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JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD #1 Cover B*W Art by mikemayhew JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD #1 Cover B*W Art by mikemayhew
11x17 in pencil, Kuretake brush pen, and Sumi India Ink wash.
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you painted it with paint?
you paint with acrylic paint as watercolor drawing in shades of gray, white and black?
mikemayhew Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
not really. I use a limited pallette. For example, cer blu, raw sienna, and indo orange (maybe it's calle perrinone now). With those three colors I can get a wide variety of cools and warms that help me build up the painting. If you "shade" with grey, then the color you put on top of it will be muddy. If you paint on top of bright color, it is more vibrant. This particular piece was not painted in acrylic.
Prisoner382 Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this version better. Comics are about artists stylizing the characters and some of your work is just too damn precise and realistic looking.

You're obviously massively skilled as a drawing technician, but I guess I'd like to see you pour more of your effort into the artistic interpretation of the characters and less into making them seeming uber-realistic.

Then again, you're a guy out there getting paid to do this and I'm some hack on deviantart, so take it all with a grain of something or other, know what I mean?
smbhax Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on ink wash vs black watercolor (I've never tried watercolor). You seem to have moved from watercolor to ink wash without missing a beat!
mikemayhew Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
black watercolor is cool. I switched to ink wash out of necessity on FEAR ITSELF: THE HOMEFRONT. The interior paper stock from Marvel quality declined and the black watercolor was too splotchy. I tried ink wash, and got really excited by the results. They were really slick on lower quality paper. It's less forgiving, but that's what is cool about it. If you know what you are doing, you are rewarded with sexy and powerful results.
smbhax Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
And if you don't know what you're doing, like me, you can still have a lot of fun with it. : D Thanks for the insight!
Shavanzar Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool pic
U1trawoman Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Bottom line
Nothing better than pen and ink.
Even in this computer age :)
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