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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DINO DAY 43!

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It's DINO DAY again!

Wow... we're down to the last nine weeks of Dino Day. That's crazy.  Hard to believe that I've drawn a dinosaur every week for nearly a year.

This week's piece was a fun experiment. I went to Artist and Craftsman Supply in Kansas City over the weekend and just randomly picked up a few pens and brushes to mess around with. I love doing that. Art supply stores can be a dangerous place for me-- the best kind of dangerous.

The ankylosaurus was always one of my favorite dinosaurs growing up. Ethan recently pointed out that I hadn't drawn one yet.  I promised to do it this week and wondered why, over the course of the last year, even as a favorite, it hadn't made the list. When I sat down to draw it, I remembered-- the things that make the ankylosaurus cool are it's turtle like shell and massive club like tail. I always loved the tail. The problem with the ankylosaurus' shape is that it just doesn't fit well into this silly square format I chose for the project. So in today's drawing you get the head and part of the cool shell, but not that amazing clubber of a tail.

The piece was done on an 8x8in piece of bristol board, using a really fun green Pismacolor Premier brush tip marker.

I've got some news about the upcoming DINO DAY art book coming your way soon. The holiday kind of swallows everything, so it'll probably end up being on Monday of next week. Good good things, though!

Okay, see you next week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DINO DAY 42!

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It's DINO DAY again!

I'm not a digital artist. People do absolutely brilliant things digitally. I'm even a little jealous of the things can do with it.  I just work better with pen and paper.

Since digital art isn't my forte, I thought it would be fun to step out of my comfort zone and actually try it on one of these Dino Day pieces.

The original piece was drawn in pencil on a piece of 8x8in bristol board. I scanned that and then built the rest of piece in layers of flat color.

In the end, I'm really happy with the way it came out. I hope you all dig it too.

Now I'm off to make dinner.

See you next week!

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DINO DAY 41!

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It's DINO DAY again!  It's a new week! Wow. I'm not going to lie...last week was a rough one. I had a crushing deadline on Constantine and some tough life stuff hit at the same time. It wasn't easy. Luckily, I managed to fight through and late Monday night finished the Constantine issue. And you know what? I feel like a new man. I'm exhausted.  Might be fighting getting sick. My hand definitely hurts. But I'm good. It's nice to be done. ...now on to the next issue!

I wanted to do something different for today's piece. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to mess with a medium that I don't usually play with. When I was a kid my mom had this set of oil pastels. From time to time she would break them out and do a little something. I was always amazed with it. I never really got into oil pastels myself. They're messy...and I don't really like messy. But I wanted to try something new, and I was thinking of my mom, so I went out and bought a set of oil pastels. Nothing fancy. Just the $15 box at the local Michaels. It was messy. It was outside of my usual wheelhouse, but it was fun.

Today's piece features a Therizinosaurus (the Wolverine of dinosaurs) on an 8x8in sheet of bristol board. I wanted to pull back a bit to show the Therizinosaurus' crazy long claws, but a portrait worked better with the oil pastels.

Okay, I'm going to go take a nap. I deserve a nap.

Next week will be week 42, ten weeks out from my year long Dino Day adventure. In addition to my usual post, I'll have some announcements to make about the Dino Day book project for you!

 

Thanks

Jeremy

 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DINO DAY 40!

 

 

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It's DINO DAY again!

40! 40!! We're down to the last twelve weeks of this thing. That's craziness!

Did I say I was under the deadline gun last week? I think I did. THIS WEEK though... I may have over exaggerated last week. That deadline gun has me in it's sights. I think the trigger has been pulled. It's gonna get me.

Owen has been asking me to draw a Spinosaurus. He's kind of into the big ugly things at them moment. After a hard week of drawing comics, I was in the mood to draw something nice and loose goosey. I went with a continuous line drawing. Those are always a lot of fun.

Todays piece was done on an 8x8in piece of bristol board, using a size 1.00mm Pigma Graphic pen.

Okay, I'm going to get back to it. Constantine has cigarettes to smoke and magics to do.

See you next week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DINO DAY 39!

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It's DINO DAY again!

I'm wiped out this week. Sometimes making comics just isn't easy. This is one of those times. I still love it. Every day I get to make fun things. Sometimes it just doesn't come as easily as others.

This week, I woke up and stepped on a little plastic stegosaurus on my way down the hall. After I hopped around cursing for a bit, I decided it was fate and I should draw a companion piece to week 16's brontosaurus. It was always one of my favorites. Little. Simple. Fun.

Today's sketch was done on a 4x4 remanent of bristol board, using a 03 Deleter pen and YR24 Pale Sepia and W10 Warm Gray 10 markers.

Alright, there you go. I need to get back to work...but my need for a nap is going to win out.

See you next week for another DINO DAY!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DINO DAY 38!

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It's DINO DAY again!

Today's piece is a special one to me-- a collaboration with my 9 year old son Ethan. This piece really gets to the heart of what I wanted to do with Dino Day. It's me and my kids having fun, making things, and loving dinosaurs.

I asked Ethan if he'd be interested in penciling the dinosaur of his choice and then let me ink it. He was happy to do so and just knocked it out of the park. He wanted to draw a Spinosaurus but then when I looked over again he'd also added a Postosuchus, a nice background and even a couple of teeny tiny Pteranodons flying in the distance. I loved it.

I've collaborated with creators for years. I have to be honest, I don't think I've ever been more nervous that someone was going to like something that I inked. I wanted to do it justice. In the end, I'm pretty happy with my inks over his amazing pencils.

The collaboration was done on a 12"x12" piece of bristol board with a live art area of 8"x8".  Ethan penciled it using a HB school pencil and I inked it using a Zebra brush pen and a couple Deleter pens.

So yeah, this was a ton of fun. Getting to work with my kids has been the best part of this whole experiment.

Thanks for checking it out!

See you next week!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DINO DAY 36 & 37!

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It's DINO DAY again! This week it's a double header!

So yeah-- I owe a bit of an apology. Last week I was in New York for NYCC on Wednesday, and in spite of my best efforts, Dino Day just didn't happen. I worked on a piece, but with running around the city, waaaay too much food, and general shenanigans, I couldn't finish it and get it uploaded in time.

But I'm back this week with both pieces and I'm pretty darned happy with them!

Week 36  is based on a study from the Natural History Museum in New York City from the main room of their dinosaur collection. It was done on using Kuretake Zig Writer pen with .5mm and 1.2mm ends on a piece of 7x7in bristol board. I quickly bounced from tip to tip, using the 1.2mm end to block in black shapes and the .5mm end for the finer linework details. I like how it came out. It was something fun and definitely different from a lot of the pieces I've done for Dino Day.

Week 37 is the companion piece to week 25's ultra popular Hipstasaurus. This one features the HipHopasaurus (or Beatasaurus). He's pretty much my new favorite. The piece was done on 7.5x7.5in piece of bristol board using a crowquill pen and Paynes Grey FW acrylic ink, with just a touch of Orange (YR68) Copic Marker for the accents.

Okay, that's it for this week. I'll do better not to slack off again.

Until then--

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DINO DAY 35!

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It's DINO DAY again!

This week I'm busy. Crazy busy. Deadline busy. I'm not really sleeping much. My time is at the drawing table.

As usual, when things get this busy I wrestle with it all. Still. STILL! I work in comics. I'm drawing Constantine. And-- dinosaurs.

Thanks to the crazy schedule this week I woke up in a blind panic and realized that I needed to do today's Dino Day piece on the quick. Rather than do my usual routine of a bit of breakfast, coffee, and futzing around on my phone, I stumbled downstairs, picked up a pen and some paper and just started drawing. Honestly, I'm not even sure a was really awake when my pen hit the paper.

Today's piece is a dilophosaurus (the spitting one with the neck thing from Jurassic Park, that apparently didn't have a neck thing...or spit) done on the quick on a sheet of 4x4in bristol board using a Zebra brush pen, a 03 Micron pen, and a Faber Castell Pitt big brush pen for fills. It was done in about 20 minutes. I'm pretty sure I was fully awake about the time I was scanning it.

Okay-- that's it for today. I need to dive back into work. So close to wrapping this issue up!

Oh, I'll be in NYC next week for Dino Day. I'll have to figure out something special!

See you then!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DINO DAY 34!

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It's DINO DAY again!

The Pachycephalosaurus is another in the "consummately goofy looking" group of dinosaurs. They've been on my list to draw from day one and have constantly been beat out by my desire to draw anything else. I know, I know. We need variety! ...but seriously-- draw the one with the weird head or another T-Rex?  T-Rex is going to win every time.

This piece was drawn in Zebra brush pen and black colored pencil on a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. piece of bristol board.

So there you have it, the Pachycephalosaurus! Next week, it's back to the cool mean looking ones.

Thanks!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DINO DAY 33!

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It's DINO DAY again! I'm crazy busy this week.  I have a deadline looming on CONSTANTINE, some work on my newly announced book WOLF MOOF to do for Vertigo, a big project today, and I'll be heading to Iowa City this weekend for MID CON. Needless to say, today's post will be short and sweet.

Recently the script for CONSTANTINE #19 called for cool panels of ominous clouds. Instead 0f drawing in cloud shapes to be colored later, I thought it would be fun to go more organic with them and try out a few watercolor cloud skies. I did a series of cloud passes using Windsor Newton Paynes Grey watercolor paint on really nice Arches watercolor paper. The first one was...not the best at all.

Today's piece was done on a cloud test piece of watercolor paper using a Zebra brush pen. I thought it would be fun to draw a Pteranodon portrait. It immediately made me think of Sauron, the MARVEL COMICS character from the Savage Land. It made me laugh.

Okay, that's it for today! Work work work for me!

See you next week!