Deadpool Kills Mr. T (Trying Something New)


For the last year I have been doing all of my preliminary drawings on Strathmore Toned Gray Paper. I like the smoothness of the paper, and I prefer the gray to the brown. Just personal preference. I use Prismacolor Verithin Black to do the drawing, and normal Prismacolor Black and White to finish it up.

I’m a big fan of Mark A. Nelson, specifically for his great tone drawings. I got his book Visual Dialogues back at Illuxcon a couple years ago, and I constantly find myself referencing Mark’s book when it comes to working on tone drawings. As I was studying his drawings I realized that Mark sometimes used black ink to accent his images. This led me to start adding ink to my drawings as well.

Visual Dialogues by Mark A. Nelson

Visual Dialogues by Mark A. Nelson

At first I started with basic ink, and it works fine as long as you don’t add water. Strathmore Toned Gray Paper is thin, and the water warps the paper. I really liked the feel, but I wanted a greater range of tones. So I started using Copic Markers (Warm Gray 3, 5, and 7). This immediately started getting the texture and feel I wanted. My first drawing done with adding Copics was Noekam The Mummy Lord back in May 2013, and I’ve been doing it ever since.

However I wanted to try getting a greater range of brushstrokes than the Copics are capable of, so I tried delving into other Alcohol based inks. While perusing at Jerry’s Artarama (my local art store) I found Pinata inks. I bought a set and I tried them out.

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In order to have fun with the drawing I decided to flesh out a funny comic book concept I came up with last year, Deadpool Kills Mr. T. If you’re a comic fan you will be familiar with the Deadpool Kills series from Marvel. Basic idea is Deadpool kills everyone in the Marvel Universe, then moves onto classic literature, etc… As you can imagine it was funny and got out of hand very quickly.

Here is my Take on Deadpool Kills Mr. T:

"Deadpool Kills Mr. T" Gray Tone Drawing by Sam Flegal

“Deadpool Kills Mr. T” Gray Tone Drawing by Sam Flegal

I ended up using the Pinata inks in the background. I used traditional ink for Deadpool and the foreground, then added warm gray with my Copics. It was fun to do!

So often as working artists it’s easy to stop experimenting and just produce. I personally think experimentation is an important part of an artists work. Hopefully you’ll take the risk and try something new!


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