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Jim Lee DOCTOR DOOM by TimTownsend Jim Lee DOCTOR DOOM by TimTownsend
Ahh....Jim Lee. The closest thing we have to a rock star in the comic community. Jim is the whole package. His talent knows no limits, hes the hardest work professional Ive ever seen, he truly loves and respects his fans, and hes the nicest guy in the world. Ive only had the chance to work with Jim a few times over the years which is no suprise considering he has the best inker in the modern history of the medium, Scott Williams, locked down tight. Obviously, you dont turn down a chance to work with Jim but Ive always found it to be THE most nerve wracking experiences of my career. You just dont want to be the guy who screwed up Jim Lees pencils. Since it usually takes me a few pages to really gel with a penciler, Ive never really been able to do what Id like to over Jim. This example was the first time I ever inked him, back in the 90's. This was a Wizard cover if memory serves.
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samzhengpro Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
great inking! its amazing!
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KEVGEAR Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this!
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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ReneMicheletti Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
nice work
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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thestefan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
awesome man!!! ive been learning how to ink traditionally for a while now. its so much harder then i could ever imagine. i hope to be as good as you someday. if i could ask you one question, can you tell me how you scan your work in? its seems that every time i scan mine in, it comes out looking very bad. any advice would help.

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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
If Im scanning a file to be colored I usually scan it as black and white line art and save as a TIFF. This means the scanner is interpreting the lines its scanning as either solid black or solid white. It eliminates and middle ground clutter and tends to clean things up a bit. It also keeps the file very small and easy to work with. However, its not always the prettiest when viewing on a computer screen. JPegs tend to look better when viewed on a screen because the pick up more of the subtleties of the overall page. I usually scan stuff like this in color or grey scale. Theres usually clean-up involved afterwards since this tends to pick up every little dust particle or stray smudge. I recommend learning how to use the "dodge tool" in Photoshop. Its a great way to quickly clean up files like this. Hope that helps!
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thestefan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
thanks im gonna give it a try.
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ftrwar Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   General Artist
he is the man yo lol
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daveofapocalypse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
cover to wizards villain special in 98 called dark book. rock!
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Soposoposopo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, Tim! Since you speak of Scott Williams with such admiration, could you give a little description of what there is to Scott's inks that an inexperienced eye might not necessarily see? Like maybe there's something you've learned from his work that we earthlings could keep an eye on?
Give a good shout-out!

- Lasse
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey, Lasse. In the great pantheon of inkers, the best of the best, we find individuals who personified certain styles. From Al Williamson to Joe Sinnott to Terry Austin to Klaus Janson, etc, each of these individuals defined their own particular style. As time went on and their influences beget subsequent generations of embellishers, we started to see hybrids, individuals who took from multiple styles and developed their own language. Scott, to me, stands out heads-and-shoulders from the rest because, not only has he developed his own unique style that is almost universally appealing, he is also able to work fluently in each of the other styles and do it just as well if not better than those who originated them. To put it simply, he can do it ALL and he can do it just as well if not better. He's the inkers version of Michael Jordan. Scott, of course, would tell me Im insane but I know the truth. :)
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Soposoposopo Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Alright! Thanks!
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AsGaRDiaN28 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
This is just great! If it didn't have the DA logo I'd hang this up in my cubicle.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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RKB344 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
wow my friend wow! did you go to art school???
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
University of Central Florida. Thanks!
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RKB344 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Sweet I just draw on my free time if I get any lol but no real schooling so if you have any tips on how to get better it would be much appreciated. I love your work!!!
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BRENDAN11 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
that is some fantastic inks,nice job.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Nice to hear something positive after that last guys comment. :)
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BRENDAN11 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
yeah i read the last comment,what kind of world is that dick weed from;hey man great work,love the gallery, jim lee wow and your inking double wow top score in my book.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah. If you look at his page hes pretty much here on DA just to be a dick. Small lives, small ambitions. :) I dont mind if people dont like my work, just be constructive or keep it to yourself, right?

And thanks again!
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BRENDAN11 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
hey man thats great and no probs,as for dweebs like that,i guess it must be envy!!
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badger333 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's not that good...marks out of ten...best thing about this rubbish...nothing.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Judging from you seem to think passes for art, I'll take this as a compliment. Have a great day, douchebag.
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andremirandarosa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!!!
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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TicoDrawing Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa i didnt know you had inked this piece, i remember seeing it a couple of times in Jimīs works and i thought he had inked it himself , anyways great job
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Evilapathy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Artist
love
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Evilapathy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Artist
love doom, love jim, love those inks!!!
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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refineib73 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
lovin this! :D
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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BobTheEgg Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011   General Artist
WOW Great inks! And I agree, Jim is awesome.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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JeffBlinkinsop Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Artist
haha Love it. Lines look crisp clean :)
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UltimateInker Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011   Artist
sweet
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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UltimateInker Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011   Artist
no problem. i have a question, i have worked off and on for ten years or better in the indy comic world doing everything from writing to lettering, pencils and inks r my thing mostly, i absolutely hate doing color, but ne way it has been a long string of disappointments, from cancelled projects to ghost writing and inking and penciling, u get the paycheck sometimes some times u dont and very rarely the recognition that u deserve, im sure youve been there too. anyway i have tried for years to get sample pages from marvel to ink as inking is my true passion, but have had no luck what so ever, so my question is would you by chance have some that i could ink for my portfolio. My current projects are with Arcana and i am a partner in G2 comics both of which have been far better than all of those before. if u look at my portfolio on here keep in mind that everysingle page was inked on 8.5 by 11 letter sized paper including the top cow stuff. and because it is damn near impossible to get the 11 by 17 stuff i need and even more difficult to get card stock prints i will ink urs on that size as well if u have any
thanks for ur time
michael
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rschuch Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Love the monogrammed belt buckle - Doom is SO GQ. When you say, "Ive never really been able to do what Id like to over Jim." are you referring to how tightly you follow his pencils? It's like there's no room for interpretation, or very little. Do you like working with artists who leave a little more breathing room - who are a bit looser in their roughs that give you a chance to exercise more liberty with the final piece?
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ultimately, its FAR more rewarding to work over pencilers who leave some room for interpretation, like Jim. Jim's pencils tend to be on the loose side (in a GOOD way). As an inker, it usually takes at least a few pages to really hit a stride, to get a feel for a given penciler. My comment about never being able to hit my stride with Jim is because I so rarely get to work with him and, when I do, its usually just a cover or a page here and there. Theres never enough continuity to really get a feel for what Im doing.....if that makes sense.

The reason Ive worked with Bachalo for 12 years and counting is precisely because he gives me so much latitude to draw and embellish with the inks. If not for that, Id have been bored out of my mind years ago. :)
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rschuch Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Thanks for the reply and info. As long as we're on the subject, are there any artists you've worked with who make it tough/challenging to ink because they complain about deepening a shadow or adding or deleting a couple of crease folds in someone's clothing and give no margin for interpretation?
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Not really. Most of the people Ive worked with have requested me, knowing what I bring to the table. They've been very accommodating and open to the collaborative process. I think the only guy I worked with who was overly particular was Frank Quitely. And he was REALLY cool about it. No ego or anything like that. He just had very particular ideas of what he wanted. Its ironic because his pencils are probably the simplest Ive ever worked on.

There was one douche'-bag who shall remain nameless but he was new to the fold and a flaming ego-maniac to boot. He liked to ink his own work but was awful so Marvel brought me in to "make it pretty". He had an attitude from the get-go. To top it off, when all was said and done, he told me he felt I should give him my share of the originals since it was his first Marvel gig. He stated that he didnt have much money and that I must be rich considering all the years Ive been at Marvel. Lol. As if I dont have bills to pay. This guy had a sense of entitlement that wass off the charts. Too bad. He was very talented in terms of penciling. I think hes still around but I dont think he ever went very far which, considering his attitude, doesnt surprise me.

All-in-all, Ive had nothing but great experiences.
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rschuch Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Thanks again for the informative reply and congratulations! It's so rewarding to find your niche on this planet and to be able to use your talent in a way that's appreciated and admired and STILL pays the bills! I'm very happy for you.

I was just curious because a friend of mine had spoken with a few inkers who said the job was somewhat thankless and, after reading through Klaus Janson's book on inking (where he does mention that some artists might not be happy if you take ANY liberties with their pencils), I was beginning to wonder how thick-skinned one had to be to survive in the inking biz.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I would say that any artist in general needs to have thick skin. Unfortunately most do not but there you go. Personally, Im not put off in the slightest by informed opinions. However, I am set off by ignorant "wanna be's" with insecurity complexes and chips of their shoulders doling out random insanity in order to make it sound like they know what theyre talking about. :) Regarding pencilers, Ive been fortunate to not really run across any of these types. Most, if not all, of the guys Ive worked with have been amazingly supportive and willing to let me be me. Chris Bachalo literally lets me draw and, essentially, do whatever I want. Its the reason Ive lasted so long as inker and havent gone off the deep end yet. :)

An inker should, however, be respectful of the pencils theyre working with and have a good grip on where they need to be taken. Ive had jobs that I basically traced because I felt the pencils were as good as they were going to get. Having a good eye is a key to being a good inker.
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eduardodekamaster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cool
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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henflay Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
"The closest thing we have to a rock star" TRUE lol
Jim Rocks
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
He does, indeed!
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gonzarts Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
i remember one of the first comics i liked was an x men one with your inks. super pro.
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