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John Byrne
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 7:52am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

18" x 24" illustration of Iron Fist vs. The Golden Tigers gang members with backgrounds; the details are:

- please draw Iron Fist in a pose similar to that in the following commission:

http://www.artofjohnbyrne.com/gallery/commissions/commission s-large/commissions-large2009/2009-01-21_153031_BattleA.jpg. php

- background, your choice of subway or NYC streets/alley (night time setting)

Strange flashback working on this one. It seemed, back in the day, that NO one "got" that I intended the Tiger masks to be flat, just printed on the cloth and not sculpted or embossed. I even had people telling me how "badly" I had drawn them because they didn't look how Dave Cockrum had protrayed them on the cover! People there assuming, of course, that the covers come first!

(My email is malfunctioning at the moment -- I can receive but not send -- so it may be a while before I can send the large scan to Dan.)

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David Bensette
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 8:02am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Sweet!
LOVE that background!
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Conrad Teves
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Gorgeous!!
Love how you handled the texture moving from light to shadow.
Can't wait for the big one!
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Greg Woronchak
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 8:09am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

So amazing.... I love the sense of movement. It feels like the artwork wants to burst into motion!
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Geoff Lander
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Love this.  Wow.
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 8:16am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Jaw-dropping.
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Tim O'Neill
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 8:22am | IP Logged | 7 post reply



Excellent!!  The subway setting is just perfect.


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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 8:31am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Wow. Extensive background on this one. I like this image for the story telling and textures galore.
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Marc Cheek
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Thumbs up!
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Trevor Smith
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I thought Iron Fist was pretty cool, right from my first exposure to him,
but I've come to be a real fan simply through his commission
appearances!
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Peter Martin
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Seriously, this may be the finest background you've ever done. Did you use photo reference or did that come out of your head?? 

Either way, it's jaw-droppingly good. The way the track veers round and disappears off into the distance almost makes me feel woozy and the grubby textures make it all look so real!
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Matt Hawes
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Pure Awesomeness!!! The subway looks spectacular! 
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John Byrne
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Did you use photo reference or did that come out of your head??

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Both, mostly the latter.

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Anthony J Lombardi
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 9:30am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Fantastic
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Victor Manuel Fernandez Patiño
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 9:32am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

The first work I ever saw of you was Iron Fist! Love this commission!

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Doug Centers
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Great Layout !!
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Sean Watson
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 10:04am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Incredible!!!!

Love the detail in this! JB draws the best backgrounds. Really pulls you in.

Congrats to the commissioner.
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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 10:22am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

The background is so wonderfully dirty and grimy and perfect, I want to scrub my hands clean after scrolling past it on my phone.   Exceptional work, JB. 
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Bryan White
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

A few things.

Great commission,   there will be a very happy owner.

Is there a vertigo type feeling for tunnels?  I  am definitely getting that here.

JB:  Do you have a special fondness for Iron Fist?   I always get the feeling of such joy in the IF commissions.

(Yeah I know it sounds weird)
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John Byrne
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Do you have a special fondness for Iron Fist?   I always get the feeling of such joy in the IF commissions.

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I hope there is "joy" in all my commissions! But, yes, there is a special place in my heart for the K'un L'um Kid. It's something that has mostly grown of nostalgia since I left the book. At that time, I thought I was pretty my done with Danny Rand -- that I had "said" all there was for me to say.

That changed when I was allowed to use part of my tenure on NAMOR to undo the (expletive deleted) that had been heaped upon the character since I'd left.

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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 12:09pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Beautiful work, JB. That background is too good for words. Iron Fist and those
poor, misguided fellows being thrashed by the son of K'un-Lun look great, too.

I wish this guy were appearing in the current POWER MAN AND IRON FIST
book!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 12:18pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Did you use photo reference or did that come out of your head??

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Both, mostly the latter.

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Thanks for the answer. Well done -- you seem to have a really good knack of using just enough of the photo reference to inform your art with a sense of verisimilitude without disturbing your overall style at all, so that it's synthesized into a seamless whole with the bits you 'make up'. I have a problem when I draw that my 'made-up' stuff looks clunky compared to the bits where I've used photo reference (or sometimes the other way round). 

One of the many reasons I'm a dilettante and you're a pro.  



Edited by Peter Martin on 28 March 2016 at 12:20pm
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 1:31pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Not a lot of black left in your pens after this one! Stunning piece... I like that the setting is not taking a back seat to the action, some wonderful and varied textures going on in this piece and your mastery of perspective really takes center stage WOW! Of course, the character work and action is killer too!

Thanks for providing more inspiration!


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Greg Woronchak
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Posted: 28 March 2016 at 2:29pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

The clothing folds are superb.... can't stop admiring it! 
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Rich Marzullo
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Awesome! The curvature of the tunnel is really well done!
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