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Comic Book Inking 101 & Breaking Into the Industry with Mostafa Moussa | Beyond the Comic Panels


So, I’m here to talk about breaking into
the industry. About doing comic book inking. It’s kind of fun. I like it. It’s
something I’ve done now professionally for 19 years. And actually, I just got
news I’m gonna be working on Superman for DC Comics. So that’s exciting.
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to announce it yet, but I don’t care. It’s fun, I’m
gonna share it. Batman is kind of my favorite character,
but I’ll take Superman. He’s a solid second choice. The costume I think I got,
just the S is complicated. But anyway, I worked for Marvel, I’ve worked for Image.
I’ve worked for IDW. I got to do Transformer toy designs for Hasbro. I got to do a ninja
turtles for Mirage back when they were around. Got to work with Stan Lee, the guy
who’s showing up here tomorrow. I got to do a Silver Surfer story with Stan Lee.
Silver Surfer, he had cosmic dust and was dirty and he had to fly through a car
wash at the end. So, I was like hey you know what? I get to work with Stan Lee,
I’ll take it. That’s fun! I did another story with him, where it
was Magneto and Professor X facing off. And Stan Lee was trying to be the
peacemaker, stand in the middle. And Magneto told him to be quiet and took
his his phone and like wrapped it around his mouth, to like shut him up. So, that
was fun. If you want to see some of those pages, they’re over there at my table
in the corner somewhere. I don’t know what number, 700 something, I don’t know.
Anyway, the bearded weirdo guy, that’s, that’s
who you’ll see. Anyway, so I’ve been at this since high school
professionally. Right after high school I went to the two biggest shows that were
out there. Was it Wizard World Chicago and Comic-con, San Diego Comic-con. And
I just showed him all the stuff that I had and I got, I was able to get work
right away. Started working for Image and then that turned into working for Marvel,
turned into working for IDW. And, and Godzilla. Got to do Godzilla, that was fun.
Hey, everybody, welcome, welcome. Just given everybody my, I guess credits real quick.
So, I’ve been at this almost 20 years now. And I guess comic books keep me young I
guess, is what I can say. Except in the morning. That’s, that’s when I feel old.
But as a, as a comic book inker, what we do is, we try to take the best out of the
pencils. And we kind of be mind reader’s sometimes when it comes to what the
pencils are looking for. Like sometimes they might not have everything fleshed
out. So, we’re kind of there to to bring out the best in them and that brings out
the best in to us and then we kind of become this third artist which is better
than us individually right so that’s that’s kind of what I’ve been doing for
the last 20 years and I definitely encourage you to come take a look at the
table you don’t have to buy anything but like there’s a lot of original art so
you can kind of see like what it looks like before it gets printed out and
everything it’s on much bigger 11 by 17 sighs I’m gonna get shrunk down real quick if there is any questions
feel free to interrupt me because I have no problem and if you guys have any
artwork you guys want me to take a look at I love to take a look but anyway as
far as breaking in goes what I did was I just grabbed five to ten of my favorite
things and I showed it to every editor I could so just trying to get feedback
like if I heard something about hey you know what this is great but I would like
you to do this better I would make sure that I’d never heard that criticism
again I would like take the criticism to heart like okay I want to make sure I
never hear that complaint ever again so so that the next year it would be you
know better hopefully but let’s see anyway a lot of the things this is on
the screen is a goofy there Deadpool that I’m doing for somebody
they wanted a like a tough guy Deadpool but you know he’s got his little teddy
bear because because he’s dead boy but anyway I do work in pencil sometimes
I like to work in ink into the term anchor but as far as breaking end goes
just take your best stuff whatever it is don’t have anything that you can make
excuses of like well this isn’t my best but I was in a rush or something
half-finished nobody really wants to see that half-finished stuff or the things
like well this is from years ago I don’t know if any of its good if you have to
make excuses for it don’t show it just show the good stuff you know take your
time show the good stuff oh hello there I just given everybody my background
about what I do and what I’ve been doing professional convoking career telling
about how to break in and all of that and if you guys do have any questions
feel free to ask you can go ahead and rub me but definitely like back in the
day there was no social media so I kind of think it’s easier to break in now
than it was when I started you can just kind of do really cool stuff and then
post it on Instagram and Facebook and it can get shared and then instead of like
having to print out things and having to email things all this like ancient
technology nowadays right you could just be like oh now look yeah here’s the link
here there look see and I got a lot of followers and then you can get work
doing that you can get commissions which is nice I got a ton of commissions
waiting for me back at home that I’m blowing off to be here with you people
which is great because I don’t need to be there right now and so like yeah this
would like for instance this was a commission that I got in Nashville a
couple weeks ago and I was like hey is okay if I finish it and send it to you
later is like yeah sure no problem so commissions like that of course I
have book work waiting for me when I get home so I got that going on
but as far as the inker goes there’s lots of tools you can use I have like
these cheap little markers here else oh yeah so just you know cheap two three
dollar markers you can get really expensive things really nice things or
you can just get really good at the cheap stuff and make a career doing that
I get these pins from Japan they’re like three bucks and when they go bad I just
throw them away and get a new one so I don’t feel like super attached to it but
like synthetic brush like that so see if I can show you you know things like that really useful
really a bunch of a time-saver because back when I started I was using like the
really nice stuff and it was great and I would make a hand cramp and I’d have
like the cloth at the end of the night and it would suck and then I started
using these things I was like holy crap this is so much easier there’s so much
better and it’s cheaper yeah I’m gonna use this but occasionally I’ll go back
to the more expensive stuff they have like brushes that are 70 or 80 bucks
I couldn’t imagine even like opening it I’d be afraid like oops I already ruined
it I’m gonna throw this away now like no I use this thing it’s fine with me
there’s no industry standard just make it look good that’s really even use
crayon if you want you can use you know charcoal whatever whatever you got as
long as it looks good nobody’s gonna care yes you got questions go for it thinking what digitally good question
I suck at inking digitally no I’ve tried but not good enough to show anybody I
did storyboards for a movie last year and that was crazy because like they
wanted these quick little drawings that would take like 10 20 minutes but they
wanted 60 of them a hundred of them in a week so I was like oh I got to figure
out a way to do that fast and I’ve tried digitally and it was ok
for storyboards is okay but for something finished like those guys who
can do digitally I applaud them because I can’t and I don’t I don’t have an
aptitude for that I got some friends that are great at that stuff I just
don’t know how to do it I’m I’m an analog guy in a digital world really but
no that’s a good question though yeah can you do digitally yeah I bet it blows
away my stuff like I don’t know do you have if you have any samples or anything
you guys want me to take a look at I can take a look at it towards into the show
and you know give you a critique feedback whatever you need yes go for it
I’m gonna be here all three days I flew up here I figure I might as well stick
around yeah yes when did I start my career oh my gosh
okay I’m gonna give you the quick story I was drawing as a kid when I was like 5
or 6 years old actually the guy that he had a TV show on this like local like
PBS channel and he’s here his name’s mark Kistler and he’s a friend of mine
now he like we hang out we get to look at you know different parts of the
country together get to travel he’s got my artwork hanging up and it’s
in his house I’ve been to his house it’s awesome but he’s the reason I became an
artist I would see his show every day and it would teach me like all these
different terms that I have like for shortening and cross-hatching and all of
these fun things right so definitely go take a look at Mark stuff he’s like a
cartoon character he’s in his 50s now but he still got all this energy like
hey yeah you don’t hate you know like he’s great he’s manic but he’s great so
he kind of like pushed me into heart look and then as far as professionally
goes I’ve been doing this since 1998 so I’m a 19-year career veteran at this
point I was being 20 years next year yeah I know
it’s I know I don’t get a gold watch or anything like it’s crazy but no I’ve
been at this for a long time professionally when I was like 12 I
would make my own comic books and I would make copies at like Office Depot
or something and staple them take them to like school the next day I remember I
sold like 27 of them I was like oh my god I’m gonna be a millionaire this is
awesome not not quite not quite but but it’s been great I haven’t looked back
yes go for it my biggest motivation and then what else artists block oh okay
that okay let’s see if I can scoot this over all right here we go
you guys can hear me okay yeah all right cool artists block I guess I can address
that first the thing is like failed writers they don’t finish their stories
failed artists they don’t finish their drawings so even if you’re having a
block just finish it finish it it doesn’t matter if it can be terrible
just finish it and then the next one will be better that’s that’s generally
the rule of thumb like if you want to get good at anything you have to finish
it you know if you just do it halfway and then start over do it halfway start
over there’s a lot of talented friends growing up they never finished like I
see it oh man I can’t wait to see that when it’s done and they just wouldn’t
finish it so that would be the thing like just push through figure out a way
to finish it and be like okay well that’s terrible
my next one to be better because it will I promise it’ll be better as far as
inspiration goes as far as inspirations for his comics well when I was breaking
in there was there was two guys there’s big inspirations for me he’s named Todd
McFarlane and Gimli and they’re both still around
Gimli is better than he’s ever been and it’s amazing that like a lot of artists
when they get older maybe they might lose a couple miles off their fastball
they might you know cut corners or whatever Gimli just keeps getting better
it’s amazing and then Tom McFarland’s always been good and he’s still good
Todd McFarlane he was the guy who kind of made spider-man popular again and the
80s he gave him the big eyes and he gave him like the crazy like the webbing and
like the poses were crazy so it looked like a human spider because before Todd
McFarlane’s spider-man had these little tiny like slits for eyes and it looked
like he would be like a man swinging on a rope like literally it just looked
like a guy swinging on a rope and he was like no let’s make him a Spider Man and
it was like a novel approach sorry Deadpool it was like a novel approach
back then like oh wow a Spider Man that’s great and then Gimli kind of he
popularized x-men with the art style and all
and he’s still kicking but doing like Batman Superman and Suicide Squad and
all that stuff so those guys were inspirations for me but before that it
was transformers and Ninja Turtles I love transformers and Ninja Turtles I
don’t know anything about comic books I just like drawing and I like drawing
boxy guys you know for transformers and then the turtle face and the turtle body
and then somebody handed me like a comical – Spider Man book and I was like
oh that’s what I want to do with my career that’s what I want to do it I was
like twelve and I said okay so in my head I knew exactly what it’s supposed
to look like and it was about teaching my hand to do what was in my head and it
took about six years and then I was 18 and I was like okay I graduated let me
see what I can do as far as doing this as a career and if I don’t if it doesn’t
work out I had scholarships to different colleges and things I was like okay I
just do the know the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park or something you know like
I can do digital stuff but let me try to do a combo card first and I’ve been
doing that pretty steady for like the last 19 years uh well let’s see this guy probably
probably an hour total I’m pretty fast yeah I I should have brought my resume
should’ve brought like more stuff to show instead of like half-finished
things but seriously if you guys want to take a look after I can see my table
it’s in the 700s right there there’s some crazy blue haired lady she’s
helping me out if you see that over there you guys can take a look at the
original art and you can kind of see what it looks like before it gets
printed it’s really cool sometimes when it gets shrunk down and colored it loses
some of its energy but when you see like the original art that was a big
inspiration for me because I would just see this stuff printed out I thought it
was like done by computers or by a machine or something and then I saw oh
no this is done by hand and this is awesome so I definitely recommend like
coming to take a look you don’t have to buy anything I’m not gonna give you a
hard sell but I have lots of original art like thousands of stuff and I try to
bring like the things that I think are the most interesting most impressive
so anyway is there any other questions yeah yes okay go for it so you wanna you
want to like do it from the ground up as far as writing drawing coloring
everything you want to do all of that a good place to start good place to start
is a good story if you have a good story then the artwork will follow if you have
great artwork and a bad story there’s enough of that out there we don’t need
any more of them let’s go for a good story and then the artwork will follow
and you know what what what’s your strength right now as far as writing and
drawing what would you say is your strength
drawing okay so sometimes what you can do is you can pair up with somebody
maybe somebody who has a passion for writing and hasn’t been published yet or
somebody who’s just you know great at writing and he’s an artist
going to shows like this is a great way to like meet people like I’m working on
Superman now and I I just got the news like today and the reason I got that is
because I went to a show a couple weeks ago and every friend at this guy that
I’ve been a fan um since I was 12 I was like hey your stuffs cool hey your
stuffs cool I’m gonna work at Superman I was like yes like it’s just you know
going to show is meeting people talking to people so maybe pairing with another
you know a writer and then you guys can kind of flesh out what you want like
okay this is what a head in mind now go you know and then they can kind of
figure out like but maybe the things that are tricky you know like the
dialogue is sometimes tricky for people or sometimes the dialogue is easy and
then the plot is tricky for people like they can have like a really good story
and they don’t have anything interesting for them to say or they’re great at
giving people interesting things to say and then just standing around not doing
anything I’m sure you guys have seen those movies you’ve read those stories
right like like oh there’s something missing here and then you know the best
writers can do both so find out whatever your strength is or whatever your
weaknesses talk to other people because there’s gonna be people out there like
you looking for people like you so yeah definitely do that any other questions
no okay anybody have questions yeah go for it who’s the main character oh gosh
my main character was it was a character I created when I was 12
his name was cross and he had like this like design on his face like if you if
you think of any like Rob Liefeld like a rip off character like I think he I
don’t think he had shoulder pads but he might as well as and like pouches he
didn’t have pouches but he might as well but basically like you know he had this
design that was kind of like a I got like a cross and he had these powers
that was kind of like spawn and I just kind of like cherry-picked all these
different things and I tried to take my own spin on it so like I don’t know he
had basically unlimited but whenever he used too much he would
just like pass out so like he could fly and stuff but like if he hadn’t recharge
his batteries so to speak he just don’t crash like Greatest American Hero he
member that back in the day so yeah it it doesn’t sound so good out loud if it
in my head it sounded great hey people bought it not many but people
bought it anyway I still have some of that art laying around somewhere I did
not bring that to the show so yeah good luck finding that actually a friend of
mine that I went to high school with he sent me like a Facebook message to say
look what I found I was like oh don’t post it but hey we had to start
somewhere it wasn’t great I got better the next thing I did was better trust me
everything I did after that was better anybody have any questions on inking or
breaking into the industry because I didn’t I didn’t know exactly like what
to focus on as far as the panel go so I those are two things I can talk at
length about as far as yeah go for it what you don’t know where to start
whatever you’re passionate about follow that because if you follow your your
passion and success will follow you know it might take a while it might you know
be instantaneous but what what are the things that you like to draw as an
artist I’m sure okay yeah I would say to keep
doing that you know if you see stuff out there that you am i competing with
somebody else right now it’s got a lot louder over there
Wow okay anyway anyway okay so yeah just find the things that you think are
impressive to look at and do your take on it and it’s not how old are you right
now okay turning 12 okay so yeah so you’re at a perfect age right now just
try to consume everything you know like everything that you’ve heard about like
oh I gotta check this out check it out you know read it watch it you know what
whatever you have to do there’s some great stuff out there but a lot of
people get very singular focus especially nowadays they find something
that they like and they only look at that right like oh hey there so if
there’s a you know music they’re like oh I just want to listen to that band or
stuff that sounds like that man there’s other stuff there’s lots of great stuff
so it’s same thing with artwork yeah bring it bring it by if you have
some and I’ll take a look at it I’ll tell you like what to do more of maybe
what to do less of what to focus on at this point you’re 11 years old you can
you can take things that like maybe if you’re an adult would be considered
copying but as a kid you know to get frames of references to get experience
you know doing that form doing that technique or detail and then you can
kind of turn that into your own style because everybody has to start somewhere
see more than teddy bear yeah yeah my stuff in like seventh grade
or eighth grade looked probably a lot like whatever was popular at the time
and then eventually it turned into my own style eventually it turned into
something that I could be proud of something I can show off you know
something I could get work from I would say that like I said earlier it’s a lot
easier being an artist now with social media you know you can always like post
things you can get like requests you can get comments like hey that’s great you
should do this and I’m like okay I’ll do that I get requests like that all the
time I’m like okay but you have to pay me but you know it’s a good way to just
network with other artists too and then you can see like maybe things you guys
can work on together like if you’re good with pencils and somebody else is good
with color or somebody else is good with ink you guys can work together on
something just like saying with like storytelling you can work with other
people as far as like crafting a good story but anyway sir another question
yes go for it how do you find your personal style okay so like I was saying
at 12 years old this is how Eric you know I was at 12 years old I knew
exactly how it was supposed to look like didn’t mean I knew how to do it but I
knew exactly how it’s supposed to look like because like with inking especially
you would see like say several issues and the first issue would be like oh man
this is great and you turn like to the next issue and
you’re like oh it’s the same pencil er why is this artwork awful now because
the inker was different so I realized like oh the anchor can really make or
break a book and I was a pencil er I would pens I can you know I can pencil
but I think I bring more to the table as an anchor I feel like I can really help
make it look as good as it can be I can make you know pencils that maybe aren’t
finished I can make them finished and that’s called like finisher or
embellisher where you have like kind of scribbles and you turn into something
manageable but I would say as far as sorry what was
your second question again yeah so there’s a lot of there’s a lot of
opinions on that the way I do it I don’t hear a lot of people do it I hear people
say like they got a warm up I warm up by working I don’t understand the warm up
thing but what I do is I do the easy stuff so like the faces might be last
the faces the hands beard stubble whatever like the details are I might
save to the end and I warm up by doing like holding lines right so like if I
use this guy here right I can do like big broad strokes right so I might do
like all the big like all these big sweeping strokes here and then I can get
in in the details in the nitty-gritty like afterward and if I’m working on
like several pages at a time like if it’s deadline crunch time and I got a I
got a whole like bunch to work on like okay today I’m just doing the big broad
strokes okay the next day I’m like okay I’m just doing geometric shapes in the
background so like straight lines and circles and ovals and stuff like that
right and then like oh today I’m just doing details so I’m just doing faces
faces faces faces hands you know whatever else shadows and then like the
last day might be like filling in like the big you know black areas filling
those things in and then all of a sudden you look back and like oh I got all of
it all done you know but you kind of compartmentalize and do it assembly line
style just seems faster for me I’ve heard to do the detail stuff first like
I guess the theory is if you screw up then you don’t want to screw up at the
very end you want to screw up at the beginning but I just look at it as I
don’t want to screw up so I’m just gonna go ahead and do all the easy stuff and
then I’ll do the faces or whatever you know it’s there’s no right answer
for that that’s just the way I do it also I’ve heard to do like like say like
top left you know up here and then to finish bottom right I do it backwards I
don’t know why but I’ll do like this spot first and you’re like well what
about if you smear your hand and like I’ll just don’t do that like I don’t
have a good answer for you I just I don’t know I do this and I just kind of
work my way up I don’t know it’s worked out for me but everybody has their own
way there’s really no wrong answer except drawing upside down I guess maybe
you don’t want to do that because then things will look really wonky when you
turn it over okay any any other questions right now anything else you
guys want to hear about gonna hear about the Stanley’s story again some of you
guys weren’t here okay so I was working on Marvel stuff the first book I ever
worked on was Jubilee it was like 2004 and they’re like hey you wanna do an
issue Jubilee I was like yes sure and then it had like a little cameo of
Wolverine so I was like I get to work on Wolverine and Jubilee yeah I’ll take it
it was written by some guy named Robert Kirkman I had no idea who Robert Kirkman
was at the time Walking Dead had just started and vincible had just started
and then I was like oh that’s the walking dead guy I really should have
kept in touch with that guy oh shoot oh well so that was the first like Marvel
book ever worked on and then after that I worked on a few other things I’d work
on like these random I worked on the thing versus the Hulk and that was fun
we did it in this kind of like Dragonball Z style so like they would
like shout and there’d be action lines and the big explosions and stuff like
that that was fun and then we get like random things like I would get hey can
you do a comic book for target like the store Target that’s a big deal up in
this area right target or no that’s Minnesota or let’s see bubblicious I
would get like hey can you do the thing and Spiderman and tie it to bubblicious
I’m like yeah sure why not I can do that and then they’re like hey we got a Stan
Lee’s story if you want to work on like yeah Stanley yeah absolutely what
is it I was like well Silver Surfer he’s dirty and he’s got cosmic dust and he
goes with to visit khalaqtu s– and Galactus says I’m not some car wash and
then he flies through a car wash to get clean but hey I got to work for Stanley so
I’ll take it and then the other story that we did and I know a couple you guys
heard it already but was it was actually in that x-men The Last Stand movie if
you ever saw that one it was the one that nobody liked so that’s the one I
get to work on but if you bought the special edition like DVD it had a
special comic book and it said like written by Stan Lee and world-renowned
artists and my name was third knows I’m a world-renowned artist no way
No so so the part that we did if you flip to it it’s like all these like
big-name guys and then to me like tucked away in there somewhere and it was a
story about Magneto and Professor X yeah my neato Professor X like fighting and
that Stanley gets up and he’s like hey you two you know don’t fight LC or
whatever and then like he puts his hands through and like Magneto’s like I’m
tired of hearing your voice he takes his phone and it was a flip phone that’s how
old this book was was a flip phone that he took and he melts it like over
Stanley’s mouth to kind of shut him up so it’s funny like I got to work with
Stanley a few times and now that I think about it he put himself in every story I’m sure that’s going to this I mean I’m
sure anyway hopefully uh you guys get to see him tomorrow because he’s still got
a lot of energy for ninety four years old but anyway let’s see is there is
there another question you guys have about breaking into the industry yes go
for it which issue of Jubilee it was a six issue series I did issue three so
when the artwork goes like either like this and then down again or if it’s like
this and it goes down and then up again like we tried to keep it like inline
with the other stuff but it is it’s a little different it’s kind of it was a
cart cart to any kind of style but we did you know a bit more realistic I
guess so yeah it was like right in the middle
I have a couple of the pages over there if you guys want to take a look in the
700s in the corner there you can see some of my stuff over there I have some
of those Jubilee pages a lot of them have gotten sold apparently there’s some
Jubilee fans out there but I do have a few others if you just want to walk
through memory lane and see it I have some let’s see after Jubilee I got to
work on transformers for Hasbro that was fun cuz that’s a big Transformers fan
growing up that’s that’s the thing that like I would draw in my free time if I
was good at school it was because I wanted to get back to drawing it wasn’t
because I wanted good grades is because I wanted to hurry up and get through the
test so I can get back to drawing like in my free time that’s all I did was
draw like I have a guitar in my house that’s like collecting dust in the
corner that I look over I’m like I wish I was better at playing guitar but I
didn’t put the thousands and thousands of hours into it drawing that was easy
for me I would I would find the time if I didn’t have time I’d turn over a
napkin I would draw on the napkin whatever it was yeah guitar playing not
so much so yeah well I can play like three songs so that’s better than some
people right so yeah so transformers I got to work on
and then after that I got to do Godzilla Godzilla was not something I even grew
up like I was a fan you know I know Godzilla but there are fans across the
country like doesn’t matter where I go there’s always Godzilla fans he’s have
some of those pages too if you guys want to see but let’s see what else today I’m
trying to blonde and drawn a blank now ninja turtles I got to work on that was
awesome I got to meet um the creator of Ninja Turtles kevin eastman super nice
guy when I met him he had on a backpack and a hat and he was like oh that’s a
cool Ninja Turtles I was like oh thanks if you need anything let me know you
know I didn’t know who he was and then I looked up and I was like oh crap you’re
oh wow you’re kevin eastman holy crap like the nicest multi-millionaire you’ll
ever meet and we talked for like 15 minutes I was like yeah I haven’t seen
that that Ninja Turtles movie yet and he’s like yeah like well you know
hopefully the second one’s better is like I think it’ll be better I haven’t
seen it yet I still haven’t but anyway he’s nice though let’s say as far as
like there’s a lot of books that I got to work on that are some of my favorites
that just nobody ever got to see they were maybe small press like I got
to work with this guy RA Salvatore he’s this big brighter guy I didn’t know
who he was I was like sure L I’ll do it sure and if some of my best stuff it’s
like this kind of swords and sorcery like action stuff into this character
Drizzt Durden and the story dream demon wars that I’d never heard of it’s cool
and people see it and they’re like man this is awesome but you know it’s not
the Hulk vs. the thing or Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla so nobody really cares but
that’s over there too if you guys want is there is there any other questions as
far as breaking in or as far as comic book inking or what that means I do have
I do have lots of answers for you let’s see oh we got like just a few minutes
left in this panel so if there is any artwork that you guys have I know I
mentioned it before I’d love to take a look at it even if it’s like on your
phone doesn’t have to be you know tangible art it’s 2017 I know a lot of
people just their portfolios on their phone right now so that’s kind of what I
have and if you guys want to see like some of the fun up-and-coming stuff that
I got to work on like I haven’t really had a chance to you know I wonder if I
can just we’re gonna show you on here you guys want to see like yeah
all right let’s see I’ve never done this so we’ll see if this works or not but
let’s see see how clear this is alright Deadpool
you’ve had your time go ahead go away alright yeah I don’t
know how clear that is but this guy is a famous for having an S
on his chest and he was the first superhero so I got to do this for DC
Comics and they’re like yep you got the job so that’s kind of cool okay this I
probably should have I probably should have thought this out
anybody know Thanos yeah okay so this thing took forever I don’t know
how clear it’ll be but I have to call over there this I was working on until
about 6:00 in the morning until I had to catch a plane to come up to beautiful
Madison Wisconsin and it’s a little blurry
okay fine but trust me the original is not nearly as blurry he is obsessed with
this character here deaf so I had to put a poet down there take her in time for
the infinity war movie coming out next year if anybody’s a fan of that I can
tell you a spoiler alert if you want to know how it ends
beware know how it ends no I’m just kidding I don’t know they all die I
don’t know but let’s see it’s now it’s naked I got to put something up there
okay I have lots and lots of things to show
you guys if you guys want to come over and take a look and you know what if you
guys do buy anything you guys get five dollars off anything for listening to me
talk for 45 minutes I think that’s the least I could do right now guy but let’s
see what we got we got a few more minutes I can talk about different tools
that I use and I think I talked about that earlier I know some of you guys
weren’t here but there’s really expensive brushes that you can use if
you want but you really don’t have to just just try to make the lines look
like they are in your head so if you have to outline the line like for
example and see if I have any example here no of course I don’t but like say
you know somebody people could use a brush and just fill this all in or you
can outline it and fill it in later you know that ways a lot easier saves time
saves like you know your brush if you want to save it you can use really
expensive tools or you can use really cheap tools like these things are like
10 bucks I don’t like them nearly as much as
these things which are like three bucks and they last longer there’s more of a
bounce to the line like when I say bounce let’s see if there’s an example
like see this grenade right here that I started on like how it goes like thick
to thin like it’s something that anchors want to kind of get to make it
it makes the lines more exciting instead of it just being a dead straight line
you want to kind of have like some energy to it so it might be like thick
and bold here and then like really wispy and thin there you know or have like you know
well highlights on his on his mask right so you go like thick then thin then
thick again and it just looks like it’s like light hitting him you know that
kind of thing I don’t know if that comes across on the screen but if not I can
show you guys over there in person but there’s lots of different techniques
there’s cross hatching and there’s and there’s dry brush and there’s rendering
effects that you can do and then you can use these things which are kind of fun
and then you can just kind of like say it like this gun I’m gonna fill in
completely black and then I’m gonna go in with this like white in which didn’t
exist when I started my career would have been made it a lot easier and then
do little highlights on the gun and it just it looks like a gun you had a
question use a templates like like the ovals and
circles and thing like that paper sighs okay so for Commission’s I
usually do nine by nine by twelve it’s just faster and easier people don’t want
the big things for published stuff the standard size is 11 by 17
so like the prints that I sell out of my 17 because that’s the actual size I
worked on the original art most of it it’s gonna be 11 by 17 there’s a couple
of smaller things but that’s usually like the standard size but as far as a
templates go actually something that’s really that comes in handy I don’t know
if you ever mess with French curves you ever mess with French curves I’ve never
messed with French squares my life yeah okay so they got those like fancy like a
bunch of sweeping angles and stuff and like if you’re if you’re trying to
like draw a line and you want to find the right curve it just seems like a big
hassle so I have something called a flexible curve and it’s just like blue
six dollar thing and you just bend it into the shape that you want so if
you’re doing a line in ink that like sweeps across the entire page you don’t
want to necessarily do that freehand although I I can do it freehand if
you’re just starting out maybe you want to kind of you know have a little you
know guiding ruler but it’s like a ruler that you can shape and it’s awesome it’s
awesome so say like you have like a close-up of a guy’s face and you have
this jawline or something you could do that freehand or you can use that thing
and it just saves time and it makes the line a little bit more how would you say
oh one more sure a little more confident because like I think artists especially
when they’re starting out you can tell like confident lines versus the swirly
swirly lines have got you know if they’re sketching it out and they’re
like you know every few inches they’re starting and stopping yeah that’s gonna
come across you know but if you if you can you know I should’ve brought over
here so like if you can do was just a bold
line you know that we do that that looks a little more
finished a little more confident than yeah you know nobody wants to really see
that you know so I don’t know if that’s a good example or not but it’s the
things that I see in young up-and-coming artists confidence will come in time how
old are you 20 oh yeah yeah you’re good then you’ll be
you’ll be fine I’m sure your stuffs already great and I’m sure you’re so
great and I can’t wait to see both of it so if you have any like examples either
today tomorrow I’ll be here all three days so I would love to take a look if I
could get like if I could have a career just like critiquing artists and like
helping them out I would love to unfortunately I haven’t found a way to
monetize that yet so I can’t do that as a career but I’d love to do it as a
hobby so yeah definitely you want to take a look at anything even if it’s
just little sketches or whatever yeah I’d love to take a look it looks like
we’re wrapping up here now so that is weird
I don’t want to have that on there okay I’ll just flip you over
I show you things that I will be working on let’s see they’re like little loose
sketches there’s a Gomorrah if you know guardians
of galaxy here’s a blue Blue Beetle do you guys
know Blue Beetle let’s see here’s a Carrie Kelly Robin these are things that
I just kind of sketched out in blue and then I will finish at some point like I
said it brought homework here’s a Rorschach oh that didn’t come out at all
did it well anyway here’s a Rorschach from Watchmen one of my favorite things
of all time if you are age appropriate it’s you should check it out
let’s see alright I think we’ve pretty much covered everything if there is any
last further remaining questions no no we’re covered what’s it
okay well come by the table I would love to teach you my face honestly it’s just
repetition it’s just doing the same thing over and over and over again and
getting better at it making the good line a great line making
the great line an awesome line making a solid image a great image don’t overdo
it that’s something else I see like artists do they got lines all over their
faces and they got all kind of crazy backgrounds and all of these things you
don’t need ya don’t know just get the general idea down and then you can work
on all the extra detail you know you know take like a blue pencil maybe and
get like a blobby image and then take a regular pencil sketch it out kind of
take like something that you know like clay like you’re shaping something out
of clay you just keep chipping away right and then each layer that you add
to it will get more and more refined but that makes sense it makes sense in my
head I don’t know alright anyway we are at the time I don’t know if
there’s no other panel but I should probably get out of here before they
like kick me off but anyway thanks a lot everybody
this is my first like solo panel I think that I’ve done I’ve done a lot of coop
panels is my first single-player camp panel
but thanks again everybody

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