Monday, June 09, 2008

Face Dancer

This ink was originally inspired by the "Face Dancer" from the Dune series. As I worked, the ink took on it's own direction. I was trying to express it a little bit differently then, let's say, the Hollywood vision would be. Having said that, I feel like I want to make more of these and improve on them.


Luke Pski said...

that looks really great at full size. What pens/brushes are you using?
I used to contribute to this zine called Psychedelic Science Fiction ( .com) and I could totally see this printed in it.

Aeron Alfrey said...

I like the concept of the face reflecting the same pattern as the background, but it does kind of get lost in the details, unless that's intentional. If you do something like this again you might consider reversing the black against white of the interior or exterior of the head so that it contrasts against the background better and pushes more space into the image.

MD Encolpius said...

I'm glad you like it.
this ink's original size 19"x24" and that is my standard. I'm not always happy with the reproduction on the comp. screen since I loose a lot of detail & the quality of my lines suffer. I know that sometimes that seeing it on a computer screen benefits a piece, but in my case the originals kick ass in life.
As far as inking I use speed ball cartooning set and some brushes I got in Japan. I actually had a period, about ayear ago, where I didn't use any brushes at all- that's a good way to get carpol- tunnel though. Also, I don't use markers, probably due to the size of the inks.

MD Encolpius said...

Yeah, aeron, it's intentional.

Luke Pski said...

It's kind of like certain underground cartoonists, like S. Clay Wilson, where there is so much going on your eye almost bounces off of it. I think that can work sometimes, as I think it does here for the most part. BUt again, I think if you look at it in original size, it looks much better.It isn't too crowded.