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Comic 1573 - Ep. 21, Page 68

8th Mar 2014, 6:33 AM in Episode 21 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 8th Mar 2014, 6:33 AM edit delete
Right back to the pencil today. ; ) I also got out some pens and did a pen sketch (over pencils, which I then erased) as a sort of practice run for the end of the month, when I'll have to do some reward sketches for my first A* supporters on Patreon :). It came out like this:


Which I thought was not too bad—in fact I thought it was all right, so I put it up for auction on eBay in case any reader should want to buy it (starts at 99 cents, with free shipping!). Maybe I should do A* pages this way? I *did* do some in (small) pen at the beginning of this episode (and the last page of the previous episode), and they kind of got out of control with the attempted cross-hatching and sketchy/jagged outlines; if I could stick to using the pens to define shapes rather than lines, more like what I was doing in today's sketch, that would probably come out better for me.

It wasn't 'til after I finished drawing it that it occurred to me that the big pen / little pen combo I was using was sort of similar to Hugo Pratt's thick/thin line approach for Corto Maltese, which I was just talking about the other day—although I think he used a lot of brush in that. But in fact you can see Pratt, and Jean Giraud (aka "Moebius") drawing freehand with big markers in an impromptu comic mashup for the 1970s French show Tac au Tac (which might translate as "Tit for Tat") on YouTube. It's pretty neat! Moebius is the skinny guy with glasses, and Pratt is the big guy in the sweater. You can see how he just kind of lets fly with these crazy winding lines that somehow end up turning into a complicated figure in motion. (The same uploader put up a lot of other episodes of Tac au Tac, with a really impressive array of famous illustrators from back in the day, from all over the world!) Pratt inserts Corto into the collaborative comic strip they're doing (I think they're given sound effects, and they're supposed to draw the panels based on those?), while Moebius uses his beloved "Mike Blueberry" cowboy character. Oh the wacky 1970s comic hi-jinks!


cattservant 8th Mar 2014, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Almost an air of ambivalence...
smbhax 10th Mar 2014, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
: o
moizmad 8th Mar 2014, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Looks like Penelope Cruz on the right.
smbhax 10th Mar 2014, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like to need to image Google this name! ... Ooh hey she's a cutie all right.