Thursday, February 11, 2016

Long Beach Comics Expo, Feb 20-21

Rachel and I will be Special Guests at Long Beach Comics Expo, Feb 20 -21-


We will be in Artist Alley D1 and will be there all day Saturday and Sunday apart from breaks and this panel -

Art of Star Wars and the Fandom Behind It, Saturday, Feb 20

I will notify via twitter

any specific time changes for my table.


We will be signing the whole time we are at the table.


I will be taking a sketch list at the start of the show.

12 x 16 Sketches $400

9 x 12 Sketches $250

Blank Cover Sketches $150


We will have original art pages and covers available.


We will have a variety of Prints and Postcards for sale.


I will have my sketchbooks MASQUERADE and Bombshells 7 available.

I will also have copies of RED ONE plus some variant covers!

See you there!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Flash #47 Harley Quinn Cover Step 2 Color

Here's the second part of a look at how we created the Flash #47 Harley Quinn Variant Cover - out now from DC Comics.

The Color Stage 


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".

On the left are the flats directly from my flatter and on the right is my version - optimized for how I color.

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. 

Initial Color Rough in

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


Refine and adding lights and darks - the work in progress version of the cover I sent in to make sure we were all on the same page.


Begin turning linear to colors and then making sure that fire looked HOT!


Finished colors

Worked on the background more and pushed shadows more.

And the comic itself -

Out now!


Friday, January 8, 2016

Flash #47 Harley Quinn Cover Step 1 Lineart

How we made the Harley Variant cover. We had a blast making this cover and I think it shows up in the final cover!

Step 1 - Lineart

So the first thing to do is come up with a cover sketch. It  needs to be approved by DC Comics before I can start drawing the cover.

Wasn't 100% sure what to do for this cover as I could do anything - too many choices! So I asked my editor, Eddy Choi, if he had any ideas and he mentioned Harley and Flash racing in the desert like Wiley E. Coyote and the Roadrunner! Bingo!

Sent initial sketch to Eddy and sketch "C".

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

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

Nailing Harley down.

Final pencils.

Detail of Harley and Flash

Detail of Harley's boots...

Rachel Dodson's inks over my pencils with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with.




And then I scan and clean in Photoshop.



Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holidays 2015 Step by Step - part 2 Color

How we made our 2015 Happy Holidays card... and now -

 The color stage

Flats - the first part of coloring. And where I ended up drawing in all the backgrounds - pretty crucial!

Initial Color Rough in

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

Screen shot detail

Starting to convert the lineart to color and refining the rendering.

I also used a Custom Brush to add a subtle texture to everything.

Screen shot detail - You can see how I made additional color changes to the lineart....

Finished colors

Details on skater

Fox details...

Happy Holidays!

Terry and Rachel

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pick up RED ONE digitally for $0.99

It's the Year End $0.99 Digital Sale at IMAGE COMICS - 

pick up RED ONE 

and the rest of the sale 

Happy Shopping!


Holidays 2015 Step by Step - part 1 Lineart

How we made our 2015 Happy Holidays card!

What should we do... Rachel said how about a girl ice skating? - include some kinda animal....


Into the sketchbook I went - Canson Universal Sketchbook 10 x 14 with Col Erase Light Blue Pencil

From Rabbit to Dog, added Pea Coat - Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil

Scan and finalize in Photoshop

On to the full size original - drawn in Col Erase Light Blue  11 x17 Bristol Board

Decided to add hood and fur to end of sleeves, and singular valkyrie type braid - drawing with HB lead now

Rachel found reference for the jacket in Miracle on 34th Street which really helped with construction

Dog or wolf - not sure, and moved "girl's" legs back to accurately support her legs and empasize being on tip toes

Maybe dog...

Maybe wolf...

Move legs back to original position - better compositionally - and found ref for boots!

Buttons on jacket - accuracy and depth cues
WHOOSH from skates!

One more time with wolf...

Slept on it and changed to Arctic Fox - took about 10 minutes to draw - good decision

Final pencil art

Detail of skater

Detail of Fox

Rachel Dodson's inks over my pencils

Rachel inked this completely with Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink 

Detail of fox lineart

Detail of skater - love what Rachel did with the hair!

Next color...