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Dead and Company Poster by frogeybeag Dead and Company Poster :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 0 0 Hello From the Magic Tavern by frogeybeag Hello From the Magic Tavern :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 6 0 Aquaman p. 11 Inks WIP by frogeybeag Aquaman p. 11 Inks WIP :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 8 0 Alex Ross Joker by frogeybeag Alex Ross Joker :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 7 0 Aquaman Issue 1 p19 by frogeybeag Aquaman Issue 1 p19 :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 22 11 Aquaman Sequential WIP 1 by frogeybeag Aquaman Sequential WIP 1 :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 1 0 Justice League: Comparison Pencils and Inks by frogeybeag Justice League: Comparison Pencils and Inks :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 6 0 Justice League - Ivan Reis by frogeybeag Justice League - Ivan Reis :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 34 4 Batman - Coloured version by frogeybeag Batman - Coloured version :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 20 3 Batman by frogeybeag Batman :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 8 0 Batman -Work in Progress - rough pencils by frogeybeag Batman -Work in Progress - rough pencils :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 0 0 Spiderman and the Hulk by frogeybeag Spiderman and the Hulk :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 11 4 The Caped Crusader - My First Colouring Attempt by frogeybeag The Caped Crusader - My First Colouring Attempt :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 6 2 Batman: The Caped Crusader by frogeybeag Batman: The Caped Crusader :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 13 5 Batman: Rogue's Gallery by Ken Hunt by frogeybeag Batman: Rogue's Gallery by Ken Hunt :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 21 10 Godsend by frogeybeag Godsend :iconfrogeybeag:frogeybeag 2 3


Justice League Nov. 14 2016 by Timothy-Brown Justice League Nov. 14 2016 :icontimothy-brown:Timothy-Brown 27 4 Daredevil pencils by KenHunt Daredevil pencils :iconkenhunt:KenHunt 26 6 Batman by DyegoJack Batman :icondyegojack:DyegoJack 19 8 Justice League Pinup by SnakebitArtStudio Justice League Pinup :iconsnakebitartstudio:SnakebitArtStudio 83 42 Justice League by SnakebitArtStudio Justice League :iconsnakebitartstudio:SnakebitArtStudio 55 20 Go Get em Boys (Colored) by KylerClodfelter Go Get em Boys (Colored) :iconkylerclodfelter:KylerClodfelter 31 9 poster by IvanReisDC poster :iconivanreisdc:IvanReisDC 296 50 Batfleck! by KitoYoung Batfleck! :iconkitoyoung:KitoYoung 121 11 Batman Pin Up recolored by SandraMJ Batman Pin Up recolored :iconsandramj:SandraMJ 286 65 Hulk and Spiderman by Jimbo02Salgado Hulk and Spiderman :iconjimbo02salgado:Jimbo02Salgado 472 47 Spidey002 by ardian-syaf Spidey002 :iconardian-syaf:ardian-syaf 497 67 Godsend #3 Cover by KenHunt Godsend #3 Cover :iconkenhunt:KenHunt 25 6 Batman The Caped Crusader by agussumantri Batman The Caped Crusader :iconagussumantri:agussumantri 12 16 Batman: Rogues Gallery Pencils by KenHunt Batman: Rogues Gallery Pencils :iconkenhunt:KenHunt 109 28 Spidey by Zuniga and Prado by PradoInkworks Spidey by Zuniga and Prado :iconpradoinkworks:PradoInkworks 51 24 Jimbo Salgado World War Hulk by GothPunkDaddy Jimbo Salgado World War Hulk :icongothpunkdaddy:GothPunkDaddy 77 27



Dead and Company Poster
Working as a teacher in Scotland, I got my class doing a design project and used the Dead & Co tour posters as a teaching aid! Got the kids to design what they thought the tour poster would look like if Dead & Co played on our island. Of course, I couldn’t let them have all the fun, so here’s what I came up with!
Over the last few months I've been getting into comics. 

I read The Beano and Dandy comics as a kid, and loved single panel stuff like the Far Side, but I never really got into the DC / Marvel side of things. We didn't have a newsagent who carried them near my home (which is on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland). I loved drawing, especially cartoons, and all kinds of art. My parents had a fairly dim view of "artist" as a career path for their dear son, so I was gently encouraged to pursue a "proper job". This I did (I'm a teacher now, amongst many other things), but I always maintained my love of art. 

So last year I started picking up some comics from friends. I loved the stories and the characters, but the art REALLY got me. I wanted to be able to do that. I began investigating the process involved in producing comic art and the world of the writer, penciler, inker and colourist was a fascinating one.

I knew my limitations, however. I knew I had no hope of being able to generate the kind of poses I'd seen in the books clean out of my own head, at least to begin with. I simply didn't have a grasp of the anatomy, musculature and perspective that are necessary. But the inking…? I remembered how much I’d enjoyed inking my cartoons back in high school. Inking, I could probably do. I also fancied doing it digitally. But I didn’t have a graphics tablet. A quick Facebook plea landed me a loan of a Wacom Bamboo. I downloaded a crazily complex pencil page of Spiderman by Jimbo Salgado, and on Monday 24th February, I set about teaching myself to ink.

Talk about a steep learning curve! But despite this, I felt I was getting along pretty well. It was tough work though, especially since I was using Adobe Illustrator at this point and it just wasn’t suiting the way I draw. I managed to finish the job and began investigating other software. Which is when I discovered Manga Studio 5 by SmithMicro. What a revelation that was! A piece of software that really felt like it was built for the job I was trying to do. The next couple of projects went much more smoothly, and I felt like I was getting a much better feel for the tablet (having got myself a shiny new Wacom Intuos) and the mental gymnastics involved in drawing HERE and looking HERE.

Two months in, I've pencilled one piece, inked four and coloured one. And I'm loving every second of it. Seeing other people's work on here and even working on the same pieces as others is helping so much. There's a lot to learn, but the satisfaction of seeing a piece finished? As MasterCard would say; "Priceless".

Thank you all for your part in the experience. Here's to the next 2 months!



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Iain MacKinnon
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United Kingdom
Based in the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, I'm a teacher, podcaster, web designer, musician, writer and TV presenter who likes to play with art when I have time amongst that lot!


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sabertoothliger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome Hug 
Satsunoryu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Appreciate the watch.
frogeybeag Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!
Ace-Continuado Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching! :D (Big Grin)
ChrisTsuda Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching!
agussumantri Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav :D
Steele67 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thax for the comp amigo!!
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