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JOinks
09-13-2013, 05:28 PM
Pencils by Canaan White http://caananwhite.deviantart.com/art/Hex-fan-art-399256952

http://th02.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2013/256/7/3/hex_fanart_2_inks_by_josh_oakes-d6m5eav.jpg

krosis
09-13-2013, 11:58 PM
There's too much similarity of texture between her... and the eyes of the..(what is that? a dragon?) in the BG.. This is mainly an issue with the pencils I think. To compensate.. I'd go a little less heavy on the blacks on her cape.. and perhaps a little more black in the hair.. ie remove some of the highlights. Also a heavier line weight towards the tip of the Sword. The changes I suggest would be subtle.. a little here.. a litttle there..

Here easier just to show you what I mean.. hope you don't mind..

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r571/Evolved_Heavy_Raider/hex_fanart_2_inks_QnD-fix_zps42f2f7e4.jpg

Now.. I used "Gray" just to show you a different tonal range.. You would want to emulate that.. with a hatching texture.. or perhaps some digital zipatone.. just something not "just black" in those fields to separate them from the dragon's face. (I also removed the halos just to see..)

A good litmus test: reduce the page on the screen to comic book size or even smaller.. squint yer eyes.. blur the image as you look at it.. you can tell if things are popping or becoming lost in the BG. You've got some great shading going on there.. the temtation to "over render" is always there.. I'm guilty of it too ;)

hadesillustrations
09-14-2013, 12:40 AM
Your general technique is pretty solid, but why did you add halos? There was no need for them and they flatten the image. I'll agree with Krosis that there isn't enough of a textural difference between the chick and the beast - I'd personally make the beast more midtone than her cape. I know the beasts in Hex are not really scaly, or textured in any way, so it makes this difficult, but still feasible.

Anyway, get rid of those halos - they're killing this piece.

JOinks
09-14-2013, 12:04 PM
Mmmmmm I see

JOinks
09-14-2013, 12:27 PM
Sorry that was so brief lol All good advice and I see what you mean. :D

lobocomics
09-14-2013, 03:36 PM
Sorry... Didn't see the dragon on the background the first time i saw the image... Until Krosis mentioned it....

hadesillustrations
09-15-2013, 04:55 PM
Honestly, the beast blending in is initially the penciller's fault, but it seems Canaan was just having a fun time sketching the characters from Hex, so this was never intended to go beyond his pencils. that said, this is where an inker can embellish - really have fun with the piece. JOinks, take this opportunity to really go nuts. Don't just follow Canaan's lines, but truly add depth the way inkers are supposed to. Look at Mark Farmer and what he can do with Alan Davis' loose pencils. Remember that you're doing more than just making pencil lines black - you're adding depth to the entire piece.

Here's Farmer's inks on Davis' pencils:
http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=41442

I can't find the pencils (still searching though) but they're loose and pretty open - all the depth comes from Farmer's inks. the texture on the grave stone is all from him - added to create a midtone and make Vampy pop.

I'd love to see you revisit this Hex piece and really go nuts on it. Have fun with it! Make it yours.

JOinks
09-15-2013, 07:02 PM
Honestly, the beast blending in is initially the penciller's fault, but it seems Canaan was just having a fun time sketching the characters from Hex, so this was never intended to go beyond his pencils. that said, this is where an inker can embellish - really have fun with the piece. JOinks, take this opportunity to really go nuts. Don't just follow Canaan's lines, but truly add depth the way inkers are supposed to. Look at Mark Farmer and what he can do with Alan Davis' loose pencils. Remember that you're doing more than just making pencil lines black - you're adding depth to the entire piece.

Here's Farmer's inks on Davis' pencils:
http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=41442

I can't find the pencils (still searching though) but they're loose and pretty open - all the depth comes from Farmer's inks. the texture on the grave stone is all from him - added to create a midtone and make Vampy pop.

I'd love to see you revisit this Hex piece and really go nuts on it. Have fun with it! Make it yours.

Thanks a lot for the advice! I really appreciate it. I totally agree. I've only been doing this for about 8 months so I'm still trying to get a hang on my style and how to really make the pencils pop. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. But I think I will get the hang of it eventually. :D

Scribbly
09-16-2013, 11:24 AM
Comparing your inks with the original pencils
I don't see anything wrong with your inks.
What you did is exactly what the artist was asking for.


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