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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
DINO DAY 13!
It’s DINO DAY again!
I’m doing much better this week. Much much better. I finished my deadline. I got a little sleep. Most importantly, I spent a little time with my family. Amazing how that fixes things.
Owen has been asking me to draw a triceratops for a couple weeks. They might be his current favorite. This piece was done in about forty minutes. I’m continuing experimenting with new pens. This piece was done on another 6x6in piece of discarded DC Comics bristol board, using a Deleter Comic Pen Nib in a Tachikawa Nib Holder. I did the fills and the foreground plants using a brush and ink. From a technical standpoint, I’m really digging the Deleter products. They’re nice and seem to hold up well. They’re more expensive than Hunt Crowquill nibs…but let’s face it, Hunt nibs have gone to crap. I think I throw away more of them than I actually get much milage out of lately.
So that’s it for this week. I’m in a better mood. We’ve gone over the three month mark. There’s no looking back.
Here’s to thirty nine more Dino Days!
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.
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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!