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What a different time makes...there are more and more artist taking the digital route and producing not only stunning artwork but professional images for work. Digital has come a long way, yet still has a ways to go. The two finger instant rotation of the image goes a long way to that end, yet there still is the tactile or lack of tactile feedback of the stylus, the randomness of the real world brush which any artist will tell you leads to numerous "happy experiments", and the ability to "spin" the brush and use its edge as a flat or its corners as a point, the real ability to mix colors, there should also be a preset of colors (palleatte) that match existing oil paints, etc.  

Today like most I am using digital where it is most helpful, during the layout phase, experimenting with layouts and composition, and using traditional tools everywhere else. For those that follow me I have been using copics alot lately. Mixing graphic shading and acrylics where the job allows.

I have gone back to traditional alot lately because there is a randomness, a magic that allows for unintentional "marks" that spark your artistic brain to try different approaches. In fact the first wow moments every artist has in their careers are those unintentional "moments" which push you to try something you didn't intent in order to fix the "mistake" and end up liking the mistake and subsequent final output. Those times where you feel you made a mistake, try to fix it, then end up coming up with a finished product better than you originally intended. All because of randomness and mistakes. That is the real attraction of doing "real world" art.

I'll never leave digital, again use what is needed at what time, but for now, as in cycles I am having fun exploring traditional friends...again....:)


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Whilce Portacio
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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh crap!! The legend man!! 0_0
Speedsterrex Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are still one of my favorites!  I know there are a lot more Filipino artists in Marvel and DC now but I always think of you as the first.  You were the one that got me into drawing and thinking that I can also make comics!  I still remember that X-Men cover you drew somewhere during the 1990s where Storm was looking up while the rain fell on her.  That one is still one of the most moving X-men covers in my memory.
ArtStance Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
I remember when Wet Works first came out and I was dazzled by the gold king midas touch suits. The cover art work on some of those are stuck in my long term memory. I specifically remember the one where the girl is surrounded by candles.
wonderboy4 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist
I just watched a video of you from 20 years ago called "Comic Book Greats" where you were talking to Stan Lee. Great video with lots of excellent insights to the way you created comics and your whole process.

Then I was glad to see you are also on Deviant Art and quickly added you to my watch list!

I really love your art and it inspires me greatly. I want to get better and better even though I am in my thirties. I used to draw when I was in school and only picked it up again recently, just as a hobby, because I felt bad about not drawing anymore and it always bothered me. I hope it's not too late for me to reach my potential, but I'm just glad I'm enjoying drawing again!

Thanks for your awesome work and generosity :)
goduvthundr76 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
wishing you a very merry Christmas!!
wayner8088 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Whilce Portacio!!! Nice to see a new post! It was an honour meeting you at Fan Expo in Vancouver last month!
Vegetorott Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Dude, get back on here! Need to see some of your artwork, man!
Shyree Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Whilce, it was great meeting you at Comic Con! Thank you for doing our interview. You can view the video here: [link]
Bunnygirle26 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Truly awesome stuff
tsujigo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
love your work ,your style has been an inspiration to me for a very long time !
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