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No Cure For The Overkill

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By grthink   |   
Published: February 7, 2006
© 2006 - 2020 grthink
A companion piece for one of my previous efforts, 'Balls'.

It's pretty similar in shape and styles -- the only major differences are:
1) the absence of the large areas of white that 'Balls' had
2) the interior shapes and patterns are naturally different, albeit done in a very similar manner
3) the title of the picture is hidden in very large letter across the canvas -- a prize for anyone bothered to find them!

Anyway, I'd rather you tell me what you think rather than sit and blab about it here... so, what do you think?

EDIT: The prize is gone. All you suckas that thought I was joking ain't laughing now.
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isaacwilson's avatar
Best comic strip I ever read.
grthink's avatar
That's the nicest thing you could have said.
JonBeinart's avatar
This one is great too. It is a shame about the glare in the center of the piece. I love the overkill
grthink's avatar
The perils of flash photography and an usteady hand. I wish that affordable scanners came in A2 size :(
JonBeinart's avatar
You could scan both sides and piece it together in photoshop. That works well
grthink's avatar
I'd have to scan four sections of it... and quite honestly, I'm too lazy to do that :)
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ladyliannaHobbyist Traditional Artist
What type of fineliner do you use? As a fellow fineliner artist I like to know these things. B xxx
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I use Eddings Profipens when I can find them, but recently I've been using a different type of pen but I can't remember who makes them. Permanent inkt is most important though -- it's not as 'fluid' and shapes don't make themselves as easily, but it doesn't smudge or perish.
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ladyliannaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Aah I see I tend to use either pentel or staedtler's pigment liners for the same reasons, plus you can watercolour over them as they're water resistant. B xxx
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I brought the pen I used into work especially: It's a Pilot DR Pigment Ink Drawing Pen. Very exciting.
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ladyliannaHobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
Kakarotho's avatar
I found the Titel almost imediatly
hehe
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Everyone does. I guess I'm not as sneaky as I thought.
The-Revolutionary's avatar
It took me a while to get to this but I gave my word so I am going to critique it.

First off great composistion. The structure is there and is visible, but is subtle. The focal point that I see is the circle with the white around it located in the upper middle section. My eye jumps around the picture plane trying to find comparisons between the different drawings. The flow through the piece seems erratic because my eye jumps around, but this is nice because it works here. The black around the border seems too dark, maybe a dark to middle value grey would have been better, but there is no way to tell unless you try it. The details in the drawing is wonderful and I find myself trying to identify the different images. I could look at this for a long time.

I like the black sections within the piece because it lets my eye relax for a second. Those spaces are needed. What if you continued the patterning off the page but only in small sections and allowed more of the background to show through around the edges. You would keep the original composistion but having a few more areas of patterning would break up the dark frame around the piece.

In the upper left corner there seems to be two anomalies. The white line projecting into space and the white line connecting the circles together. I do not see these anywhere else in the piece and they do stand out.

Overall I think it is great.

And thanks for the critique.
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I'm there with you on the two anomalies. The white line...well, I just liked the shape that had been left there, so I left it in. The line contecting the two circles...well originally there was a picture in the space underneath it, but I didn't like it and because it was close enough to the background I blacked it out. Looking it at now, I realsie that I should probably black out the line aswell, but whenver I look up there it reminds me of space-stations so I leave it in there lol.

As for compostion, normally I work out from a centre position, but this time I did small areas at a time, repeating patterns such as the 'brickwork' ones to try and make the picture more cohesive. I think, though, that doing that has been the image's greatest failing, because it makes the whole thing quite flat, whereas in (what I consider to be) my better works, there's a sense of layering and therefore height. The background, unfortunately, has to be black, because I work straight to the page with markers and fineliners, and using black means that I can colour over any bits which I don't like :)

Thanks for your superb comment.
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I agree that this does have a patterning feel to it. If you really want to go for space remember the simple things - larger objects, value contrast, more intense colors, more detail - all apear closer to the viewer. When things fade back they become less distinct, more gray, and smaller. You may know this already, but it never hurts to be reminded.
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oibyrdHobbyist Digital Artist
WOW...the detail in this makes my eyes cross LOL! amazing stuff :clap:!
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It made your eyes cross, turned my hand into a gnarled claw... I guess that means it must be evil :)
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oibyrdHobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: nah, it's just misunderstood ;) hehehe!
nottheface's avatar
How many pens did you go through?
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I made three fineliners unusable -- there's still ink, but I wore out the nibs. I also used up the ink of two permanent markers.
PsychoGFXn00b's avatar
Love the spiderman! Great image, one of my favourite styles.
grthink's avatar
Thank you :D

The Spiderman was done pretty much by accident...just the way his mask is constructed was similar to a style I was trying out and then there he was...I was going to black him out, but now that you've left positive feedback on him, he's a keeper.
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