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    @krakatoakatie that Geisha is lovely
    • CommentAuthorKen Miller
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    Some silly steampunk Batman vehicles:

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    • CommentAuthorlazzyfair
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    I was recently down in Florida at a residency learning under Paul Pope for 3 weeks. Two really great lessons I got out of it were: Do studies of people's work you respect everyday (which I understand Steve Rude recommended to Paul) and use a brush. Seeing Paul work and hearing his philosophy on why he used the brush really helped as I'd spent four years off and on trying to use it. So since I've been back, I've been cranking out three or four of these a day. Can't tell you how beneficial they've been. These were all done straight brush with no pencils at all.

    DOOM
    Cap
    THB
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    After seeing a #6 brush Wally Wood gave Larry Hama - I'm tempted to play with brushes again ... aaaargh!
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    More than any other technology I use, learning to ink with a brush years ago transformed how I think about lines, textures and how I approach volumetric space in a line drawing. Using a brush makes me think more dimensionally, and makes me draw better. My love for MangaStudio and my Wacom is that they are giving me brush results with digital flexibility.
    • CommentAuthorlazzyfair
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    @Paul Sizer I'm already experiencing that a month and half in. There is a thought process that wasn't there before, and I'm thankful it replaced the previous one which consisted mainly of telling myself "Don't fuck this up." everytime I went to put a line down. I finally understand what people meant when they would tell me the line reflects your emotional state; if you're confident, the line is bold and striking, if you're unsure, the line is shaky and staccato.

    I've used Manga studio and Photoshop tweeking settings to achieve a brush look to fair results. I have to say though, there is something intrinsically fun in the tactile experience of throwing big bold lines around on paper and its not forgiving so it reveals all of your flaws when you don't have the ability to go back and correct them.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    Hell yes, I love the danger of slapping a nice big ink line on a piece of paper and having to deal with it. When I get too mechanical, I always break the streak by getting out the brushes and inks and doing some analog work!
    • CommentAuthorlazzyfair
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    Indeed. Paul stands up and is in an "action pose" pretty much the entire time that he is drawing/inking which is another way to shake up the monotony of inking at a desk on a computer.
    • CommentAuthorlazzyfair
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    Here's another study of Kurrgo-Master of Plantet X, or as I like to call him, Giant Testicle for A Head Man. This is from one of the early FF. Really finding Kirby is great to look at for these exercises.

    Kurrgo
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    Have been trying to focus on writing NaNoWriMo rather than visual stuff this month, but sneaked this in while procrastinating:

    Tuvalu-1-4-o2
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      CommentAuthorRooth
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    @lazzyfair- that is incredible work. Very jealous that you had a chance to learn with a great like Pope. Awesome, awesome work.
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      CommentAuthorRooth
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    I banged this quick wrap cover out at my LCS today (which I now live across the street from, thereby satisfying an ancient boyhood dream).
    Nightcrawler (as a vampire). I kinda messed up the BAMF! but there's no way to really fix inks on these sketch covers. It was good fun anyway.
    • CommentAuthorlazzyfair
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2010
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    Thanks Rooth, I really appreciate that. The brush is not something I would say I'm good at so its nice to not feel like a complete idiot. Learning under Paul was great. He actually brought people down too, like Sam Hiti, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti among others to offer help and advice. Jimmy actually gave me the greatest critique ever, he tore straight through my work and told me in no uncertain terms what was wrong with it. Great guy, and one memory in what pretty much was the greatest 3 weeks of my life.

    I like the Kirby Dot effect you got going on the BAMF! Looks good man.
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    @lazzyfair - You were there with my friend Gabe, I'm insanely jealous of both of you. Good work, it's exciting to see all of the stuff trickle out from the people in the various groups.

    Some pencils from Suicide Sisters:

    Suicide Sisters pencils by Kevin Mellon
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      CommentAuthorstaticgirl
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010 edited
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    kevin you are so good at unusual poses - they are massively dynamic. It's really nicfe to see your pencil work too.

    Mrmcdaniel - ace story. Love the 'simple' treatment. It really pops off the screen. And the xmas card made me laugh.

    tnperkins - awww. These Odd Folk are rather sweet.
    • CommentAuthorlazzyfair
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010
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    @Kevin yessir I was! Gabe's a certifiable badass. I learned as much from him as I did from Paul, which isn't that big of a surprise considering he teaches at the Kubert school. I'm going to NYC in December and hoping to meet up with him and some of our other Howlin' Commandos.
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    just finished this show poster
    • CommentAuthorlazzyfair
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010
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    This is a piece I did earlier in the month right after I got back from the residency. Again, all brush no pencils. Its a little Paul Pope'ish but what are you gonna do.

    Ditko Spidey
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010
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    @lazzyfair: Suave brushwork!

    lady of the nine tails
    WIP ;)
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      CommentAuthorkevinmellon
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010 edited
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    @staticgirl - Thank you! It can be a fine line to walk sometimes, but worth it.

    @lazzyfair - yeah, Gabe's awesome as all get out. We were in the same class at the Kubert School. I'm jealous of his students because he brings such a wealth of knowledge and the humility of still learning himself to his classes. Nice sketches, btw. Working without the tether of penciled guidelines is a good thing to teach yourself and get used to.