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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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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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