Monday, May 23, 2016

RED ONE #3 Cover Sneak Peek


Here's sneak peek at the cover to RED ONE #3 - out in September 2016 from IMAGE COMICS.

Inks by Rachel Dodson and Pencils and colors by me.


TD

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Princess Leia #1 Take Two

Here's another take on the Princess Leia #1 cover by Rachel and I. We drew it AFTER completing the series to use for the collection but never had time to color...

After drawing Leia that many times I wanted another crack. Plus, the first cover was turned around amazingly quickly and always wanted another chance to get it right.

 I will post up some detail shots of Rachel's amazing inks later.




Drawn on 12 x 18 2 Ply Bristol Board

Col Erase Light Blue and Staedtler HB Lead Pencil

Windsor Newton Series 7 #2 Sable Brush
Higgins Black Magic
Pro White

TD

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I've begun posting on Instagram

I've started posting on Instagram for just pure visuals - check me out at 




TD


Monday, May 16, 2016

More Jack Davis - this time in ... ZIPATONE!



That's Zipatone kids!

Detail from the Jack Davis Lone Stranger Mad Magazine story. 

Original art from the Art of EC Comics at the Jordan Schnitzer MOA in Eugene, Oregon.



Stunning stuff to see in person!

TD

Frank Frazetta Weird Science-Fantasy #29 Original art

So one of the greatest comic book cover's of all time is on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon - 

Frank Frazetta's cover for Weird Science-Fantasy #29.


Yep, this is on display - Rachel and I stood for ten minutes looking at this!

The artwork is huge - 14" x 22" something like that...

Part of The Art of EC Comics exhibit at


More to come!

TD

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jack Davis


Just one of several Jack Davis originals from the Art of EC Comics at the Jordan Schnitzer MOA in Eugene, Oregon.


Will do a longer post soon!

TD

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Captain America 75th Cover Art - Step by Step Part 2 Color

Here a look at how we made the cover art (used as a variant cover on OLD MAN LOGAN #3)

Part 2 COLOR


FLAT COLOR

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

Generally, I hire someone to do this for me - a "flatter".

At this stage I go and adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point for the piece. - the first part of coloring. 

Based off my sketch, I knew almost exactly what I was going to do with one...


INITIAL COLORS

I colored this on my Cintiq 13 HD using Photoshop CS3 after I scanned the original line art.

Used a big Pencil to rough innate 100% of color then used lower % to work to add lighter and darker values. AND the Gradient tool to break up the flat background.

This had to be turned around REALLY QUICK so lots of work done initially!


Detail


BACKGROUND

Used a Custom "Cloud" brush to rough in the background. 


COLORING LINEART

Converting Lineart to Color.

Adding Reflective color.

General cleanup.


Detail


FINAL COLOR ART

This went really quick so not a lot of stages - did more tweaks to line art/color - Bucky's backside, tricep...


Per Editorial - removal of gun


ACTUAL COMIC

TD



Captain Marvel Civil War Variant Cover Art

Variant cover art Rachel Dodson and I did for Civil War II #0.


Done for Fan Expo Canada.

Details here-



I will be posting a Step by Step soon!

TD


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Captain America 75th Cover Art - Step by Step Part 1 Line Art

Here a look at how we made the cover art (used as a variant cover on OLD MAN LOGAN #3)


Editorial mandate was all 3 Caps on the cover - no problem!

 

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


Initial Pencils drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12 x 18 Bristol Board


Final Pencils


Rachel Dodson's inks


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



Look at this detail you don't get to see in the printed art...

Next time - colors and revisions!

TD

Monday, May 9, 2016

i's dotted - RED ONE Book 2 out the door


Yay, all the corrections are done and everything looks great - it's out of my  hands now...

For more RED ONE info visit 


TD

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU!


Here's a detailed look at another take on the Leia #1 cover by Rachel and I. We drew it after completing the book.

Drawn on 12 x 18 2 Ply Bristol Board

Col Erase Light Blue and Staedtler HB Lead Pencil

Windsor Newton Series 7 #2 Sable Brush
Higgins Black Magic
Pro White

TD

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Just add water... POISON IVY from Emerald City Comicon

 Poison Ivy from ECCC 2016.



Drawn on 11" x 16" Canson Pastel paper



Drawn with

Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil

Pigma Micron 03 Pen

Pitt F Pen

Copic Warm Grey 2 4 6 8 Marker

Prismacolor White Pencil

Molotov White Pen

AND

Just add water!

For David!

TD 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Making Holly's Harley - Step by Step

 Here's a look at the making of my other Harley Quinn from Emerald City Comicon 2016.


Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil

Pigma Micron 02 Pen

Drawn on 11" x 16" Canson Pastel paper


Copic Warm Grey 2 3 Marker

Prismacolor White Pencil


Detail


And of course, swinging from the Pont Neuf in Paris, why not, it's Harley...

Pitt F Pen

Copic Warm Grey 4 6 Marker

Prismacolor White Pencil


Detail

For Holly!

TD


Friday, April 29, 2016

Holly's Harley from Emerald City Comicon 2016


Here's a look at the stages of Harley's head for a commission sketch.


Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil

Pigma Micron 02 Pen

Drawn on 11" x 16" Canson Pastel paper

Copic Warm Grey 2 Marker

Prismacolor White Pencil


Pitt F Pen

Copic Warm Grey 4 6 Marker

For Holly!

Full image coming soon...

TD






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

and another Wonder Woman sketch from Emerald City Comicon

This is actually the first Wonder Woman I drew at ECCC 2016 - inspired by the movie version of the costume!


The sketch...

And a look at the process I went through and the difficulties your run into when you sketch directly like I do ... sometimes you find faults with your drawing and have to make it work...



Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil

Pigma Micron 2

11" x 16" Carson Mi Teinte Pastel Paper


Copic Warm Grey 2 Pen



Copic Warm Grey 4 6 Pen

Pitt S Pen


Copic Warm Grey 2 4 6 8 Pen

Pitt S F Pen

Prismacolor White Pencil

TD



More RED ONE Book 2 corrections...

Just when you think you're done they pull you back in...

Doing some more corrections on Red One Book 2.


I love doing corrections actually - because it always allows me time to do more color/art corrects for myself...

Working on Wacom Cintiq 22HD with Photoshop CS3

TD

Monday, April 25, 2016

Working on the Road

While on vacation in the California desert in February I HAD to get two covers colored while out of my studio.

 This was my set up...


I had to work at this table outside as there was no flat surface in my room. Fortunately it was nice out and felt pretty refreshing to work outside - it kept me stimulated as the evening air cooled - relaxing as opposed to stressful!

On the bed on the far right, is the local cat, who stayed up working with me.

Ignore my ergonomics, that was NOT good - but that was the best I could do...


My set up

My iPad for ref, my iPhone for ... something, my Mac Pro laptop, and of course, my Wacom tablet.

Working in the dark space was beneficial - I prefer coloring with minimal lights on - as reduces glare and let's see the color accurately.

TD

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Calvin and Hobbes original art...

Take a look at this beautiful Calvin and Hobbes original art by Bill Watterson...


So cool to see the original page of art itself and take in new details about the craft...


Look at the White Out used on the far right of Hobbes in the last panel and below his nose...


I love this...


Look at what Patterson didn't draw on Hobbes...


He left it up to the viewer to fill in the details of the rest of Hobbes face...

amazing!

The original artwork was found on the HERITAGE AUCTIONS website   - see it and more detail of about the artwork here -



TD