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  Obsessing over GruauNov 27, 2012 4:43 AM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I went on a big René Gruau kick on Tumblr today, which probably has something to do with why today's page came out like it did. Gruau (1909-2004) is primarily known for his fashion illustrations for Christian Dior, beginning shortly after the end of the second world war, whose simple, bold lines and colors apparently brought about something of a revolution in illustration in general. Here is just a tiny example
 
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and you can find other examples on my Tumblr, like here and here and here.
 
Notice also his signature! "G*" is having quite an influence on A*.
 
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Although I have to be careful with it, because like today for instance I started with a nice loose pencil sketch but then somehow got obsessed with making big smooth shapes with the ink, and spent forever just trying to get the exact right line along all the edges—I seem to tighten up like that all too easily and I think in general I'm better off staying loose. Even the pencils ended up getting pretty tight, and I'm not sure all the tightening is for an overall gain (although now I wish I'd taken a photo of the initial pencil version). So I really shouldn't fixate on trying to produce some specific effect when it comes to the inking. I'll have to try to keep that in mind for tomorrow's page, which I think will be a somewhat similar layout. Anyway here are the pencils and an earlier stage in the inks:
 
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The author of a new-ish comic (note: some mature themes), Moth City contacted me recently, in part to commiserate about the relatively small number of crime/mystery webcomics out there. Moth City is one of those, with a very accomplished loose-yet-clear style of the really professional type that I will probably never achieve; it also has the most high-tech web site I can recall seeing among webcomics recently.
 
 
 
 
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