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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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DINO DAY 32!

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It's DINO DAY again! This week I'm just back from Cincy Comicon. It's a great show put on by friends Tony and Kara Moore. Only in their second year, the show has grown in leaps and bounds-- the staff is amazing, the fans are friendly and excited about comics, and the city itself is wonderful to visit. On top of that, one of the coolest things is the Cincy Comicon Drink & Draw  at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (yep-- the Hall of Justice). After the show they bus us over to the museum and we enjoy an evening of hanging out, drinking, annnnnnd drawing dinosaur skeletons and exhibits. Yep. Pretty much my idea of heaven.

This week, I wanted to do a piece based on my sketch from the drink and draw. I always draw the land dinosaurs. They're the ones we think of when we imagine creatures from that time. As with now, though, some of the coolest and most terrifying things come from the seas. Today's piece is based on my sketch of the Dunkleosteus, a prehistoric armor plated fish that grew up to 33 FEET in length! These things were the T-Rex of the water!

The piece was originally done in pencil on a 9x12 piece of cardboard. I took a picture of that and used it as reference for this drawing. This one was done using Deleter .o8 and 2.0 pens on a 7x7 in piece of bristol board. It's simple, line based and fun. ...and yeah, terrifying.

The response to Dino Day has been AMAZING. Thank you so much. If you like this series, please share it with friends, talk about it on social media, or whatever you can do to spread the word. I'd really appreciate it.

Alright, I'd better get back to drawing Constantine.

See you next week!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CINCY COMICON 2014! (I-02)

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I'm in Cincinnati, OH again this weekend (September 5-7) for Cincy Comicon! It's a great show put on by my friends Tony and Kara Moore.

I'll be set up in Artist Alley booth I-02 with  lots of goodies --single issues of Batwoman, trades,  t-shirts, and lots of Batwoman original art.  Also, I'd be happy to sign any books for you that you already have, just stop by!

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I will also be taking commissions this weekend.  You can get a 9x12 full color bust of the character of your choice for $75.  Above is a sample Batwoman commission I did at Special Edition NYC.  Drop by the table and we'll get you on the list. It fills up pretty fast, so don't wait until the last day!

ALSO, be sure and stop by the Cincy Comicon Drink & Draw   Friday 8pm-11pm at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (1301 Western Ave). It's going to be a great time. Come by, drink, and draw dinosaurs with me!

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DINO DAY 31!

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It's DINO DAY again!

This week I decided I needed to draw a scholarly Tyrannosaurus. ...because what's cooler than a scholarly Tyrannosaurus.  Pretty much nothing.

Today's piece was done on a 6x6in piece of bristol board, using FW artist's acrylic ink for the line drawing and ink washes, a Faber-Castell black colored pencil for a little bit of shading, and a YR24 pale sepia Copic Marker for the spot color.

This piece took a little while-- probably a solid hour and a half, but I had a hell of a lot of fun on it.

Okay, thats it for this one! Tomorrow I'm off to Cincinnati, OH for Cinci Comicon. Should be a heck of a good time!

See you next week!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DINO DAY 30!

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It's DINO DAY again!

Week THIRTY! Wow... I've been doing this crazy thing for seven months. I'm not going to lie-- at this point it's getting harder and harder to figure out what to draw each week. Don't worry. That doesn't mean that I'm going to even begin to give up. It just means that things will probably get a bit goofy and weird for a while. And that's kind of cool.

Today's piece features another stegosaurus. They're fun to draw and Owen really likes them right now. This one is all Zebra brush pen and Deleter pens on a 5 .5x5.5in piece of britsol board. It was fast and loose. I intended to go a bit more cartoony with it-- there's a bit of it in there, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. I'll have to give that another go soon.

Okay, I'm on a pretty tight deadline on Constantine. I need to finish this issue by Labor Day.

See you next week!

 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DINO DAY 29!

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It's DINO DAY again!

I'm in a groove. Feeling it. Working on a new book times time-- figuring out. I've figured out CONSTANTINE and I'm feeling good about it. It's really nice.

Part of being in the groove is the sheer joy of being at the drawing table. This week's Dino Day piece is a direct result of that.

Today's piece is based on a study from the Natural History Museum in New York City. I wanted to just focus on shape and shadow with this one--  no line at all. I built it up from light to dark using warm grey Copic Markers (W1, W4, W6, W7) and a Golden Yellow  (Y17) for the background color to give it a little pop. It was drawn on a 5x5 piece of bristol board.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Okay, it's back to Constantine for me! See you next week!

Thanks!