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Syaf Bat Group Under Fire - inks COMPLETE by JeffGraham-Art Syaf Bat Group Under Fire - inks COMPLETE by JeffGraham-Art
Here is the final pic of the fantastic Bat Group Under Fire that I inked up out of absolute necessity!

Amazing pencils: :iconardian-syaf:

Originals pencils:

found at: fav.me/d6ejj3m

Inks: :icongrumpyfatfury:


There was one particular section that I did, that I absolutely detest...but it's done, and now I have to live with...unless I start over??

Comments and critiques are welcome!

Cheers,
J
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boxharris Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
amaziingg
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Very nice bit of inking. :)
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly!! :)
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Teebone007 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
cool
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks !!
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
great job!!!Love 
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :)
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!Love 
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J-Skipper Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I colored this awesome inking here: archaeopteryx14.deviantart.com…
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really outstanding job man!!! I'm speechless!
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J-Skipper Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks :D The tablet helps a lot!
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JBarraxJr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work. :-)
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! And thanks for the fav!! :)
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Davidbatmanfan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My gosh this is amazing.
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly!  :)
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Davidbatmanfan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your very welcome.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   General Artist
To much blending, not enough separation.  The contrasts here are largely arbitrary.  They have not been calculated to separate the figures from the ground.  

The biggest problem is with the Bat, himself.  With all the gray on and behind him, he is virtually camouflaged.  The advancing fist, in particular, disappears inside the bounds of his silhouette.

I would replace the white section of sky skirting the horizon and the tops of the buildings with one that is black.  The idea is to frame the gray figures with black.  That might give the necessary contrast to pop them, since white isn't working.  Do it digitally, so if it doesn't work, nothing lost.  
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You nailed my biggest dilemma for this piece on the proverbial head: what to do with the sky...

I liked the lines, I thought it looked decent and would lend to the colourist more opportunity...what I wanted to do, was black it all out with white contrast lines for rain...I debated forever in that part...should have gone with first instincts??
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   General Artist
Yeah.  I think your instincts are good.  Maybe train yourself not to doubt them?
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't that always the way though?? ;)
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   General Artist
Hehe.  ;)  
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   General Artist
you could still do something of the sort, just with a smaller portion of it - just that little bit above the horizon and below the clouds.  I think that would be enough to get the effect.  

Who would ever have thought to give the colorist opportunity?  (Not me.)  I guess it helps production when everyone's on the same page.  
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm thinking, if I'm doing single pieces at a time, perhaps scanning what I've done, then printing it out small like a thumbnail & mucking around with blacks/whites, line movements?
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   General Artist
Well, I don't know if I could work it that way.  I have to have a solid concept of the tonal scheme of the whole from the beginning. That's the thumbnail stage.  After that, as a test, it's about burring the detail anyway you can so you can see the whole design.  Reducing it to a postage stamp is the test I use, which has the same effect as what landscape painters do when they squint or use a red filter lens - it reduces the scene to values.  Get your tonal scheme first - i.e. the values of the big shapes of composition and their relations.  That's the most important element of composition. If that's not working, the rest is just exercise.

We work with a limited number of tonal schemes, four or five at most.  So it pays to get acquainted with them, memorize them, noodle with their permutations, so when time comes you are confident about how to arrange or change things.
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's a whole new process for me that I obviously need to find a method for; where it used to be a case of throwing inks down, it turned into applying special effects, and now actually applying thought with relation to layout & design. Definitely a work in progress.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   General Artist
This is exactly what the art's about.  It's entering this level that you express your potential.
Odd, how I seem to be going the other way, at least temporarily, doing what I criticized others for - i.e. literal translation. But there's obviously a need to gain the experience of it.  Ironic.
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It reminds me of karate...you learn the basics of blocks early & only to find out in higher belt levels that its not just a block, but a strike as well...but you've gotta start somewhere!
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JosephLSilver Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You always beat me to inking Ardian's stuff. Nice finish.
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! Yeah...saw this one & had to jump all over it! ;)
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kevinenhart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Great work dude! :)
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man!! And thanks for the fav!! ;)
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kevinenhart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
;)
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SeanE Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wicked! *saves*
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man!
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J-Skipper Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is a lot of GOOD looking lines! My favourite from you by far! Your line line weight reminds me a lot of early Scott Williams.
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man!! This was probably the toughest piece I've tackled...even tougher than the Jim Lee JLA piece!!  But it was SO much fun!

Cheers! ;)
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J-Skipper Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it doesn't look like it was easy... so many lines! but you did an amazing job!
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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