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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
DINO DAY 12!
It's DINO DAY again.
So we're twelve weeks into this. Three months. A quarter of a year.
I laid out all of the pieces this far. It was a lot of fun seeing the varied techniques, sizes, and media used.
This week I'm...exhausted-- stressed. Once again I'm in full on crazed deadline mode. That's been far too common a thing. Something has to give there.
Not to be maudlin. There's no way I'm going to stop doing Dino Day sketches...or comics for that matter. I just need to get back on track.
I feel like I haven't been able to spend any real time on these pieces. They're still fun and what I can do in the time I have is kind of part of the point of it.
Today's piece was a fun T-Rex foot study. It was done in about twenty minutes. I recently started ordering new various pens from jetpens.com. I've begun to integrate the pens into my comics work, but I'm going to be using the Dino Day pieces as a place to experiment a bit with new and different pens. This piece was done on a 6x6in piece of discarded DC Comics bristol board. I did the line work using a Zebra Fine Brush Pen. It gave some really nice line variation. I'm excited to use it some more to get finer details when I'm in a bit less of a rush. The tone was done using a C3 cool grey Copic Marker.
Okay, that's it for this week. I promise to be a bit less of a grump next time!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
DINO DAY 11!
It's DINO DAY again!
So my assistant Amber never changes her brush water. It's this black, ink infused sludge. I thought it would be fun today to use it for a quick underpainting and then draw on top of that. I ended up needing to water the soup down a bit. I'm pretty sure the "water" was now more ink than good old H20.
I did the piece on a 6x6in sheet of Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper. The underpainting was quick and sloppy fun. On top of that I decided to mess around even more. I grabbed a .01 Micron pen out of the trash and went to work. The pen had a horribly damaged nib out of the package and was too funky to use for comics work. It's weird wobbly line ended up giving things a cool look.
Today's piece was more experimentation fun. Who knows what I'll do next week.
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
DINO DAY 10!
It's DINO DAY again! We're ten weeks into this thing. Ten weeks. Wow.
Once again, this week, I'm EXHAUSTED. I've been working like a madman on Batwoman. In spite of that, I asked the boys what they wanted to draw and they suggested "the flying one".
So, "the flying one" it is.
Today's dinosaur, the Pteranodon was drawn on 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch Bristol board, using the .oo5, .01, and .03 Micron pens. It was done in about thirty minutes.
Alright, I need to get back to work. Batwoman needs to kick some booty.
See you next week!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
DINO DAY 9!
It's DINO DAY again! I've been at this for nine weeks now and in spite of deadlines and convention schedules, I'm still loving it.
I'm just back from Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. It was such a great show. I'm over fed and more than a bit exhausted, but back at it, now.
Today's piece started out a little later than I would have liked. It's based on the sketch of a stegosaurus skeleton that I did a couple of years ago at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
I've been sticking with pen and ink a lot lately, so I thought I'd have some fun and break out the watercolors for this one.
I did the piece on a nice 7x7in sheet of Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper, using Windsor Newton Payne's Grey and Cadmium Orange watercolors.
In spite of a couple of stops and starts-- which aren't good for watercolors, I think I'm pretty happy with the way it came out.
Okay, now it's back to work for me. Pages to pencil. Pages to ink.
See you next week!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
EMERALD CITY COMICON THIS WEEKEND (MARCH 28-30)!!!
This weekend, I'm going to be set up at Emerald City Comic Con with Bad Karma co- creator B. Clay Moore! As you can tell from the handy map above Clay and I will be representing Bad Karma at booth H16 & 17 in Artist Alley. We're on a corner and should be nice and easy to find.
Commissions-- I'll be doing 9x12 bust shots of the character of your choice, in ink and Copic Marker on Strathmore drawing board or in your sketchbook of similar size for $60.
I'll also have a limited number of my new convention exclusive "Bat" shirt available for $20.
Along with that I'll have my usual selection of trade paperbacks, recent issues Batwoman, a few copies of the hard to find Riddler linticular cover, a slew of prints, and a ton of original artwork from Batwoman, Riddler, Red Hood, The Darkness and more.
We're going to have hardcover copies of BAD KARMA: VOLUME 1 available for $35.
We'll also have a limited number of three styles of BAD KARMA shirts for $20 each.
We'd also like to invite you to check out the BAD KARMA CREATIVE panel FRIDAY at 3:00pm in room TCC 302.
Bad Karma Creative
Room: TCC 302
Time: 3:00PM - 3:50PM
Listen to B. Clay Moore and Jeremy Haun talk about the process of creating Bad Karma Volume 1. Learn about the ups and downs of collaborative creator owned projects and using Kickstarter as a funding platform. Also, get the scoop on where they are with Volume 2 and what exciting concepts are going to be explored!
So drop by the booth and check things out, say "hi" or sneak me in some donuts and whiskey. It's going to be a great show and an excellent weekend.
I hope to see you there!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
DINO DAY 8!
Dino Day 8! This one is for the road. I'm literally moments away from hopping into the car to the airport for Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle.
Since I'm still in crazy busy mode, this is another one done on the fast fast. I grabbed the first pen out of my holder (a LOOOOOOVELY Bic medium round stic) and started scribbling like mad. It was done on tiny 4x4 in bristol board.
I had a ton of fun drawing it.
Okay, that's all the time I have today. Off to ECCC!
See you next week.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
DINO DAY 7!
Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh. It's Dino Day again!
This week I'm in full on, crazy deadline mode. I went to be exhausted last night feeling like I was forgetting something. This morning I shot bolt upright in bed and remembered that in my rush to finish up Batwoman, I hadn't put pen to paper for Dino Day.
In spite of the craziness, today's Dino Day challenge ended up being a bit of fun. I decided on two rules for the piece-- it had to be in sharpie and it had to done in twelve minutes or less. Like a lot of artists I like using particular tools. I have a specific ink, pens, and paper I like to use. This was down and dirty. I snagged a fine tip Sharpie, a wedge tip Sharpie, and a sheet of printer paper. No time for fancy. No time for a pencil.
In the end, I love how loose this one is. It's silly and fun-- done without over-thinking or worrying about the final product. I hope you dig it too.
I'm going to get back to my Batwoman deadline-- to my crow quill pens, nice ink, and cotton-y paper.
I'll see you again next week.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
EMERALD CITY COMIC CON COMMISSION PRE-ORDERS!
I’m opening up my commission list for this year’s ECCC March 28-30 in Seattle!
If you're interested in getting a commission from me, this is the way to do it. I am only able to do custom pieces at shows.
For my standard commissions, I'll be doing 9x12 bust shots of the character of your choice, in ink and Copic Marker on Strathmore drawing board or in your sketchbook of similar size for $60.
I'll also take FOUR 9x12 full figure commissions of the character of your choice for $150. Full figures will ONLY be accepted as pre-orders. I won't be able to take full figure commissions at the show.
Here are the full figure commissions from Planet Comicon last weekend in Kansas City.
Here are some pics of the standard bust commissions I did at the show.
Decide what you would like to add to your collection--then email email@example.com with questions or to get on the list!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
DINO DAY 6!
Is it DINO DAY again? I've got to admit, I nearly missed this one.
It's been a busy week. I'm on a pretty crazy deadline on BATWOMAN, nearing completion on construction on a building project, AND prepping for PLANET COMICON in Kansas City. With all of that, I've had more than one instance of "What day is this?". Still, I managed to take a little time and sit down for a Dino Day doodle.
Today's drawing was based on a small sketch I did last fall at Cincy Comicon's Cincinnati Museum Center Drink and Draw. It was done on 6x6in vellum 300 series Strathmore Bristol Board with brush and ink.
I don't work with the brush very often. Most of my work is done with crow quill nibs or Micron pens. This was a fun, loose experiment.
Now...it's back to the drawing table for me. ...well...after some coffee.
See you next week!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRTS!
Since it's an all new convention season, I thought I'd do something completely fun and different this year. I'm doing a limited run t-shirt I'm calling "The Bat". The tees are being printed on ultra soft, 50/50 poly-cotton blend, American Apparel brand shirts. They'll be available in sizes XS to 2X for $20.00 each.
I'll be debuting the shirt next weekend, March 14-16 at PLANET COMICON in Kansas City.
Supplies WILL be limited at the show, so if you're interested in one and would like to guarantee getting it in your size, drop me an email and pre-order one at-- firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you at Planet!