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Accidental Flight by Tristan-Despero Accidental Flight by Tristan-Despero
One of my final school projects for Illustration. This project was given to us by Kyle T. Webster, awesome illustrator and great teacher. He gave us the concept, Accidental Flight, and told us to run with it. Simple two-color contrast, but otherwise we could make it any way we wanted. I went for a fairly experimental inking technique. I combined brush, crow quill, pen, fingerprints, smudging, splattering, the whole repertoire. It was a lot of fun to work on. I actually restarted this piece, which I almost never do. My initial linework was too clean. I was the only person who did this as a comic strip. This was more satisfying.

India ink, gesso and photoshop for the coloration. The color part was fairly minimal, in contrast, so I consider this piece traditional more than anything.
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:iconsamma-jamma:
This was also one the best ideas for this project anyone came up with. And had a great composition and lighting!
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:iconinkspired:
Holy smokes!

That's REALLY nice!! The storytelling totally works, plus the inking is stunning! I love that "indie-comic book" feel the piece has.

Any chance you might post the b&w version?

Btw it reminds me of that one Simpsons episode where Homer wants to fire up the grill and squeezes out like 5 bottles of lighter fuel before igniting it.
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:icontristan-despero:
Well, if there's call for the B&W, I've got it. And that simpson's episode was in mind, not only for the action, but the character design. It was somewhere between Homer and my grandfather.
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:iconinkspired:
I was just asking because I always like to see B&W versions of colored pieces I like. Furthermore, being an avid ink enthusiast, I have to admit my curiosity was piqued by the large array of techniques you threw in there.

I often find myself too "chicken" to try bold stuff like drybrush, splattering or those fingerprint smudges you did, so I can't help but admire your courage. :)
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:icontristan-despero:
Thanks :) It was a little intimidating at first. I actually covered an entire board in sketches, redrawing the same thing over and over to get comfortable with it, to really start playing. It was totally worth it.
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:iconinkspired:
I might be biased, because I'm a comic-book guy, but I think it's a great piece. I don't recall seeing it in your Vernissage exhibit, it wasn't there, was it?
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:icontristan-despero:
Actually I didn't end up exhibiting it. The piece was rather large, and I didn't end up having enough space for it at my booth. Even if I reduced it, I was worried it would become harder to read.
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:iconinkspired:
Yeah, I understand. Indeed, I think reducing it would have probably not suited the piece well. Oh well, your booth still rocked!
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:icontristan-despero:
Thanks very much :) I'm glad that you think so.
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locol-crazy Jun 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
the sheer amusement of this comic give's me indescribable feeling's of joy. cya
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