Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Work In Progress ( part 1 )

Just thought I'd show you some stuff I'm working on.  I'm doing an original piece of art celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Rocketeer.  Cartoon Art Professionals Society is auctioning off original artwork to benefit the Hairy Cell Leukemia Foundation and CAPS activities.

This will be the first time I've done a finished piece of art with real ( not digital ) ink in a couple of years.

I started off with a few quick doodles to get the basic idea.  I did a few more sketches to refine the poses and gestures of the main figures.

I finally refine a final rough of The Rocketeer and Betty.

Here is the next faze moving towards the final pencil drawing:

I make a photocopy of the pencil drawings and I do a few practice runs on the inking style using my trusty Pental brush pen.  I find it's a good idea to figure out the lighting and brush style in advance.

Next posting I will get into the final inking.  Hopefully, I won't screw it up!


At Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:56:00 AM PST, Blogger crazy_asian_man said...

wowww...Georgeous stuff, Benton!
I actually liked the pencil rough that's not at an angle (the fifth image down) slightly better, but it all looks great!

In remembering Dave Stevens/Rocketeer I always think it's interesting that he didn't do a lot (compared to other cartoonists), but in the end, it didn't matter because of how much care he put into what he did, it seems. Neat that he is being remembered.

At Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:38:00 AM PST, Blogger James Baker said...

Jeez! this looks so great! Can't wait to see the final. And I had not known that it was the 30th anniversary. I still have a ROCKETEER T-Shirt I bought that year.

At Monday, February 13, 2012 at 3:30:00 PM PST, Blogger Roberto Zaghi said...

great image! great angles!

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