Pencils-I use a 0.3 mechanical lead pencil, 2H,H,HB. I also use a 2mm clutch pencil Staedtler Mars-780. Both are extremly fine points, the clutch pencil can dull enough to be used to fill in blacks.
Paper-Strathmore Bristol 300 series, smooth finish, acid free, heavy weight.
The original art is done on 11x17 sheets, image area 10.5x15.7 approx.
They are reduced to approx. 65%
Brian Bolland is good, but I'm not inspired by his work.
Joseph Clement Coll, Dean Cornwell, N.C Wyeth, Alex Toth, now these guys rock my world, they are few out of many that do! Great artists! huge inspiration.
To be clear about "inspiration". For me Inspiration is something that motivates me to learn and grow as an artist, it moves me to draw when I don't want to. It gives the desire to become more than I am and that can only be done by drawing from life and from my imagination, it is not an adopted style or something I copy.
If you think that Bolland and I draw in a similar way, this is how you see it, and that's cool!
I for one am excited to see how I will be drawing in 1 year using my heart, eyes, and my hands as tools. I will not underestimate my own vision in favor for an established one. To me, that is the first big mistake anyone could make; and I would encourage all to have the courage to be patient, and allow their vision to develope into thier own language on the canvas/paper/screen. How many artists have we lost to the lack of confidence in thier own work? Thanks for the question Johannes, sorry for the rant
Selection tools and channels in PS allow you to manipulate the image without affecting the rest of the art. The coloring is done "underneath" the pencil or line layer while preserving the line work in a channel. I will do a step by step at some point to show exactly how it is done.
Chris Chuckry did the colors on this stuff and it rocks!
Thanks and cheers!