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Shdow Noir - WIP3 - Color test by Lonely-Invisible Shdow Noir - WIP3 - Color test by Lonely-Invisible
Recently decided to pick up this unfinished piece and give it another go. As per ~Aurora-Storm's recommendation, I attempted to define his sleeve a little more since it seemed to meld with the body and all the black there, as well as adding a defined edge to the desk.

This time, I decided to digitally enhance some of the contrast too, since markers seem so transparent on paper, and the whites weren't really white.

Also, any technical things are encouraged since the original image is still in pencil. This was colored on a scan of the image.

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A little excerpt from the part of the page that inspired me:

"Then, from the stack of bills, the Shadow's hand removed the falcon feather. The black plume dropped from the long white fingers. It fell directly upon the name of Velvet Laffrey."
~Volume #5: The Black Falcon, p.17

The Shadow (c) Maxwell Grant/Walter B. Gibson and Nostalgia Ventures
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009   General Artist
It's really hard to work out where to let black fall into black and where to put the white highlights to give some hints of form. I've struggled with that in this style of drawing too. I think you pulled it off beautifully!
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Lonely-Invisible Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This was my first experiment with this technique,but I had a book to help me with ideas and such, and I got some great comments on how to improve this from the previous version.

Thank you very much for the kind compliments! I'm glad you like this!
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009   General Artist
It's amazing for a first try! I've done stuff in that style plenty, and I still struggle with it. My brain doesn't do negative space without serious effort.
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Lonely-Invisible Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hard to wrap your head around not coloring in something that usually is colored and vice-versa. I've tried a couple other times to duplicate this method, but so far, it looks like this was a fluke of luck as the other pieces haven't come out anything near what I pulled off here. ^^;
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009   General Artist
Yeah, and it's tricky to know when to just let black flow into black. The art I did recently, some of it was in the style of Ted Naifeh, who does the Courtney Crumrin comics. You should look him up online, he's very good at that style of hard-edged black and white.
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Lonely-Invisible Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ironically, I've never been much of a comic reader, but after seeing your art, I will certainly do a search and take a look at Naifeh's work. Thanks for the tip!
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009   General Artist
Courtney Crumrin is a good comic, my girlfriend got me into it. I like his artistic style though, the subject matter isn't remotely film noir, but the technique works well for that.
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Lonely-Invisible Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree the technique fits the subject quite well. I haven't had a chance yet to look into Courtney Crumrin, but I'll take a look into it once I get the chance to.
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TwilightCage Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
This is still really quite nice. The use of contrast on here really sets it. I like it a lot. c:
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Lonely-Invisible Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

And thank you for the fav too!
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