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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
DINO DAY 26!
It’s DINO DAY! AGAIN! This post is a special one…on two levels. For starters this Dino Day marks six months of doing these silly things. Secondly, I’m posting this from vacation in Kauai, Hawaii!
Since it’s a special occasion, the halfway point in the project, I really wanted to do something extra cool. This drawing of an Apatosaurus was done in two squares. If…say at some point, I was going to do a book featuring these things, I thought it would make a fun center spread. I sat down and did the Apatosaurus in the foreground first at the cottage, using a fine point Zebra brush pen and a Copic W2 (warm gray) marker for shading. Next was the fun part– we drove across the island to the North shore where I stopped and drew the background, from life, sitting there in the jungle, using a red Papermate felt tip pen.
For fun, I decided to shoot a few quick videos and pics of me sitting there drawing. Hope you dig them!
JUNGLE SKETCHING 1
JUNGLE SKETCHING 2
JUNGLE SKETCHING 3
JUNGLE SKETCHING 4
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
DINO DAY 25!
It’s DINO DAY again! This week…things are a little silly. What can I say– I’m starting work on Constantine and feeling great about it AND I’m leaving in about twelve hours for a family vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. Not bad at all.
Today’s piece features the illusive Hipstasaurus (also known as the Velocihipster). It’s a dinosaur. You’ve probably never heard of it.
The piece was done on 6x6in bristol board using brush and Paynes Grey FW acrylic ink, with just a touch of Vermilion (R08) Copic Marker for the accents.
So I’m going to go finish packing and all that fun stuff.
Next week’s Dino Day piece will be done in Kauai. It’ll also be the 26th piece. Half way through…I’ll have to think of something special.
See you next week!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
DINO DAY 24!
It’s DINO DAY again!
They boys have been hanging out with me in the studio today. It’s been all about movies, fun lunch, and drawing.
Today’s piece was another quick continuous line drawing if a Parasaurolophus– you know, the one with the weird cone head thing. It was done on a 7x7in piece of bristol board using the first thing I grabbed out of my pen holder…an orange Sharpie. I don’t know how happy I am with this one. 7x7in is kind of a tight space and that stupid Sharpie wasn’t doing me any favors at all with it’s giant dull point. I probably should have tossed the marker and picked another pen, but I’m a bonehead like that.
As an extra treat today, we’ve got a special piece of art from Ethan. He drew this great Brachiosaurus piece in pen and crayon. I love the extra detail of the Pteranodons flying in the background. So much fun.
I don’t want to get into it too much, but I’ve been thinking about a couple of fun things to do with all of this Dino Day stuff once it’s done. It’s going to end up being a heck of a collection of dinosaur goofiness.
Okay, that’s it for now. See you again next week!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Early this morning I finished the last page of my BATWOMAN run. I’m not going to lie, I did so with a bit of a broken heart.
It was officially announced last night that after nearly a year on the book, I would be leaving BATWOMAN and moving to take over the art on CONSTANTINE with #18 in October.
I’ve said it a lot– I love working on Batwoman. It’s been easily one of the best experiences of my career. Working with Marc Andreyko on such a strong, iconic character was just a joy. I’ve been truly proud of the work we did together. It wasn’t easy. Marc and I came onto the book after “the” run. We were following in the deepest of footsteps. It was daunting. After a few issues though, something changed– fans began to really stand behind us and what we were doing with the book. We love Kate Kane and people got that. The support from fans– from the community has been outstanding.
When I got the call offering CONSTANTINE I really didn’t know how to feel– what to do. I hung up the phone and kind of just sat there for a while.
I need to stress, I wasn’t being tossed off the book. There was none of that. Things were shifting. Creative teams were moving around. They offered me something that I was a good fit on– something they needed me on.
I always thought I’d end up at VERTIGO. I love superheroes. Love them. But if you asked 21 year old me what I wanted to draw, without hesitation I would have said HELLBLAZER. John Constantine is just the best kind of bastard. Somehow along the way, I never got the opportunity to work at VERTIGO (yet…). I got to work in the other dream office. I got to work with the Bat Family. Still, as much as I hated seeing HELLBLAZER end at VERTIGO, the moment they announced the CONSTANTINE book at DC, I found myself muttering “I kind of want to do that…” And yeah– it’s not HELLBLAZER. Sure. I get that. We don’t see an article or review that doesn’t use that as a quantifier. You know what though? It’s good. Ray Fawkes is writing John Constantine as exactly the same bastard he’s always been. Okay, so maybe he can’t say “fuck”…but c’mon. Besides, it’s kind of fun, for all intents and purposes, to basically still be doing a VERTIGO book with the added bonus of the DCU.
In the end, I couldn’t say no. I took the gig.
So yeah…back to the broken heart. As much as I look forward to the next thing, I do hate to leave Batwoman. Gigs come and gigs go, but this one was special to me. Kate Kane– Batwoman is a character to admire. She’s amazing– strong, charming, brilliant, loving, flawed. She’s the kind of character this industry needs. She’s important as a role model to female readers, to the LGBT community, to all of us. I’m proud to have worked on the book.
For me Batwoman is a love story. It is a story about Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer. I got to tell that story and it means the world to me.
Thank you all for your support. Thanks for letting me grow as an artist on the book. Thank you for coming up at shows and talking to me– letting me know that the work I did with the characters, relationships, and fashion shined through. Thanks for making it special.
I hope that you can follow me on to the next things. In spite of it all, I’m looking forward to Constantine. And there’s even more coming after that. It’s an exciting time to be working in comics.
I’m going to keep at it.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
DINO DAY 23!
It’s DINO DAY again! This week I’m back at the drawing table and done with convention travel for a bit. It’s good to be home.
While I was at Florida Supercon in Miami last week, I had the chance to chat with my buddy Shawn Crystal about process. He’s a fantastic artist and one of the best inkers working in comics– one of those guys who knows his stuff. I’ve talked about it before, but I’m a little gun shy when it comes to using the brush. I’m comfortable with my crow quills and pens. Maybe too comfortable. I think I ink well. I’m pretty good at it. The things that I’ve been wanting though, is just a bit more life to things– a little less controlled. At the show, Shawn let me mess around with his amazing Raphael 8404 #2 brush and I kind of fell in love with it. The line variation is just amazing– ultra fine to nice expressive chunky strokes. I’ve never worked with a brush like this. Silly, I know. Unfortunately due to some silliness these brushes are kind of hard to find right now– and when you do they’re a little expensive. I managed to find one for $35.00 and was happy to pay it. I’m going to mess with it for a while here on Dino Day and see what I can do with it.
Today’s piece features a Guanlong. We found it in one of Owen’s dinosaur books and I thought it would be fun to draw. I did the piece using brush and ink on a piece of Bristol board that was a little too smooth for my tastes. I did it pretty quick and loose and had fun with it. Even got a little splatter happy there at the end.
Okay, after all of the travel, I need to get back to these Batwoman pages. It’s emotional stuff and I need to get into the zone.
See you next week!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
DINO DAY 22!
Crap. It’s DINO DAY again! This week I’m a day late. I’m in Miami for FLORIDA SUPERCON and being on the road yesterday wiped me out.
Today’s piece was done on the show floor this morning and is based the Lego T-Rex– probably the coolest combination of things ever. It was done on a 4x4in piece of bristol board in Copic Marker.
So yeah…sorry about the late. I’ll do better next time.
Okay, I need to get back to signing and sketching. It’s a great show so far.
See you next week!