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  Pencils, Klaus Jansen inks, SnowJan 20, 2012 7:23 AM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Here's the pencil stage:
 
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And then I went and inked it! Kinda wish I coulda kept the pilot's expression in the pencils, but he needed to be looking up, so nyah. (Also I thought the thick short parallel shading strokes on the faces had a sort of John Romita Jr. look to 'em, which I thought was keen.) But anyway before the inking I was going to walk to the snowy mile or so to the supermarket, 'cause we're still snowed in here in Seattle--as you can see here, certain things like math did not work out as the meteorologists had somehow figured:
 
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So yeah it didn't melt and I was finally all bundled up and ready for the arctic journey to resupply, and I open the front door and a package falls on me! That's funny, I think, I didn't order anything... Well it was Klaus Jansen's The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics from A*'s Amazon Wish List! Some really thoughtful and generous reader had ordered it for me! Gosh! Thanks! <3 <3
 
I haven't followed Jansen's inking work recently, but I really liked the work he did inking Frank Miller's pencils back in the Daredevil and "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" days. And he talks about working on B:TDKR with Miller a bit in this, which is quite interesting. But it's also filled with great illustrations by the two of them and other comic professionals (particularly lots of classic inked stuff by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, who produced a lot of the fantastic-looking DC stuff I wasn't buying back in the 80's-ish) showing the various aspects and techniques of comic book inking; not only that, but it's filled with really practical tips on working with ink; just to give one example, he mentions that part of the inker's job is to erase not only the pencils on the front of the page, but also any that might be on the back, because you don't want it rubbing off onto another page when they are stacked. And a few hours after I read that I realized...oh yeah I stack mine just like that. I'd better take care of those unused back pencils! So I did that. Whew! Thanks, Klaus! So it's a very helpful book for my A* work, and super thanks again to the reader who fulfilled that book wish of mine! :D
 
And then I went and successfully lived to bring groceries back home through the snow. I took some pictures too so later we Seattlites will remember what snow in the city looks like. Here's looking down my street (that'd be my "graphite" gray 2001 Camry posing boldly on the far right)
 
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and here's a shot of some striking street lighting (we got these new bright white econo-bulb street lights put in in the past year, but only south of me--immediately north you go back to the old amber ones, which normally I like more but I gotta admit the white ones make for some nice snow shots) on a Bug curled up rather picturesquely beneath a tidy round snow blanket:
 
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So that was fun! Then I came back and drew stuff and messed up my pencils as usual and made today's page! I'm going to be glad when we're done with this pilot guy because I can't seem to decide on a non-goofy way to draw him for some reason, dar. And we'll be done with him soon, mwah-hah-haaaa!
 
Oh! Erm I mean um... Yep.
 
 
 
 
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