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Zombiebomb rough by Inkthinker Zombiebomb rough by Inkthinker
If'n I don't drop the ball, this ought to appear (inked and in color) in the next Terminal Press Zombiebomb anthology. I'll be cleaning it up over the next few days, so if you have any critiques or suggestions, get 'em in now.

The only instruction I was given was that it needed to have "sexy babes" and "zombies", and rather than pick something coherent I decided that it doesn't gotta make sense so long as I'm having fun with it.


Drawn in Manga Studio EX (v3) using a Cintiq 21UX.


Finished inks are up now:

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CheekyMonkeySan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thats really intersting that you decided to invert it. Any particular reason? If you don't mind me asking? I'm a current art student and that kind of info I would find really helpful. :)
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing.

In the West we generally read from left across to right, starting at the upper left corner and following out to the lower right (in other places around the world, they may read up to down, and right to left, and this affects their ideas about composition accordingly). Artists can use this to create a sense of "flow" across the overall illustration, and if you're very good at it you can guide the viewer's eyes around the page without them even realizing it.

If you step back and look at the overall image (or make it small), you may be able to pick out the way that some lines guide you to other lines, and there are a couple of swooping arcs of implied tangents and shapes that should (in theory) carry your eyes from the top left of the page (where you naturally start) into the center, around the group, and out to the bottom right. If you follow the lines up, the composition of the birds is designed to guide you back in. If you move to the left, there's less tangential cohesion and more chaotic grouping of shapes. Only out to the right do the shapes flow smoothly.

Mind you, I'm making about half of this up as I go... it's only recently that I've started to try and plan this stuff out in a more than half-assed fashion. I feel comfortable with anatomy, I feel halfway competent with perspective (at least when I try hard), but composition is still something I'm digging at. Most of the time I only start to consciously work this stuff out when I'm halfway done with it, and sometimes that means going back and making changes (this is why rough sketches and Layering are important!). Flipping the whole thing along the horizontal axis is, thankfully, as easy as a button-click, but if you compare the original sketch you'll spot a bunch of other stuff that changed as I went. For instance, the birds weren't originally there at all.

Being mostly self-taught means you pick this up slow, and usually by messing it up a lot before you get it right. Still, I think maybe learning it this way helps impart a deeper understanding of the issue at hand, because you're learning through experience.

At least, I sure hope so. :D
CheekyMonkeySan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. That was very informative and a great eye opener. I don't usually have that much going on in most of my images but I do love the flow of this piece. I can't believe you're self taught. That blows my mind! You're an amazing artist and very open with your technique.

I will do my best to keep all of that in mind so hopefully I too will improve the flow of my future works.

Thanks again,

hrhtomas Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
The sword girl looks a bit plain compared to the other two, but I really don't know what you could add; maybe some Yakuza tattoos or an eye patch.

*LOVE* those ray guns.
Brosa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice composition and great movement of all the elements. yeah! I want to see it finished!!!!
butterfly-dragon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:+fav: it made me laugh and i liked it. It's exhilarating :)
adony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
The gun blasts stand out the most for me. You need powerful guns when dealing with zombies.
Wait, can we still use the "Zed-word"?
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like "Zack", from WWZ. :D
Sakiido Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
I sees me a boomer
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Leaping Boomer! It ain't even fair.
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