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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.
JawaEater Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Such energy!!!!! I bought the Trade this is in. Its great!
JHarren Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional
thanks, dude! Glad you dig it!
pablomedart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
your story telling is so dynamic, can't wait to see more...
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?
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.
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! >:(
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...
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.
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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