My next project is a Poe biography for the first issue of Powerpop Comic Classics. It will run as a backup story to “The Black Cat,” illustrated by S.M. Vidaurri. I was hoping to do this story more traditionally, so to speak, at 10″ x 15″ on Bristol board, inked with brushes and dip pens. I did this portrait today in an effort to get myself back into the habit of brush-and-nib inking (the last time I used that technique was with Night Knight in 2005).


I didn’t make this with the intent of sharing it — again, it was just kind of practice — but I liked how it turned out so I thought I’d go ahead and post it here. As it turns out, the extra time it’ll take to draw at that size and ink in this manner might end up forcing my hand back to the disposable pen method. If that’s the case, I’ll probably look for another excuse to ink this way in the future.

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