Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Salty Sugar




Here's a panel from my comic of Seaweed's boat the "Salty Sugar". I start with a rough, do a tight pencil in blue, erase the hell out of the tight pencil, and then ink it using Pitt artist pens. I use a combo of the superfine size, the brush size, and some fine detail with the Micro 005 pen. I'll do the color in photoshop but I'm not at that stage yet. The boats parked at Dock #94 for all you fellow nerds out there!

27 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Tancredo said...

Ben, this is amazing. I don't know why, but i look at first and saw a stop motion series, humm ? maybe ?

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger Tom said...

awesome! i can't wait to see this book finished and have a copy in my hands!

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger Jeepers! said...

Love your line work. Your character designs look great! Hope one day soon you can work with my comic book characters. I think they will need a redesign for a TV cartoon. Check out my blog.

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger lafe said...

the time you take shows through in your work. lovely

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Hans said...

Great stuff. I love how it has that European comic book look to it, those are my favorites. The Ninja guy is awesome too, nice silhouette!

Hans

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Clarke (Csnyde) said...

God these are amazing!

I cannot wait till you finish this book already. I'll buy it up in a heartbeat.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger GeeBee said...

Nice to see a "sharkmouth" on a ship, for once ,Ben ;) !!

GeeBee "Flying Tigers fan"

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Thanks everyone!!!!!!

Tancredo- Oh my god, I would love to do this story in stop-mo! I actually told my buddies that over lunch 4 years ago when I started this damn thing.

Tom- I can't wait for you to have a copy in your hands and your money in mine! Ha! Ha!

Jeepers- Your blog looks great! I'll definately check out your comic when it comes out.

Lafe- That's very cool of you to say! Yah, it sure is taking a long time, but I'm glad you think it shows.

Hans-European comics are my favorite art form as well! Franquin, Uderzo, Didier Conrad, etc. etc. Breathtaking! Check out Jean Barbaud's blog (linked on the side) for some more cool French comic love!!!

Clark-Thanks! More $ for me! Now if I can sell 4998 more I'll break even!

GeeBee- God I wish I had your ability to characture planes!! I'm sure you could have drawn this tug-boat WAY better then me. If I ever get a series sold I'm hoping I can hire you to design for it.

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Frank Summers said...

hah nice! i picked up on the 94 reference. dig it man!

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Yavuz said...

You are my favourite. That looks amazing.

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

THis is awesome!! great to see the progress!! THe K-swiss below is amazing too!

 
At 10:25 PM, Blogger Antimatty said...

this is really great, i really look forward to the book. this is gonna kick ass!!

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger animationGiant said...

I really enjoy your line quality! I have to some of those Pitt pens too.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Yeah that line is amazing! Great solid, dimensional drawing!

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Marmax said...

Great work you Star Wars nerd! ;)

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

takes one to know one Marmax! Any one who gets that reference is my kinda people! Cheers!

 
At 1:59 AM, Blogger Cale Atkinson said...

Beautiful job Ben, I love seeing the process from rough to clean. But really man oh man I can't get over how clean and tight that is in the final inked version...Its just wow....its great to see, as so many artists now avoid inking traditional (I'll admit that includes me...)
Superb stuff as always! and as always I want to see moooooreeee!

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Hans said...

LOL Hah! Dock #94, just noticed that now! Good place to take a rest.

The studio (A-Film) I worked at in Copenhagen before moving to the states, just recently finished "Asterix and the Vikings" and from what I've seen so far, it looks awesome. I hope it makes it to the states at some point.

Take care and have a great weekend:)

Hans

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Thanks everyone,

Hans, yah, Asterix and the Vikings looks great! I've watched the trailor and really hope I get to see it at some point.

 
At 3:11 AM, Blogger R.Dress said...

This is brilliant!

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger St John Street said...

Awesome staging and comp !!!

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Alan MacEachern said...

looks real nice. the wee details you put into things adds so much personality to the panel.also the bug trooper is the dogs spuds

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Mukpuddy said...

I'm a nerd and I get it, great stuff dude!!!

 
At 6:10 PM, Blogger FerdinandKreozot said...

Super awesome.

Cheers,

Milenko

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

...er, ummm... that's beautiful!!!

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger Spaceturtle said...

AWesome Style and inking!!

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger Gerald said...

Wow, what a great layout. Thanks for sharing the process.

 

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