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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
DINO DAY 4!
Okay, this one was fun. I wanted to draw more of a full dinosaur this time around. I also didn’t have a lot of time. On top of that, I really wanted to try something different– something that’s a little different from my usual style. To hit on all of those, this Dino Day installment ended up being a brachiosaurus done in a continuous line drawing.
The piece took about 20 minutes and I think I managed to keep pen to paper the entire time.
I fell in love with continuous line drawings in college. They’re fun, fast, and a bit of a different challenge. You have to quickly plan on how to create shape. You have to be willing to double back– to scribble a bit. You basically have to turn off your brain and just go.
I didn’t QUITE get the whole brachiosaurus on there. I probably should have planned a bit better. Still, there’s only a bit of tail missing.
This one was done slightly bigger again that the last one, on 7x7in vellum 500 series Strathmore Bristol board. I probably should have used paper with a bit less tooth. By the end of it, my .03 Micron was about to give up the ghost.
So there you have it– Dino Day 4. I’m still having a lot of fun with this. I need to round up the colored versions from the boys and get them scanned. They’re fantastic.
See you next week!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Dino Day 3!
It’s Dino Day three and things got a bit silly.
What’s cooler than a T-Rex? A Batman T-Rex.
I went just a bit bigger with this one, working on 6×6 inch bristol board. I needed a bit more room for the bigger figure and the text. I still stuck with the square format, though. I’ve had some problems with the pens I started with on this project– Copic Drawing Pens. The ink just hasn’t been drying well and seems to smudge like crazy. I let last week’s Allosaurus dry for a couple of hours and the ink still moved all over the place. Needless to say, it’s back to Pigma Micron pens for me, when I’m not using the good old crow quill nibs. I scanned this one in and dropped in the cape color in photoshop. I threw some blue Copic Marker color on the original for fun.
I’m having a lot of fun with Dino Day. I hope you are too!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BATWOMAN #28 IN STORES TODAY!
BATWOMAN #28 hits stands today! I’m really proud of this issue. After some set up we’re really getting into the story we wanted to tell. ALSO– Check out that FANTASTIC alternate cover by Dave Johnson. Brilliant!
I’ve been the new regular artist on BATWOMAN for three months now. I really wanted to bring my all to this book, to take things up a notch creatively. It’s been tough– the deadlines have been tight and taking on a new project always requires a bit of adjustment. That said, I love the series. I’m proud of what we’re building here.
Following J.H. Williams is no easy task. Jim is an illustrator at the absolute top of his game. He absolutely put his stamp on BATWOMAN. I’m no J.H. Williams and I’m just fine with that. One of the things that I keep hearing is that people wished I continued the “creative layouts” that J.H. used in his storytelling. It’s kind of funny, because I made the contentious decision to not lean on that. The thing is that is what J.H. does. It’s been a part of his storytelling from day one. It’s beautiful. If I did that, I’d just be aping an element of what he does. I’d be low LOW rent J.H. Williams. I can’t do that. Out of respect to Jim, respect to myself, and respect to the book.
So anyway, enough rambling. Given that we’re three issues in, I thought I’d put up a few of my favorite pages from my three published BATWOMAN issues. I LOVE Guy Major’s color on the book. We make a hell of a team. I just thought it would be fun to see things as I turn them in. Hope you dig ’em.
So, if you haven’t done so already, drop by your local comic shop and check out BATWOMAN. You won’t be sorry you did!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
DINO DAY 2!
So it’s Dino Day again. I’m having a lot of fun with this.
This week Ethan asked me to draw his current favorite dinosaur, the Allosaurus. Mean buggers, Allosaurus.
Once again, I’m working on 5×5 inch bristol board. Pen and ink with a bit of Copic marker color.
I really liked the simple inks on this one, so I thought I’d share them too.
As I mentioned last time, part of the fun of Dino Day is letting the boys spend some time coloring the images. I printed out ten or so images and let them go crazy with it. Ethan ended up doing four different versions and they were all fantastic. The bottom two were a lot of fun. The one on the bottom right is a Two Face T-Rex , flipping a coin after eating Batman.
This week, with all of the snow days, Ethan’s friend Jeannine got the chance to hang out with us in the studio and color a couple of T-Rexes. Love her use of the different colors on the faces.
So there you have it– week two of Dino Day. Check back next week for more fun.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
DINO DAY 1!
So I decided to do a fun little thing. Well…honestly, it’s mostly thanks to my kids. My youngest son, Owen, who’s four and the most amazing kind of kid just figured out what I do for a living. His brother Ethan did about the same age and has been into drawing and hanging out in the studio with me ever since. The other day Owen asked me to draw him something. I asked what he wanted and he asked me for his favorite current thing– a dinosaur. Both boys really got into it. I got into it. Pretty soon they were asking me to draw dinosaurs for them to color and I got to thinking that I’d love to do this more often. And that’s how Dino Day came about.
I should say…and for those of you that check my blog, I’m not good at this sort of thing. I’m busy. Honestly far too busy. I don’t have time to sketch much at all beyond my comics work and I’m HORRIBLE at keeping up with this blog.
This is a little fun something for my kids– with my kids. So every week for as long as possible, I’m going to sit down and draw a dinosaur. Depending on scheduling it might be really simple one week and something fun and crazy the next. I’ll probably mess a bit with styles and media too. I’m doing all of the pieces at a nice, contained 5×5 inch size. They may get bigger. I just don’t know. The idea is that I’m going to also print out the pieces and let the boys color them. I’ll be sure and post their takes too. I love that part of the thing. Nothing makes me happier than my kids drawing/coloring with me.
So here it is– the first Dino Day. I hope you enjoy it.
See you next week!