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Conan issue 5 page 9 process by JHarren Conan issue 5 page 9 process by JHarren
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:iconveritaspurpura:
VeritasPurpura Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Is that blue thing ink? :D
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional
non-photo blue pencil
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:iconveritaspurpura:
VeritasPurpura Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
oooh! What's that? I havent heard about that :P
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional
www.amazon.com/Sanford-Prismac…

It's great for underdrawing. No erasing necessary, you just scan it and knock out the blue in photoshop. Old comic book trick!
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:iconveritaspurpura:
VeritasPurpura Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Oooh! Great! Thanks :D
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:iconjk-i-d:
JK-i-D Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!......
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:iconcrazyjedichicken:
crazyjedichicken Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
thanks for putting this up man! trying to get into drawing pages and it's great to see how other people do it!
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nonamefox Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
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?
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional
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]
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DanielPuch Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! Really helpful!
:-)
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional
glad to hear it!
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DanielPuch Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, I like to see how other artists work and I really like your stuff.
Thanks again.
:-)
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:iconstupidartpunk:
Stupidartpunk Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love that you skip pencils and just go from straight non photo blue to ink... comics forged in INK!!!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional
sure makes the job more fun :)
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:icondanielwarrenjohnson:
DanielWarrenJohnson Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
James! Your work is inspiring! I have to know, how do you achieve that "random blood splatter" effect on the right hand side of panel 1?
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional
Thanks, dude! I just load a brush with white correction fluid and flick it over my finger. (same thing with ink spatter...except I use ink)
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:icondangerousartist:
DangerousArtist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional
Awesome story-telling. Really enjoying your work on Conan!
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Seeso2D Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I love the fourth panel perspective in the rough page more than in the final version
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:icondougdabbs:
dougdabbs Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
I love seeing your process. You do a really nice job laying down the basic information in the pencils and then just drawing with your inks. Your final image has so much life that way.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional
thanks, dude! That's my hope! Plus skipping tight pencils saves a TON of time.
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:iconmonkeyslunch:
Monkeyslunch Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you going straight from blues to inks, or are you just inking directly onto your original pencils?
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional
yep! I'm still lacking a printer to do the whole, fancy blue line technique that the real pros are doing.
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Monkeyslunch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah, love the confidence I'm sensing there. Things are looking great lately, man. Keep it up! And although I love Dave Stewart's colours, I really rather prefer your work just the black and white.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional
thanks, dude! At the moment I'm so horrified by my crappy lines that having Dave Stewart at the end of the line really eases my mind.
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mytymark Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Crazy! Thanks for the behind the scenes, man. Dynamic work as always!
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SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Picked this up the other day... man that is some damn fine comicin' sir. It would be awesome to see you on another arc, but if Mikey Migs is calling I suppose you better answer.
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Artist
you are a bad bad man. =)
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional
thank you, Mr. Howard! I finally snagged me a copy of the Cape hardcover. Amazing stuff, dude! You raised the bar!
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Artist
thank you, dude! glad you dug the book. =)
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:iconlourense:
lourense Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
cool
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:iconpaulmcinnes:
PaulMcInnes Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for posting this James, always love a peek at others process!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional
no problem, dude. It helps clear up some of the mystery.
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chrismunro Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm surprised by how much of the detail you leave for the inking side of things.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional
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.
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, never mind (the fourth panel question). I see you answered it below.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional
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.
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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.
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional
nice observation!
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You really switched up p4. Can you expand upon the reasoning? Did you freehand it, or stat in another rough?

Diggin' that sense of motion man, it's working hard. Looks good!
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machu9292 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
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
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional
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!
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RusWooton Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome process stuff. Killer final page.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional
thanks, dude :)
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CesarSebastian Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
It's very interesting to see the process, specially how you changed panels 4 and 5 from the first thumbnail to inks. The would have look great but they're now even better!
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ARTofANT Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love seeing process. So cool!
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PhilipJeanPierre Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
NICE,

Quick question in the 4th panel, hwy did you end up changing the angle of the shot.

Not dynamic enough?

Speedup the pacing a bit?
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional
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.
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PhilipJeanPierre Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy crap the guy is missing an ear, damn.

For a second I read that wrong and thought you were just a big fan of left ears and then re-read that properly and check out the page again. and it made perfect sense.

Cool man...You seem to have this drawing and storytelling thing down. :)
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional
ha, thanks dude. But if I had it down you would've known it right away:) Now I remember that that new panel was a re-draw because I did a hack job featuring it later on.
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PhilipJeanPierre Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Dammit and there goes the magic!
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