• Per Ove Sleen

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Custer in colores

I am also in the process of teaching myself to use watercolors.
I find that they just like ink done with a brush, brings a liveliness to the picture that you (at least not I) will not be able to copy digitally.
And I find it stupid to try. Digital drawing and inking has its own characteristics, and it stands well on it’s own legs.

But the style I am aiming for has a lot of the old dynamics seen in works by masters of inking like Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Jimmy Palmiotti and so on.
As fare as colors go, the stuff that really gets me going is old sci fi like Frazetta would color it.
With very clear colors, but very decent.

I am not sure how he and his likes did that, but another big influence as fare as colors go, is the old Blueberry comics from the 70’s done by Jean Giraud.
I know he mostly used water colors and ink wash to get the look he’s got.

As fare as choice of colors goes, there is a lot to draw from.
Watchmen is one of the best and most consistent color jobs I’ve seen in comics, and it is very well thought through.
I will study that among others.
In this picture I find the colors got too prominent, but it is only my third attempt at watercolors and I have lots to learn…..experience is a very good teacher, so here we go…

Cover with digital colore

OK I have played around in Photoshop a little and have put some color in their cheeks….(lame joke I know, but it’s Sunday and very late :), I am not satisfied though, I will keep trying

Training my inking and drawing skils

Howdy folks (Been listening to western novels audiobooks lately), It`s been a while since I last put out something here on My studios blog, but hey! what can I say….I`ve been busy in the real world (you know that tiresome rainy reality outside your door :).
For the last couple of weeks I have been exclusively practicing my inking skills. I do drawings of anything that comes to mind, only to ink them for practice sake.
Now  here are some of the best ones scanned out of my sketch pads ore bits of paper scraps where they started their life. They`re all done on cheap paper of all sorts (what ever was at hand at the given moment), and that has had quite an impact on the end result (bleeding lines and such).
They were all done in more or less the same fashion. First roughly sketched with pencil. Then I take an eraser and halfway erases the drawing `til I can just about see it. Then I outline it with an 0,1 ink pen before I go ahead with ink and brush to bring in dynamics and weight. Afterwards I go over it with the 0,1 again for a little hatching here and there to underline stuff.
Before I start a drawing (even these sketches) I nearly ALWAYS do a few thumbnails and a couple of studies to establish eventual composition and placement together with the play of light and shade. Also to get to grips with shapes and lines I haven`t done previously or have little practice with, just to get it in to my hands and eyes before I go ahead…..

I have done a little cleaning up of the scans in Photoshop, and then added some colored overlay and grading, but that`s it. Every sketch appear as it was drawn by hand on paper.

I realized during this session that inking with a big fat brush, really adds weight and dynamics to the mix. And it does so in a lot better way than any other medium or technique I have ever encountered or tried.
The big brush delivers little “accidents” on a regular basis that really adds huge amounts of nonchalant randomness to make the drawing alive and believable.  That huge sable brush is a regular drama hose. It really changes the whole impact and feel of the work.

The conclusions I draw from these sessions, are that I still have a long way to go before I have established a steady and easily recognizable drawing style. I also need to work more on my hatching in order to get it a little slicker and also need to experiment a little more on where to use hatching and not.

I realize that there is a lot of influence from people like Frank Miller, Will Eisener, Quesada, Mignola and such in the stuff I draw, but I also can see that as I keep drawing and rehearsing my skill set, the style slowly becomes my own unique one…..