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The Anatomy of a Reva picture
Doctor Shadow at 5:36AM, April 3, 2008
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A few people have asked me how the comic's done, complimenting my art skills (heh) well, as I say, I'm not the artist. I'm the writer/world/story/everything else designer for the comic which is based on the novel Fate's Hand, or rather the world I designed as a backdrop for that.

Reva Flynn (Hellion) aka my wife, she's the artist and has been a professional illustrator now for a good number of years.

You can see her gallery at http://www.hellionsart.com

Reva begins with a pencil rough of the page, then once that's approved she'll move on to an outline and inking stage. She uses PILOT Hi-Tecpoint V7 fine pens when she's inking/cross-hatching.

Whilst I can't show you the change from a comic page to finished page, I can show you the kind of change from an outlined ink to a finished ink…via these two pictures here.



And this becomes:



Reva's inking skill is often mistaken for mad pencil work, she loves to cross-hatch and her primary skill is in that area. Her attention to detail on backgrounds and her love of drawing horses can be seen in a lot of the Wyrden comic panels where you're looking at the life around Sullavale Port or extended street scenes. Personally, I can't wait to see what she does with the City of Wyrden itself.

Until next time!
A Ronin writer, a masterless samurai of the written word…
http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Chronicles_of_Wyrden/
Updating: Thursdays. Now in glorious Ink Wash and Water Soluble Pencil! Reva's note: This is not created digitally, it's all hand drawn and inked.
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Adam Black at 8:51AM, April 3, 2008
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Chalk me up as one of the people who thought this was all pencil work. I think it was the color of the scans that fooled me.

I wouldn't mind seeing larger versions of the “before and after” art above. :D

Took a quick jaunt over to the gallery, and it was great! I love Gill's hand, especially with the inks. Delicate but confident–has a similar feel to Yoshitaka Amano's work.

The line work, I mean, not necessarily the colors. Those remind me of someone else, but I can't put my finger on who right now–I just woke up. ;)

All in all, though (and I may not be making myself clear this early in the morning), great work! I love it.
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Doctor Shadow at 9:05AM, April 3, 2008
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As you wish!

Before:



After:

A Ronin writer, a masterless samurai of the written word…
http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Chronicles_of_Wyrden/
Updating: Thursdays. Now in glorious Ink Wash and Water Soluble Pencil! Reva's note: This is not created digitally, it's all hand drawn and inked.
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Steely Gaze at 9:23AM, April 3, 2008
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Amazing! I love before and after pictures, so this is a treat for me.

Also, though I love the black-and-white feel of Wyrden, I think some color shots now again, maybe just pictures to go alongside the main story, like your character cards, would be awesome. Especially after looking through Reva's gallery. She's a brilliant artist!
A Roll of the Dice now with full-size pages!

John Clyde now with ten times the tacky Hawaiian shirts!
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Reva Flynn at 12:14PM, April 3, 2008
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Thankyou both for your compliments re my art:) I am doing a fair amount of colour stuff atm for a Card Game and a childrens book about Pagan stories and I am really looking forward to showing those off as I am quite proud of them:)

Updating: Main comic: Mondays and Thursdays, other stuff weekly. Check around for blogs, art and other Wyrden things!
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Adam Black at 4:42PM, April 7, 2008
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Thanks for the larger versions! Good stuff. :D
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