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Usagi Yojimbo #164 cover step by step

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Usagi Yojimbo #164 cover step by step

Postby Steve Hubbell » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:55 +0000

Stan Sakai wrote:I sent in the cover for Usagi Yojimbo 164 to Dark Horse. "Mouse Trap" (part 2 of 3) revolves around a murder of a merchant and a new power struggle in town that leads to the discovery of missing Shogunate silver ingots. It guest stars Inspector Ishida and Nezumi the thief.

Image area of 10x15.5 on 11x17 inch two-ply, 500 series, cold press Strathmore Bristol paper.

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I start with very rough pencils, done with a 2H .3mm mechanical pencil. I am just dealing with shapes here and getting the composition established.

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Pencils for the foreground characters are tightened with a .5mm B mechanical pencil.

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The foreground character is inked using an older, broken in Koh-i-Noor ArtPen.

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Mid-ground characters inked.

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I penciled the perspectives for the background and inked it with a newer, less flexible ArtPen.

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Pencils were erased with a Sakura SumoGrip eraser.

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Blacks were then spotted in with a brush pen.

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Details were added, and the drawing was done.
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo #164 cover step by step

Postby Lobster Johnson » Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:53 +0000

The return of Nezumi! Interesting.
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo #164 cover step by step

Postby Warren » Tue Jun 13, 2017 18:00 +0000

Brilliant as always. :D

Lobster Johnson wrote:The return of Nezumi! Interesting.


Yes!
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