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February 25, 2012


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Just a quickie today because I saw something that made me smile!

I love it when artists post the lineart and then the finished piece.  In the case of this drawing, the lines are charming and well-executed, but don't particularly give the impression of a finished piece.  They are clearly one part of a considered process.

Overstreet Catwoman Lineart by AdamHughes  Overstreet Catwoman by AdamHughes

A lot of the time, lines are used as a description of exclusively form and the things that can be conveyed that way, composition, expression, etc.  Then, when we color, we begin to consider things like mood and lighting.  I've been thinking a lot about how to describe light with line while working on the recent ink drawings, and so I had a particular "squee" moment when I noticed this lovely spot of consideration in Hughes' drawing-

Look at the color version at the shadow behind Selina- the shape of it, and compare it to the line version.  Despite there being very little detail in the wall behind her, he took care to put a greater line weight and detail in between the rocks where they would be in shadow.  Also the tread of her boot makes me happy in the same way- he knew it would be snow crusted and so didn't waste brushstrokes describing the unnecessary silhouette of the boot.

So cool.  Yeah, planning!
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
When I ink my own work, I ink everything in a lighter line weight, and then lay down thicker primary contours as I need them later. It's a layering process. I've noticed better results when i DONT do that: ink the secondary and tertiary contours distinctly, then ink the primary contour with the larger lineweight alone. But it's something I'm comfortable doing the former way...
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
great eye for the details there...
elmenora Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhh, that is some masterful inking! Thank you for finding and sharing :)
ninkira Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow great observation. Thanks for reawakening my love for Adam Hughes' art XD
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
That is awesome.
Silverlute Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   Digital Artist
For me it's unusual there isn't much of a subtle shading and, yet, his works still look beautiful.
OrangePopFox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
man I love Hughes, He'd got such a great combination of soft lighting and skin tone and stark, bold lines, I love his stuff.
Silvertide Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thanks for sharing!

So many small details to consider. :>

I found it interesting how many of the lines are not perfectly straight, yet still look right to me...
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice find. One thing that I just don't get in his colouring is why does he not use any black at all on her face? It looks so washed out against the awesome black suit. I guess no black should be realistic, but to me the effect is that it flattens her face, oddly.

I'm sure it makes sense somehow, I just don't see it.
Marmotic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I can see what you are describing as the flatness of the face and i guess that the artist may have deliberately kept from adding black/or darker tones from the face simply to keep it, and the overall image as information, more intelligible?

Strangely, the flattening effect that you mention reminds me somehow of Gustav Klimt's work (i'm thinking particularly of 'Judith')where you also might find these strange relationships between overall pattern/background and portrait.
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