Thursday, July 28, 2016

Star Wars 21 Cover Step by Step Part 1 Line Art

So, here's a look at how I made the Star Wars #21 Mile High Comics Tie Fighter Pilot Variant!

Get it here from MILE HIGH COMICS

First step is the sketch

The cover concepts I sent into Marvel Comics Editors Heather Antos and Jordan White and Lucasfilm for approval.

Roughs were drawn at 2" x 3" in my sketchbook using Warm Grey Copics then colored in Photoshop CS3.

Ok, this thing had to be done QUICK so inked this myself - meaning I roughed it in quickly then basically drew in ink.

See rough - using Pitt Pens S and Micron 03 

Knew I needed to nail the helmet and then could "cruise" from there...

Now, I don't recommend working this way but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

Used a Pitt B for the main figure inking plus the Pitt F

Micron 03 for background


Starting on Tie Fighters with Micron 03 and 08

Drawing Tie Fighters with a Pigma Micron 08 Pen

Detailing the Tie Fighters with a Pitt S Pen

I brought in my ace reliever, Rachel Dodson, to fill in the blacks using her brush - looks so nice!

Erased and sent in for initial approval

Final Line Art
Next time - colors...


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

San Diego Comic Con Part 1 - Sketchbooks

Yep, Comic Con!

So, I'm back but have a ton of work to catch up on, for now, a photo!

And my new sketchbook debuted and it's available for you.

You can Pre Order from Flesk Publications and both Bud's Art Books and Stuart NG Books will be shipping VERY soon! 


I will have them at all upcoming shows -

Look to the Right ----------------------------->

More to come!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

San Diego Comic Con, July 20-24, Booth 4706


It's Comic Con time again. Will be sketching, signing, etc and Rachel is going to be there!


Rachel and I will be appearing at CCI San Diego, July 20-24 at Booth 4706.

Terry Dodson's Bombshells Sketchbook Collection Two

My new sketch will be debuting at my booth at San Diego.
Be sure to check out the new 48 page collection! This collects the out of print Bombshells Sketchbooks #4 - #7, the out of print Reveries sketchbook and new material - all rescanned and in a gorgeous hardcover format!

The majority of the convention Rachel and I will be at our Booth 4706, that we share with Aaron Lopresti but we will be doing other panels and signings so here's a pretty extensive list of appearances.


6:00pm - 9:00pm  Booth 4706


10:00am - 1:30 pm Booth 4706

2:00 pm  - 2:45pm Signing at the Image Booth

3:00PM -  4:00PM Room 28DE

Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle

Moderator John Fleskes (Flesk publications) leads a rousing discussion with Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, World of Payne, Savage Wolverine), Terry Dodson (Princess Leia, Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Wendy and Richard Pini (Elfquest) and Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea, Xenozoic) about the differences between working for major publishers and shepherding through their personal projects. The pros, the cons, the triumphs, the tears! Plus, panelists share the latest news of upcoming projects..

4:30pm - 7:00 pm Booth 4706


10:00am - 1:30pm Booth 4706
3:30pm -  7:00 pm Booth 4706


10:00am - 1:30pm Booth 4706
3:30pm -  7:00 pm Booth 4706


11:00am - 5:00pm  Booth 4706

We will be at the table at approximately those times but I will update via Twitter more exact schedule-



I will be signing books/comics/statues/etc at my booth.
First 5 signatures are free, and then we will charge $1 a signature (or $2 for Rachel and I) and $5 for a Witnessed Signature.


I will take sketch requests from the start of the show Wednesday through Thursday.
I will write down all names HOWEVER I will be choosing myself who's sketch I'm drawing and if you had a sketch recently I won't be doing you a sketch so I can try to get sketches down for fans who I haven't done sketches for!

And San Diego is a VERY busy con so I will only be producing between 5 and 10 sketches TOTAL.
Sketches are $400 each for 11 x16 and $250 for 9 x12 and $150 for Blank Sketch Covers. 


I will be selling original art from 

Star Wars: Princess Leia
The Defenders
Uncanny X-Men
Wonder Woman

 and selected covers, pinups and sketches!


I will have all my prints and postcards available as well!


I will post pics and updates before during and after the show here and 
at my blog

See you there!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

RED ONE returns in September

RED ONE #3 ships September 7, 2016

Pre Order NOW!

Postcards available at San Diego Comic Con

RED ONE returns in UNDERCOVER”, Part 1!

After a terrible fight, Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov has managed to defeat the Carpenter, leaving him for dead at the bottom of the sea. Rid of this enemy, the Kremlin Elite Agent can now carry out her mission of becoming the new darling of America - as the superhero, RED ONE. But the young woman has another project in mind: in her undercover role as assistant to Director Lew Garner, to help make the film The Farm X! Brought to you by TERRY and RACHEL DODSON (STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIAUNCANNY X-MEN, WONDER WOMAN, HARLEY QUINN) and XAVIER DORISON (LONG JOHN SILVERTHE UNDERTAKER).

Contact your local retailer to have them PRE ORDER - RED ONE #3

Diamond Distributor Order Code for September 2016




And how to Pre-Order a Comic by Kieron Gillen (thanks!)


Check out Kieron's and Jamie McKelvies brilliant Wicked and Divine HERE

Monday, July 11, 2016

Totally Awesome Hulk #9 Cover

Ships this week from Marvel Comics.

I will be doing a step by step on this soon!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Terry Dodson's Bombshells Sketchbook Collection Two

My new sketchbook cover

Terry Dodson’s
Sketchbook Collection Two

Debuts at San Diego Comic Con Booth #4706 in two weeks and online soon afterwards through

Flesk Publications
Stuart NG Books
Bud's Art Books

My booth #4706 - same spot as last time:-)

This collects the out of print Bombshells Sketchbooks 4-7 plus new material - all rescanned and in a gorgeous looking 48 page Hardcover.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Justice League #1 Cover for Midtown Comics


Available next week from Midtown Comics

I will be doing a full Step by Step of  this soon!


Monday, July 4, 2016

Sketching at the Oregon Zoo

Sketches from the Oregon Zoo using my Nomad Satchel.


This guy had fleas or flies or something moved his head 5000 times!

Amur Leopard

He was laying in his cave so was lit with reflected and bounce light - very cool!

Such a treat to be able to observe...


Bee Paper Super Deluxe 9 x 9 93lb Sketchbook

Col Erase Scarlet Red

Warm Grey Copic Markers

Pima Micron 01 and Black Pitt S Pen


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Behind the scenes of the Harley Quinn #1 Cover

Some behind scenes pics of the making of the Harley Quinn #1 cover...

HB and Col Erase Pencils on Bristol Board

Hair colors in Photoshop on a separate layer

From DC Comics and Midtown Comics!

A full Step by Step coming soon!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Star Wars #20 Cover "Sandtrooper" Step by Step

Here's a look at how we made the Sandtroopers Variant for the Mile High Comics Star Wars #20 cover.

The cover concepts I sent into Marvel Comics Editors Heather Antos and Jordan White and Lucasfilm for approval.

Roughs were drawn at 2" x 3" in my sketchbook using Warm Grey Copics then colored in Photoshop CS3.

I've alway loved these guys in Star Wars so it was a real treat to draw a cover with them!


Worked really fast on this one...

Wasn't happy with the gun going off screen but I really wanted it to be the big gun the main trooper carries and it is REALLY long...

so, I made it work!

Drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12" x 18" Bristol Board .


I adjusted the height of the thigh pads digitally...

Rachel Dosdson inks over my pencils with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink.


The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.

Not much mystery what I was going to do here so quick stage...


Initial color rough in - using the main light source and the reflective source to form the trooper...

I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 .

Starting to add detail to backgrounds....

Used a custom "cloud" brush for the clouds...

Adding darker values to Trooper to really establish him in space.

Also started rendering the shoulder pad and adding a secondary light value to the white areas.

Began converting line art to colors...

which is really effective on the suns and the detail on the white armor...

All polished and ready for show....

almost, something missing...


Used my custom "cloud" brush to add the dirt...


And the printed cover...

Very happy with how this turned out. 

It's interesting with a lot of my work now, I know how it looks in color in my head so sometimes the line art isn't really impressive because I leave things for the color stage...

Working on a series of these - so another one next month!