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Darkness 2 Contest Page by ErikWilliams Darkness 2 Contest Page by ErikWilliams
When I saw this contest, I flipped my wig. Draw Top Cow characters? Yes please. To possibly be included in an actual issue of the Darkness? Check. To be judged by Marc Silvestri himself? Sweeeet. I had so much fun drawing this one, but the wording of the rules was nebulous. Just to be safe, it is fully lettered... though obviously the lettering is on a layer to be stripped away with the quickness if need be. And I drew a in-between version of the comic book, and the video game Jackie... I gave him the demon arms and one darkling and that's all.

Marc Silvestri was a huge influence on me growing up, and so was Dale Keown, who I think is one of the great unsung talents of the comic industry. Mr. Keown still does occasional work for Top Cow, and it's always amazing.

I always lamented being far too young to send off work to the talent searches in the 90's like the Homage/Wildstorm and the Extreme Studios ones. This is the closest thing I've seen in my adulthood, and I want to thank DeviantArt and Mr. Silvestri for putting it together.
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Quinn-S-Art Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow amazing man, Silvestri is among my favorites, and a huge inspiration as well, keep up the fantastic work man
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thanks!
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Quinn-S-Art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np,...have you ever met Silvestri? he is a great guy! he designed a tattoo based on jackie for me :D best day of my life!
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Haha no I've never met him. That's pretty cool.
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Aodhan567 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Just. Insane!
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thanks! I dig your avatar.
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suspension99 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your amazing work inspired me for an other drawing) great job)
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Thank you! That's a warm fuzzy.
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georgepthibaultjr Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
yo congrats on making it to the semi's great work
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Thanks man!
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ricardoredway Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
top three worthy
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Thank you, I certainly tried to put up a fight, but clearly Silvestri had no love for me.
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KrystenRose Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
This is pretty epic dude! ::thumbs up::

I have to agree with you on applying for jobs like in the 90's and earlier. I understand why (lots of people who would apply alone, for just one example) but this makes the artist/nerd in me giggle.

I'd say good luck but...I'm sure you got this ;D

Quick question (if I may) how did you manage to render Jackie in the first panel that way? I'm still trying out different techniques but I figured why not ask someone who's work looks like fun. Thanks =^^=
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Thanks! You want me to reveal my secrets!? Okay! I first go in to do the line drawing like normal, then I color it on the first run. I will flatten the "inks" and colors into one layer and copy it several times. Then I will use a hard or soft light airbrush to overlay colors... flatten to a few layers... then I sample the colors I create and try to paintbrush color by number over the gradients to create the more graphic look. I'll then erase pieces of each layer to create a cool cohesive whole I never would have found without playing and then flatten again. It's essentially a digital way of painting with acrylics actually.

Sounds crazy when I try to explain it. Hope that helps!
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KrystenRose Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I didn't expect anything less then semi-crazy ;D Thanks! It does help....I'm actually writing it down to try it out! You rock dude (((((HUG)))))
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
My pleasure. In a perfect world, that's what Deviantart is for!
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SpiderManBlackSuit Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I LOVE IT
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Thank you!
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georgepthibaultjr Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
yo great job that page is epic
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Thank you sir.
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JamileJohnson Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Awesome!!
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Thanks!
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meganann23 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Darkness are badass than team fortress 2. But this is wicked.
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thanks!
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meganann23 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
You're welcome.
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Falln4DarkAngel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOve the colors. good luck :)
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thank you!
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CrazylilBabi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
This is absolutely amazing. I was going to enter but then i saw this and felt no need. I hope you win first prize. =D
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thank you so much!
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Still-Benighted Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
daaaaaamn. the first panel simply blew my mind away! i'm not much of a comics fan, but this.. dude. you just rocked my socks.
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Appreciate the kind words.
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mshoop Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude..... THis came out great! Hmmm, I hope mine comes out as great as this!
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thanks. I'm excited to see yours.
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Max-Dunbar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional
super cool. Really nice work
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thank you!
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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh.. This is great entry =D
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thank you.
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harveyfenellere Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
impressive :)
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ErikWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thanks.
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