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Ben Chamberlain
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I make a sci-fi webcomic:



Burning by smbhax
My first real art commission for a reader! This represents the climactic scene from Cordwainer Smith's 1958 science fiction short story, "The Burning of the Brain." More on that, as well as some process pictures, here.

Watercolor, pencil, and white ink on 11.5" x 10" 300 lb watercolor paper.
Wake Up Call by smbhax
Wake Up Call
Kind of a darker, heavier linear style, "inking" over the pencil drawing with really dark purple watercolor. Kind of a poster-like effect, I suppose! Anyway a friend of mine who happened to see the painting in the flesh really liked it so I figured it was okay to post. ^_^

Watercolor, pencil, and white ink on 16" x 6.75" 300 lb watercolor paper. This is art from my hard sci-fi webcomic, "Supermassive Black Hole A*." This piece is up for auction on eBay for the next six days or so; you can get prints of it on my webcomic site, here.
See No Evil by smbhax
See No Evil
I wish I could get this kind of light and linear and seemingly effortlessly light-filled-slash-shadowed look happening for me on a consistent basis, but at least it happened here. : ) Somehow!

Watercolor, pencil, and white ink on 16" x 6.75" 300 lb watercolor paper. This is art for my hard sci-fi webcomic, "Supermassive Black Hole A*." The original art as well as prints are available here.
Parasol by smbhax
Kind of got a lighter, more linear type of look going on this one, almost a 1950s kind of thing I guess--maybe I should do this more often, only my comic is usually not quite so light and happy. Maybe I am in the wrong subgenre! : o

Watercolor, pencil and white ink on 300 lb watercolor paper, 16" x 6.75". It is art for "Supermassive Black Hole A*," my hard sci-fi webcomic. The original art and also prints are available here.
Harvest by smbhax
One morning I woke up really early and couldn't go back to sleep and was really tired but for some reason I had this crazy urge to get up and paint this painting, which was the biggest watercolor I've ever done (18"x24"). The character is Selenis from my hard sci-fi webcomic "Supermassive Black Hole A*" ( but this was different than drawing a story sequence page because it didn't need to have a specific setting or action so I could just go all crazy with the watercolor, which was what I did! Fun! I should do this kind of thing more often probably.
The 80% off "Supermassive Art Sale" ends April 30th!… Most of my (remaining : D) art is going for just $10!

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wtfemm Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student General Artist
love love love your art!
smbhax Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! : ))
helenyuqing Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for your watch!
smbhax Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're doing great work! ^_^
CodyOP Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really appreciate the attention. It means a lot. And nice gallery!
smbhax Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
My pleasure--and thanks! : )
cdmalcolm Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love you comic. Love the B/W. it my favorite type for reading and looking at great contrast.
smbhax Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Always nice to meet someone who's also into the black and the white. : )
TiredOrangeCat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Just read your eraser review, loved it. I too have struggled to find something reliable to pair with my graphite. I have used the Staedtlers for most of my drawing career and have been pretty pleased with the results, although as you said, it tends to scatter a bit during heavy use. You have intrigued me and I think I will purchase the top four of your list to give them a go. Your tests were in the H-B range where as I work primarily in the 4-6B range when using graphite so I am curious to see how they handle the softer leads.
smbhax Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for reading, Cat! I'm actually trying out some 4B this week, and on smooth Bristol paper--and I got in a few more erasers, like Tombow's legendary old "Mono"--so I'm going to have a follow-up eraser comparison article in a couple days. (The short version is that the erasers perform relatively similarly to what they achieved with the H-grade lead on the rougher Illustration paper, except that the Campus 2B, which was #2 for me with the H grade lead, is at 4B just slightly outperforming the Ain Dust-Gathering, which was #1 for H--the Campus erases the softer lead more completely, and requires less scrubbing.)
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