Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Shades of grey

After 'MY robot!' I've got a couple of scripts that need artwork and I've decided to try out a new (for me) technique. In my head I know what I want, but I need to experiment to see if I can make it happen. Below is my first attempt. Basically I want stripped down line work, just a few solid black shapes and lines here and there, with a grey tone bringing it all together. As I still don't like drawing on computer I thought I'd the artwork with a pen or brush and a grey marker, then scan it and do my usual messing around until something clicks.
It didn't quite work on my first go, the grey tone should be flatter and the whole thing isn't as 'simple' looking as I'd I'd like. Still, I think I'm going in the right direction.
This pic is from Quattermass and the Pit, incase anyone's wondering. I'm actually quite please with the marker work. Don't know whether it's the technique or because I was working from reference, but I barely penciled it and did most of the work with the pens. Not a big deal for a lot of artists (Sean Philips is one who springs to mind), but new territory for me, and surprisingly fast.


3 comments:

I. N. J. Culbard said...

I really love the zip tone version. Would love to see as newsprint like 2000AD used to be (I wish they'd produce it on cheap quality stock again).

I use Manga Studio for inking now (wonderful program and rather cheap at the moment at £75).You should have a play with the demo they have online. Glorious.

paulhd said...

Cheers INJ. Totally agree with you about 2000ad.
Just can't get my head around inking on computer and my attempts have been really bad. I'll have a look at Manga Studio though, you never know what might work.

kelvingreen said...

I prefer the first picture actually. I think it looks really good, and I'd love to see more in this style.

Crikey, it's really good stuff. Yowsers.