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March 15, 2009


John Nowak

Yeah, there is a pretty amazing difference between the two art samples, and my first guess would be that they were done by different people.

But then again, it's hard to imagine that Richard Burton in a good movie was the same Richard Burton who appeared in numerous bad movies. Some people do wildly inconsistent work.

Tony Nichols

It is entirely plausible that it is the same artist. The stippling technique is not very hard, mostly because it's so SLOW. Cartooning is using the least possible lines to create the desired image. Stippling is the opposite. Use as much time and dots you need to EVENTUALLY arrive at a "photorealistic" image. In high school and art school, the least talented people (some with NO talent) were capable of doing great stuff with this method.


I also suspect Hibbard did it himself. A few points:

As an artist myself, there are hundreds of different styles it's possible to work in (part of art training in school is trying a lot of them to see which you like best) ... but only a few lend themselves to comics work, especially at the speed and page rate demanded back then. If the artist saw a rare opportunity to insert a fun experiment in a different style, he would have taken it - showing off, in a sense.

And as a professional illustrator, he probably had experience with different styles, as clients have different demands.

Personally, I have a great ability to draw from life. But I can't come up with things off the top of my head. If you asked me to draw a picture of the Flash, it would look clunky. If you posed someone in front of me, it would look great.

The shading on the portrait here definitely looks like it could have been based on a magazine photo.

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