just terrific, dusty-
now you said you're doing these in pencil only? and you mentioned photoshop "D"? i have cs2. if you don't mind, howd you get the slick look out of yer pencils? dig inking? vector tracing? I MUST KNOW!!!
1-tight pencils, leaving shadows and blacks to be filled later
2-image adjust, brightness and contrast, get the pencil line darkened up niceduplicate
3-magic wand at 32% the line art and "select all"
4-create a new layer and "fill" the selection black,
5-create another new layer underneath the newly filled layer and fill it white
6-make the original penciled drawing layer invisible and merge the filled black art with the white filled page
7-go in and clean up anything that needs to be cleaned and "fill" in blacks and shadows
8-i also tend to select the open space around the drawing, again with the magic wand, "invert " the selection, and stroke the containment line around the art to give a nice even, beefy line weight around the art
8-rinse and repeat as needed
the beauty of photoshop D, its all pencil baby! can't wait to see your arrow work man, you haven't ever tackled him yet have you? man, when are you gonna start posting more stuff, i need to see me some pencil art and some of that unpublished stuff you do that always blows me away!