Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Cover Step by Step Part 2 COLOR

This is how we made the variant cover to Death of Wolverine #1 Cover art.

And so the colors…

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 and the Gradient Tool for the Background

Just using a big pencil and a little lasso and gradient to move to the next layer of color.


As I get closer to getting the coloring where I want it - I begin converting the lineart to color lines.


Final touches include more texture into the Background face.


Detail of Jubilee


Detail of Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey


Print version

You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer


And digitally at 

https://www.comixology.com/Death-of-Wolverine-1-of-4/digital-comic/135396?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9saXN0L0lzc3Vlcw

TD

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Cover Step by Step Part 1 LINEART

This is how we made the variant cover to Death of Wolverine #1 Cover art.


The idea behind this cover was "the women of Wolverine" - which ended up featuring Jean Grey, Storm, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde and Mariko - tried to squeeze in a few more but just too busy for me...

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 George Beliard and Mike Marts I moved on to pencils...


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


Detail of Wolverine.


Rachel Dodson inks

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


Detail of Rachel's inks...

Then scan and clean in Photoshop

Next Time...

COLORS!

You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer


And digitally at 

https://www.comixology.com/Death-of-Wolverine-1-of-4/digital-comic/135396?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9saXN0L0lzc3Vlcw

TD


Friday, November 14, 2014

In a galaxy far, far away....

Princess Leia begins...


Underway on the first issue of PRINCESS LEIA with Mark Waid writing, Rachel Dodson on inks,  Jordi Bellaire coloring , Jordan White editing and coming out from Marvel in March 2015.


May the force be with us!

TD

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5 Pages 1-5 LINEART

Here's a look at the scans of the original art to the pages 1 -5 of ISSUE 5 of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS 5.





Pages drawn on 11 x17 Bristol board with Light Blue and HB lead and then inked by Rachel Dodson using using Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink with.

I will be posting up a list of original art for sale from this issue soon!

You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer


And digitally at 



TD

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5 Page 1

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5 is out today, written by Rick Remender with art Rachel Dodson and me and colors by Laura Martin. Here's a look at the making of page 1.


Pencils  drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 11 x 17 Bristol Board.


Rachel Dodson inks  - using Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink with.


Colors by Laura Martin.

I will be posting up a list of original art for sale from this issue soon!

You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer


And digitally at 



TD

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Making the Count Chocula Box Art

Here's how we made the Box Art for Count Chocula cereal - out in stores now ;-)

I worked with Alex Antone at DC Entertainment in conjuction with General Mills to do this assignment and what an assignment it was, drawing something from my childhood!

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

Sketch D was chosen.


The rough used to figure out the proportions and lettering done in Photoshop.


I drew the art on two layers so that the background could be placed where best suited.

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


There have been a variety of Count Chocula's throughout the years and I made my own version picking out my favorite bits.

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


Here's how the pencil art looked combined (in Photoshop).


Rachel Dodson's inks of the background.

This ended up being the background used on the Booberry and Frankenberry Box Art as well.


Rachel's inks on Count Chocula.

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


Combined in Photoshop for reference.


Colors by Dave McCaig


And the final product… mmmmm!

TD

Monday, October 27, 2014

Avengers & X-Men: Axis #5 Preview

Here's some images from our newest work - Axis #5 - by Rick Remender, Rachel and I, and Laura Martin - out November 12.



For a complete preview visit-


TD


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Belle Sketch - Step by Step

Here's a look at how I made this sketch-


The sketch is drawn on 11 x16 Canson Mi-Teinte Paper.  I start off with Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil for an initial rough in and then use a Pigma 02 Pen to nail down face details.


More drawing with the Pen


Once the drawing is set, I begin using Copic Warm Grey 1 and 2 to nail down the values.


Now Copic Warm Grey 3 and 4 to push the values on Belle and then use Copic Cold Grey 1 and 2 on the metallic elements.


The final touches.

Copic Cool Grey 3 and 5 and White Prismacolor Highlights on the metal.
White Prismacolor Highlights and Col Erase Scarlet Red on the flesh.
Copic Warm Grey 5 to hit the darker values.
Faber Castell Pitt Black F to refine the line art.


The final art.


Detail 1


Detail 2

TD


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wonder Woman #34 SELFIE Variant Making of … PART TWO COLOR



How we made the SELFIE Variant Cover to Wonder Woman #34 (out now from DC Comics by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang).

And so the colors…

I use  Photoshop CS3 and 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


Initial rough in color of the colors - just using a big pencil 100% and a little lasso and gradient.


Start adding volumes to the characters and adjust the background colors.


When I'm comfortable with the colors I go in and adjust the lineart - from black to whatever is the appropriate color I want it to be.


The final colors.

Art director Mark Chiarello suggested the outdoor sky for more "pop".


Details


The printed version

You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer


And digitally at 


TD