(c)DARKBRAIN LLC - co-created by the Publisher and EIC Andrew Zar, Esq. and Yours Truly ---
Work in progress on the newest - and apparently my very last episode
about the adventures of the intrepid feline human beauty, up to her
Penciled as a tier-one third of the
whole comicbook page on A4-sized Slovenian bristol paper. Pentel P207
mechanical pencil used with HB 0.7 lead in it. Lots of erasing, kneaded eraser applied.
Inked with gorgeous Dutch TALENS black ink, using almost forgotten Hunt
108 mapping point nib and Winsor-Newton Series 7, size 3 brush - the
old one they used to make more than 3 decades ago. Yes, I still have one
saved (the rest of the ten I bought had the sable hair EATEN BY MOTHS,
all nine of them). Half-tone patterns added via CS3 Filters.
Quite accidentally I've stumbled upon the phenomenal method of quick gestural sketching demonstrated by Stan Prokopenko.
I can't find enough words of praise for the man and his relaxed 'it's easy to be done, just go with the flow' approach to understanding how a human figure functions in an illusional space, being dynamic and NOT rigid even in 'passive poses'.
The older I am, the more I wonder why did I resist the use of photos for the reference..?
Could it be the youthful pride that 'I don't want crutches if I can walk' or fear that I might become 'too dependant on documentation'..?
Or, is it plain lazyness?
This is the gorgeous Denise Masino - https://www.facebook.com/DeniseMasino1?fref=ts - and on this link you can find the photo referenced for this thoroughly digital drawing, no paper sketch at all, just Wacom Intuos4 tablet and a wee program called SAI plus touch-ups in CS3.
Okay, I've posted here some photo-ref'd drawings already, I no longer want to hide the fact that besides pin-ups I sometimes grab compositions for my comics panels from photographic images that suit the storytelling needs.
I can't believe it -- busy with my comics` deadlines and Holidays I forgot to post anything made for the occasion..!
If it's true that late is better than never ... here are the drawings.
The FIRST one is (c)DarkBrain LLC, penciled roughly on an A4 piece of paper, scanned and inked, coloured & lettered digitally. The Kitty [Pissy Pussy] is out of the bag and Santa's caught with his pants down.
The SECOND one is (c)Respective Copyright Holders [Vampirella] and thoroughly 'analogue' [2H pencil on paper then lightboxed clean-up on fresh A4 paper, inked with - an ordinary BIC ballpoint pen - or 'biro' as it's called in Ye Olde Englonde].
As the tresspasers tend to say - 'Wait, I've got an explanation'.
Mine's that, being a Christian Ortodox, our church follows still the old Julian calendar which is late exactly 13 days after the Gregorian, standardly used 'normal' calendar.
That means, Serbian Christmas Eve is TONIGHT on 6th January - and our ever-lovin' New Year is on 13th January..!