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CREATION OF FRANKENSTEIN, Part 2!

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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

As many of you know who read this blog, what started as a simple exercise-demonstration of my inking technique has morphed into a major illustration piece.

I often redraw and change things around throughout the drawing process. If something doesn’t look right, I change it until I get it right (or abandon the piece completely). As you can clearly see, I’ve completely redrawn the Frankenstein Monster in the background even after the inking process has started. I may still change it until the very last ink line is laid.

The inking process is a simple one. I start with the items in the extreme foreground and work my way back. Since the dress is in the foreground, I started inking that first. Following the value of light and shade, I lay in thick ink lines for areas that are in shadow and lay in thin ink lines for areas that are light.

The slant of the ink lines are spontaneous. Most of the lines are laid out with no real planning. I try to follow the form and the flow of the figure. Be sure to add an odd slant of ink lines in large areas of same patterned lines. This will break up the monotonous nature of the line work and add life to the piece.

More in few days.

–Frank Cho

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CREATION OF FRANKENSTEIN, Part 3!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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

I didn’t get a chance to work more on the Frankenstein piece. Marvel has been keeping me very busy with one exciting projects after another. However, I did manage to find some free time to finish the woman’s dress, and start on the Frankenstein figure in the background.

Some of you are asking which pens I’m using on this illustration. As always, I’m using Micron Pigma pens. I’m using two sizes, 08 for thick dark lines (Frankenstein’s jacket) and 01 for light area (Frankenstein’s shirt). I haven’t figured out what to use for the black curtains. I think I’ll use a brush and tweak it with Pigma pens.

One of the dangers of doing these long tedious, highly detailed illustration is rushing through it, especially when you’re more than halfway finished. This is when most of the mistakes are made. If you get the urge to rush it. It’s best to walk away and come back with a fresh eye and calm energy.

Hopefully, I can finish this by Sunday. Knock on wood.

–Frank Cho

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Creation of Frankenstein, Part 4!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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

I’ve decided to take a break from my Marvel projects and work on the Frankenstein piece last night. I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I’ve touched this piece.

As you can see, I’ve started working on the curtains and the bed post. I was going to add elaborate design on the curtains, but decided against it. The curtain patterns will compete with the wallpaper patterns on the left side. Also by keeping the curtains rather dark and simple, they will act as a framing device and let the eyes focus on the lady’s dress and figure.

The arm on Frankenstein still bothered me so I’ve reworked it. I’m still not happy with it. I’ll most likely change it again.

More next week.

–Frank Cho

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