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  Supermassive White Hole A*Mar 28, 2012 5:19 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:In the midst of an email conversation, A* reader Latrans mentioned that he likes to play around with some of the A* pages by switching the colors. Since it's black and white, all you have to do is "invert" the colors to swap black for white and vice versa--even MS Paint that comes with Windows can do that. I tried one and it turned out horribly; I think you have to kind of develop an eye for it, as, when I asked Latrans if he would send me some of the ones he's done, he sent me four pretty darn nifty ones:
 
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I may be a little biased, but I think those are downright spiffy. Thanks, Latrans!
 
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Those remind me of something I saw recently that pointed out a practical use for inverting black and white images in the art world. Looking through some Bill Sienkiewicz art (you may recall that I recently posted a video of him drawing; that and my further research into his art online helped inspired this expressive marker jag I'm on currently), I came across this drawing he did of Warlock from Marvel's "New Mutants" comic, in which he draw the character, a strange techno-organic alien having a black body with white circuitry, in the negative: white body and black circuitry. And then whoever handled the art getting into digital form for the final print would invert the colors to get it to the character's regular color scheme. It's actually a very practical approach, since black ink is far easier to work with than white ink (more fluid, waterproof, etc)--this way he could draw the details in black ink instead of white. Pretty smart!
 
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Well as you can probably guess, the inking for today's A* page went much more smoothly than yesterday's. TOO SMOOTHLY? I dunno but it was a nice change of pace, at least. ;) Here's what the first pass of marker lines over the pencils (pencils having just been erased) looked like:
 
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EDIT: Oh look, I forgot to draw her eyebrow piercing. Dang. And I'd remembered to draw it for the first two penciled versions... Hrmrmrm **stealth edit**
 
I mean-- What? Nothing! Everything's fine! Totally smooth inking today, yep. Yehehehep. >_>
 
 
 
 
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