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Greg Reeves
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Posted: 12 November 2008 at 12:06pm | IP Logged | 1  

JB, have you ever, or still do, an inverting of your art to spot any proportion or perspective issues?  It seems like an amateur technique, but ever since I was told to turn my art upside down, I've been able to more easily spot problems with forms and proportion.  I guess the sharp angle brings out things that aren't easily identified when right side up.  Thanks in advance!
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Posted: 12 November 2008 at 12:11pm | IP Logged | 2  

I flip the page and hold it up to the light.

Paul Kupperberg tells a story: He got in a cover for a book he was editing,
and he really liked it, and was proudly showing it off to the other editors up
at DC. He stuck his head into the office of one of the Old Guard editor,
showed him the cover, and the guy took it, turned it over, and held it up to
the light before he even looked at the front! In other words, before he
took so much as a single glance at the artwork Paul was showing him, this
old guy was looking for what was wrong with it!!
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Philippe Negrin
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Posted: 12 November 2008 at 12:15pm | IP Logged | 3  

If I remember well, JB once gave us an example of this turning back technique with the commission piece of Batgirl on her motorbike...
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Posted: 12 November 2008 at 12:37pm | IP Logged | 4  

Ah, thanks, that would be another way to check for "problems"!  Philippe, IIRC the flipping of Batgirl's bike was to get the side that was illustrated to be correct with the visible engine parts to an actual cycle (seems like unnecessary, but a real testament to accuracy!)
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