Friday, April 30, 2010
Just another page from my sketchbook today. Working on a panel idea I wanted to get down on paper before I forgot.
Getting to the Pittsburgh ComiCon almost didn't happen because of my workload and of course coming back I had work waiting for me. Added to this is a project I just started on Wednesday afternoon with a deadline of Monday afternoon. So I am afraid it will be sketchbook material between now and then.
This is Post #936
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Just a weird mix on the page today. A pose I was sketching surrounded by two guys fighting. Actually the I drew the girl and then put it away for a bit. Then when I had a few moments, I thought I would work on some fight poses for a commission I am doing. Like I said, weird mix.
This is Post #934
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I have settled back into my work today. And I was in a "mod" mood today while having lunch. Actually I am exploring ideas for fashions for the undisclosed Vaughn/Gonzales project. Though it doesn't take place in the 1960s, I am looking at the fashions of that time period in the UK for inspiration. Well, both fashion and style. I might throw in some mid-century style too for the architecture. I love the 1950s style for home and industrial design. One of the reasons I liked our house when I saw it. It is a 1958 ranch style home. Also known as "Atomic Ranch".
More to come, I'm sure. :)
This is Post #933
Monday, April 26, 2010
Thanks to Brian "Batmite" Jones for getting this photo of the Joker I did for him at the show. Sometimes I forget to take a picture. D'oh!
I will be posting my Pittsburgh ComiCon 2010 thoughts later today.
This is Post #931
Sunday, April 25, 2010
even more fun than years past. I managed to spend more time chatting
with people at the show than normal. I've been just as busy but there
seemed to be more time to relax.
Because of the limitations of mobile blogging I've only been posting
art without comments. Tomorrow I will probably go back and edit those
posts to add some text. Maybe even upgrade the photos as well.
Last night was particularly fun in that I went out to dinner with a
few regulars from this blog. I will post more about it later. Before
that, there will be some more art. Coming up we have the Joker, Atom
Eve, Kitty Pryde, and Spider-Man villain, the White Rabbit!
More to come...
(Sent from my iPhone, please excuse any typos)
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I am also testing "Mail2Blogger" with this post. I will be using my iPhone to take pictures, clean it up in the Photoshop Mobile app, and post to the blog. Let's hope this works. If all goes well, I should do quick posts during the show as I work. And don't forget you can follow me on Twitter.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Maybe it's just me and my wishful thinking for a slow night. I'm still working and hoping to get done with the project I am working on by noon tomorrow. It's looking like it will happen.
Then I will have to start figuring out what to bring to the Pittsburgh ComiCon. Gotta put together references, supplies, original art, etc. A nice thing is I might get to the show quicker than I had thought. I am renting a car instead of taking the shuttle. The car rental is about 40% less than the round trip shuttle and best of all I don't have to sit in a van with others that will be dropped off before me. Last time I took the shuttle it took almost two hours to get from the airport to the hotel.
Okay, back to work for me. I want to put in another 3 hours before I crash.
This is Post #917
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Just a quickie again today as I continue to try to get ahead of my workload so I can enjoy the Pittsburgh ComiCon this weekend. I did this in my sketchbook this evening and it was done with a red Col-Erase pencil.
Two more pages and I will complete another sketchbook. :)
This is Post #916
Monday, April 19, 2010
I'm still in the middle of my work day (night?) and I still have a long way to go. I don't have time to work on the Sundress art today. But I did sketch this earlier today while eating lunch. This was done with a red Col-Erase pencil in my sketchbook.
Gotta get back to work. Until tomorrow...
This is Post #915
Sunday, April 18, 2010
C) While researching the rail, I noticed life preservers and decided to include one. Having a reference helped me to see how the life preserver is attached to the railing.
D) I added the background clouds. They may stay, they may go. That is the nice thing about working digitally, you can change your mind at almost any point of the process.
All of this is being done in Adobe Illustrator CS3. More to come.
This is Post #914
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Bottom left: This shows the digital inks without the distraction of the pencil sketch layer. At this point I expand the line work. This changes the lines into shapes that I can resize, tweak and erase. Look at her jaw line and you can see how the shape extends into her hair. That is an area I erased as part of the clean up. When I am happy with this stage, I selected the whole thing and turned it into a Live Paint object.
Bottom right: Live Paint allows me to fill closed areas with a paint bucket rather quickly. Remember when I made the line art into shapes? I can now use the paint bucket tool to add color to the black shapes making up her outlines. Once I have the base colors done, I will start playing with light and shadow. I can still change any color combination at anytime. I'm not locked into anything at all.
More to come.
Note: As I was typing the last paragraph I had a moment of deja vu. For some reason I think I might have done one of these vector art progress posts. I imagine it's possible to repeat myself after so many posts. I hope not, but if I did, no harm. I'm sure if someone goes back and looks for it and finds it, it's probably different enough from this one. Okay, I need to get back to work.
This is Post #913
Friday, April 16, 2010
More doodling with Manga Studio tonight. Just playing with the brushes again. This time I did a screen shot so you can see the construction lines. I start with a rough sketch in blue pencil on one layer. Then I red pencil on the next layer to tighten it up and then finally inks on another layer. I was thinking she was on a yacht, enjoying her champagne and sun. And the big rock on her hand too. :)
This is Post #912
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This evening I decided to play with MangaStudio some more. So after I quit working for the night, I opened up the program and started sketching the above image. There are so many things wrong with the figure itself, but I was concentrating more on using the brush tool. It's interesting that you can set the preference of the brush tool to taper off at either or both ends. You can even set it so neither side tapers off to a point. After playing with the settings I found that all my years of using a brush to ink and working with a pressure sensitive tablet, I can control the thick and thin lines myself. No need for the program to try and figure out what I want. Still some practicing to do, but the tools are very nice and they make drawing in the program very easy.
This is Post #911
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Just some random figures from my sketchbook today. A couple are rough ideas for actual commissions. Right now I am trying to get ahead of my work load. Pittsburgh ComiCon is next week! Next week!!! And I have a lot to do between now and next Friday.
Speaking of Pittsburgh ComiCon, my schedule at the show is kind of short. My flight doesn't arrive until 1pm on Friday and that's when the show opens. With any luck I will be on a shuttle heading to the show shortly after landing. Hoping to get in by 3pm. Fingers crossed. Then I will be leaving the show around 1pm on Sunday. I am hoping some of us can have a meal together on Saturday evening between the close of the show and the auction starting. Anyone interested? Anyone? Bueller? :)
This is Post #910
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Just another sketchbook Tuesday folks. Busy, busy, busy. Today we have Captain Daimio from the B.P.R.D. The poor Captain had a bad experience and the scars to show. I love the characters from BPRD. And the artwork of the incredibly talented Guy Davis makes the trades well worth the read. I did this when I took a break for lunch and added the color later.
This was done using indigo blue Col-Erase pencil with some Photoshop colors.
This is Post #909
Monday, April 12, 2010
Based on today's sketchbook offering, I bet it's no surprise that I was rereading one of the old World's Finest stories featuring this big guy. I never really understood the character's reason for his name though: He was struck by lightning that first hit statuettes of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the Superman Museum. Seems that in the process of making the statuettes of themselves for Superman, the Legionnaires powers were embedded in the statuettes as well. Those powers were released and transfered to Superman Museum custodian, Joseph Meach. Then for some reason, he takes on the costume of a combined Superman and Batman? And calls himself the Composite Superman? Ah well, it was still a fun story with some great artwork. :)
This is Post #908
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Here is the final art for Brian "Batmite" Jones. This piece was a lot of fun to do because for me it goes back to the incredibly cool time period when Neal Adams was drawing Batman. And I love that period! Thanks again Brian!
This commission was done in ink on a sheet of 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.
This is Post #907
Saturday, April 10, 2010
After getting several things done around the house this morning, I then spent the afternoon watching the Rays lose to the Yankees while I inked Brian's commission. It was the only bright spot during those hours. I'm almost done and will be sending the image to Brian tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to share it here
tomorrow evening. Until then, I thought I would show the inks so far on Ra's face.
This is Post #906
Friday, April 9, 2010
More sketchbook goodness folks. Well, goodness is subjective I suppose. It was a full day finishing up one stage of work for DC. I will be moving on to the next part tomorrow, so my dance card is a bit full. I only had time to sketch a bit today while I ate a very quick lunch so I hope you don't mind. Have a good weekend everyone!
This is Post #905
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Another sketchbook page for today. I have been looking at the latest Modern Masters from TwoMorrows Publishing featuring the incredible art of Guy Davis. And then Liz Sherman popped up in my sketchbook. The rest of the page features some character sketches for the unnamed project I am doing with writer J.C. Vaughn. Speaking of Guy Davis, I have a incredible Sandman sketch I got from him waaaaaay back when in my collection that I completely forgot about. :)
This is Post #904
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
It was a very busy work day and I only had time to sketch this in my sketchbook. I was looking through the new Previews while eating and Batman Beyond stuck out for me. I love the design of this character. This was done in pencil, ink, Copic gray markers and some Photoshop colors.
Back to work. :)
This is Post #903
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Quitting work a bit early today so we can head out to see the Tampa Bay Rays season opener. I may Tweet from the game. Follow me on Twitter if you don't already. Have a good night everyone!
This was done in pencil, and copic marker in my sketchbook. Colors done in Photoshop CS3.
This is Post #902
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I hope everyone had a good weekend. I wanted to post this earlier but it took me longer to find the time to paint it. Ah well, it's still Sunday, so all is good. :)
This was done in ink and watercolor and a gray copic marker on an 11" x 16" sheet of 200 lb Windsor & Newton watercolor paper.
This is Post #900
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Here's the deal: