I’m working up some pin ups for an upcoming kids horror anthology through the illopond. I’m using them as a good means to play with different tools and techniques than what most of my comics based work is done with. I’ve inked with a brush almost exclusively for a number of years. It felt good breaking out the crow quill and nibs for this one. I honestly don’t remember the last time I used nibs before this. The original is black and white ink on bristol board.
*ETA I just noticed I typo’ed “scalpel” when saving the file. Man I’m awesome!
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I sat down last week and worked up the cover image for the latest chapter I’ve written for Tales of the Great Steam War. Which will continue to explore the world in which these characters live. And the consequence of the war they fight.
For this one I decided I wanted to do something in a more Propaganda Poster style.
And since this chapter will focus on the fate of the Prussian Sniper introduced at the end of Chapter One I started by researching images of German posters. With that in mind and some MORE research, I landed on the idea of using the Prussian Eagle and the Totenkompf/Death’s Head badge. At the relative time this story is set in the Totenkompf had not yet been co-opted by the Nazis and was still thought of as the unit insignia of the Death’s Head Hussar. A cavalry regiment dating back to I think the Napoleonic era.
So with a head full of research, plenty of thumbnails and some reference images. I sat down and drew this ink drawing.
Then added the drawing to the type I had done up in the cpu. Did some colors and added some texturing/aging. This is where it was when I first posted it for critique over at the illopond.
After a really helpful round of critiques both online and with folks I know here locally. I did a handful of minor quick changes. And landed on this, which is where I may sign off on this one. Although as always feedback is most welcome. Let me have it!
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