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Hard drive archeology.

Sketch of the Empire State Building I did for a friend of mine at some point in the ancient past.

New York is such a wonderful magical bitch to draw, with it's mix of old and new world architecture. Glass boxes juxtaposed with Corinthian columns juxtaposed with Art Deco spires juxtaposed with terraced brownstones juxtaposed with...(Drat, :doh: ran out of pretentious architectural jargon--well at least i got to say "juxtaposed" four times. That's gotta impress somebody.)

So many people draw it as a setting for so many comics, one tends to forget what a special challenge it is to visualize.

Makes me wish more comics were set in Tokyo. ;p
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Lya-MaNOli Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"JUXTAPOSED" impresses anyone surely!!! Very nice draw =)
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Aftermath1990 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Artist
Oh My God! It's awesomeness![link]
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wiebkefesch Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What is this doing in Scraps?! Great work.
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting, because of the way you laid it out, you managed to do it with two point perspective instead of three.
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
"Vertical Two-Point Perspective", my friend. the lazt cartoonist's best friend. ;p
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, just amazing. I NEVER got the hang of this aspect of comic art... >.<

- Polecat
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Buy these books. [link] [link]

And move fast, there's only one available at a reasonable price on one listing.

Or go to the library and check out whatever book they have on linear perspective.

Read these and try out the techniques. Remember--don't let the "best" be the enemy of the "good". ANY improvement you make its a good thing, and will add to the types of drawing you can do, and subsequently, the types of stories you can tell.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually have one of those books. My problem is less the perspective itself, and more the "fiddly bits" and level of detail. That's what kills me. I tend to function with a lot of open "negative" space, and make use of the minimum amount of lines to get my point across. It makes things with a lot of heavy detailing very difficult for me. I have the same problem drawing high-tech looking items. I can't draw a lot of "fiddly bits" and odds & ends on them....

- Polecat
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The fiddly bits, aren't altogether necessary. They're fun for OCD victims like myself, but you can probably get the point of any illustration across with greater clarity without them.

What I'm talking about is the representation of space. Putting you character in an interior space in such a manner that the reader feels more like their looking over the their shoulder than watching them on a distant stage.

Many artist with a simple, uncluttered style are still very good and giving a sense of space to their artwork. I fyou ever get a chance, check out the recent Darkwing Duck comic book. ;p
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll try to find it if I can, but admittedly I want to be more detailed. I just never can make it work like I want it to....

- Polecat
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Forget about the details for now. They're less critical than you think.

Concern yourself with strengthening your fundamentals: the underdrawing, the anatomy, the perspective. All the surface detail in the world wont rescue a drawing that is fundamentally flawed [link] , and if you have your basics squared away, you can actually compose fine drawings with less surface detail. [link]
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's actually the first time I've heard the advice to NOT go for details and the like. I usually see notes (often in those how to draw books of various sources) about how important it is to do details. Interesting.

- Polecat
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That very odd. All my life it seems, I've been told to ease up on the detail. :confused:

In fact, there is a part in "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" that talks about the pitfalls of over-inking. So it's not just me that getting, and giving this advice.
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InsolentWhelp Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Now there's a unique establishing shot for ya! How's it going, John? Anyone commissioned you yet for a fanart of Zerg Queen Kerrigan? :)
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
In case you're considering it--NO! :no:

:puke: Ugh. I don't see how some artists can take the time it takes to finish a drawing, staring at brutal fugliness. No way you could afford what I'd charge in exchange for such a chore.
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InsolentWhelp Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
:O *whimpers*
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You know what?

True I'm not a fan of Geiger-esque imagery, but I could have demonstrated more class in declining your suggestion.

Sorry I jumped down your throat.
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InsolentWhelp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
It's cool, I didn't know that was a touchy subject for you. I'm just surprised nobody hired you to make something Starcraft-related, what with the game's release and all and said game eclipsing everything in 2010 so far*. I still say that you draw the best lines. :)

*Well, except for the newly announced Street Fighter X Tekken™/Tekken X Street Fighter™ games coming out. F*ck yes. :headbang:
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SuichiTanaka Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
This is my jaw. On the floor. :jawdrop:
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