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X Men First Class by TimTownsend X Men First Class by TimTownsend
Here we have a really amazing piece of art, by the maestro and my good friend, Dave Williams :iconbrohawk:
and myself. Be sure to drop by Dave's gallery to check out the amazing pencils.
A little bit of background. I probably spent as much time on this piece than any in my career. It was the perfect storm. A) I consider Dave to be one of the best of the best our art form has to offer. He's a legitimate genius in my book. It's always a bit nerve wracking to work with someone like this for, essentially, the first time. I dont want to be "the guy that f'ed up Dave's masterpiece.
B) As some of you already know, Ive been dealing with some hand issues. Due to a neck injury a number of months back I was left with some minor nerve damage resulting in a small tremor in my drawing hand. NOT good. Ive spent the last 4 months trying to work through it. Its been a slow-going, frustrating process that had left me burnt out, discouraged, and considering the future of my career in inking. Im happy to say that, due to regular Acupuncture treatements over the last month and a half, my hand seems to have returned to me. Im back to about 95% and feeling much more optimistic about things.
However, I was working on this cover in the midst of the worst of it all. I agonized over every single line. Nothing really flowed for me. The end result was, in my opinion, much stiffer and mechanical looking than Id otherwise have done it. Much of the spontenaety of my lines were sucked away since I had to put so much effort in to my hand control. It took twice as long to do.

Im not saying Im not happy with it. In fact, I think its a very successful piece. I just know that I could have done better and me being the harsh self-critic that I am, all I see are the faults.

The fact that Dave was happy with it brings me endless amounts of joy and more than a little relief. Considering how difficult it was for me to pull off, I consider it a big triumph. I hope you do as well!
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:iconjonnieblaque:
Jonnieblaque Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Wow Great work!!!! Amazing!!!!
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
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Richiesorrows Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
can you add sage
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:iconjmarsh13:
JMARSH13 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
gr8 style and inking!
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:iconujz:
UJz Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Great :thumbsup:, by the way, do you hand-draw these and scan them onto the computer?
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes. All my art is done by hand using traditional methods.
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:iconujz:
UJz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
ok thanks :)
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:iconkeepermaky:
KEEPERMAKY Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow..WOW..Y MAS WOW!!
:eyepopping:
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augustustodopoderoso Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I know this is an old post mr. Townsend, but the story behind this piece is so inspiring and encouraging. I can only imagine how hard and frustrating moment you must have had during the inking process of this unbelievable piece. And how you overcome the difficult of not being able to express your artwork thru your brushes.
It´s a lesson for all of us, not only for working, but for life.
All the best, sir!
Cheers.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for your kind words! All the best!!
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redi-prio Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Maybe, just maybe, this the best collabo I ever seen (You and Dave). The second fave of mine, after your inking works on Mad!'s, and slightly atop Bachalo's. You two should do more and more in the future!
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I wasnt too thrilled with how my end turned out. My hand isnt what it was due to an injury and it was giving me a particularly rough time when I worked on this. I wish it was a little more organic. But Dave was happy and thats enough for me!
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NormanWong Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
this looks GReat Tim, crisp and clean lines all the way through.

Cool!
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:iconprisoneronearth:
PrisonerOnEarth Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant and inspiring stuff. It would be a dead-set tragedy if you lost your capacity to ink as well as you do. I've been appreciating your inks in the comics I read for years now, and you are in my personal list of top 5 most talented inkers.
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
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:icondio-03:
dio-03 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Student Artist
you sir, get my faves, and never ending respects!
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:iconbrohawk:
BroHawk Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Oh!!!...u "fav the inks but not the Pencils...I see how it is.
It's because he's red huh?
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:icondio-03:
dio-03 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Student Artist
hahahahaha! yeah you caught me. i'm a demonist. i just can't stand you humans.

actually i just kinda went in a rush since i saw your page, which was BTW amazing, and i wanted to see the finished product.

i'll right my wrongs in a sec though.
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:iconbrohawk:
BroHawk Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
HA!!!
No worries pal...just ribbing ya.
The ink is over my work anyway.;)
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Lol. Thanks! :)
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:icondextervines:
DexterVines Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional
Hey Tim, as I told Dave you guys kicked ass on this piece. I love to see stuff like this and the stuff Mark is doing on SI.
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, buddy! What blows my mind about Mark is that hes doing all that with a nib! Unreal.
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RyanOttley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Artist
Sorry to hear about the hand, that sounds miserable. It doesn't show at all, this cover looks great. You team-up with Williams nicely! What am I sayin?!? You can ink anybody and make em' look good.
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, buddy!! Yeah, the hand thing has been nerve-wracking to say the least. Its been improving a lot though so things are looking up.
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:iconjkkellar:
JKKellar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Suffering+Control= The Best Art
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Lol! I like that. Thanks!!!
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:iconespada06:
espada06 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
awesome piece! :love:
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:iconsynyster-666:
synyster-666 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wow. That is just simply amazing. :O
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:iconyunosh:
Yunosh Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA Crazy Awesome :D
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:icondadarulz:
dadarulz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an interesting style. Kinda retro. Really reminds me of the old comics with their halftone, faded colors.
Boner-inducing inks by the way, as always.
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:iconenrisantana:
enrisantana Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
WOW!!!!!

Realy cool art!!!

Very clean and stelistic ink!!!!! =D
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:iconjel:
jel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   General Artist
Fantastic job, you really added something to the already phenomenal pencils.

Sorry to hear about your hand condition, hope you get well soon :)

I fav'ed this one by the way!
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
i wonder what Jean got for a wicked bra that squeezes her boobs like this :D i love the eye-expressions in this one!
(note to self: check this out)
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PaulRenaud Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Artist
The pencils were so amazing that I was afraid of the inking...Well I think you did a great job here!
Congrats.
I'm glad to hear you recovering. Means more cool pieces to post here in the future :)
Take care, Tim!
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
I agree. No one was more afraid of the inking than ME! :) Thanks, Paul!!
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PaulRenaud Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean, but anyone can see you have the right attitude toward the art you're inking. You're very respectful and know how to serve the strength of the pencillers while embellishing the rest.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well, I appreciate that. Thank you again! Ive always felt that a good inker (and colorist for that matter) should know when to push and when to hold back. Theres no need to spill out your entire bag of tricks on to each page just for the sake of showing what you can do. There should always be a reason for an approach. We're the supporting cast so we shouldnt try to make the final product about us. In my humble opinion of course. :)
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ChrisMcQuinlan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
this piece is absolutely crazy! it would look great, colored and on my wall! hahah
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emperios Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Bastard.









I LOVE it!
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PORTAVERITAS Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
yoU ARE JUST UNBELIEVABLE!!
This is going to be one of my favorite pieces done by you!!

Tim you simply rock!!

JESUS ANTONIO
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, buddy!!
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PORTAVERITAS Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
My pleasure Tim..this is amazing and a sweet piece of work!!

JESUS ANTONIO
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Satori-Blackthorn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A-freaking-mazing!! It's hard to believe you're not at full strength on here, it's brilliant! Your perserverance is admirable! Way to not give up!!
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chriscopeland Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
WHOA SHIT TIM! Daves lines, SICK! Daves lines and your ink...INSANE! Dope stuff bro as always. Also man, take care of yourself man, we gotta meet one day and have laughs and beer....and Kool-Aid.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
In that order! :) Thanks, brotha!! Much appreciated!
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Shuya Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Xavier's expression in this is so creepy, haha
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:iconchat-field-pirate:
Chat-Field-Pirate Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Hahaha, so true. Yeah I got to art school for comics (no joke) So i hear that all the time. But great job on it, i just love seeing the old random characters.
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JoseDom Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
awesome composition! :headbang:
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:iconthelearningcurv:
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
this is utterly amazing.... you've definitely added your spark to it.... if you can still do better, I'd love to see it one day, but hot damn this is beautiful...... you guys need to keep working together=]
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