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Roadblock by MinnaSundberg Roadblock by MinnaSundberg
Yet another piece of concept art for Stand Still. Stay Silent, exploring both some mood/color setting stuff and lineart weight as usual. I'm feeling the linearts here are starting to cross into the zone of not being very comic-like anymore, but I really like delicate linearts. Arrgh, I can't choose! Thick and expressive lines or thin and pretty? It's the ultimate comic style question, and I don't know which one I prefer... -_-

As so often, I've got a whole bunch of work in progress shots from sketch to finish in the art log: link to art log entry.


Photoshop CS4, Wacom Cintiq 12wx
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aedifico Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I dunno, this lineart style seems to be working pretty well for you as far as I'm concerned, and if you like it then that's even better. Go with what works, I say! ;)
Smell-The-Roses Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I personally love your more delicate work, and this piece is really interesting, there is so much going on, and the perspective is great. Keep up the good work!
Beefsoup Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thin and pretty definitely!
A-E-S-H-A-E-T-T-R Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
The thin lines and detailing definitely give it much more of a graphic novel look, giving it much more of a serious emotional weight.
Eliminate Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You need both depending on the situation, obviously! :P
ooklah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I can't see the stay silent part if he ever needs to use that chainsaw :)
Kodaic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
This is sooo awesome! I can totally see this in a manga or comic. :D I really love the water especially, it looks so painting-like. :)
veinne Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Photographer
This is a really amazing piece of work, you managed to somehow make digital art appear as a piece of traditional art, and the contrast of colours is lovely as well. Great job! :)
mmishee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I adore the traditional look of your drawings 8) It has so much charm to it.

Thats a tough one on the line thickness, I love both as well, I think what you've chosen here works really well though. It depends on the feeling of the scene i think.
ERBlountIII Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
very cool
wanderinghobo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Dammit! I love this! Time to do a ShadowUmbre study!
kiolia Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I think the lineart here works great, where the weight is pretty much just a depth indicator (great sense of that, by the way). I don't think thick lines can't be pretty, and I don't think thin lines can't be expressive. I do know that fussing with especially-variable line weight can add a lot of extra work (with great results possible but not guaranteed, of course), so I don't know, I'd say go with what is comfortable and doable.

I like the piece on both the large scale and in the small details -- it feels like there's a story here, which I always like. I have no idea what direction there was for this (or if it was someone else's idea in the first place or depicting a particular scene), but I think the guy's disengaged/relaxed/bored posture and expression feel out of place, or at least like a lost opportunity. If he's supposed to be a lazy, whatever sort of guy, then that's nailed, but everything in the piece except for him is saying "here's a problem to solve and an environment that's not very safe," and it seems like he should be helping, arguing, or on the lookout for whatever there is to keep an eye peeled for.
YouriVDE Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
love the style!
DREIGNUS Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Love the colors you use! :D
wr4ith0 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was always of the impression that the thicker lines were preferred as a time save because they made expression easier and simplified drawings somewhat. While your stuff with thick lines is great too I personally find your work with the more painterly thinner lines more attractive. I would suggest that comic styling is only important so long as it has a genuine reason to be there, and if in your graphic storytelling endeavor you find a better method there is certainly no reason not to go for it (would it not derail the timeline you have set for yourself work-wise). What I can say, is this style is starting to remind me a bit of some of the concept art and illustrations I have seen out of square enix and some of my other favorite video game companies. (you could also consider maivrry's reply. While the black [or dark] lines make things pop, some of the smaller line details here (especially the hair) are just begging for coloring closer to the shadows on that individual pace or if possible a straight up painterly treatment). Some of the coolest comics don't hold to convention, and I would be very interested to see what you would do with colored lines.
NixieSeal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Go with whatever inking style you like best. It doesn't have to be "comic-like" if that's not how you're comfortable inking.
Treyos Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if you can't decide from a visual preference, maybe take into consideration which style will be easier on you to keep up with on a consistent basis that the comic will require. Personally, I love the look of this. Plus, he's got a chainsaw, so +10 awesome points. :D
RioluNation Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Artist
Barnacles! :XD:
Euxiom Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I really love this! Their expressions, their outfits, the ruins.
CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I definitely prefer thin lines with lots of details. Your style is unmistakable; I hope you don't change it.
chameleonkirsty Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this style, but whatever you feel most comfortable with overall xD
Maivry Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe rather than changing the lines, just reduce them? Like how the background fades into a painting style, only more so. I totally understand trying to figure out whether to go for thick or delicate, but I think delicate usually has a better visual appeal.
Doodleniks Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is great!
lcmattson Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Either way, just be happy that you can create artwork of this caliber! Many are not so gifted.
redcat1887 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I prefer your thin lines. They can be expressive too, and they fit your paintings better.
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