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Queen Chrysalis Returns, inks- My Little Pony by andypriceart Queen Chrysalis Returns, inks- My Little Pony by andypriceart
From issue #1, page 19 of MLP: FiM from IDW Publishing. These are the final inks that were done for what was easily my favorite page from the entire issue... not only are all the Mane 6 here, so is Spike, and the big reveal of the one that became my absolute favorite to draw, Queen Chrysalis. Various inking tools were used, including PITT pens, mechanical pens, two different dip nibs, and primarily a #4 Raphael Kolinsky sable brush. A mix of Dr. P.H. Martin's High Carb and Matte india inks was used.

Here are the original pencils for comparison
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Seiya-Meteorite Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome inking! :D
gleidsonaraujo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Great ink!!!!!
Pigeon-Butt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Chrysalis looks fabulous, as always! Great work ^^
allyirenejean Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was a little creeped out by fluttershy on the top o-o
Flux-of-Chaos Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I apologize if this has been asked before, sir, but do I detect a bit of P. Craig Russell influence in the center image of Chrysalis? I'm a huge fan of his work with the comic adaptations of the Elric Saga. (And I've become quite a fan of your work as well.)
andypriceart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope... I certainly appreicatte his work, but I've never really been a follower of his. My inspirations of Estaban Marato and Bernie Wrightson are what's showing through here.
Flux-of-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Bernie Wrightson's name sounds familiar, but I don't believe I've heard of Estaban Marato; in either case, I'll have to look for some examples of their work. Your own piece reminded me of this, so I suppose I started spotting connections that weren't there...

P.S. I love all of the throwaway jokes in the comic's panels. Sometimes I feel like the only fan who spotted this one.
andypriceart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're one of two I know of that figured it out ;)
Flux-of-Chaos Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
...aaaand I just spotted the IDIC symbol in the new issue. :D
(Praise Kirok!)
TheDagwoodBrony Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can use this to aid my own pen and ink work with the great reference of cross-hatching found in this!
Anubislaughed Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
LOVE the crosshatching in the center circle!!!
Heirophant Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Spike has a pretty epic rage face.
templar127 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Nobody-animation Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
crescent-night Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
damn queen you're scary O_O I loved the sketch when I read the comic ^^
D3i Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Yeah, it really shows that you like Chrysi there. :3
Good job for capturing her emotional evilness(?).
Not to say the least the use of a great disposition of the frames. :D
Xtralife Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The orb panel in the center has been my favorite panel across the entire comic series so far. The warped perspective that bugs out her eye, the cross-hatching that puts much of her in shadow... it's all such a dramatic reveal that commands attention. Great, killer stuff.
Felicia89 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
in Issue 4 of MLP Chrysalis's queeny hat was dented, i think she should sue that there Sparkle girl! (ya know, for the expenses of new and improved queeny hat)
andypriceart Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Given time, I'm sure eventually she'll get a chance to bring up the issue ;)
Felicia89 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
if nothing ellse, it would make a fun and silly little story :3
PonyMystic Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GASP!! Is that comic online somewhere? I need to read it but I'm confused about what to buy, cause i read somewhere online that ISSUE 2 is coming out but....yeah, I'm confused so....yeah.

Awesome art btw!!! Nay, that's an understatement. There are no words :iconcrystalponiesplz: to describe this amazing thing. :D
andypriceart Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The comic is an ongoing monthly magazine published by IDW Publishing, and is the only officially licensed MLP comic. Check your area for comic shops, it's about to hit issue 6. They can also be digitally purchased on itunes or comixology. Also look for the mlp Micro-series, each issue features a different pony star!
PonyMystic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh cool! :D
Senria-chan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best pictures from Chrysalis, ive ever seen!
Queen Chrysalis.

This is the real Queen, the badass, the most beautiful but deadly creature in MLP!
Amazing Art.
I love your style!
PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
lol at Fluttershy's face and her heart in her throat! Damn, your pony art has some of the greatest expressions I've ever seen!

Pinkie Pie sticking her tongue out is cute, too.
BklynStar555 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Your Chrysalis is so perfect! My jaw dropped when I saw her for the first time in all her nefarious glory! Fangs bared & crazy glint in her eye. You have done my queen justice! :)
duragan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing work. ^^ Loe the attention to detail all the way through the comic page. :)

If you don't mind me asking though, was this drawn purely by hand before being scanned in? If so, mind if I ask how was it you were able to get such a fine detail of pen line work brought up to this stage and make it look so smooth? Whenever I scan in any images, even to the best settings I try to get, it still comes up as fuzzy and it ruins the line work to me. If you have any tips for improving a scanned line piece, it would be greatly appreciated. ^^;
andypriceart Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's entirely by hand- I don't do digital work. Majority of my inking is brush, then PITT pens, then dip pens. Some fuzziness may be your paper choice, examine your original closely.

As for scanning, this is Your setting should be for high dpi (I scan at 600, should be 450 at minimum). Scan as grayscale. My scanner has a photo or photo & text setting, I set to photo. Just because, I nudge the density up by one (if your scanner gives you that option). I scan as TIFF, as it has a higher compression ratio than jpeg does.

Once I have my scan, I clean it up in photoshop- First, I go to image: adjustments: LEVELS, and in the first box shown, type 25- you should notice all your blacks get a bit denser. Than, under image: adjustments: THRESHOLD, type in about 128. This makes all blacks solid black and crisp. Do any doctoring needed, and you should be set!
duragan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great! Thanks for the tips. :)
AuraGuardianHadou Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly the best page of the first issue :3
celrealm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
definately cool! That image of Chrysalis is 7 yr old and her dad 37 yr old (me) both dig it !!
NeonRedWings Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
MarelynMayhem Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Superb inking on Chrysalis! It does give the feeling of depth.
tomw20 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
That is pants shittingly scary.
TheAntsaBoy94 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. The story is great, but I don`t think the style is entirely fitting for little children.
DripDropBoom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
judging by the very very odd expressions on the Mane 6's faces (escpecially Fluttershy) I asume you tend to try to make the comics more cartoony than the show its self?BTW,I haven't read the Comic series,how much is an issue?
kittykat568 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where I come from, Massachusetts, they're 4.00 dollars a book.
KnucklesIsBoss Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
The crosshatching on the face there is really nice - it really gives her expression some depth. I always notice the shading work people do 'cos I can't get the hang of it, hah! I also love the light patterns at the edge of the glass for the mystic look it gives.

It looks surprisingly different from the coloured version in the comic book!
Grodandor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artist
Oh god, that inking!
CrimsonBugEye Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always found that inks look better without all the garish digital colouring. The colours draw your attention away from the inks and how much effort and detail was put into them. That's why I wish that all comics were coloured by hand instead of by computer(but that would take way too long).
andypriceart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very briefly I entertained the notion of hand coloring the book. I would have gone mad, and I'd still be on issue one! But I agree, coloring can make or break. Heather has been doing great. SO much color is a new thing to her, but she's really gotten into the swing.
JonasNG Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I actually saw a preview on the comic as well, and it showed this page, and the art stuff really showcased what I was hoping would be inside. Bunch of characters with nutty exaggerated expressions, but the tight inks and just over fun details crammed in put it on my pull list.
seahawk270 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I really love this page. The style on the central picture of Chrysalis in the globe is so much different then the rest of the page that they could almost be in two different books... and as such it just leaps out at you. I've been lucky enough to win a couple of your ebay auctions, and if this page is anything like the two I own I imagine it looks even better in person... as good as the pics and scans are, they just don't do justice to how incredible the pages look when you're holding them in your hands!

Very much looking forward to issues 3 and 4!
buhobotija Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
the work of the Chrysalis face in the circle is amazing.
PaperStreet-Soap Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your art makes me so happy <3 Your spin on the mlp style is so nice.
Crystal ball detail
Mill-Stone Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Chrysalis has one of the craziest designs in the show.
Cartoon-Eric Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So that's what the inks look like for the pages. Very nice. Now were the speech balloons and dialouge placed in Photoshop afterwards? I know that sounds dumb but I'm just curious how other artists do their work.
andypriceart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nowadays, it's rare to find lettering done on the page itself (although I do 90% of the sound effects on the page, so that I can work them into art and composition). Most lettering is often done in Adobe Illustrator, it's a good bit friendlier towards working with type than Photoshop is. Back in the day, lettering was done with what is called an Ames guide, and done directly on the page after pencils and prior to inks. Usually done with a mechanical pen or a fountain pen.
Cartoon-Eric Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I certainly remember the Ames Guide. I have one of those as a matter of fact. I don't have Illustrator so Photoshop has been doing pretty good justice for me.
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