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Silmarillion 015 by KateKaz Silmarillion 015 by KateKaz
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India ink on Bristol board, winter 2011



Silmarillion and characters (c) Tolkien
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Radu-B Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore your Melkor. He is speaking with someone... Is that Mairon?
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blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Do you pencil first?
Gahhh I need to learn how to do backgrounds like these. I love them.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I did fairly loose pencils first at a smaller size, then blew them up and reprinted them in order to ink. And when I say loose, I mean that the details and textures you see in the pages were almost nonexistent. After focusing on inking for like six years and then inking a graphic novel, I'm fairly confident with my own inking techniques and can leave a lot of the penciling pretty open--knowing that when I get there with a brush, I will be adding a lot.

Background proficiency is another thing that comes with a lot of practice and I still use a lot of photos for reference :)
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blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Mmm. I usually ink right over my pencilling. Which usually leads to some pretty bad fading when I erase. How do you get the contrast so perfect?
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it might help that I don't ink over original pencils. I draw the pencils at a smaller scale and then change them to in the computer blue lines and then print them. So I'm essentially inking on blank paper with the lines printed on there just barely. When the inks are done and scanned, I take them back into Photoshop and tweak with the levels--a lot. Essentially, it's a lot of playing around with different adjustments until I think it looks just right. I am the Goldilocks of Photoshop.
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blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Lol. Sounds awesome, but I don't have that kind of resources. I think I just need to learn to draw lighter with my pencils. Sometimes my penciling looks like inked stuff because of how dark I make it.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You could just try switching to blue pencils. I use the Prismacolor Col-Erase brand blue. They erase well and are light enough to ink over the original pencils pretty easy. I don't have a lot of resources either, but it does help to have a large format scanner and really crappy paper to do pencils on so that I can save the nice paper for inks :)
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Faergas Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Yay, I love your Melkor! <3 :dance:
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! I'm glad you do :D
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Gorgonzola Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome dry brush technique on these...that was something I always had trouble with - I could never get it to look right with anything I did.
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