Do you think comic art should always be consistent, or should it constantly evolve?
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Yes. It should all look the same. I only eat pizza.
A regular series should remain the same visually - like a soap opera. If it changes I can't follow it.
Of course it should evolve! I like my art to be challenging! How else can the medium grow?
Don't make excuses Mr. Sharp! Just because you can't draw two panels that look alike doesn't mean we should have to put up with it...
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AlicesWonderHobbyist General Artist
I'm very late on this conversation, but I'd just like to add that when the new MotionBook Tool becomes available to general artists, the entire look of comic books/graphic novels will probably change overtime. There is a certain look to the style, just as there is a certain look to manga. But with new artists coming in, they will add different dimensions to the mix. I know that changing one's style of art can be a risk if people expect your works to look a certain way, but with Disney, for example, they have constantly changed the appearances of their characters, such as Mickey and Donald over the years; and with their new line of Mickey cartoons, they have combined some of their older animation styles with more modern storylines and references. Change is ever constant, so create as you wish :)
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
I agree - and for me that's incredibly exciting! :-)
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Mixed feelings on the subject at hand. I'm not a fan of change but people always tell me to try new things.

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Atomic-HermitProfessional Digital Artist
I prefer if a regular series remains consistent.  Your run on Hulk was a very good example. There was a story arc, that if my memory recalls...you did in it's entirety.  Gary Frank preceded you, his style was very different than yours, but it was a different story arc. ( I have your entire fantastic run collected BTW)  Subtle improvements/changes are expected, an artists grows and evolves all the time, but radical changes within a story-arc can usually be jarring.
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well it depends on the artist ... if he/she wants to...
that is my answer....
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
Good answer! :-)
ileWolf's avatar
ileWolfProfessional Digital Artist
"Don't make excuses Mr. Sharp! Just because you can't draw two panels that look alike doesn't mean we should have to put up with it..." ahahahahahahahahaha that made me laugh
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
:-)
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InsaneAngelArtProfessional Digital Artist
I definitely agree with keeping the comics evolving and something being new. Besides,art must evolve to keep up with what's trending and new in culture. Sure, there's always going to be people stuck in some of the older comics, but the public always like something new. (I'm an Illustration student, so i might be quoting too much from my professors) As far as the art itself and how it effects the artist, who wants to draw the same damn thing all the time? If you have a hyperactive imagination like mine, an artist needs some breathing room to create new things.
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
With you completely. :-)
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SquidHamHobbyist Traditional Artist
Art should always evolve just as the artist is always looking to improve themselves. as long as you keep a basic character design you can keep a series going. look at gen13, j. scott campbell kept improving and that showed in this comic BUT it did not make it hard to read.
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
Agreed!
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CirpriusHobbyist Traditional Artist
I think art should always evolve. I think art is a great way to express oneself, and as people change . . . well it only makes sense that the art they create would change with them.
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
With you. :-)
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CirpriusHobbyist Traditional Artist
lol yes!
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Osmont2Professional General Artist
I'm open to everything and I dig expressionism in comic books, but in the bottom of my soul, I'd like to have Dale Keown's consistency page to page, panel to panel...but I know I never will.
They're all cool anyway!!!
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
Ha ha! I hear you. I've swung from one extreme to the other... :-)
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AlphaFrequencyHobbyist General Artist
I think when an artist finds his niche its usually a distinct style his followers are attracted to. If Michael Angelo would've used some female reference for his work that would def be acceptable. He def had a thing for muscle dudes. He botched the sisteen chapel and people dont even notice it.
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
Gotta say I bloody LOVE Michelangelo - even with his muscle-man-girls. I learned so much about anatomy studying his work. :-)

I think you're right that a distinct style can really help. I've never felt I quite managed to find my own unique look - though I've been told by others they see it. To me everything I do looks wrong, but it's because of that that I continue to learn I think. If I thought I was great I would probably stop trying so hard...
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AlphaFrequencyHobbyist General Artist
I like your style. Most artists today have been getting away with murder in my opinion. I don't even like using comics for reference anymore unless its a handful. And I need to study Michelangelo myself, It's just a little example of an artist who Needed evolution. Gotta respect Leonardo's lust for women.
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
Ha ha! True! I think Michelangelo had more of a taste for the fellas... But then he never considered himself a painter, and the Pieta, which he carved when he was 22 I think, is just unbelievable. :-)

Thanks man, I really appreciate the compliment.
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AlphaFrequencyHobbyist General Artist
He never considered himself a painter? So he just kicked ass with paint for a hobby lol. That's pretty awesome
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
That's about the size of it. He just was that good! And the David was carved out of a massive 200 year old slab of marble that many people had taken a stab at and failed. Marble is really soft when it's first quarried, like chalk, but after 200 years it's like granite. The man was insane! :-)
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AlphaFrequencyHobbyist General Artist
You appreciate one of the Egyptian sculptures I forget the name of. Whatever but the thing is so symmetrically perfect and carved by the steady hands of a laser surgeon on aderol, that the mathematics concludes the knowledge of PI. The golden formula. 
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