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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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:iconizitmee:
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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:iconmichaelcleaves:
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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:iconizitmee:
Ha! Full pencils are the worst enemy of style whims and fun ;P Eager to see more.
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:iconelectricgecko:
I really like those bold slashes of black across the main figure's back. Oh, those Caledonians. Dreary isles indeed.
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:iconmichaelcleaves:
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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:iconelectricgecko:
Hey, dA is there for you when you need it. You fix that spiritual mayonnaise first.
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:iconmichaelcleaves:
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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:iconelectricgecko:
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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:iconmichaelcleaves:
Sorry - just to clarify. I do go to work intoxicated, I just don't get to draw there.
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Halflung27 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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