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Alan Davis BLACK WIDOW by PaulSizer Alan Davis BLACK WIDOW by PaulSizer
Want to feel humble? Practice inking over old Alan Davis pencils. I guarantee, you'll see just how far you have to go in your art!
Still, it's a good kick in the butt. I went to his website and downloaded a few of his unpublished pencil drawings, and inked this in MangaStudio, colors in PhotoShop.

Davis is one of my art heroes, and he draws some of the most beautiful females in the world. Since I usually ink my own work, I take certain liberties with my pencils. Here, I worked to be as true to his pencils as possible, not veering off his model at all if I could help it. It's good practice for me to really study details of what he sees as important and to keep things clean and fluid, like his favorite inker Paul Neary does so expertly.

Original pencil artwork ©Alan Davis
Black Widow © Marvel Comics Group
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mbenga Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent job! I also idolize Davis's work, especially with Paul Neary on Excalibur. I read an interview with Neary and he said that once Davis trusts an inker, he'll let them have some freedom to interpret a little. But he is very strict that the face and hands have to be rendered exactly the way he drew them. I can see why. The economy with which he draws both is amazing. So few lines yet so dimensional and full of character. He is brilliant at using blacks to just the right effect.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed; Davis' ability to spot blacks is nearly unchallenged (Mike Mignola is the master, in my opinion). I actually felt really nervous in inking this for just those reasons. : )
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