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Thomas Woods
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Curves would definitely be in my top 10.

From Storm in the savage land, to She-Hulk and on...
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Hard to nail it down but I know it when I see it.
Sometimes it's a head tilt or body posture. I get the warm and fuzzies whenever I see it.
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I think I would have to go with ACTION in the end.

- Powerful punches, blast
- busting through windows
- swinging on a line
- destroying everything around the combatants



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I'll just say comic books, because I don't think I'd like him to draw a gun or even a line in the sand as much. :^|

Oh wait, spaceships!
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Shiny black rendering. Iíve loved the chiefís technique since back in the Uncanny days, itís one Iíve tried to emulate for years. Thereís some wizardry to getting the hard line versus feathering just right, and JB is the master.


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My list is quite long when it comes to favorites things JB draws, but TEXTURES are certainly in my top 5...


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Mouths.
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I agree with Ms. Jansen. Comic books. Every single element at which he excels are trebled in magnificence when assembled into a story.

He is a master at the whole package - every element of artistry. Others specialize in hands, feet, mouths, buildings, wings, women, trucks, capes, etc. Mr. Byrne puts them into a synergy that is just fantastic.
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Purdy goils. His are believable.
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I would say eyes, they are always expressive and the first thing that drew me to his comics.
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I could list a lot of things, but is there really a favorite????? This is hard. I think I like everything but how to some it all up? 

Body Language.

It can be a person that is sorrowful, happy, gleeful, imposing, monstrous, horrific, majestic, sneaky, in motion, at rest, etc.; one of JBs strongest skills is his ability to capture all the nuances of body language and express a character's emotional and physical state.
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Stances
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I love just about everything about John Byrne's art, but if I have to pick out one thing that I love the most: women, especially Aurora, She-Hulk, and Invisible Woman. 
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Body language.

I like how JB is able to capture characters interacting with each other in one single panel, and how his art plays a large part in communicating not just characterisation, but specific differentiation in character. This runs all the way through to consistently portraying differences in height and attitude. JB does it so well it is simply a level above everyone else.

Think of Kitty awkwardly stumbling into the Danger Room, or Lex Luthor with his arms clasped behind his back staring out of his penthouse over Metropolis, or basically any panel he's ever drawn with Wolverine. 
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It can be a person that is sorrowful, happy, gleeful, imposing, monstrous, horrific, majestic, sneaky, in motion, at rest, etc.; one of JBs strongest skills is his ability to capture all the nuances of body language and express a character's emotional and physical state.

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Here I must give all due credit to the gesture drawing classes at ACA. The model would strike a pose for ten or fifteen seconds, and we had to capture the gesture of the pose, concentrating on form rather than detail.

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I'll say eyes, too. Very emotive and detailed.
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Details. I mentioned this ina thread that showed a panel of Red Sonja attacking. Her leg strap made a slight indentation in her thigh. 

Details like that elevate JBís art above many, many other artists in my opinion.

& then there are the things others mention. But yeah, details first for me
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Facial expressions

While JB is known for making worlds collide, so much of what the characters are doing/thinking/saying are related through subtle (and not so subtle!) facial expressions. It became more pronounced to me when JB posted some original pencils to work that was ultimately inked by someone else.  Looking at the pencils, the inker altered the facial expressions and really robbed the scene of its impact.




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For the sake of latching on to one thing, I too will go with textures.

Some of the pencils scans we were privileged to see on books like Doom Patrol, Blood of the Demon and The New Atom, felt like Next Level Byrne to me.

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I'll go for body language as well. 
It doesn't translate in my final art but, in my mind, practically all characters begin with a JB pose.
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Hands down the best Galactus in the universe.


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 The dart on the board landed on textures.


Others on the board were poses, faces, rubble, tech and machinery, architecture, self inking...
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My favorite things that JB draws are machinery especially high tech gadgets and vehicles. It's very distinct and instantly recognizable like the way Kirby drew tech.

His poses are great too. If you made them silhouettes, you could still discern the action that is going on. They are very readable. A particular set of poses that I think JB does great are flying poses. They are graceful and also have a look of grandeur to them.

I think his art is very detailed but not OVERLY detailed. It's hard to strike that balance.
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Silhouette! Something Stan Lee himself pointed out to me. The action should be recognizable no matter how twisted the figure might be.

This is one of the things that made Havoc such a bear to draw!

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Tough question. I was going to say "She-Hulk," but that's an easy answer. JB's She-Hulk is the definitive version. so...

I've always loved the way JB uses speed lines. Big white arcs cutting through the air. Coupled with the heft that his figures possess, the sense of mass, it just makes for powerful storytelling.
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