9/27/08

Ink sketches




Here are some of the sketches I have been doing in between trying to finish two more covers for DC and finishing off a wraparound cover for Abrams books (I'll post all three covers just as soon as they are finished and approved).

These sketches were roughed out in blue pencil and then finished off with Pigma pens. It is a lot of fun throwing some heavy blacks in there every now and then. In fact, back before I started working professionally and before I moved into a primarily fine line style, I attempted to draw with spotted blacks here and there in an attempt to find a "comic book" style, which I believed was necessary at the time. Some remnants of that early fumbling around are still apparent in my earliest published work.

Maybe someday I will take another stab at drawing a story with spotted blacks. I'd like to think I got better at it, but when monsters like Mike Mignola are out there, maybe I'd better save the ink.

Joshua

22 comments:

Josh said...

Great work, man! I got to say I've been searching for that elusive “style” for awhile and this last book I did I used the "spotted-black" technique and it seems to work for me, but looking at your work, I think need to go back to the drawing board.

I would love to see a book from you in this style and maybe some hatching along with it. Some of your pencil sketches with hatching are great and covered with ink would be even better.

Thanks for posting your work.

Kyle Bice said...

Those are some great sketches. It's cool to see you mix it up every once in awhile. Very nice.

Scott Forbes said...

All of these are beautiful. I wish I could throw blacks around like you. I will say that with or without them, your work looks terrific!

Hope you are enjoying your trip!

Scott

RAWLS said...

Those are great my friend! Nice ink work!!

=shane white= said...

Yeah...more spotted blacks, yo!?! Looks great. :)


=s=

Pinflux said...

These are all blowing my mind! Amazing!

P.J. Magalhães said...

I like these a lot, thanks for posting them!

Barbara Canepa said...

UAOHH !!! I am fan , Joshua !

How are you? ;)

Write meeeeeeeeee... ^__^

Jake Wyatt said...

It's really refreshing to see your art with all that black on it. Fun exploration.

LuisNCT said...

I love the first one. Your work looks great with those lots of black on it

Drusilla Kehl said...

The b/w work is great. I love it all, especially the tree. I do encourage you to continue with it--yes! Do a book! Great stuff.

mick statham said...

beautiful work...

Brian said...

The serpent in the tree piece blows me away.

I'll second, or is it third at this point, the more spotted black work request.

Ashley A. Woods said...

the first one is my favorite!

my art will be featured in kyoto, japan next month so please visit my blog and see what new work i've been producing, josh! =^_^=

Alina Chau said...

beautiful drawings!

Chrispy said...

YO YO! There he is! Good to see that you doing it STILL! These are pretty slick man, a little different from what im used to seeing from you with the blacks and all. You know ya boy Skottie got me all over Mignola trying to put blacks in my work, im loving it. Dope stuff though man, PEACE!

pablo pablo said...

Great jobs!

Xavi Cristobal said...

Hello Josh. I am called Xavier Cristobal and I am employed at Barcelona as animator 2D / 3D and journalist of cinema, television, video games and Internet. I am having just filmed the short-movie "Prodigy-man" (http://prodigy-man.blogspot.com/ ). In the sequence of the credit titles I want to put drawings of the superhero Prodigy-man, realized by different artists. You are one of my favorite artists and I want to ask for a disinterested collaboration you for this one short-movie. For my it would be an honor to have a small drawing in this short-movie that is an honoring to all the artists who are employed at the industry of the comic-books of superheroes. The offer is a drawing, in color or in black and white, of Prodigy-man. The measures of the drawing should be 720 x 576 pixels and a resolution of 72 píxels. The drawing you can send it to this address: xavicristobal@gmail.com.

Thank you very much.

Xavier Cristóbal
(http://1936visiones.blogspot.com/)

Kevin Levell said...

Really like the dragon in the tree - great stuff!

HEROIC said...

I just have to say that them kodak moments I've been looking at brings back happy memories!
I sit back with excitement and tears looking at this priceless art! Hey guys thanks so much for sharing, sometimes people need an enlightment of visual beauty to uplift the soul, and this sure did do the job!
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Vishaka said...

I feel like you could compete with Mignola. :)

I have to say out of all the stuff on your blogs, I like these drawings the most. I would love love love to see something from you in this style.

I kinda feel like your cover colors take away something from your great lines. Maybe B&W is your calling?

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