Sunday, February 26, 2017

Generation X #2 Cover Work in Progress

Here's the work in progress colors - the issue ships in May from Christina Strain, Amilcar Pinna and Marvel Comics!



TD


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cyclops Inhumans Vs X-Men #4 Cover Step by Step Part 2 Scanning Line Art and Preparing for Color


Rachel Dodson inks the pencil drawing with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Dr. Martens Hi Carb Ink. 

Now, time to scan - Rachel's art is full of very fine lines and grays and details that may get lost in a traditional scan, so this is how we do it - mucho gracias to Alex Sinclair for telling me about this!


Step 1

 I set the art on my full size Epson 11000XL scanner and using the Epson scanning software in Photoshop, scan the art full size at 800dpi in the gray scale setting.



Step 2

 It will look something like this. Now Crop the art and Save as FILE_800ms.tif



Step 3 


I then go through and Lasso the whites, thin whites, white out corrections, little tiny greys formed by crosshatching and use Tolerance set to about 90 to "save" those white areas from disappearing into blacks.



Step 4

I then use the Burn set to 100%...


 and darken up the light lines- 


especially feather lines of Rachel's brushes.



Step 5

Once I am satisfied I'm saved my white lines/areas and the lightest lines, I set the Tolerance of the entire artwork at 128 - I double check by hitting undo/redo a couple of times. 


Step 6

Then I convert from Grayscale to Bitmap. 

and Save.


Step 7

I then clean the art at 25% as I color myself - 

if this is for someone else to color, then 50%.

I use the Pencil tool and/or the Line tool set to WHITE at 100%.


Step 8

 Save.


Step 9

Now, I convert the art to the size I will color it at, the print size so the actual size of the printing (for a comic book cover 7" x 10.6") and 600dpi.


with the "Nearest Neighbor" Setting opted.


Step 10

Save with new file name FILE_LINEART.tif and ...


with these boxes checked!

VOILA, time to color (or set up for coloring more appropriately).

Comprende?

NOW - you don't need to do this - you can save A LOT of time by scanning in Black and White (Bitmap) - however, Rachel has so many fine lines these simply get lost. So if you have a clean graphic line - don't go to all this trouble... it ain't worth it.

In Part 3, 

COLORS

TD




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Emerald City Comicon March 2-5, 2017

Rachel and I will be attending Emerald City again this year.

The official ECCC site -



WHERE/WHEN

Rachel and I will be seated in Artist's Alley Table A 1 and A2




We will be at the table at most of the show but I will update via Twitter more exact schedule.


@TerryDodsonArt


SIGNING


I will be signing books/comics/statues/etc at my table the whole show and for free for the first 10 items. Then $1 a signature after that.


PANEL


I will be part of the MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS panel Friday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Room WSCC 6111 where we will discuss the launch of my new book and have a BRAND NEW PRINT giveaway! 

Specific details soon!


COMMISSION SKETCHES


I will take sketch requests all day Thursday and first part of Friday.

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.

ECCC is a VERY busy con so I will only be producing about 5-10 sketches.

Sketches are $300 for 9" x 12" and $200 for Blank Sketch Covers. 





ORIGINAL ART


I will be selling original art from RED ONE, Star Wars: Princess Leia #, X-Men, Catwoman, Songes/Muse, Avengers, Avenging Spider-Man, The Defenders, Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman and selected covers, pinups and sketches including some BRAND NEW covers like IVX, Star Wars and more!







PRINTS/POSTCARDS


I will have my ECCC print, SD 2015, Red One, Masquerade, Rose City, Down Under, New York, San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, Paris and Seattle prints and postcards for sale.



SKETCH/BOOKS

I will have my Brand New Sketchbook TERRY DODSON'S BOMBSHELLS BOOK TWO



 and Brand New RED ONE BOOK 2: UNDER COVER




Plus remaining copies of my MASQUERADE sketchbook and the RED ONE Book 1 available.


  


Plus, MONSTERS & DAMES 2017 will be available from ECCC that Rachel and I did the cover art for!

See you there!



TD

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cyclops Inhumans Vs X-Men #4 Cover Step by Step Part 1 Pencils


Inhumans Vs X-Men #4 Variant Covers featuring Scott Summers Cyclops.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

Now for Part 1 of the Step by Step -


PENCILS




COVER SKETCH

The cover concept I sent into Marvel Comics Editors Wil Moss and Daniel Ketchum for approval.

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 on 12" x 18" Bristol Board 

Quickly roughed in the drawing making sure the composition still help.
I printed out my rough in light blue on the paper to ensure the composition was positioned correctly.


Erase and refine again.


PENCIL DEMO

HB lead on 12" x 18" Bristol Board 



And now the figure is nailed down


Finalize hand positions


Heading toward finishes here.



FINAL PENCILS


Pencil Detail

Next time, 

PART 2


TD

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Inhumans Vs X-Men 1-4 Covers


Here's the first FOUR variants that we've done. 

Out in stores now from Marvel Comics!

See the Step by Step making of the covers below!

TD

Ms. Marvel Inhumans Vs X-Men #3 Cover Step by Step Part 3 Color


Inhumans Vs X-Men #3 Variant Covers featuring Ms. Marvel.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

Now for Part 3 of the Step by Step -

COLOR


FLATS

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

I try to adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point for the piece. 


BACKGROUND

First thing I did was to get the background figured out - notice the right side is not completely done but the PATTERN is figured out.


INITIAL COLOR (ROUGH IN)

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

Here I rough in quickly all the medium lights and darks on the figures and cast initial shadows.

Using the Pencil Tool at 100% to knock those in.



RIM LIGHT

Next I come in at a variety  from 50- 100 % pencil hitting the medium lights and darks over the imprimatur color.


I add in the bright RIM lighting on a separate layer sometimes, so I can make sure the dark that meets is at it's maximum - the dark on the background layer, the bright light on the upper RIM layer.


COLORING LINE ART

This is the icing on the cake step of the process.


Starting to color the line art - mostly the face and some of the rim lighting.



FINAL COLOR


And to review-

 PART 1


PART 2


 TD

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Feline Valentine Copic Marker Demo


Here's a Video Demo of how I made this drawing.


Tools

Strathmore 500 Series 2 Ply Vellum Bristol Board
Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil
Pitt S Pen
Copic Warm Grey 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Zig Mangaka Flexible F
Prismacolor White Pencil

TD

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ms. Marvel Inhumans Vs X-Men #3 Cover Step by Step Part 2 Line Art



Inhumans Vs X-Men #3 Variant Covers featuring Ms. Marvel.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

Now for Part 2 of the Step by Step -

LINE ART


Rachel Dodson's inks directly over my original pencil drawing.


Rachel inks with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Dr. Martens Hi Carb Ink.


Detail.


Rachel's final inks.


Detail of the hair and face - love these brush lines!


Detail of cape and clothing.


Detail of hand and bracer.


Artwork is scanned into Photoshop at 800dpi Gray full size. I then go in and convert to Bitmap and clean to prepare for....

Next time, 

PART 3


And for PART 1


TD