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Shadow Gambit Sample panels by RobertAtkins Shadow Gambit Sample panels by RobertAtkins
Here are a few sample panels from the current book Im working on called Shadow Gambit.

My SOTD posts are my warm up for the day before I get started on a page or some other illustration. When I can devote a full day to a page, I generally get a page done in about 10 hrs. They are taking me longer than usual because for this book I don't have an inker.

So it's up to me to make sure the line art is as clean as possible and every thing is filled in and color ready for our colorist on the book. Mark Roberts :iconmarkhroberts:

I can't show off much, but this was from a page of the preview that is already up, and I thought it would be a cool example to show what I have to provide as the penciler, and how Mark is doing a bang up job adding so much to the page as the colorist!

The book should be out early in 2012, I will keep you all posted as we get closer and I'm sure we'll show more samples along the way.
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:iconadamlimbert:
AdamLimbert Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional
Super tight pencils! Very inspiring, sir.
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WorldofOko Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This looks great!
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munkierevolution Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
you guys are doing a bang up job!
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orabich Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow great work and nice color!
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misterbitter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
looks great - question for you - have you ever tried going straight to inks from rough pencils? also, is this creator owned book?
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I go straight to inks with all my SOTD pieces, the underdrawing is always pretty rough. Also the covers that I ink aren't nearly this tightly penciled. Im still too slow with the ink stage though. if I gave myself the chance, I would probably get quicker with the inking or be more content with a messy line. Which is becoming more fashionable anyway. Maybe that style is becoming more common because more pencilers are inking themselves and want to keep a monthly deadline and both checks.
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misterbitter Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
i hear you - thanks for getting back to me! I have always thought that "rough" inks feel more finished than the recent trend of straight to colors on rough pencils. I think about guys like Bernet or Zaffino and their stuff was rough but polished, in its own way. There are some guys i really like who go straight to color now and it really hurts them (Ron Garney comes to mind) IMO. That being said your stuff seems very tight and makes the transition well!
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I would totally agree with Ron Garney. I love his work, but he could really use an inker or tighten up his lines. I dont think he has ever drawn tight though. Like JRJR he relies on the inker to really establish depth, line weight and texture. Dont get me wrong though, I love his story telling and dynamics. Leinil Yu and Salvador Larroca come to mind as well when they were just colored over their pencils. It lacks the gravity and weight that ink can add to the pages. I could do more to really do a gray scale render, but that would be even more time consuming. Thought I'd like to try the technique sometime on a short project.
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TeppoYlitalo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh my ...! It's... INCREDIBLE! Is there any kind of walkthrough to your methods for pencilling? Like, do you scrap and position loosely and draw with a light table or can you do this straight from the start? Do you clean your pencils digitally by the way? They are so clean and amazing! Your colorist is also incredible!

PS: Your duo somehow reminds me of Salvador Larroca & Frank D'Armata & Stephane Peru
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I draw this directly on the illustration board. I use a 4H pencil lead to do my rough underdrawing, then an H lead for the finished pencils. I just keep the drawing clean and tight throughout and erase whatever loose underdrawing lines I have as I go. I have used a light table briefly in the past, but I found it made the process redundant and I felt like I lost a lot of energy in my drawings. By drawing straight to the boards I am able to keep more of my initial gesture in the final drawing.
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Why are you so talented?
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
I just work hard, make loads of mistakes and try to learn from them.
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd love to see your old stuff, see the progress ya know! Did you go to school?
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
yeah I went to Illinois State for my undergrad and Savannah College of Art and Design for my masters degree. I graduated about 6 years ago. Time flies!
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
How long were you in school? A masters in art and design?
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
4 years undergrad, and 2 years graduate school.
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, that's so long! Did it work wonders? (obviously)
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
I certainly learned a lot, but it still took a few years for it to sink in and I was able to put that knowledge to practice on a regular basis. Just because you know a thing, doesn't automatically mean you can do a thing. But yeah I loved my school experience. I would do it all over again.
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juancastroinker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
looks awesome man, cant wait to see more from this project!!
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:iconlu-kutha:
Lu-Kutha Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
looks great
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tillman54 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this is really sweet stuff man. I am glad that all your hard work paid off and you are reaping all of these blessings.
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
It doesn't come easy or over night that's for sure, I think that helps me NOT take the opportunities for granted. Each day I'm grateful. Even when I have to draw crowd scenes...heh.
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tillman54 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I hear that.
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thecreatorhd Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Your pencils have always been so ridiculously tight, it only makes sense to go straight to color. These look great!
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RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
I think it can be done right, and it can go horribly wrong with out the inks. Luckily Mark knows what he's doing and the colors accentuate the line art and add so much, instead of washing out the lines with the color. He's doing a fantastic job on this. I can't wait for it to be out this next years con season! Woot!
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thecreatorhd Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Totally - there are some artists (Joe Mad) who should *always* be inked. But this works well. Props to Mark! I'll look forward to it.
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oICEMANo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Looks great! Nice job both of you.
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BernyArrBee Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
the pencils are so clean I could swear, when I'm looking at the finished panels, that they were inked.
the colors look amazing. I should give this Mark Roberts a watch
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:iconrobertatkins:
RobertAtkins Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
He's worth watchin' for sure! thanks
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comic-coloring Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
great colaboration
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