Tuesday, June 28, 2016

From Harley Quinn #1 to Harley Quinn #1

My latest cover had me do an homage to my Harley Quinn #1 cover 


Rachel Dodson inks, Alex Sinclair colors and me pencils.

for the new Harley Quinn #1 cover.


Rachel Dodson inks, colors and pencils by me.

From DC Comics and Midtown Comics!

I will be doing a full step by step for this.

TD



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sketching Horses

Sketching standing up today using the Nomad Satchel.


Model - "Rou"

Col Erase Scarlet Red Pencil

Copic Warm Grey Markers

Bee Paper Sketchbook

TD

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Batman Rebirth #1 Step by Step Part 4 Colors 2


Our cover art for Midtown Comics Batman Rebirth #1 - a full color and black and version are available here-


And here's Part 4 of the Step by Step of how we made the art!

Colors 2


On to the next level of rendering and smoothing.


Nailing the rendering on Selena's face... 

Working on the jewels, goggles...

And see all the layers I'm using here as I add little gradients to smooth out things - which when satisfied I merge...


Now time to convert line art to color...


Skin tones, rim lights, jewels...

This is the fun polishing part of the art.


Sharp eyed viewers will notice the inclusion of Darwyn in the BG. Rachel finished inking this on the 14th of May - the day that Darwyn Cooke was announced to have cancer. I started coloring the cover that same day and continued to work on it Saturday, the 15th of May, when Darwyn passed...

Shocking stuff!

For numerous reasons, it just felt right to include his name on this.


The finished art


All the final line art conversions, glows on signs and gems and final highlights!



Details


So, Pinky...

On the morning of May 14th when Rachel was still wrapping the inks- we took our cat, Pinky, back into the vet, for blood tests and x-ray at 8:00 am as she had not been week that week.

At 10:30 am, we received a call that Pinky had an inoperable tumor on her liver that had been the cause of all the problems that she had been suffering for months and culminated that week.

So needless to say it was a difficult day or two wrapping up this cover but it was great to get her memorialized on this cover as a thanks for being such a good pal!

Our studio has felt much smaller without her in it...



PINKY 

2002-2016

See the Pencil version here


and Inks here


Colors 1


TD

Friday, June 24, 2016

Superman Batman Supergirl Batgirl Midtown Comics Original Art and Cover

We did the art for these two covers and here is the original art framed up with covers themselves AT Midtown Comics Headquarters!


See the complete making of the covers


TD

Thursday, June 23, 2016

RED ONE #3 Pre Order NOW!


RED ONE #3 Pre Order NOW!

September 7, 2016

RED ONE returns in UNDERCOVER”, Part 1!


After a terrible fight, Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov has managed to defeat the Carpenter, leaving him for dead at the bottom of the sea. Rid of this enemy, the Kremlin Elite Agent can now carry out her mission of becoming the new darling of America - as the superhero, RED ONE. But the young woman has another project in mind: in her undercover role as assistant to Director Lew Garner, to help make the film The Farm X! Brought to you by TERRY and RACHEL DODSON (STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIAUNCANNY X-MEN, WONDER WOMAN, HARLEY QUINN) and XAVIER DORISON (LONG JOHN SILVERTHE UNDERTAKER).

Contact your local retailer to have them PRE ORDER - RED ONE #3


Diamond Distributor Order Code for September 2016

JUL160715

From 


and 


And how to Pre-Order a Comic by Kieron Gillen (thanks!)

HOW TO PREORDER A COMIC BY KIERON GILLEN


Check out Kieron's and Jamie McKelvies brilliant Wicked and Divine HERE

Batman Rebirth #1 Step by Step Part 3 Colors 1




Our cover art for Midtown Comics Batman Rebirth #1 - a full color and black and version are available here-


And here's Part 3 of the Step by Step of how we made the art!

Colors 1


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.

Generally, I hire someone to do this for me - a "flatter". This one I flatted myself as I needed to get rolling!



INITIAL COLORS

I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 after I scanned the original line art.



Detail

Used a big Pencil to rough in at 100% of color then used lower % to work to add lighter and darker values. 


 I used the Gradient tool to hit all the big elements of the flat background.

Next level of rendering on Catwoman.


Here you can see I have two extra Layers above for the Big BAT shadow and for rendering on Catwoman.


Detail

 Next time the final COLORS and 

A LOT about the day we made this cover and who PINKY is!

See the Pencil version here


and Inks here


Next time

PART FOUR

TD


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Look sir, droids!


Sandtroopers for my Mile High Comics Star Wars #20 cover.

Pencils and colors by me and inks by Rachel Dodson.

Step by Step coming soon!

TD

RED ONE #3 PRE ORDER NOW


RED ONE #3 Pre Order NOW!

September 7, 2016

RED ONE returns in UNDERCOVER”, Part 1!


After a terrible fight, Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov has managed to defeat the Carpenter, leaving him for dead at the bottom of the sea. Rid of this enemy, the Kremlin Elite Agent can now carry out her mission of becoming the new darling of America - as the superhero, RED ONE. But the young woman has another project in mind: in her undercover role as assistant to Director Lew Garner, to help make the film The Farm X! Brought to you by TERRY and RACHEL DODSON (STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIAUNCANNY X-MEN, WONDER WOMAN, HARLEY QUINN) and XAVIER DORISON (LONG JOHN SILVERTHE UNDERTAKER).

Contact your local retailer to have them PRE ORDER - RED ONE #3


Diamond Distributor Order Code for September 2016

JUL160715

From 


and 


And how to Pre-Order a Comic by Kieron Gillen (thanks!)

HOW TO PREORDER A COMIC BY KIERON GILLEN


Check out Kieron's and Jamie McKelvies brilliant Wicked and Divine HERE




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Star Wars #20 Cover Detail



Here's a detail of a Stormtrooper for my Mile High Comics Star Wars #20 cover.

Pencils and colors by me and inks by Rachel Dodson.

Full image and step by step, of course, coming soon!

TD

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Batman Rebirth #1 Step by Step Part 2 Inks


Our cover art for Midtown Comics Batman Rebirth #1 - a full color and black and version are available here-


And here's Part 2 of the Step by Step of how we made the art!

INKS!

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

Rachel Inking Video 1

Crosshatching Arm and Chest


Rachel Inking Video 2

Chest Feathering and Arm


Rachel Inking Video 3

Lower body and blacks


And how it looks sitting still :-)


Rachel's in process inks...


Head detail


Arm

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Master scan - scanned at 800dpi greyscale on an Epson 11000XL Scanner


Detail 


Detail

You can watch all the videos on



See the Pencil version here


and next time COLORS!

TD


Monday, June 13, 2016

Sketchbook ON the Printing Press

My new Sketchbook is ON the printing press! Definitely will be available at San Diego Comic Con in July! And of course, available worldwide afterward!

Here's a detailed look of the finalized art for my new Sketchbook Collection cover-

Terry Dodson's Bombshells Sketchbook Collection 2


This will collect my Bombshells 4-7 sketchbooks plus new material in a larger Hard Cover edition and published by Flesk Publications

It WILL be debut at Comic Con International, San Diego in July, at my Booth 4706, and worldwide soon afterward.

Original Art

HB Pencil on 28" x 17" Bristol Board

Colored in Photoshop CS3 on Cintiq 22HD

You can compare some subtle tweaks I've made since the earlier version 


Batman Rebirth #1 Step by Step Part 1 Pencils

  Batman Rebirth #1 Variant Cover


Our cover art for Midtown Comics Batman Rebirth #1- a full color and black and version are available here-


And here's Part 1 of the Step by Step of how we made the art!


I was given the concept of Batman catching Catwoman stealing Jewels, etc with the emphasis on Catwoman. The Client that I did this for - Midtown Comics - really liked my Amazing Spider-Man #1 Variant I did -


and so B was picked as it mimicked that pretty well.

Roughs were drawn at 2" x 3" in my sketchbook using Warm Grey Copics then colored in Photoshop CS3.


Initial Rough 

Drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12" x 18" Bristol Board  with a blue line of the sketch printed out beneath as the composition was right on!


Detail


Changed up Catwoman's lower body


Tightening up upper body


Revised lower body and drawing Batman


Detail


Me detailing face and jewels...


Using the Catwoman statue to nail down the placement of the goggles on Catwoman's forehead!


Scanned in to Photoshop to double-check drawing


Next stage of finishes on Catwoman and roughing in the background


Detail


Finishing background


You can see my blue lines indicating the 3 Point Perspective


Final Pencils

Next time inks with time-lapse video of Rachel inking - be warned it's crazy!




TD