I always wanted to know why some artists use the blue pencil. And which do you use? Studying in animation I heard col erase is good because it's easily erasable. But why is it better than just drawing with plain hb pencil?
it's an organizational thing. You can scribble and build up the meat of your drawing loosely in blue and than go in tight with lead (or my case ink). If you do a lot of constructional stuff in lead by the time you're ready to go tight it's a grey mess. And I use the prismacolor blue lead in a mechanical pencil- [link]
yea, every time I tried tight pencils it took too long and it sucked the life out of the drawing. So leaving things vague left room for spontaneity and improv. It gives ink a chance to sing on their own rather than serving tight pencils, a stage that, ultimately, nobody ever sees.
yea, I had to check out the original to see why (these things go so fast that an inordinate amount of the decisions are unconscious or off the cuff). I fucked up on properly featuring that guy's character design and that was my attempt to shoe-horn what I could of him into that super horizontal panel. I think it was a bit of a mess, ultimately.
It also does a great job on continuing the page's flow. By flipping him you carried the sweep happening in the panel's focus which draws the eye nicely to the big guy in the final panel before the chains across conan's legs lead us into the next page.
please tell me you are going to come back to this book, and that next issue is not your last. Becky Cloonan is amazing, but I literally can't fathom finding a better match for this book than you. You've made this one of my most anticipated books to pick up each month
wow, thank you very much. I'm really glad you dig it. To be honest I felt like I was intruding on a vision that was more Becky and Brian's. I got offered some more issues but I had to turn it down for more BPRD. That's not to say that I wouldn't return to some kind of Conan book in the future. I love the Barbarian!
I was wondering that myself. I did that issue months ago but I'm pretty sure my reasoning was that the character was missing his left ear and I didn't have a decent shot of it in any of the other pages so I shoe-horned it into the only place it would fit on this page.