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`TimTownsend's gallery is a glittering array of fantastic skill and comic book awesomeness. His dedication to finely tuning his skills is without doubt, and you'll always find Tim looking for ways in which he can inspire other artists to continue with dedication to their chosen craft. Tim is well known for embellishing our community with stunning artwork, but he's also the perfect finisher for a day of browsing. You don't need to be a comic nerd to appreciate everything that he does, however you may find yourself becoming one after visiting his gallery. So it's with a POW and a BANG that we bestow the Deviousness Award for February 2011 to `TimTownsend. Congratulations, Tim!
-awarded February 2011
I was just directed to this article on Bleeding Cool. Definitely worth a read. This guy is a bonifide criminal, no ambiguity about it whatsoever. AND he has an account here on DA. I just wanted everyone out there to be aware in case you're approached by him. Read on:

www.bleedingcool.com/2014/02/2…

Best!

~T~

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TimTownsend
Tim Townsend
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FAQ's:

1) I am a professional and Ive been working for MARVEL COMICS (as well as DC, IMAGE, and many others) for the last 19 years. No, I do not want to work on your self-published project for free....even though its likely the "best idea EV-ER".

2) I do ALL of my inks BY HAND. I do NOT ink digitally...at all....never. And no, I do NOT have anything against digital inking.

3) My tools of the trade in terms of inking are a WINDSOR NEWTON SERIES 7 #2 brush (about 75%), a HUNT 102 CROW QUILL NIB (about 20%), technical pens and other assorted items(5%), and KOH-I-NOOR 3080 waterproof drawing ink.

4) I rarely take on commission work due to my typically crazy schedule but dont be afraid to ask. Every once in a blue moon I can squeeze one in.

5) I am currently working on The Uncanny X-Men..

6) For those of you wanting to know "how to get work in comics", here's the straight answer. Spend many years learning how to draw from life. Go to school (not a requirement to get hired but the best way to learn the skill-sets youll need to become good enough to get hired). Once you're grounded in the basics of anatomy, form, lighting, etc. you can begin to study the art form of sequential story-telling. Just being able to draw a neat pin-up doesn't mean a thing. You have to be able to tell a story. Youll also have to be able to do this all in a timely manner. Deadlines rule this business. Once you're there the final obstacle is simple. YOU HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE VYING FOR THE SAME WORK. You'll be competing with seasoned professionals as well as new-comers. You have to stand out from the pack. No one cares if your work is "good for you". No one cares if you were the best artist in High School. They only care if your work is better than the rest and that its marketable. The big companies don't take samples any more which means you'll have to travel to conventions and meet with editors for portfolio reviews. Be nice, listen, don't get defensive if they tell you your work has problems, and don't smell bad. Know that everyone has a "killer idea that they've been working on for years" and that no one is likely to care about yours until you've established some professional credibility. Know that the odds are against you ever breaking in and that it takes a lot of time, patience, and diligence to weather the gauntlet. Only the strong survive. I think that about covers it!

7) I'm no longer doing on-line critiques. I get asked at least 15 times a day. They take too much time and I have work and a family to attend to. I'll most likely do an open call for portfolio reviews here on D.A. a couple of times a year. I hope you understand.

8) Before asking questions about things such as projects Ive worked on, who I've worked with, if I have any pencil-to-ink samples, do I do anything besides ink, etc, be sure you look through my WHOLE galley, not just the first page. I have almost 350 gallery deviations and many of the answers to questions such a these can be found therein.

Current Residence: Orlando, Florida
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:iconamaryth:
Thought I would call your attention to this since you're so awesome about calling out art thieves...

Jan Duursema posted about this on her FB page. The person in question is apparently making montages of others work, over-painting a few effects (mostly consisting of paint splatters) and then claiming it as his. He took her Darth Maul from a DH comics issue and combined with a cover piece from The Force Unleashed. Other people have identified several other pieces belonging to Kubert, Land, and Lee.

Here's a link to the article:

geektyrant.com/news/explosive-…
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kit-kit-kit Apr 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!^^
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TimTownsend Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
You bet! Love your stuff.
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:iconmlh70:
who do you think does the best crosshatching ink wise?
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TimTownsend Apr 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow. Not really sure how to answer that. Are you asking who has the best control or who adds and interprets it the best?I Either way, I dont think theres any one answer. Most good inkers can crosshatch just fine but thats not really what sets one aside from the pack.
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:iconmlh70:
My personal experience was that the crosshatching was more challenging than nailing the right line weight. I was watching scott williams on youtube and this guy came up as a suggestion. His name is dan williams and he had some good info on crosshatching.
Here is the link if you are interested.
youtu.be/AHoqh27vQRw
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TimTownsend Apr 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
No one aspect is more important than the other. It boils down to three things, drawing ability (which leads to an ability to understand how to interpret pencils), an understanding of line-weights and texture, and control over your tools. Cross-hatching is just one technique amongst many. You might be a cross-hatching master but how will that help you ink an Adam Hughes or a Joe Mad? It's just one nail in the greater tool-box.
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Salvador-Raga Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very nice to see you at Megacon and I hope to see you there next year my friend!salvador-raga.deviantart.com/a…
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TimTownsend Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Same to you! :)
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RHIX72 Mar 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
Tim, Thanks for taking the time to review my portfolio at Megacon.  Your advice and critique were very valuable to me and impossible to find without someone with your talent and vast experience.  Your inking has been one of my favorites for many years but I was unfamiliar with your original art...All I can say is that it's incredible and I hope to see a lot more of it.  All the best to you!   
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tintacity Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I just want to let you know that I saved a lot of your deviations on my comic archives for flatting and rendering practice. I hope it's okay. Keep on wowing us with your superb inking skills. You are truly an inspiration!
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CrimsonWalker Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Tim it was awesome talking with you today! Thank a lot for signing all my stuff and that badass print! You're an awesome artist! I look forward to being on your level one day.
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TimTownsend Mar 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Likewise! And thanks!
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CrimsonWalker Mar 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking forward to seeing you at the con tomorrow! I'll be bringing in some Tim merch for massive signage... If thats cool of course.
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:iconbowlsmoka:
your awesome! keep up the great work!
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TimTownsend Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmlh70:
I got this link about people trying to get free art from an artist from england. It might be a case of it might be funny if it wasn't true.
www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Mar 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
I loved this so much I posted it on Facebook. :)
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:iconmlh70:
thought you might like it
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:iconfuturesforgotten:
Hi, which scanner do you use? :)
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TimTownsend Mar 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
EPSON EXPRESSION 10000XL
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:iconfuturesforgotten:
Thanks!
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:iconmlh70:
Question? I saw your art collection on caf. What do you do with it all. Do you know who has uncanny 101.

P.s. A buscema avengers cover is up for auction on heritage
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TimTownsend Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I have some of it framed and others in portfolios. 

By Uncanny 101, do you mean the cover? A friend of mine owns that.

Yes. There are Buscema Avengers (and others) covers on almost every Heritage Auction it seems these days.
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:iconmlh70:
I have a few buscema interiors, but no covers or splashes. By chance do you know where I could find some simonson art. My brother is a huge fan and I am trying to locate some for him. By the way I saw a youtube interview of you and your reaction when they asked about your "smooth lines" made me smile. 

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