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Conan issue 6 page 18 walkthrough by JHarren Conan issue 6 page 18 walkthrough by JHarren
So here's my issue 6 walkthrough. There was a problem in the script's page count that was caught in the layout stage and I wound up with an extra page to play with in this last sequence. The editors showed an incredible amount of trust and asked me to just make Conan kill a few more guys on the way to rescuing his lady. As tempting as that was I wanted to do something with the storytelling from the earlier run and bookend what Becky (Cloonan) had done in the first issue.
In Becky's issue where Conan escapes the guards in Messantia he does this huge jump from the dock to a nearby ship. It was a great moment, and Becky drew the shit out of it. I wanted to call back that moment at the beginning of the Messantia arc and have Conan make that huge leap, this time not for himself, but for love (corny i know, but I'm a romantic). Brian wrote some great character stuff with Conan and I was hoping to enhance it without re-writing the script. And they let me do it! I'm waaaay too lucky a guy to be trusted like that this early in my career.

As for the materials here; it's the usual ballpoint on 8x11 printer paper for layouts, than blue pencil, than inks, and than Dave Stewart colors the friggin' shit out of it. You can see how late in the game it took me to figure out where the hell I was putting that other leg.
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JAndrewRutledge Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
 Love the motion here.
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JawaEater Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Such energy!!!!! I bought the Trade this is in. Its great!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional
thanks, dude! Glad you dig it!
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pablomedart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
your story telling is so dynamic, can't wait to see more...
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
do you work full-size, or you ink the final image on a smaller board? kinda like the manga-size?
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional
I do the full 11x17 size. I've been kinda playing around with the idea of going bigger though. Pull a Paul Pope or a Hal Foster and work on those table cloth size pages. That would be FUN.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
... now that you mention it, I don't think I've ever seen Paul Pope OR Hal Fosters originals.... I'll be damned! >:(
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional
I've only seen tiny images. I just got the MAD artist's editions and those guys worked huge as well (the Jack Davis pages are GORGEOUS!!). Somewhere along the way we shrank. I wonder what the story is behind that...
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Kisonii Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Dude, your skills continue to grow as time goes by. I'm loving the sheer movement and energy you've given this spread. I especially enjoyed your Wendigo/ Were-jaguar fight in BPRD, one of the most tense I've ever read.
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Dan-Van-Cool Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible work man, very dynamic. The hardest Part I have is the time it take me to come up with instructing shots/ layouts. Its tough to get such nice angles. You work is an added help to push my work as in this way. Thanks man.
Few questions
1. When doing your layouts are you drawing in a particular size or scale on the 8.5x11?
2. Once your layouts are done are you redrawing fresh on the 17x11 comic board in blue, or do you have a method of transferring to the larger pages to prevent redrawing everything from scratch? (lack of a better word)
3. At what stage do you tackle the heavy, more complex backgrounds? Establishing shots, rooms full to tech or debris.
Thanks Again.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Looks awesome, so much work into one page, i hope thet give you a royals wage!
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:iconnonamefox:
nonamefox Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
YOU ARE THE MAN! I'm dying to get the trade. Will there be a sketchbook section in it?
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional
thanks, man! I'm not sure about the trade details, actually...
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:iconreau:
reau Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
God this is sooooooooo freakin good!
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OliverHarud Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
........ so, sorry for all these train spotting questions, but, speed lines, pen and ruler?
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional
yes, sir!
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IanSchofield Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love your artwork, thank you for sharing your process. This stuff really helps newbs such as myself
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional
cool! Glad to hear it!
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MattTriano Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional
You fucking speed lining, dust kicking Barbarian inking SAVAGE.
Beautiful. Thematic.
#givemeyourpower
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional
thanks, Matt!
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machu9292 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
would you ever consider doing a journal talking about the tools you use for inking? I'm kind of a nerd for that kind of stuff, and I'm really curious about your style because the way you go from blue pencil straight to inks is really interesting, and your work looks like nothing else on the stands right now
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional
I get asked quite a bit, so a journal's a great idea. You might see one around in the near future. And thank you for the kind words, btw :)
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DanielWarrenJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome.
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AntSang Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artist
Man, I've only recently discovered your work. Great stuff and really inspiring! Thanks for posting these walkthroughs... love seeing the process behind your pages. Can I ask how big the original artwork is?
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional
thanks, man! The originals are on regular 11x17 comic boards.
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:iconantsang:
AntSang Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks. Love your work - man, you're my new favourite artist!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional
wow, thank you very much!
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MDMacKay Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional
I love seeing the process. Great work.
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:iconpfab:
pfab Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Artist
Your work is incredible dude! Thanks for posting stuff like this - it really helps noobs like me. More please!
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional
glad I could be of service.
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chriscopeland Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Jeebus Rice man, this is just stupid fresh....you make me want to draw, and that hasnt happened in a long time from a comic book my man, you're a killer, carry on.
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SooDLee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
love comic progression pages or whatever one would call it. Looks great James! Still guilty of not picking up Conan yet but I will, again great job!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional
thanks, Soo! I could get some copies to you if your desperate :)
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:iconsoodlee:
SooDLee Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ohhh man that would be so awesome but I wouldn't want to trouble you!!
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional
note me your email, Soo!
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:iconjlawrence:
JLawrence Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Very cool-thanks for sharing your process James! *I think the final inks on Conan's hair here are my favorite part of this page!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
cool, dude. Same here!
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OverlordJC Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Filmographer
I love when artists share some process info. Always a treat.

Sick angles and movement man. This is one of those pages that gets your pulse up xD
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
thanks, dude!!
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diegosimone Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Artist
always amazing
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
thanks!
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DanielPuch Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome, and thanks again for the walk-through! :-)
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
anytime, dude!
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IkeWhitehead Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
i totally agree with a previous statement that you chose a great moment for linking the arcs.
it almost makes me want to go back and read the previous issues.
almost.
still finding it so weird that i'm not on board for dave stewart's colors when i'm viewing them on a monitor but have no real issues with them in print.
so much good stuff in this book though!
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
It took me a breath to get into them, like it usually does. It's always jarring to see black and white art colorized. But it ALWAYS looks great in print, and ever since I got a Mac it looks beautiful in digital as well. All color looks like diarrhea on PCs.
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:iconikewhitehead:
IkeWhitehead Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
that might explain why i have to put the diarrhea filter on everything when i'm coloring on a mac
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional
The PC's had you fooled.

With diarrhea.
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:iconikewhitehead:
IkeWhitehead Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
isn't that always the way
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frankyDAvulture Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WHEN WILL THIS ARC BE RELEASED IN GN FORM....I GOTTA HAVE IT
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
I'm not sure, but if you stay tuned on the Dark Horse site I'm sure it'll show up in the coming months.
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