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Retro Graveyard Street Race by Huwman Retro Graveyard Street Race by Huwman
This is a commissioned piece in progress. Its going to take a l-o-o-n-g time to ink and colour this baby so I thought I would post the final pencils sketch here for Hallowe'en and my client said that would be okay . .. so here it is!

Drawn with a mechanical pencil.

The person who commissioned this is Mark Maia and, in addition to being an all-around cool guy and having great taste in art (obviously!), he is also a top-notch photographer. You can check out his stuff here: [link]

Just remember kids, don't street race - especially near the graveyard during a full moon!

Thanks for looking and Happy Hallowe'en!
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username125 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Artist
Oh wow, You draw out all of the blacks and brush feathering in pencil first. I usually draw out just the lines and none of the blacks and just ink that kind of stuff without much planning (as a general rule). I should really try penciling that stuff in first.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional
No, you really probably shouldn't! It's actually a fairly mental and OCD way to do things, even for me. I was especially precise about these pencils because the guy who commissioned it had paid quite a bit so I wanted to be sure the inks were close to EXACTLY the same as the pencils he approved. I am always very tight but I would usually be a bit more "sketchy" with my pencils. I am trying to loosen up and be a bit less rigid about things overall. That recent pirate/biker piece is an example of how I think the looser approach can actually look as good or better. Anyhow, you are welcome to try drawing each brush stroke like this but, like I say, I'm kinda nuts so you may want to just ignore some of the ways I do things!
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username125 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Artist
Haha, okay. I usually ink onto a blank piece of paper on a light table so I sketch out brushstrokes and black areas with non photo blue if I need. I think I've heard a cartoonist named Charles Burns is very tight with his pencils and draws out every brush stroke like this.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional
Yes, I love Charles Burns' stuff but he is absolutely insanely tight. I think what he does is great but I think I need to steer away more from his style and get more looseness into my stuff. One reason is it takes SO long to be overly precise and I have to start doing stuff more quickly.
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username125 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Artist
I can relate. Especially since I'm in art school now and have due dates. I take way long and need to get used to this sort of thing.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional
Yep. A guy that's good AND fast is going to do the best, for sure.
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant!!!! :D
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sacred-kustoms Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Artist
really nice.
Is this scaned and vectorized for final work?
I like the drawing with out color as much as the finished piece.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
Thanks, man! I actually inked this pencil sketch my hand (with a brush) so it was at this stage:

[link]

Then all colouring was done digitally in Photoshop. Some of my simpler pieces are vectors but not this one. And, yes, I tend to prefer black and white myself but so many people like colour I usually wind up adding it.

Anyhow, thanks for the watch (and right back at you). Great gallery!
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sacred-kustoms Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Artist
They are both nice.

I just saw your inked piece.
Does this end up as a screen print?
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
It was commissioned by a guy in Toronto and I sent him a huge, high resolution digital file which I believe he got printed to use as a large wall hanging/painting in his house. I should actually bug him and see if he could send me photos of it in place.
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sacred-kustoms Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Artist
sounds cool.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Did you actually INK over this beautiful drawing? This is pretty hot all by itself.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional
Thanks, man. I've GOT to loosen up a bit though!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
It's very cool!
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luftenstain Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
enormously precise pencils i would definitely die in the middle of such a huge work
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Huwman Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional
Really? I think you could handle it. Your stuff is so great! I'm trying to get a bit less precise though - it just take too long. Thanks for the comment and the fave!
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luftenstain Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
most certainly)precision is not my thing. i get mad then go nuts then destroy the work.thats my usual scenario for all the attempts to make my lines go the way i want them to.i rather follow the paths they wanna go. obey and accept their superiority.

and youre very welcome.
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Huwman Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional
You area wise man to accept "happy accidents". I am learning to do that too!
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luftenstain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
haha..thank you) and im trying hard to get me some more precision now
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional
I'll send you some of mine since I'm trying to get rid of a bit! ;)
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luftenstain Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
deal! i'll clean up my inboxes then...:)
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional
You'll need a lot of room for all my OCD! ha, ha. Seriously, man, you could be one of the very best. Just keep doing whatever you're doing.
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HappygoluckyLonghair Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
haha this drawing makes me happy!
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Huwman Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional
Excellent!
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dannyjay69 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very 50'ish! I LOVE IT!!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional
Thanks a lot!
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loveblistersfactory Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artist
I really love this picture your style reminds me a bit of charles burns, not that im implying that you are ripping him off. im really terrible when i sketch stuff out i use minimum line work then run into difficultys when i start to ink any thing.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional
Thanks a lot! I've had people say that and it makes sense, not only because I love Charles Burns's stuff but because we were both heavily influenced by the comic books of the 1050s. I'm actually trying to go the other way now and loosen up a bit since the precision inking style takes s-o-o-o long to do.
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loveblistersfactory Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artist
yeah but you get such wonderful results i you are a great example of what i should aim to be as good as
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Huwman Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional
There's nothing wrong with your style - I think it's great! I find that if I go a bit faster things sometimes actually look better, plus I'm pulling up on the big 5-0 so I'm not sure how long a guy's hands stay steady enough for the super precise stuff.
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loveblistersfactory Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artist
ha! yeah thats true i find allot of cartoonist come into there own when they go past the 40 mark which im not at yet i still make sure i draw every day if i can
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Zilcho32 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
That just looks great. Where d'ya learn your trade?
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional
Thanks a lot. I just got obsessed with old comics when I was a kid and started drawing. Not really any training to speak of.
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Zilcho32 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Yeah, I suppose the key is to persist.
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Lakebodom Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Really loving this ikind of style! For some reason, I like this version more than the finished version (both are awesome though, haha). :)
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Huwman Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional
I know where you're coming from. I often like pencils or just black inks as much or better than the final, coloured versions. Thanks for faving!
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izitmee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Can't wait to see it finished. Though they actually seem to be having fun. Maybe the zombie just wants to enlist in the race :D
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional
I think he likes the gal! ;)

Thanks for the fave.
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RougeDK Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Huwman is BACK!!!!! :headbang:

Looks great!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional
Thanks, man. I really appreciate it. I hope to get it inked soon but these dreaded "boring yet lucrative" jobs keep popping up. Gues I can't complain though!
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RougeDK Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL. OK, if I were so lucky to have those kind of "boring" jobs as you put it. :D
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional
Yes, I really shouldn't complain. It all beats real work!
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josue64 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Artist
excellent art. Love the freak in the foreground. Man, it's good to see some of your art.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional
I really appreciate that. Thanks!
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paintmarvels Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another amazing piece!!!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional
Thanks so much!
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Seothen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is great man, looking forward to the final piece!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional
Thanks, man. I'm trying to find time to ink it soon.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
There really is so much to love here: greasers, zombies, hot rods, and your indomitable style!
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