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The Gentleman

Image area is 6.5" x 10". Created for Forrest Leo's The Gentleman. Acrylic Ink on Denril vellum (a translucent polypropylene, 3 mils thick). The entire picture was then sealed with Krylon Acrylic Workable Spray Fixatif. Also includes the pencils on vellum. The Gentleman #10 is from The Gentleman by Forrest Leo, edited by Ed Park and ADed by Claire Vaccaro, Penguin/Randomhouse. The book is a witty romp through steampunk, Cabellian fantasy, Trollopian romcom, a bit of Max Beerbohm and lots more. This scene shows a workshop of scientific illuminati. I crammed in my favorite early-SF authors. Clockwise from upper left: Robur’s Albatros, the Baltimore Gun Club’s cannon and moon projectile, Martian war machine from War of the Worlds, Nemo’s Nautilus submarine, George Pal’s time machine with Morlocks to its left and finally, Maria, SF’s sexiest robot, from Metropolis. This book was my last major faux-wood-engraving project, my eyes can no longer cope with the demands of doing page after page of such finely detailed inking. This book also proves that you can obtain superior results in this sort of hatching using pen and ink instead of the more popular scratchboard. The line feels warmer, more human and it's far more flexible, esp. in facial renderings. I think it's my best inking in this style and this is all that's left.

Width (inches): 7
Height (inches): 11
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Singh, Mahendra
Bio:
Mahendra Singh is a freelance illustrator located in Montreal, Quebec. He is best known to comic fans for his work on the Adventure Time related books "The Adventure Time Encyclopedia" and "Adventure Time: The Enchiridion".

Mahendra Singh has a very unique illustration style that closely resembles traditional engraving. His beautiful images are created by using dip pens with English or German nibs onto Denril paper, a special type of vellum which never cracks/stretches/warps. The whole page is then treated with Krylon Spray Fix afterwards to further protect it. All of this combines to create a slightly textured, unique, and truly compelling work of original art.
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