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Saturday, June 26, 2010

TINTIN by Ron Salas

Here's my belated Tintin. Trying something different again with this one.
One thing I like about Tintin is that there are instances where you have this cartoonish character in an immersive, fairly realistic background and that's what I kind of tried to do here.
Looking back, I probably should have treated the background a lot more simply and not spent time on all the hatching and such. I just got carried away.


Josh said...

I love it. That background is fantastic. Your rendering of the rocks and the leaves are fascinating. It reminds me a bit of what Sean Murphy is doing right now in Joe the Barbarian.

Mitch Gerads said...

Oh man, that background makes me sickly jealous of yr mad skillz, Ron! The negative space waterfalls are absolutely beautiful.


Doc Shaner said...

Agreeing with the guys here, that background is wild, Ron. It really reinforces the idea you're talking about here.

Mike Hawthorne said...

Great job, Ron :)


Ron Salas said...

Thanks guys.

Richard Pace reinforced what I was thinking in that I went overboard with the rendering of the background. So I was thinking to do one of two things: 1) render Tintin in the same kind of way that I rendered the backgroun or 2) erase the waterfalls, background foliage, and pyramid and re-do it in a much simpler line style. What do you guys think of either option?

Mitch Gerads said...

Honestly, and I don't mean this to give you less work. I think it works. People are often too scared of juxtaposition in illustration. I think it makes things pop and makes the scene more alive as is.

honest thoughts.


Nathan Fairbairn said...

Ron, I know exactly what you're talking about. On p.42 of Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes about exactly this pronounced split between iconic characters and realistic backgrounds. He even uses Tintin as his primary example. As he writes:

"This combination allows readers to mask themselves in a character and safely enter a sensually stimulating world. One set of lines to see. Another set of lines to be."

I think you've pulled off the split beautifully. You're not using a dead line on Tintin, so the more sophisticated rendering you're doing on the backgrounds doesn't seem terribly jarring. It's different, yeah, but it works to pop the character. Also, if you take it a step further to add color, I think you could get Tintin to settle quite nicely into that lush background. (Or, y'know, if you're too busy I could do it for ya ;D)

Anyway, those are my thoughts. It's a beautiful illustration! :)

Francesco Francavilla said...

I actually love it as is, Ron :D
Great treatment on the bg.
If you really want to touch it up a bit, I would get rid of those sweater folds: make hin look a tad chubby ;) (maybe he really loves Amazonian food :))


Ron Salas said...

Well, thanks guys. You've effectively changed my mind about this piece. I'm glad it works.

Nathan - I don't want to bother you with this since I'm sure you're busy with actual work. I might throw some colour on this at some point.

Francesco - Why do you think he has spears thrown at him? That Tintin just doesn't know when to stop eating. ;)
I'll erase that line.