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Paul Wills
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Posted: 16 December 2023 at 8:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Thank you Ben!
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This was one of the pages I first posted at the start of this thread. 
Newly inked. (Do you know how long it took to ink all of those rocks?! )
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NIce work Paul.
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Thanks Steven!
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I love how expressive JB makes Sprite. Makes it fun to work on. Also that first panel feels so claustrophobic! 
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Elsewhen page 14. 
Trying to experiment with different tools - quill, tech pens, brushes, markers.... 
My mission is to retain the pencil art as close to the original as I can - surprisingly not so easy. The second panel I think I'm pleased with the most.



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The more you do, Paul, the more I detect a "Paul Willis Style". This is a good thing for you --consequently, these pages now read to me as distinctly Byrne/Willis.
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Thanks, Mark! I can't see my style yet but that's because I'm too involved. That brings up a good question - I wonder when comic artist do see their style emerging
(Byrne/Wills - I could get used to that! (:  )
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I see mine instantly when "attempting" to ink another artist.  My shorthand for things like bushes, shadows... stuff like that.  Here is a couple examples of me inking Byrne... I found myself making subtle changes and it affects the final look drastically... even when you don't think it will.
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Super-nice work Shane! Clean, smooth lines.
I'm trying to get mine smooth as well. It looks fine on board but when I scan and then reduce it, it gets all grainy!
I ordered some Koh-i-Noor Rapidograph pens and look forward to trying those out.
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Paul... I work almost exclusively digital these days. If you want to work with Rapidographs (Like Terry Austin) I highly recommend checking out the IDW Byrne Xmen Artist's Edition... at full size, you can really see what Austin is doing with those pens.
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Yup already ordered!
I wasn't sure TA worked exclusively with crow quills or not. I can imagine him working with rapidograph pens because of his super clean lines. Even with the tech pen, I have no idea how he achieved such perfect lines. But In my opinion, JB and TA's work kind of grew apart in later years.
After X-Men, I really enjoyed Mark Farmer, Dan Green, John Beatty's work on JB's pencils. I try to pull some influence from a little bit of each. I know there are a few more that I'm missing. 
Man, I would have loved to have seen Dave Stevens ink JB - wonder what that would have looked like!
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I loved Joe Rubenstein, Karl Kesel, Jerry Ordway and Dan Green over JB personally. I still have a place in my heart for Terry Austin, but I prefer a more organic line over JBs pencils.
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