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Hawkman Crypt Battle - Inking by JMan-3H Hawkman Crypt Battle - Inking by JMan-3H
This piece shows how I go about inking my work. I'll make a copy of the original pencils using non-photo blueline color selected on the copier, onto 2 or 3-ply bristol depending on what the machine can handle. The ink is a mixture of 2/3 Higgins Black Magic and 1/3 Koh-i-nor rapidograph india ink. The Higgins is real fluid, while the Koh-i-nor has a real sharp sheen and blackness I like. A Hunts #2 crowquill is all that is used. I'll go through 3-5 nibs per inking usually. Joe Weems, BATT, Danny Miki, and Scott Williams are my main inking influences.

The Hawkman costume design is my own, pulling from egyptian/roman/fantasy elements.
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:iconmtgrave1:
MTgrave1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
great work.
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JenWithGrumbacher Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I noticed the note about being made with KIN products, which is awesome because I love this piece. If you'd be interested in sharing other work with us we'd love to see it, we have a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kohinoorusa and we always enjoy artists posting their work!

Higgins also has a page (very cool that you used both by the way!) www.facebook.com/higginsinks
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CZR31 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Superb, very nice inks
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thanks, this was a fun one! Also, Please switch over to my newer DA account for more recent stuff: www.jasonmetcalf.deviantart.com
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kilowack Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
It's so good to see good inking technique. Been a long time, just got myself a set of speedball nibs to do inking again.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Cool, hope the inking is going well ;)

Also, Please switch over to my newer DA account for more recent stuff: www.jasonmetcalf.deviantart.com
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OneshotMiracle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Seriously, wow!! If you did the art for Hawkman, I would definitely be interested. Just wondering, but do u work at DC comics? If not u should definitely submit some of your work. :D
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
I don't work there....not yet anyway :) Also: Please switch over to my newer DA account for more recent stuff: www.jasonmetcalf.deviantart.com
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organicSTEEL Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Zoikes! Not really a Hawkman fan, but this just looks *bleeping* amazing! If DC had a Hawkman series with you on pencils (and inks), I would most certainly be on board.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Sweet! Thanks!
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JeffieB Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Who are those 2 characters in the background?
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Ah, well, they're just some random characters - an Egyptian sorcerer and a damsel in distress, possibly a slave?

The sorc is controlling the undead sodiers who are attempting to lay a beat-down on ol' featherhead, but when mace and bone collide...
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JeffieB Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
hahaha..nice!!! :)

You'll be seeing this one next :)
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Mykemanila Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
HOLY S#!+! You Rock!
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Only in C-Minor ;)
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Mykemanila Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
:P
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Picturecar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
WOW!

Jimmy T
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Great piece man, your inking is looking very slick. That costume design for Hawkman is a real winner it looks badass.
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slickaway Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
I work with almost the same mix of inks and also (normally) use only a #2 nib. Very nice work - out of idle curiosity, are you working professionally at this time?
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Hi Larry,

Yeah, I'm just getting my feet wet pencilling professionally. I wrapped up Wrath of the Titans #4 for Bluewater in January, now I'm working on Eternal Descent, pencils and inks. I've done some ink assists with Joe Weems at Top Cow over some Finch and Benitez stuff - Joe really taught me the last 10% I've learned about inking.

Your pages are looking nice, crisp by the way!

Jason
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slickaway Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Weems is very good at what he does - personally, Scott Williams and Tim Townsend are my inking gods (especially since it was Tim who got me my job at Marvel - short as it was). Im not sure what pages you refer to (the latest ones are all pen inked - and I hate the way they look). Quill is my choice (#2), but the paper that those pages were drawn on would not support a nib-inked style.

"Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you."

As far as M.P. goes...I'm a 'Meaning of Life' man myself:

Chaplain: Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and...
Congregation: And barefaced flattery.
Chaplain: But You are so strong and, well, just so super.
Congregation: Fantastic.
Humphrey: Amen.
Congregation: Amen.
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PradoInkworks Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Great inkwork on this Bro... it's always cool seeing other peoples pages in the process of being finished... I wish I had scanned in a few mid-way to show people as well... Thanks for posting this!!! Dan Prado
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
My pleasure - I enjoy seeing other 'works in progress' myself - it's a great learning tool. Thanks for looking,

Jason
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ArtistNeedham Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
Thanks for the behind the scenes look, I really love seeing the process. Soon I will be starting learning how to ink so this will help me.
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SoldierXI Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
Do you ink yourself, by hand, cause if so, impressive.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
Yes I do - it's done with a Hunts #2 crowquill and india ink. Glad you like it.
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SoldierXI Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
Yea, I figured you used India ink, when I used to ink by hand, intead of sharpie and pen I used the same ink.
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ARTGK Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2006
Great Job! Must be long to finish this. Quill is tough thats why I never use it! You should work in Top Cow!
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shameous Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
VERY cool, I would buy every CONAN comic you would ever produce. Your style reminds me of that classic black and white Conan magazine I grew up on. Not many people can pull off black and white, you do it very well.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Wow! That's a great compliment. I've studied quite a bit of the Barry Smith stuff, and pretty much have the entire run of Conan from #1 to about 150. Have a few vintage '72 prints of Barry's as well. It's definitely an influence-absolutely gorgeous stuff. I'm loving Cary Nord's take on him now too. My focus of improvement right now is streamlining my storytelling a little bit, simplifying it. With such a complicated line palette, I've been advised to do that. I love comics. So much to think about and improve on!
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shameous Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Keep it up! I can definately see the influence, but you are different enough to call it your style. I look forward to seeing some sequentials. Do you do it for a living?
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Not a living - part time. I'm trying to replace my current income, hopefully it's not too far off. I'll post some sequential work soon too. I'm working on an online project for Dabel Brothers called Legacy Rebellion. We hope to start posting in June.
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shameous Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Cool, I'm lookin' myself. I've been turned down by every major comic co. out there(x10) But I still kick around.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Keep kickin' is all I can say to that. Persistence is a huge part of it. And stay humble - absorb every critique, take your ego out of it, and thank those who take the time to tell you how to get better, even if it sounds like a slam at first. In the end, it's a job. Hopefully you love it!!!
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shameous Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006
Opinions are like butt holes, everybody has one! editors who cretique are like web designers living in the rain forest. They are useless!
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mechangel2002 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
That must take you forever! I'm finding it very hard to ink with nibs.... they catch a lot and bleed and somehow the ruler or curve ends up on wet spots.... how do y ou keep from getting frustrated lol.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Yeah, they can be a challenge. I have to keep my eye on the integrity of the nib - I don't know how many times one busted on me and all of a sudden there's a nice black splatter mark in the middle of a sky-scape. If I really want to do a good job at this level of detail it usually takes a couple of days. That's not uncommon, if you ever look at the ink credits in a Top Cow book you'll see what I mean - there's usually a handful of inkers on any given book. Other books with less detail don't have so many, of course. I try to ink from upper left hand corner to lower right, after I've established form outlines and major indicators. There's still the occasional catching and bleeding. It's a labor of love though.
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mechangel2002 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool... man I always wondered about that, cause usually I think its just one guy, and wonder how I can ever ink that fast >_<
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Yeah, on the simpler penciling styles there's usually only one inker, but with stuff like Top Cow's there's more. Tell you what though, the best inker out there as far as quality and quantity, as far as how much he can get done consistently, is Scott Williams, in my opinion.
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mechangel2002 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
hmm someone mentioned him too but lately I've been studying Tim Townsend's inks, he's really great in terms of quality but I don't know what his turnaround time is.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
Townsend's good - reminds me of Terry Austin in some ways. Man I haven't looked at either of those guys stuff in a while. I like their juicy-ness in line. Williams rocks in fades, black to grey to white. Weems is just soooo sharp - he tries to cut you with almost every line.
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mechangel2002 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I used to want to be like Weem's.... or Batt..... but I'm too heavyhanded.... my nib inking is horrible :( I swear all the inks put down by those guys are like... sex for lack of a better word. LOL I take my inking too seriously.
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JMan-3H Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
no doubt - love their work - I actually worked with Joe a little a few years back, then life happened, and now I'm back, but man, that guy can ink the hell out of pages! He even had some Liefeld that looked good after he was done with it! His favorite piece though, remember the Spawn/Medieval Witchblade miniseries - the double page pinup of Spawn on the rearing horse, Silvestri pencils - Joe's got that framed on his wall - awesome piece.
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