Sunday, March 17, 2019

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019 - Part 4

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


Hey, it's another March M.O.D.O.K. Madness submission!  This time, done in a more Cubist vein (eat your heart out, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso... oh, wait, that pun was completely unintentional--shame on me for missing it the first time through).

I was half-tempted to make it even more abstract and just the barest suggestion about it being M.O.D.O.K., with more geometrical breaks in the picture plane  Maybe next time...

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STEP ONE Here is the quick breakdown of the Cubist concept on a 1,200px x 1,600px at 300ppi canvas

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STEP TWO: And... done!  Well, pretty much all that was left to do was extend the planes a little bit, accentuate the edges here and there, and push a few shadows to give the illusion of depth (well, as much depth as you can get with a Cubist-style drawing).  I dropped the resolution down to 200dpi, and the image to 1,000px x 1,333px--suitable for posting.

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Done digitally in Painter 2019.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019 - Part 3

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


Well, another March M.O.D.O.K. Madness submission!  This one was sort of meant to resemble a block print/screen print, or perhaps a spray paint template for graffiti-style posters.

This one is a bit of a letdown from a direct ripoff of Charles Schulz like the last post, but what'cha gonna do?  :-D

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STEP ONE I didn't bother to do any pencils, just went straight into drawing in Clip Studio Paint EX using one of the ink brushes.  I used the Symmetry Ruler, so all ink lines were mirrored on both sides.

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STEP TWO:  I exported the image to PhotoShop and resized the drawing.  At first, I was intending to just do it as the strong black-and-white image, but thought I'd colorize it with a flat orange/brown color scheme with a Lighten Layer. 

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint -- with an assist from Photoshop.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019 - Part 2

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


Hey, it's time for another submission to the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog!  In this case, I had the idea of using the very first Peanuts comic strip (formerly "Li’l Folks") with M.O.D.O.K., Arnim Zola, and Doughboy replacing Charlie Brown, Shermy and Patty.  It was completely unbidden, and not one of the projects for March M.O.D.O.K. Madness I had planned; but, once in my head, it would not go away until I got it done.  So, here it is!

Here's the first "Peanuts" cartoon, so you can compare and contrast...

I did have do some thinking as to who was going to replace whom in my version.  Was it going to be Arnim Zola skipping merrily down the street, and M.O.D.O.K. complaining about how much he hates Zola, with an A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) sitting beside him?  But, since it was March M.O.D.O.K. Madness and NOT August Arnim Agitation, I figured it would be M.O.D.O.K. for Charlie Brown.  But, who should sit beside Arnim Zola?  Not a member of A.I.M, or even Hydra...  That's when I remembered Doughboy from the issue of Captain America I had--Zola's own creation as the Bio-Fanatic.  He would fit perfecting in Patty's place.


So, with the characters chosen, it was just a matter of plugging them in and using Charles Schulz's style.  Done and DONE!

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STEP ONE:  Here are the quickly scribbled digital pencils, done in Clip Studio Paint EX on a pencil layer which I color blue, being a creature of the olden days when Non-Photo Blue was a thing used to setup for printing.  Even though it is easy to hide any color chosen, I still like the look of blue line artwork.  The aesthetic appeals to me.

And, yeah, I wanted to include the obvious joke of turning "Friends" into "Fiends" by crossing out the "r" in "Friends".  Let it never be said I'm nothing if not obvious!

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STEP TWO:  Here are the digital inks, also done in Clip Studio Paint EX.

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STEP THREE:  I colored the four-panels in Clip Studio Paint, then imported it into Photoshop so I could add a Filter for Color Halftone (set to 35% opacity); I also dropped the opacity of the original drawing to 70%, as well.  There was also a vintage paper texture I added over top, set on a Multiply Layer and lowered the opacity to 75%.

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SIDE NOTE:  I really like the vintage-paper look, which gives it a newsprint feel.  I **ALMOST** used this as the finished pic, but I had already gone through and colored everything, adding the vintage paper texture last.  So, here are both examples to look at and compare, just for fun.

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint -- with an assist from Photoshop.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019 - Part 1

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


Oh, hi, I didn't see you there!  It's March already, so that can only mean one thing: It's time again for submissions about everyone's favorite Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing: March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2019 has begun!

In this case, it's M.O.D.O.K. showing the same dismay I am that it's March already.  Yikes!  Where does the time go?  It must have been all that snow I have been shoveling the past few weeks here in the Midwest, but I was caught up a little short for the first day of March.

Anyways, with that in mind, here's my first submission to the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog, with plenty more to follow!  It was done up so quickly that I didn't even bother with pencils and other niceties.

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Done digitally with Clip Studio Paint EX.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Unwanted Valentines: Jason Voorhees

Unwanted Valentines:
Jason Voorhees


This time, it's a Valentine from Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" franchise.  Most of the "Friday the 13th" movies are in the "let's get naked and split up" vein of the killing teenagers genre.  They were OK when I watched them growing up, although I am probably one of the few that thinks "Jason X" (ie. "Jason in Space") is probably the best of the bunch.  Not that it is saying much, of course, but I am always a sucker for self-reference and meta-humor.

I debated doing the "We're a Machete Made in Heaven" as "We're a MATCH-ete Made in Heaven", but thought the misspelling would be more confusing.  Saying puns is one thing; spelling pun is something else entirely.  Oh, well.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils, done on a 1,500px x 2,100px at 300dpi.  I used a blue-line layer in Clip Studio Paint to quickly scribble the image.

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STEP TWO The digital inks were also done in Clip Studio Paint over top the digital pencils.

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STEP THREE:  The coloring was done in Clip Studio Paint on a Normal Layer below the inked layer.  As much as I like using Clip Studio Paint for everything, it turns out (unsurprisingly) the .jpg engine works much, much better in Photoshop.  So, I imported the project into Photoshop, the canvas was re-sized to 200dpi (which dropped the size down to 1,000px x 1,400px) and saved each layer as a separate .jpg. 

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint with an assist from Photoshop.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Unwanted Valentines: The Joker from "The Dark Knight" (2008)

Unwanted Valentines: 
The Joker from "The Dark Knight" (2008)


This time around, it is an Unwanted Valentine from "The Dark Knight" (2008).

I will admit I really wasn't sure what to think of the first production stills that were released showing Heath Ledger's version of the Joker.  I was a little apprehensive at first, but when I saw it in the theaters, it was a great performance.  (And, no, I don't buy all the nonsense about how Heath Ledger got in too deep with the darkness of the character and that's why he died.  Nah, that sounds like bubblegum, pop-psych B.S.)

Anyway, his version of the Joker really blew the other versions out of the water.  I thought the high-watermark was Jack Nicholson's version, but he seemed goofy and cartoonish next to Ledger's version.  Normally, I find dark, angsty comics/movies rather boring (I got my fill of those in the 90's, after all).  But, in this case, it really worked, firing on all cylinders--A scary, nihilistic terrorist who has absolutely nothing to lose and wants to watch the world burn.

"Let's put a smile on that face!"  Yikes!

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils, done on a 1,500px x 2,100px at 300dpi.  I used a blue-line layer in Clip Studio Paint to quickly scribble the image.

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STEP TWO:  The digital inks were also done in Clip Studio Paint over top the digital pencils.

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STEP THREE:  I finally got around to figuring out how to do the same lettering effects in Clip Studio Paint as I do in Photoshop, with the wide stroke/outline around the red letters.  I also used various brushes to color the image.  Then the canvas was re-sized to 200dpi (which dropped the size down to 1,000px x 1,400px) and saved each layer as a separate .jpg. 

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Unwanted Valentines: Kuato from "Total Recall" (1990)

Unwanted Valentines:
Kuato / "Total Recall" (1990)


It's time again for Unwanted Valentines!  Y'know, those super-nerdy Valentines you would give to your loved ones, if you wanted them to give you a semi-quizzical look and mutter "What the %$#@ is this $#!&?".

This time around, it's the mutant, parasitic twin, Kuato, from the, um, "classic" featuring Ah-nold, "Total Recall" (1990).  Actually, I do have a soft spot for "Total Recall", as well as "Robocop" from Paul Verhoeven.  ("Starship Trooper" is also mildly amusing.)  Kuato asks Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to start the Turbinium Reactor to bring the atmosphere back to Mars.

Also, lemme tell ya, Kuato is ripped!  Lookit those abs--you could shred cheese on 'em!  I guess, when you're a mutant, parasitic twin, all you can do is hang around all day and do crunches...

Oh, and **SPOILERS** for a nearly 30-year-old movie: I always thought the movie was a dream, starting when Ah-nold went under at Rekall, Inc.  Mostly 'cuz one of the techs before he goes under says something to the effect of "Huh, blue skies on Mars... that's different," caught my attention; at the end of the movie, blue skies on Mars.  Tada!  It's all a dream!

**SPOILER (Part II)** For those curious out there, "Total Recall" (both versions of the movie) in almost no way resembles the Philip K. Dick short story the movie was based on, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale".  Shocking, I know!  :-P

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils, done on a 1,500px x 2,100px at 300dpi.  I used a blue-line layer in Clip Studio Paint to quickly scribble the image.

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STEP TWO The digital inks were also done in Clip Studio Paint.  The ink brush engine in Clip Studio Paint works fantastic, IMHO.  Very close to a true ink-brush look... or what passes for an ink-brush look in my hands, anyways.

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STEP THREE:  The coloring was also done in Clip Studio Paint, and then it was imported into Photoshop for the lettering across the top, then re-sized the canvas to 200dpi (which dropped the size down to 1,000px x 1,400px) and saved each layer as a separate .jpg. 

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Shameless Self-Promotion: David Bowie/Pan's Labyrinth Mash-Up

This is another one of those posts that don't exactly fit the category, but is a sort of self-promotion, nonetheless.  But, also sort of humbling, too.  One may go so far as to coin a term as to being both humble and bragging at the same time--a "humble-brag", if you will.  What's that, it's already a term?  And it's a term that's been around for over 15 years, coined by the late comedic writer and actor, Harris Wittels?  Huh, who'da thunkit?  One may also say I'm humblebragging that I knew the origins of the neologism (all that listening to "Comedy Bang Bang" finally paid off).  Anyhoo...  Why am I wasting time with all this nonsense when there is posting to be done?  Onward!


Here is a redux of the Mash-Up by Stephanie B. (name withheld to protect the guilty!)  :-P

Stephanie B. is a great fan of the movie "Labyrinth", and somehow found my mash-up of David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King in "Labyrinth" with the Pale Man from "Pan's Labyrinth".  Much to my delight, she was inspired enough by it to do a "diamond painting", giving it her own, unique spin--and she was kind enough to send me a picture of the finished project.  I really like the way it looks like a 16-bit conversion, giving it a real nostalgic, retro video-game feel!  It almost makes me almost think there must be an alternate universe in which Nintendo NES did a game for "David Bowie in 'Pan's Labyrinth'"...

While Stephanie said is wasn't necessary to include any links (she already shared the picture with her friends and family), I do want to thank her for sending me a picture of her hard work.  She did a really amazing job on it!  Thanks, Stephanie!


And here is the original digital painting I did in Photoshop...

I admit, it's pretty cool to see a reinterpretation of one's work.  Familiar, yet so different.

Well, enough patting myself on the back over the work that someone else did...  Back to my regularly scheduled, ultra-nerdy posts when it is time for "Unwanted Valentines" to make their triumphant (?) return for 2019!  Be there AND be square!

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Friday, January 4, 2019

This! Is! 2019! - Happy New Year - 2019!

Happy New Year!


It's another year already?  What the heck happened to the previous one?  Gone too soon, gone too soon...  Anyhoo, Happy New Year!

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has stopped by to briefly glance at my modest site--It is all greatly appreciated, more than you know!

I have plenty of resolutions in the fire, and lots of irons to break.  Oh, wait, reverse that: I have plenty of resolutions in irons and and fires to break!  Um, that isn't right, either.  D'oh!  

Happy New Year to all and I wish you all the best!

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STEP ONE:  Here are the quickly scribbled digital pencils, done in Clip Studio Paint, on a 1,500px by 2,100px at 300dpi canvas.

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STEP TWO:  I got a couple gift cards for the holidays, which I used to get a new art program to play with, Rebelle 3.  It is interesting, and much closer to using actual watercolor digitally, as well as acrylic painting.  The program is a little limited, but has a few tricks it does really well.  I prefer inking in Clip Studio Paint, chalk/charcoal in Painter 2018, watercolor/acrylic in Rebelle 3, and re-sizing in Photoshop.  Sigh, that's too many programs!  :-S

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Done with Clip Studio Paint and Rebelle 3

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Sithmas - Asajj Ventress

Asajj Ventress


It's another Sithmas card, Asajj Ventress, from the "Star Wars: Clone Wars" animated series, as well as appearances in various comic books.  It's another case of a character catching my eye because of the look of the character.  Apparently, she is in Star Wars canon, being an apprentice of Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus) and a member of the Nightsisters (a group of Sith Witches), and it would be cool to see her turn up in a movie.

Below is the work in progress, which is the same as the previous one for Darth Nihilus.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital inks, done in ClipStudio Paint (formerly MangaStudio).  It is a 1,000px x 1,400px document, with 200dpi.  The pencils eventually just became the inks in this drawing, and I mostly used the Symmetry Brush to mirror the drawing on both sides.

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STEP TWO:  I colored the drawing in ClipStudio Paint, and using Photoshop to create the two frame animated .gif.

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Done with Clip Studio Paint and animated with Photoshop (yeah, I know I should learn to use the Animation feature within Clip Studio Paint, and I will... eventually. :-)

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Merry Sithmas - Darth Nihilus

Merry Sithmas


It's time again for a Sithmas Card!  However, since I've pretty much used all the ones from the movies, I've moved on to Sith from Video Games/Comic/Expanded Universe.

In this case, it's Darth Nihilus, Lord of Hunger, from "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords", as well we several appearances in comic books.  Taking place about 4,000 years before the "Star Wars" movies, he was a human who survived an encounter with a Mass Shadow Generator super-weapon and became a "wound in the Force", hungering for and consuming Force energy to survive.  A cross between a Force Vampire and Galactus, as he eventually became powerful enough to absorb the Force energies of worlds.

And, I always liked the design of Darth Nihilus.  Vaguely skull-like in his mask, he was one of the spookiest-looking Sith.  I'm not sure where he fits within canon nowadays, but I've since decided that such things don't really matter: cool is cool.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital inks, done in ClipStudio Paint (formerly MangaStudio).  It is a 1,000px x 1,400px document, with 200dpi.  The pencils eventually just became the inks in this drawing, and I mostly used the Symmetry Brush to mirror the drawing on both sides.

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STEP TWO:  I colored the drawing in ClipStudio Paint, and using Photoshop to create the four frame animated .gif.

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Done with Clip Studio Paint and animated with Photoshop (yeah, I know I should learn to use the Animation feature within Clip Studio Paint, and I will... eventually. :-)

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Stan Lee Remembered (Part II)

Stan Lee Remembered (Part II)


SPOILERS for "Avengers: Infinity War".  And the "Mr. Stank" is a reference to the Stan Lee's appearance in "Captain America: Civil War", where he has a delivery for "Mr. Stank", rather than "Mr. Stark".  So, the seeming typo is intentional.

I'll be honest: I'm really not sure what I think about this cartoon.  I am conflicted.

On the one hand, it really seems disrespectful to someone for whom I have a deep appreciation.  I still smile every time he shows up in a movie cameo (with the best ones being in "Deadpool" and the trailer for "Deadpool 2"--with the classic line "Zip it, Stan Lee!"--and "Guardians of the Galaxy").

On the other hand, it was one of the first things that popped into my head after I heard Stan Lee died.  It was completely unbidden, like Ray's vision of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man as the manifestation of Gozer the Gozerian, in "Ghostbusters" (1984)--with probably the same rampant destruction to my career.  But, then I remembered I really don't have a career, so here it is!

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stan Lee Remembered

Stan Lee Remembered


Stan Lee was one of the main pillars of comic books, alongside Jack Kirby, and helped to create almost all the major characters that built Marvel Comics: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Hulk, The Avengers, Iron Man, Black Panther, X-Men, Thor, Daredevil, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, and more than I could easily list.

His writing was a bombastic, less than subtle, and corny as H-E-Double Hockey sticks.  However, it also worked in a weird way.  There was an alchemy when he worked with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, and other giants of the industry.  A synthesis that was missing when they went on to do other works, or their own projects.

He did have a problematic side when it came to claiming the lion's share of credit for creation of characters (after all, every Marvel Comic started with "Stan Lee Presents...").  And, while I am a greater fan of Jack Kirby, Stan Lee's importance was nearly as great.  He was avuncular and humorous in interviews, as well as a huckster of sorts, but a huckster for comic books.  He was probably one of the only comic book creators people could recognize--the literal face of comics, if you will.  Without his ceaseless promotion of comic books, I have to wonder what the state of comic books would be today.

He always had dreams of writing the great American novel, but perhaps he accidentally wrote something even more important.  His influence on world culture cannot be under-estimated.  He helped to shape a modern mythology, and in one-thousand years I'm sure people will still be quoting "With great power comes great responsibility", not realizing it was born in the pages of a comic book.

Excelsior, Stan!

'Nuff said.

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STEP ONE:  I used a chalk brush in Painter 2018 to rough out the portrait of Stan Lee.

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STEP TWO Here is the finished digital painting.  I mostly used the chalk/charcoal brushes, and some airbrush and blending brushes.

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STEP THREE:  I thought the painting looked a little "cut-out" and thought I should engage some lost edges.  By smearing out the shirt edges with a palette knife brush, it pushed more focus on the face.  Which, depending on if you think it was a successful painting, may or may not be a good thing.  :-D

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This was done digitally with Painter 2018

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Inktober Halloween Round-Up - 2018

Inktober 2018

Here's the summary of Inktober for 2018.  I surely would have gotten a lot more done if I wasn't so busy digitally colorizing each of the pen-and-ink drawings--which surely defeats the intention of Inktober.  Oh, well.  I'm sure I'll be doing the same thing next year, too.  I've never been much of one to listen or follow directions.  Such an attitude has sure rocketed me to the current mediocrity I enjoy... Well, "mediocrity" is surely an overstatement.









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All were done using a #10 brush and Pro Art Pro-4100 ink on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (with a minor assist with a .5mm black gel pen on a few of the drawings and ruling the borders).

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