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.
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!
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.
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!
You're probably right about the thickness of his outline. I've been getting kind of lazy on these pages, and usually ink them in about half the time it would ordinarily take me (also, I've switched from brushes to pens, which doesn't help). I'm not too upset about the lack of detail in his cape, though. I think the designy effect of it works for what I was going for. Thanks for the feedback and the fave!