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Step by Step for UY Book 30 HC Endpapers

A look inside the art by Stan Sakai

Step by Step for UY Book 30 HC Endpapers

Postby Steve Hubbell » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:14 +0000

Stan Sakai wrote:April 1, 2015

I sent in the endpaper art for the Usagi Yojimbo Book 30 hardcover. This one is subtitled "Thieves and Spies"

Approximately 10x13.5 inches on 2-ply 500 series cold press Strathmore Bristol paper.

The story, as well as the cover painting of the book, involves a boat on fire so I decided to carry that theme into the endpaper.

I used a 3mm 2H mechanical pencil to block out the scene, using basic shapes to develop the characters. I also defined the more important and more complicated characters.

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I switched to a 5mm HB pencil lead to finish the pencils.

I like the interplay of all the characters--the complexity and intimacy of the group fighting Usagi and well as the distance separating Chizu the ninja as she dispatched another samurai with a shuriken.

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The foreground was inked with a Koh-i-Noor Art Pen filled with Badger Black Opaque ink (old formula). The recipe for the Badger ink was changed many years ago to an acrylic base, which is terrible. Fortunately, I still have some of the old stuff left, but I am quickly running out of it. The ArtPen was discontinued as well. It was a fountain pen with a very nice flexible nib that gave wonderful thicks and thins within the same stroke. There is another Koh-i-Noor ArtPen on the market which is a technical pen with a very rigid line.

I went over the silhouette of the foreground character to pull him even more forward, increasing the distance between him and Chizu.

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That same Koh-i-Noor pen was used for the mid-ground characters, including Usagi.

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The background was drawn with a fine tip Uni-Ball pen.

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Black were spotted with a Pentel Brush Pen filled with the Badger ink. I like the Pentel Brushes as I don't have to wash them out. I use them only for spotting blacks, and the occasional sound effect.

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Clothing details and textures were accomplished with a variety of pens.

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The art still looked a bit too white, so I added some blacks in the foreground waves and that brought it even more forward.

Done!

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The comments here are actually a mix taken from both of Stan Sakai's Facebook pages. While the images for the process are the same in both posts, Stan's comments are written up slightly different on the two pages....
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