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Spawn bust process by JosephLSilver Spawn bust process by JosephLSilver
I love the work of John Totleben.

I'm sure i've mentioned it before, but I think I need to emphasize something here: I grew up on the work of John Byrne, Frank Miller, John Buscema and Gil Kane. I was as big into superhero artist as one could get, and that's what these guys specialized in (though even then Miller was doing something a bit different).

At about 16, I discovered Swamp Thing as done by Alan Moore (having loved Wein and Wrightson's stuff years before) in the form of the 2nd annual illustrated by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. I remember the day: I was living in Landover, MD and walked into my local 7-11 and found it on the rack. It changed my life.

I followed the series relentlessly and discovered Miracleman sometime after (by this time I was going to a proper comic store). Moore and Totleben worked together again and I got to see John, work unfettered for more than an issue (he also did issues 48, 53 and 60 of Moore's run on Swamp Thing solo, yes I have the originals) or so and realized what an incredible artist this man was.

I've been obsessed with the style for years, and early on my friend (D-Realist here on DA, we've known each other a LONG time) suggested I try out working with brush. Totleben was the first artist I studied doing it. This entire pic is currently being done with a Isabey series 6228 #1.

I'm just having a blast reliving the work. The last pic I inked which will be posted shortly gave me the impetus to pick Spawn as my drawing choice. Haven't drawn him in years. The idea and visuals of the book have always been interesting even if the story never really gelled for me.

Anyway, enough woolgathering. I hope to have it done soon.
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jw-18 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terrific use of a extremely tricky technique. Love what you've done so far.
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JosephLSilver Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly.
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've never seen a style like this before. Good work.
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JosephLSilver Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

As for the style, I spend a lot of time gushing over Totleben who'e the largest influence here, but even as a kid I always loved the engravings of Gustave Dore and Albrecht Durer. Add into that the work of Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll and you have an idea.
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, Gustave Dore, one of my own favorites as well. Since you mention it, I can definitly see a mix of his in there.
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luqkhyjonas Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome.
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JosephLSilver Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very much appreciated. Love your work as well.
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luqkhyjonas Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you too ^^
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Nomad55 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Freakin awesome
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JosephLSilver Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Much appreciated. It is a labor of love.
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