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Mysterious Adventure by scottygod Mysterious Adventure by scottygod
You've probably already seen this on *mattcrap's or =skutterfly's dA pages, or the Mysterious Adventure ComicSpace page [link] but too bad 'cause I'm so dang proud of what =skutterfly did on this cover. The book's getting close now, so break open that piggy bank or ask your folks for your allowance!

Lines by me, purty colors and design by Matt Kaufenberg.

Buy it here [link]
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MrOrozco Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Professional Filmographer
HOLY SHIT thats a nice cover.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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teabagcomics Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Hows this for a critique..
Firstly, the Logan behind Deathstrike and everything else in the background there is fantastic, though I can't really tell what is going on over on the right side with the inked area. Looking at it again, I kind of figure that the area behind her in the picture is actually a mirror and the area off to the right is the actual wall, but it is visually confusing without a few additional looks. Part of what is causing this is the word bubble by Wolverine, which points to the figure behind Lady Deathstrike as opposed to the actual direction the voice is coming from (somewhere on the right, I guess), so at first glance it seems like Wolverine is speaking the line from in back of her as opposed to in front of her, off the page. Also, the thin line weight on Deathstrike's hat makes it difficult to really make her head pop out of the background, and so it flattens the hat area to the wall and reflection behind her, which is also somewhat visually confusing.

Secondly, the smooth lineweight on DS is very nice, and is something I am still trying to learn to do in my own art. I keep wondering if artists use a form of straight edge to keep the lines so smooth or if they just freehand it. However, the jaw and feet are a little too emasculated for a female character; the jaw is either too broad or.... what it actually appears is that you drew the mouth a little too high up to try and make the chin protrude as she bites her lip, but I guess the effect didn't come out as you may have intended and instead it makes the jaw look too broad. Her feet are bigger than womens' feet tend to be, and her calf on the right seems to have more bulk muscle than women tend to have. In a sense, parts of the drawing have characteristics of Budd Root, though I can't really put my finger on what exactly.

A big thing about Lady Deathstrike in the comics is that she was named Yuriko and Logan met her in Japan (though I don't really read Marvel and the story may have been updated at a certain point.... ), and she should therefore have more Asian features in the face as well as more delicate characteristics to the hands and feet. You also drew the claws coming out of the tips of DS's fingers, but her claws were actually her own fingernails (or, if you go back to the old American animated series, she didn't have adamantium claws and her fingers were modified through whatever means to be perpetually freakishly long and sharp). I think I can understand why you didn't draw the fingernails extending, in part because the way you drew it sort of preserves the beauty of the female hand (which the nails attribute to), or perhaps you were trying to draw what I am looking at as extended nails as cuts in the bed, but her nails are actually retracted into the normal position. That seems to be the most reasonable interpretation, given the position of the claw marks to her fingers, though a little shading might help out with that.

Third, some of your shading seems a little inconsistent throughout the picture. For example, Wolverine in the back there and the windows and trees all have a certain hatching and shading style, while Lady Deathstrike seems to have more of a clean, "Frank Cho" sort of look to her (which is where I guess my Budd Root perception was coming from), and the bed seems to use more of the hatching on the sides and further back but the area that she is sitting on is clean and white, like you drew the picture using two different styles. The black area on the right seems to be a thing on its own.

Fourth, the perspective is a little strange. It sort of looks like you were trying to draw the bed in one-point perspective, but the weird thing about it is how it almost looks like the bed is short and rounded out by where her feet are, and for some reason looks like it is steeply slanting more downward than it really should around her feet. It may be an illusion caused by the positioning of her feet relative to the perspective, as her feet are not only lower down than the perspective would have them but also are angled more downward. Her hands are also positioned like they are flat against a vertical wall, which contributes to this. Basically, the bed looks shorter and somewhat distorts in the space you drew it in because you positioned her as though she were not properly sitting on the bed (a little shading under her rear would help with that), and that her feet are sort of not sitting on the bed at the perspective they should. Kind of like drawing characters who are standing in a shot, but they are just kind of floating in the space or their feet pass through the floor.

Fifth, I think the whole bed perception is heightened by the black bar you put on the bottom of the page, rather than continuing with the bed and having the panel float overtop the bottom part of the bed that extends as sort of a bleed image to the edge of the drawing area of the boards.

Sixth, the whole image in the bottom panel is disproportionate, and I can't really understand how that lighting situation is being produced by the environment Logan is in, if you look at the upper panel. Personally, I don't really think the zoomed-in eye shot works in this image, and I would instead use a zoomed-out shot of his face and upper-shoulders, perhaps holding the cigar with a more sensual, "before sex" body language like he just picked up on her intentions, and is about to walk over to her and take his shirt/pants off, or something to that effect. You can keep his eye sockets in shadow but change the angle of his head and torso such that his body language expresses what he is thinking instead of his gaze. I mean, look at Batman and when he responds to Black Canary in a rather emotionless sort of way before screwing her when she asks him if anyone ever told him that he's totally hot and he looks over his shoulder and says, "Not for the last few days, no" in All-Star Batman and Robin. His body language spoke more than his words, which is something Jim Lee is good at and can do to compensate for Frank Miller's stiff writing.

So I think I covered about everything thus far. I have a very hyper-acute sensitivity to these visual-spatial things in comic book pages and drawings. I would recommend thickening the line weights where need be to make her "pop", picking a consistent method of shading and apply more of it to show that she's situated on the bed, adjusting the perspective and the hand/feet positioning, ditching the large black areas on the right and bottom that distract the eye from the "main attraction", adding more of a definitive gloss of the mirror by adding white shine and hatch lines in front of the Wolverine drawing to make it seem more like a reflection, and adjust the positioning of the word bubble and its arrow to convey where Wolverine actually is in the picture, which is off the page looking at her from the viewer's perspective.

I hope that helps, and doesn't seem TOO critical =D The lineart and technique are still better than what I can currently produce, so I guess in a comparative sense you get high marks on that ;D
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scottygod Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
What the hell are you talking about?
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Ironface Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
I like that '40s '50s cover style :D :D :D
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That one's all Matt.
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Geoffo-B Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
niice.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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Geoffo-B Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome.
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HydeKomiksInk Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
OMG I can see why you are so happy with it. I couldn't possibly imagine a better color job being done. It's beautiful... oh yeah and the linework ain't too shabby wither.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Matt knocked this thing out of the park. I had a great time at Spazdog yesterday. Thanks for coming by.
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HydeKomiksInk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
no problem at all man. It was a pleasant surprise to see ou there. I didn't realize you were out in mesa. Spazdog looked like it went well I hope you had a good time.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I had a great time. The Phoenix Comicon folks asked me to do it again at Atomic in January. I'll let everyone know specifics when I do.
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HydeKomiksInk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Awsome! you better not forget.... ;-)
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mattcrap Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
spiffy- i was hoping you'd put it in you gallery too.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's everywhere!
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MErnst Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE this! It has all the heart and style of what most modern comics have lost. GREAT work. I look forward to seeing the finished work.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This one is all Matt. Go check out his stuff. It'll be up on IndyPlanet in February.
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
UFOs vs Fighter Planes!
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Does it get much better than that?
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Not much.
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Longscope Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Looks great guys.
I'd pick this up if I was walking through a store.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it should be in some shops in February, so you'll get your chance.
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Longscope Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
wooters :)
Or maybe I'll just steal one from your house...
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You could do that, too.
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TheMaskedShrike Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Pure win.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Woo hoo!
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DocCarlson Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So awesome.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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LeviSmithArt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Nice look.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's all Matt.
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LeviSmithArt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
so when does it come out?
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It'll premier at the Phoenix Comicon *knock on wood*
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LeviSmithArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Excellent! You printing it through ka-blam?
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the plan, though they're not exactly timely.
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LeviSmithArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
are any of them? I'm still waiting on comixpress.
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Attn2DTale Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Love the effects. How about a tutorial or tips?
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're gonna have to ask *skutterfly about that one. I only know how to draw pictures.
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Attn2DTale Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Done! (And ditto.)
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I love that old school feel, nicely done boys :)
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
On behalf of Matt, I thank you.
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
:)
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Thanks Scott! I hope it looks good when it prints.
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scottygod Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It'll look great and people are gonna stop and check it out because of your cover. Thanks again, Matt!
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