Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Inking Jim Smith

I'm Jim 's biggest fan. He has a way of drawing funny and solid at the same time.
I have tons of his rough sketches and caricatures and thought I would attempt cleaning one up in illustrator.
It's very tricky trying to pick just the right lines to make thick and thin. I try to make every line mean something, not just float around inside the silhouette of the forms.

So for each line I ink, I look for the other corresponding line that describes a form between them.

It ain't perfect but it's fun to do. I think I lost some of the triangular shape of Duke's head.

If anyone is interested in practicing their clean ups, I could put more of Jim's drawings up.

We are doing a job together now and maybe we could use another clean up artist for him.

Let me know if you wanna buy any of his art too, because he has some for sale. It's genius.

37 comments:

mike f. said...

Too much manliness to ponder all at once. I think I'll go to the park and beat up sissies for a bit, and come back to it later...

mike f. said...

Goes without saying, but that's a killer caricature!

Bodicus said...

I would really like to find out about cleaning up shots. Would you send them only by computer? What are your recommendations for hand drawn clean ups.

Damiano D said...

Jim is easily my favorite of your artist, John. NO ONE, draws men like him. Nice clean up job, I'm interested in seeing more!

Steve A. said...

Hey John, thanks for the post! I'd love to see more of jim's sketches and maybe take a stab at inking some.

I noticed you mentioned that you inked the Duke using Illustrator. Would you recommend using that over say Photoshop or Manga Studio?

Thanks!

Steven M. said...

Jim has captured the Duke perfectly.

Gordeaux said...

Please put more Jim Smith stuff up!

Sergeant Blah! said...

Yeah, I'd definitely like to give cleaning up a shot. I can't guarantee that I'd be too good, but it'd definitely be great practice.

Back in the golden age, the newer guys usually did the clean ups, right?

Migs said...

more sketches, I would like to try clean ups

Paul B said...

Nice!
Yeah, please, put some Jim's sketches, I will try some inking for you guys!

Trevour said...

I love Jim's stuff! I have bought originals from him in the past and would like to again.

And yes, please, post more drawings! I'd like to take a stab at some clean-ups. I guess I could try scanning some sketches out of one of his sketchbooks too.

Elana Pritchard said...

Yay. That's all I have to say.

Lev said...

Oh that is a wonderful drawing. I decided to give the inking a go, figured it would be a bit of a learning experience, and here's what I got: http://www.thislev.com/images/johnwayne_clean.png

I had not really realized just how much a clean-up artist adds. I mean, I was aware, I just never really got my hands dirty before. You did a really excellent job, John.

Roberto Severino said...

The drawing literally speaks for itself. Jim Smith rules!

toonmacher said...

Hey! I would love to see more of this art too! I would make an attempt at cleaning it up, too!

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Adam Gunn said...

I like how you switched to lighter grey, brown and purple for the inside lines. It Really helps the thickest black lines on the outside stand out the most, while still getting away with luscious thick lines inside.

Chris Houghton said...

I love Jim Smith's work! Here's my clean-up: http://tinyurl.com/3udev2y

pappy d said...

Sweet!

BanjoBoy123 said...

Nice drawing, your linework is amazing.

Alberto said...

OH! I would really appreciate it if you could post more Jim Smith drawings for inking practice.

John Rouse said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63877736@N03/?saved=1


I gave her a go. That is one manly goddamn neck. I'm still a little green with a stylus. I am starting to get the hang of how to juggle layers, but I still have to hit the 'undo' button a lot to correct screw-ups. This took me about 2 hours, but I'm learning and getting faster with this rig. I used Corel Paint and Mypaint. Corel has better brushes, but Mypaint has a more intuitive interface.

Scrawnycartoons said...

Great technique, I'm always intrigued by the colors you choose too

Adam said...

nice drawing

Fullmetal Animator said...

I really admire your consideration of line weight and even how your color choices click together well.
Nice detail and form too.

Paul B said...

Hi John, me again, I have a question.
When you put color lines, how do you know which color should have each line? Do you vary the color of the lines during the painting process? Is there some trick to this?

Thanks!

Trevor Thompson said...

It looks like John added details that were implied in Jim's great sketch.

Please post more, John!

Migs said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58769393@N03/5819553532/

hey john, i had shown you an earlier cleanup version on facebook. i decided to tweak and color it. hope you and jim like it!

its also here:

http://migsart.com/2011/06/09/cleanup/

Sandra Rivas said...

I had the honor of meeting Jim Smith at the Hyaena Gallery and buying two of his art books! He's such a nice guy and his art is beyond amazing!

I've never seen manly men drawn so funny and cool at the same time! I think we can all benefit from studying his drawings.

joel said...

Dear John,
I'm a longtime fan. I think you are one of the greatest artists who has ever lived. I was wondering about buying original art by you and Jim Smith. Do you accept credit card?

Anyway, thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Joel Santamaria
joel_santamaria@hotmail.com

joel said...

Dear John,
I'm a longtime fan of yours. I think you are one of the greatest artists who has ever lived. I was wondering about buying original art by you and Jim Smith. Do you accept credit card?

Anyway, thank you very much for your time,

Yours sincerely,

Joel Santamaria joel_santamaria@hotmail.com

Thiago Levy said...

I can only find joy on inking when using real ink.

ẒʌchʌryḄrѳken said...
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ẒʌchʌryḄrѳken said...

I've heard that Manga Studio has better brushes than Illustrator, could be worth a shot.

K-T said...

The linework is great, I strive to be this good one day.

gilad foss said...

I'm definitely interested in buying some original art. Please email me at giladfoss@gmail.com.

Isaak said...

An off-topic question, but do you still watch Spongebob or any Nickelodeon show now and if you do are there any good shows?

Thank you

Joseph Giardina said...

Hey John, heres my cleanup of Jims drawing
click here to see

can you post some more roughs to cleanup when you have time? Thanks!

Joe