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Blip Martindale
02-17-2017, 11:00 PM
Hello all.

Please consider visiting my portfolio of inking samples:

http://blipmartindale.deviantart.com/gallery/

I appreciate any comments and am especially interested in paying work.

Thank you.

wwolf
02-18-2017, 11:12 AM
Hi Blip,

I went to your deviant art page and did a quick look. Can you put two of your most current works up on the forum here, so when I give you a critique you know which piece I am referring to. If not it makes it too difficult and I have to be switching screens and such.

Thanks,

William

Blip Martindale
03-24-2017, 04:30 PM
Just a bump-post here w/ a link to my inking portfolio:

http://blipmartindale.deviantart.com/gallery/

Thanks to anyone who looks.

Regarding wwolf's request that I post images directly in the thread, I'll have to pass. Every time I try to post any images, or start a new thread, I'm told I don't have the privileges to do so. Odd, but okay, I guess. We'll have to settle for an off-site link.

Blip Martindale
07-02-2017, 06:01 PM
Bump, new pages added at:

http://blipmartindale.deviantart.com/gallery/

http://pre14.deviantart.net/6b1e/th/pre/f/2017/153/5/b/gary_frank_pencils_01_blip_martindale_inks_by_blip martindale-dbbbph1.jpg

Blip Martindale
08-01-2017, 07:10 PM
More samples:

http://pre03.deviantart.net/6fb2/th/pre/f/2017/213/f/e/sergio_zaniboni_01_pencils_by_blipmartindale-dbii4ck.jpg

http://pre14.deviantart.net/7057/th/pre/f/2017/213/9/5/sergio_zaniboni_01_pencils_blip_martindale_inks_by _blipmartindale-dbii4pi.jpg

VANDAL
08-13-2017, 01:15 PM
Okay, the Superman page is pretty good but not great. I think what bothers me most is that you aren't IMPROVING the original pencils. Give them some LIFE. I am going to link you to a better and more talented penciller just to see if you are up to the challenge.

https://joseluisarts.deviantart.com/

Blip Martindale
08-14-2017, 07:28 PM
Okay, the Superman page is pretty good but not great. I think what bothers me most is that you aren't IMPROVING the original pencils. Give them some LIFE. I am going to link you to a better and more talented penciller just to see if you are up to the challenge.

https://joseluisarts.deviantart.com/

Not familiar with that guy, and all I see at that link is a bunch of pin-ups, no narrative samples. Not interested in that. Also not interested in useless detail or excessive rendering for its own sake. My models are Alex Toth, Steve Rude, Jaime Hernandez, CC Beck, etc. (not that anyone pencils like them anymore.)

sevans
08-14-2017, 10:59 PM
Look for some Bruce Timm pages or Darrwyn Cooke, they are clean and well laid out (without excessive details).

jeffchris50
08-15-2017, 02:30 AM
I keep looking at your inking samples on both the Superman page and the western page (it's amazing how many artists there are on this site that lean towards western stuff; kinda nice to see) and I like what see. After reading that you're a guy who likes uncomplicated, uncluttered and unbusy artwork, it makes me appreciate your inks more.

Granted, as Vandal stated, inkers, more often than not, put as much of their own artwork into some else's pencils, often improving those pencils, but not always. I can think of lots of really great pencilers who can be brought down when saddled by an inker who has zero idea of when enough is enough or when they haven't interjected enough. You straddle that fine line quite nicely, IMHO.

Frank Quitely is a wonderful artist whose pencils really need little improvement, just embellishment to make them pop and your inks do a fine job of that. I'm unfamiliar with the artist on the western page, but the pencils do remind me of some of the early Western comics and your simplistic approach to inking them is able to maintain that feel. Apply a little good, old-fashioned four-color coloring to the pages and they would be very appealing to an old school guy such as myself.

Blip Martindale
08-19-2017, 05:19 PM
Thanks for the comments, all.

I actually already have some Timm and Cooke pages in my "to do" pile. I found it pretty difficult to find good res versions of any of their pages, though. Someone like Toth or Rude, on the other hand, there's plenty floating around.

Quitely is also someone whose work is in already my "to do" pile as well.

Yeah, I really miss four-color printing on newsprint. So much more pleasing to the eye than the grotesque modern processes.

reyesart
08-27-2017, 04:53 PM
Blip you have some good work there. Your close with more practice you will gain more control of your tools. It took lots of practice for me to get where I'm at now. Everyone has mentioned your weakness I want to mention the positives, your strengths.

On your deviant art gallery your samples there are much stronger than the two posted here. Your feathering looks great did you use a stencil (french curve)? Your brush work looks good. Don't get discouraged you have talent and are on your way!

My advice is to keep in mind where the light source is. Very your line weights and don't be afraid to try new techniques. Break a line (careful use) add textures. Remember to add depth to the pencil art by varying your line weights. I would recommend working over all type of art styles it will teach you new things. Even though your inking style may not work over them. Each penciler style requires different technique and tools. This will make you work out of your comfort zone and help add new tools and tricks to your arsenal.

Best of luck,
-Jimmy

Blip Martindale
10-05-2017, 05:09 PM
Couple more samples. Thanks for looking.

https://pre00.deviantart.net/1ac0/th/pre/f/2017/278/d/4/christopher_jones_pencils_01_by_blipmartindale-dbplm72.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/0974/th/pre/f/2017/278/4/b/christopher_jones_pencils_01_blip_martindale_inks_ by_blipmartindale-dbplmhb.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/1886/th/pre/f/2017/278/5/3/jerry_ordway_pencils_01_by_blipmartindale-dbplphq.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/e23a/th/pre/f/2017/278/3/8/jerry_ordway_pencils_01_blip_martindale_inks_by_bl ipmartindale-dbplpqd.jpg

jeffchris50
10-05-2017, 11:49 PM
Great to see some more of your work posted here, Blip. I feel like you did justice to both sets of pencils in comparing the inked and uninked pages. Keep up the great work!

Blip Martindale
10-13-2017, 07:09 PM
Thanks JeffChris50.

Here's one more, this time a page by Steve Rude:

https://pre00.deviantart.net/801d/th/pre/f/2017/286/5/1/steve_rude_pencils_01_by_blipmartindale-dbqh05c.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/6a85/th/pre/f/2017/286/c/0/steve_rude_pencils_01_blip_martindale_inks_by_blip martindale-dbqh0bp.jpg

Blip Martindale
10-14-2017, 06:13 AM
Jack Kirby:

https://pre00.deviantart.net/1a96/th/pre/f/2017/287/0/0/jack_kirby_pencils_01_by_blipmartindale-dbqir21.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/7a5b/th/pre/f/2017/287/e/7/jack_kirby_pencils_01_blip_martindale_inks_by_blip martindale-dbqir5k.jpg

jeffchris50
10-14-2017, 04:27 PM
Nice job on both Rude AND King Kirby! You did a really nice job keeping Kirby's particular energy, something a lot of inkers can't do with his stuff.

The Spirit
10-19-2017, 09:25 AM
Okay, the Superman page is pretty good but not great. I think what bothers me most is that you aren't IMPROVING the original pencils. Give them some LIFE. I am going to link you to a better and more talented penciller just to see if you are up to the challenge.

It isn't the inkers job to improve the pencils, The inker should be invisible as much as possible. Just interpret the pencilers line and be true to the original pencils.

The Spirit
10-19-2017, 09:26 AM
You are a really good Inker Blip!

jeffchris50
10-19-2017, 08:07 PM
You are a really good Inker Blip!

Yeah. What he said! :D:banana::D

Blip Martindale
10-19-2017, 10:42 PM
Thanks for the kind words -- and thanks to those with criticisms as well. All appreciated. Now if I could just get some paying work...

Here is an Alex Toth page:

https://pre00.deviantart.net/2a25/th/pre/f/2017/292/2/d/alex_toth_pencils_01_by_blipmartindale-dbr456h.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/0011/th/pre/f/2017/292/9/e/alex_toth_pencils_01_blip_martindale_inks_by_blipm artindale-dbr45cx.jpg

Blip Martindale
10-27-2017, 07:59 PM
Another Toth page, another Rude page:

https://pre00.deviantart.net/9eec/th/pre/f/2017/300/a/5/alex_toth_pencils_02_by_blipmartindale-dbrwn83.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/59e0/th/pre/f/2017/300/6/2/alex_toth_pencils_02_blip_martindale_inks_by_blipm artindale-dbrwnd4.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/04e8/th/pre/f/2017/300/b/3/steve_rude_pencils_02_by_blipmartindale-dbrwnna.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/cdf3/th/pre/f/2017/300/6/3/steve_rude_pencils_02_blip_martindale_inks_by_blip martindale-dbrwnrc.jpg

12013
11-03-2017, 09:41 PM
It isn't the inkers job to improve the pencils, The inker should be invisible as much as possible. Just interpret the pencilers line and be true to the original pencils.

eh...I don't know if that's 100% true 100% of the time. your POINT is correct, that they need to stay true to the pencils, but some guys pencil SO rough, it demands that the inker clarify and add appropriate detail and such.

Greg Capullo is a very rough penciler and his inker has to interpret a lot.

but the inks shown here, over Toth and Kirby and Rude, I think DO fall under the umbrella of "stay invisible" like you mention. tho Toths stuff looks like it needs SOME interpretation.

either way, to the INKER of these pages posted... you seem to do fantastic work.
forgive me if you said this somewhere..do you do digital or traditional?
it kinda looks like both in some places.

rob

Blip Martindale
11-04-2017, 04:25 AM
either way, to the INKER of these pages posted... you seem to do fantastic work.
forgive me if you said this somewhere..do you do digital or traditional?
it kinda looks like both in some places.

Entirely traditional (ink on paper). I wouldn't begin to know how to draw with a computer. I have a small (4x6"?) Wacom tablet which I occasionally use for cleaning up the white areas outside of panels, but that's it.

jeffchris50
11-04-2017, 07:19 PM
Entirely traditional (ink on paper). I wouldn't begin to know how to draw with a computer. I have a small (4x6"?) Wacom tablet which I occasionally use for cleaning up the white areas outside of panels, but that's it.

You're my kinda inker, Blip! Old school traditional! When I do get the opportunity to do a little ink work (which isn't often these days), I still use my crowquills, technical pens, brushes and good old India ink, usually on translucent vellum. Inking by hand, IMHO, puts more YOU into the work than digital inking, kinda like the difference between CDs and LPs or the difference between a car with a clutch or an automatic. Give me traditional anytime!

12013
11-04-2017, 10:00 PM
Entirely traditional (ink on paper). I wouldn't begin to know how to draw with a computer. I have a small (4x6"?) Wacom tablet which I occasionally use for cleaning up the white areas outside of panels, but that's it.

awesome... VERY nice work sir. I love inking but its so hard to get right and so easy to fuck up.

rob

12013
11-04-2017, 10:01 PM
also, have you ever tried inking over Chris Sprouse pencils? he has a nice clean slick beautiful style that would seem to fit with your stuff very well..

rob

Blip Martindale
11-05-2017, 05:08 AM
also, have you ever tried inking over Chris Sprouse pencils? he has a nice clean slick beautiful style that would seem to fit with your stuff very well.

Yes, from my Deviant page:

https://pre00.deviantart.net/d588/th/pre/f/2017/026/4/4/chris_sprouse_pencils_01_by_blipmartindale-dawrkg3.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/ca2b/th/pre/f/2017/026/1/8/chris_sprouse_pencils_01_blip_martindale_inks_by_b lipmartindale-dawrkge.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/25a2/th/pre/f/2017/024/9/0/chris_sprouse_pencils_02_by_blipmartindale-dawmfmc.jpg

https://pre00.deviantart.net/4ef4/th/pre/f/2017/024/b/5/chris_sprouse_pencils_02_blip_martindale_inks_by_b lipmartindale-dawmfmx.jpg

These are maybe a year old... if I inked them now I'd try a more organic approach.

12013
11-14-2017, 05:34 PM
those inks over sprouse look amazing. if I could pay you right now id actually love to see what you could do over my pencils, if even only for a single pin up/splash.

anyway... amazing inks sir

rob

jeffchris50
11-14-2017, 11:26 PM
Those are super nice inks over Sprouse, Blip. Maintains all the integrity of the pencils, but adds a nuance of your own, as well. Rob's got a great idea; I'd love to see you ink some of the folks who post on these very boards....!

MattTriano
11-17-2017, 11:41 PM
Great work! Fluid yet restrained. You seem to enjoy encapsulated lineart a great deal -- so do I -- but that interest can work against you. There are techniques and tools that you don't currently use because you only draw the pages you prefer; may be missing out on a more versatile skillset.

Inkers are going away. There are two shitty Inker career options: spotty Marvel/DC assignments doing radically different monthly books over various pencilers OR pencilers who ink themselves because most publishers don't assemble art teams (saves money).

If you don't get versatile, you'll have to ink yourself professionally. And that's tough because it means being a great penciler as well as a great inker. It doesn't hurt to draw over talented, competent pencilers who might require a dirtier approach: fingerprints, exacto blades, spatter etc. I'd be interested to see what happens when you're required to finish breakdowns or work over a synthetically-minded penciler. Try more stuff, in other words.

You're good. Keep going.

Oh and what's your name? This is your work, people should know who Blip is. Comics editors and comics readers don't get aliases.

reyesart
11-19-2017, 02:12 AM
Good Stuff Blip. I made several Videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx7KCenKMa4&t=2026s) on Comic Book inking. I did a Dave Finch Batman page.

Best,
Jimmy