Shadows: page 2

Creeping in the dark… This page was pretty fun to do and I seem to remember saying that not drawing people really sped things up a bit. That’ll change, but for now it’s all about setting the overall tone for the story. Here’s the art:

I talked last week about the reasons why I went with black & white artwork for this story and I thought it might be worthwhile to dive a little deeper into the actual artwork – specifically the ink/line work that I used. For this project I really wanted atmospheric artwork and I thought it might be fun to take some of my experiments with using brushes for inking and apply them to actual page art. Here are some examples of my brushwork experiments:


Typically I rely heavily on a quill for the majority of the line work that I do though I’ll add in some pen lines and brushwork depending on what’s required. But I decided that I would put the quill aside and only use a brush and see how that worked out. I really liked the idea of mixing the more organic brushwork with a fine pen line and I thought that would really give me the moody atmosphere that I was going for. As I was penciling the pages, I stumbled across a video by Jonathan Glapion (inker on Batman and other comics, he’s got quite a bit of info on his blog too if you’re interested in inking technique) that really pointed me in a different direction. Here’s the video here.

[it seems like I’m having issues embedding the video, so here’s a link to the page]

Anyway, the only time I’ve ever used the small brushes was when I was using gouache or watercolour paint and it never occurred to me to use them for inking. So after a trip to the local art store I set out to test run the small brush… and I loved it! The line quality and the control that I could get was what I’ve always been looking for and it just made for a really fluid feel in the final art. I like the result so much that I’ve barely touched a quill since I started using a small brush brush and I can really see that continuing in the future. Here’s the tools at work:


1. If you didn’t see the post last week, I’ve made On the Verge: the Beginning available for a FREE download (you can see my reasoning here). Anyway, if you want a copy, feel free to download away. All I ask is that you share it with someone and tell them to check out the site. Thanks for helping me spread the word!

2. Last week I started a new series of posts about things I’ve learned while working on this project. Tomorrow’s post will be the first of many as I plan on this being a weekly series. Let me know what you think and feel free to comment. I’d love to hear what you guys have to say.

3. Finally, I did a pinup for reMIND that got posted on the weekend. I’m super happy with how it turned out, so check it out here. I’m in the process of writing up a blog post about my pinup that should be up this Thursday.

About jason

Illustrator and graphic designer. When not working full time as a Senior Graphic Designer, I am usually working on the graphic novel On the Verge: the Arrow of Time. Artist on Andrew Jackson in Space and The Sisters.

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