Posts Tagged ‘pen and ink’


BREAKING IN MY PENS: Death Study

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

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FRANK CHO Death Study – Click for larger view

It’s been a while since I did one of these intense ink pieces. (My “Breaking In My Pens” pieces.) These really test my patience and the steadiness of my drawing hand. But once the lines are drawn just right, the eyes blend the black and white lines into dazzling gray tones.

(Hell, if my comic book gig ever dries up, I guess I have a second career as an engraver.)

This is a study for a cover that I’m doing for Marvel. I’m still working out the ink line tonal efffects but I’m happy with the overall composition. I’ll post the finished art once Marvel releases the cover image officially.

–Frank Cho

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Covers: Death of Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk #629

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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FRANK CHO – Death of Ultimate Spider-man

Busy day today. I have more cover work from Marvel and I’m being interviewed for a German magazine.

This past weekend, I’ve finished two of my favorite covers that I’ve done this season – Death of Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk #629. For fun and to challenge myself, I’ve used two completely different drawing techniques to illustrate the two covers.

Since these two covers haven’t been published yet, I can only show small portions of the images. The Spidey cover was done in pure pen and ink technique, and the Hulk cover was done in gray ink wash. Both presented unique challenges. They were very labor intensive and any mistakes were unforgiving but the end results were well worth the hardship.

Once Marvel publishes the covers, I’ll post the full scans of the original art in their entirety.

–Frank Cho

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FRANK CHO – Hulk #629


Illustrating in my pure pen and ink style

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Frank Cho - pen and ink preliminary
FRANK CHO pen and ink – click to enlarge

Sorry for the tardiness of today’s “Sunday Art Blog”. It’s been a hectic weekend playing with my daughters, reconnecting with my old friends and catching up on paying bills, etc.

I have a big project coming up which I’ll be illustrating in my pure pen and ink style. So I’ve decided to do some practice runs doing these elegant stand alone illustrations in that pure ink style, and show all the fans out there how I do these ink line drawings step by step.

This is pretty much step one. I draw the figure using several photo references and focusing heavily on the light and shadow. Once I’ve established the gray tones and the outline of the drawing, I start inking in the lines which I’ll show in my next Art Blog.

–Frank Cho

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