your work very well....so far every colored version of your art ive seen on comics has left me angry...it just doesnt do you justice man.

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    Awesomesness... ... Yeah, your shading is pretty amazing. And I disagree with Skank, I enjoyed the colored version. Tomatoe, tomatoe. Well, keep up the awesomeness and take care!

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    ohow my God that is something I have never seen sold anywhere, the comic books I come accross are never this quality !!!! WHAT A ATMOSPHERE !!!!!

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