Friday, April 24, 2015

RED ONE #2 Out next week, 4/29


Here's my preview copies of the book today and it turned out great! The comic will hit store shelves next week, April 29th!


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TD

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Star Wars: Princess Leia #3 Making of

Here's a look at the making of the cover!




The Cover sketches submitted to Jordan White, the Star Wars Editor at Marvel.

The sketch was drawn at 2x3 inches in my sketchbook in pencil and pen and then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop.


The cover pencils by me.

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


Detail of the pencils.




Cover inks by Rachel Dodson.

Rachel uses Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with.


Details of the inks.


The cover "flats".

The first stage of coloring is to have the art "flatted".

Flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.

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.


I use  Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Cintiq 13HD to color with.

Initial rough in 
of the colors - getting the midtone values/colors of the characters in.


The final color art...


after I turn the black line art...

...to color.

And the final comic book cover-



Coming in April from Marvel Comics, written by Mark Waid with art by me, Rachel and Jordie Belliare!

Out in stores now!

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TD



Friday, April 10, 2015

Star Wars: Princess Leia #2 Cover - Step by Step Part 2 Color

And so the colors…

This was so much fun mixing Prequels and Original series together plus designing the brand new character, Evaan!

I use  Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Cintiq 13HD to color with.


Flats

The first stage of coloring is to have the art "flatted".

Flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.

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.


Detail


Initial rough in 
of the colors - getting the midtone values/colors of the characters in.


Just using a big pencil tool to rough in the color.


Using the pencil on varying levels of opacity and the lasso/gradient tool to smooth out edges.


And adding secondary light sources and textures.

For the Naboo background, I looked the James Gurney inspired design paintings from the Phantom Menace.


Final touches include adding the darkest and lightest values.


 And the icing on the cake is converting the lineart to color lines.

And the final comic book cover-


Out in stores now!

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TD



Thursday, April 9, 2015

ECCC Sketch VERA on Melrose 5/77

From Emerald City 2015, my first Vera (from Xavier Dorison's and my book, RED ONE) sketch - thanks, Fred!


Drawn on 9 x 12 Canson Mi-Teintes Paper with Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil, Pitt XS F Black Pen, Copic Warm Grey 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and White and Red Prismacolor Pencil.


Detail

More about RED ONE



RED ONE #2  from IMAGE Comics, ships April 29. 
It's created by Xavier Dorison (Long John Silver, The Third Testament)  and Rachel Dodson and me (Star Wars: Princess Leia, Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Harley Quinn) .




If you want to guarantee getting a copy, please preorder through your local comic shop. 

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TD

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Star Wars: Princess Leia #2 Cover - Step by Step Part 1 Lineart


The idea behind this cover was Leia, Artoo, and Evaan going to Naboo undercover.

The sketches are drawn at 2x3 inches in my sketchbook in pencil and pen and then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop.

After getting appr0val from Marvel Editor Jordan White  and Lucasfilm I moved on to pencils..




My pencils  drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12 x 18 Bristol Board.


Naboo Palace in the background.

Leia has her trademark SW gun and Evaan a blaster like Luke's since she is an X-Wing Pilot.


The lamps scream Naboo to me!


My very first drawing of Evaan. 

I decided Alderaanians would have elaborate like Leia had in Star Wars - very 1890-1910 European - as a kind of cultural symbol.



Rachel Dodson inks




Rachel uses Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with.


More detail


and more.

The art is then scanned and cleaned in Photoshop - to prep for color ...

Next time!

Part 2 COLOR


Out in stores now!

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TD

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MORE ECCC Convention Sketches

More sketches from Emerald City Comicon 2015


Rabbit

Drawn in a 9 x 12 Sketchbook with Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil, Pitt XS F Black Pen, Copic Warm Grey 1, 2, 3, 4,  and White and Red Prismacolor Pencil.


Detail

Thanks, Michel!


Captain America

Drawn on 9 x 12 Canson Mi-Teintes Paper with Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil, Pitt XS F Black Pen, Copic Warm Grey 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and White and Red Prismacolor Pencil.


Detail

Thanks, Mike!

TD

Monday, April 6, 2015

RED ONE #2 Page 1 Pencils, Inks, Colors and Letters!

RED ONE #2 ships April 29 and the final order cutoff is TODAY, April 6. The Diamond ID number to give to your retailer is FEB150625.

Here's a look at the making of a page 1 from RED ONE #2




Pencils - Drawn with Col Erase Light Blue and Staedtler HB Lead Pencil on 12 x 18 Strathmore 2 Ply Bristol Board



Rachel Dodson's Inks - Rachel uses Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with

Scanned and cleaned in Photoshop.


 I color in Photoshop CS3 and use a Wacom Cintiq 13HD to color with.


And Clayton Cowles lettering Xavier Dorison's script - ask him how he does it - it's all magic tricks to me...


RED ONE #2  from IMAGE Comics, ships April 29. 
It's created by Xavier Dorison (Long John Silver, The Third Testament)  and Rachel Dodson and me (Star Wars: Princess Leia, Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Harley Quinn) .




If you want to guarantee getting a copy, please preorder through your local comic shop. 

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TD

Sunday, April 5, 2015

RED ONE #2 Preview - Making of a Panel

RED ONE #2 ships April 29 and the final order cutoff is Monday, April 6. The Diamond ID number to give to your retailer is FEB150625.

Here's a look at the making of a panel from RED ONE #2


Pencils - Drawn with Col Erase Light Blue and Staedtler HB Lead Pencil on 12 x 18 Strathmore 2 Ply Bristol Board


Rachel Dodson's Inks - Rachel uses Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with


Scanned and cleaned in Photoshop.


My colors and Clayton Cowles lettering! I color in Photoshop CS3 and Wacom Cintiq 13HD to color with. No idea about - I'll double check :-)



RED ONE #2  from IMAGE Comics, ships April 29. 
It's created by Xavier Dorison (Long John Silver, The Third Testament)  and Rachel Dodson and me (Star Wars: Princess Leia, Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Harley Quinn) .




If you want to guarantee getting a copy, please preorder through your local comic shop. 

Find your local comic retailer at


TD



Saturday, April 4, 2015

WONDER WOMAN from Emerald City Comicon 2015

WONDER WOMAN from Seattle's ECCC, March 2015!


Drawn on 12 x 16 Canson Mi-teintes Paper with Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil, Pitt XS F Black Pen, Copic Warm Grey 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and White and Red Prismacolor Pencil.


Detail

More to come!

TD

Thursday, April 2, 2015

RED ONE #2 Final Order Cut off April 6

Greetings Comrades - the next issue of my new creator owned project from IMAGE Comics, RED ONE #2 ships April 29 . If you want to guarantee getting a copy, please preorder through your local comic shop. It's created by Rachel Dodson, Xavier Dorison and me.






If you want to guarantee getting a copy, please preorder through your local comic shop.



FINAL ORDER CUTOFF is Monday, APRIL 6

Diamond ID  FEB150625 

TD

MAGIK from EMERALD CITY COMIC CON March 2015

So here we go with the first sketch Seattle's ECCC - MAGIK!


Drawn on 12 x 16 Canson Mi-teintes Paper with Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil, Pitt XS F Black Pen, Copic Warm Grey 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and White and Red Prismacolor Pencil.


This started out as a Kitty Pryde sketch by mistake - I read Magik on the sketch list and said,"Yeah, Kitty sounds fun!"

Thus, Illyana snarky remark to  Kitty popped into my head.

I love drawing Magik - one of favorite comics of all time is NEW MUTANT SPECIAL drawn by Art Adams and Terry Austin featuring a kick butt Illyana! And Olivier Coipel did an amazing cover of her a few years back.

More to come!

TD