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Kirby wreck by JHarren Kirby wreck by JHarren
A Kirby inspired warm-up. I'll do some colors eventually. 

*brush, nib, wash, micron. 
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:iconedmcguinness:
EdMcGuinness Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional
this is beautiful!!!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional
thanks, Ed!
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:iconmonyo:
Monyo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
always doing it better 
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:iconbumhand:
bumhand Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Too good.
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:iconjasontormos:
JasonTormos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Digital Artist
so sick dude!
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Kirby finish, certainly Kirby design, but that strikes me as an Eisner layout. I like it in B&W... if you insist on going to color, try to preserve that negative space!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional
Cool, man. I never got properly schooled in Eisner. I got too swept up in Toth and Kirby, somehow Eisner never penetrated the way the other older dudes did. If/when I color it that negative space will remain a priority :) 
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No kidding? I love The Spirit, but I think it's important to try and see his work in B&W (when he had the option, later in life, he usually chose monotones over full color).

The four-color process does him NO favors, and I consider it bloody tragic that DC has chosen to reprint his work in an approximation of the way it appeared in print during the late 1940's, rather than printing it in a way that best showcases the work, with either new coloring or no color at all.

Next time you're in a place with back-issue stock, look for Kitchen Sink editions of The Spirit, either the comic-sized editions or the magazine edition (magazine is nice 'cause it's bigger) and see if you find something to like. They're usually pretty affordable, too. He did some amaaaazing work, but it looks so awfully ugly in bright, flat color.
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JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional
I should say that I am more or less familiar with his later work like A Contract With God and all his B&W graphic novels. And there's no doubt that's some sexy inking. He was certainly a master. That Big Artist's Edition of the Spirit caught my eye. (If I had the space and money it might join my MAD artist's edition some day). I'll take your word for it and try to dig up some cheap editions of the Spirit.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I got that Artist's Edition. It's pretty tits, I must say, but like the Wally Wood it's a bitch to shelve.

His later works show more polish, but I liked his old pulp stories more. In his later life he was very much about proving that comics could be used to tell all types of stories, in any genre, with as much drama and intensity as any other storytelling format. So the stuff he's known for later in life tends to be dramatic and serious and very "real", as if he was cutting out a lot of the fantasy elements in order to boil it down to human interactions.

And that stuff is brilliant, it's one of the reasons the industry's highest honor is named for him. But The Spirit was FUN. Pulp detective action with a slight Batman/Dick Tracy flavor, usually self-contained stories or short arcs, brimming with creative layout and storytelling ideas, you can see where he's developing all the techniques he became famous for, but here they've got a raw vitality.

Plus, because he was putting out a new story every week from 1940-1952 (with a bit of a break for the war, but then he also did some new stories in the 50's and 60's), he did a LOT of them. I've been collecting Spirit reprints for over two decades and I still find new ones from time to time (it's hard to get a big run of the Kitchen Sink stuff 'cause it was small press, and as with all collecting it's get harder to find new stuff as the years go on and you fill in the gaps). It's why I'm so irked by the decision to try and reprint his work "as it appeared", because the color is so damned UGLY, and his work is so beautiful.

Look specifically for the Kitchen Sink Press stuff. Magazines if you can get 'em, but otherwise there's something like 80+ issues of the comics-format reprint. In NYC, not sure where to suggest... so few guys hold back issues 'cause space is premium. But ask around.
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mmacklin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Your warm-up is like 200 pushups.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional
ha! Girly pushups, maybe. 
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:iconmetalsnail:
MetalSnail Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff!!!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
thanks!
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:iconmatttriano:
MattTriano Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional
'warmup.' you prick. fantastic.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
always appreciate the weekly insults you hurl my way, Matt :)
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jasonbaroody Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
thanks!
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:iconstephen-green:
Stephen-Green Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
JH=Kirbius
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
ha! Kirbius lite. Pope got there first, I think. 
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Stephen-Green Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I'm not Catholic, so I don't care what Pope did. (wah wah wah wahhhhh)
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional
you tell em', Steve!
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:iconthedigitalgeorge:
thedigitalgeorge Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW.  I would love to see entire book/series of this!
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122EricWest Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Great angle--Dope letters too
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
thanks, dude!
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I swear when I saw it it made me immediately think about Moebius rather than Kirby...
I love the use of the white (acrylic?) and the gray brush strokes.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
Yea, it's definitely on the Moebius side. I loves me some Moebius. The white is just a pro white correction fluid. I think it might be a watercolor base...?
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rodavlasalvador Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous.
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
thank you!
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:iconballoonprincess:
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:Awesome work!:heart::heart::heart:
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
thanks!
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:iconballoonprincess:
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:My pleasure!:heart::heart::heart:
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:iconartofant:
ARTofANT Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Super cool. I'm looking forward to the colors!
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TreyPatterson Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
like Kirby slash Meobius
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional
that's what I was goin' for :)
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:iconrodcom1000:
RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice work, James :thumbsup:
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
thanks, Rod!! Sorry I missed you at NYCC! I missed a LOT of people!
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:iconrodcom1000:
RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, maybe next time.
I did look for you though, 
artist alley was a real zoo!
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional
yea, I only made it to Artist's alley at the last hour of the last day. Whole thing was a zoo! You gotta make it down to Heroes, Rod! That's waaaay more my speed. 
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RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
North Carolina, really? Never even considered it, I'll think about it.
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BroHawk Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Sigh.........
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:iconjharren:
JHarren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
Wanna do a trade? Your version of a Kirby henchman pilot for this one? 
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:iconbrohawk:
BroHawk Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
MAAAAAAN!
I want all of your art!!!!
Not just this one.
MUTHA FFF........
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