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(PG; Superhero) Agent K tries to relax after rebooting the universe and stopping a General Zaq attack. Why do these vacations never work out? Collaboration with special guest artist Line Olsson!

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By David Marshall July 4th, 2012 Categories: Post |

(G; Fan Art) In probably the most over-worked page in fan art history, I recreated a page from Dirk Tiede’s Paradigm Shift with traditional media and full color.

If you’re not already hooked on Dirk Tiede’s free creator-owned comic Paradigm Shift, you should be. He’s a personal friend on mine from the Boston Comics Roundtable. Right out of the blue, I asked Dirk if I could ink one of his pages — just for fun. He graciously printed out a faint blue-pencil copy of Page 83 for me to work on. Since the real version was published months ago, this is essentially fan art:


Dirk’s Excellent Original: See this page in context.


My Color Version


My Grayscale Version

Dirk’s live art size is smaller than my preferred 12 x 18 inches. His paper size 11 x 17 inches, but with an approximate 1.2 inch margin on the non-bleeding panels. This makes his implied art area 8.6 x 14.5 inches.

Dirk’s pencils are very loose. This means much of his finished work is done directly on ink. Looks like his Timed Master Series is paying off. Tried “inking what was there”, but his pencils were too loose for literal interpretation. I had to familiarize myself with the story and characters, do image research (state trooper vehicle, dashboard camera).

My version is hand-lettered (Speedball C6/B6, Ames setting 4.5 at 2/3 ratio). Art was inked with a #2 sable brush, ruling pen (borders), 512 bowl nib (straight lines) and Rapidograph technical pens (Panel 3, dashboard camera lens). The color version leverages my recent works “Six-Year-Old Horse Thief“, “Zip’s Last Day” and “Window of Opportunity”.

— Dave M!, maker of fine fan art

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