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WRB, issue 2, p. 16 by MichaelCleaves WRB, issue 2, p. 16 by MichaelCleaves
"Caracalla, a Tragedy," Act I, scene 1. Words!
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izitmee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Mhmm, really like the top fighting men, and the small view-from-above of the running horses. Those parts look the most personal, and they feel like you were able to truly use those newly found pens in a style that suits you.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Thanks, Daniele! It does have a lot to do with the tools, but also with the setting. Because they were supposed to be memories I didn't feel the same need to stick with strict proportion, etc. on these, and even though they didn't end up out of proportion, I guess it still allowed me to be more fluid with my lines. It didn't hurt that I never finished the full pencils, and just went straight to inks from the sketch. More to come!
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izitmee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Ha! Full pencils are the worst enemy of style whims and fun ;P Eager to see more.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I really like those bold slashes of black across the main figure's back. Oh, those Caledonians. Dreary isles indeed.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Me too! Thanks, EG! Also, sorry I haven't been keeping up on Puck lately. Spiritual malaise and whatnot has kept me away from dA. Now I'm back, if not with a vengeance, then with something energetic.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Hey, dA is there for you when you need it. You fix that spiritual mayonnaise first.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
It's getting harder and harder to fix. By the way, by "spiritual ham'n'eggs" I mean, "doing my actual job." Which, unfortunately, demands that I go to work rather than drawing all day while intoxicated.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Ah, but we can dream the dream, right? The dream of drawing while intoxicated all day. And dying of liver problems shortly after adopting said lifestyle.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Sorry - just to clarify. I do go to work intoxicated, I just don't get to draw there.
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Halflung27 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Artist
Very nice work... This has a Frank miller sort of feel. Nice bold blacks and bright white highlights... It feels retro, which I like a lot. I personally would like to see a bit more variation w/ your line work. The lines look good, but might benefit from some experimentation w/ your line thickness. For example, I feel like the figure closest would have a much Thicker line around him since he is so close up. I also, wouldn't mind if you were to go back into that figure and add a bit more detail? Even though his back is to us I would like to see some more hatching on the black shadows into the white. Nothing too crazy or different just a few more to give the character a little more importance. Overall, I like what you have done w/ this. You did a nice job of balancing the positive and negative space to create an interesting composition. Some parts are a bit confusing, but it makes me want to look closer, which isn't a bad thing at all. Keep them coming!
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