Friday, February 25, 2011

Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle, March 4-6

Rachel and I will be in Seattle attending our first comic convention of the year!


- Rachel and I will be seated in Artist's Alley, L 13.

- I will take sketch requests when I sit down Friday.

- Sketches are $200 each for a single figure. The convention isn't THAT long so I will do as many as time allows.

- I will be selling original art from Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman and selected covers, pinups and sketches as well.

- I will have prints for sale and hopefully a brand new one!

- I will sign books/comics/statues/etc at my table the whole show.

- I will post pics of the sketches after the show here!

See you there!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

X-Men #7 Cover Step By Step 4 COLOR 2

Coloring part 2

Step 11- Add the lightning reflecting off the top/back of Spidey. Then added texture to the smoke with my "smoke" brush - just a big texture brush.

On my Line Art layer, I turn Cyclops "power" to red line.

Step 12- FX - On a layer on top of my color and line art layers, I airbrush tool the lightning and the reflective lightning off the top of heads, etc plus some of the smoke.

Also use my smoke brush on the buildings for a little more texture.

On the Line Art layer, I turn Storm's hand and lightning to colored line and where the lightning hits Emma's head and Spidey's legs to colored line as well.

Step 13 - Made lights in the background "glow" and corrected flying rubbish near Wolverine.

Had Spidey's red suit reflect into the shadowed parts of his blue suit.

This is version I sent off to Marvel for solicitations - not the final printed version, that will be next.

Next, the final version and the variant!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

X-Men #7 Cover Step By Step 3 COLOR

Ok, color!

Step 7 - Flats- In Photoshop CS5 using a Wacom Graphics Intuos Tablet, I do the flat stage.

Step 8 - Rough in background sky. Then do Storm's Lightning as it's a big element and light source. And start working on Emma and Wolverine.

Step 9 - Adjust the color/temperature of Storm, Cyclops and Spider-Man to fit into the "palette"/"color harmony" I'm using for the cover. Work on Storm - she is wearing a very reflective outfit so I have the lightning really hitting her on the "light side".

Step 10 - Readjust Emma's hair color and start modeling her. Have the back light hit Wolverine. Start coloring Cyclops with both the primary front light and backlight by the lightning.

Next time, knockin' out the line art!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

X-Men #7 Cover Step By Step 2

Step 4 - The mostly finished pencil stage

Step 5- The final pencils

Step 6- The inks by Rachel Dodson - Inked with Windsor Newton Series 7 Sable Brush #2 and FW Acrylic Black Ink, plus a little croquille and tech pen for backgrounds.

Next, color!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

X-Men #7 Cover Step By Step 1

OK, the cover of X-Men #7 featured the X-Men in New York with Spider-Man as the guest. The only other rule I had was to include the "X" logo in the sky.

Step 1 - Working in my sketchbook, I knew just about what I wanted, but I had a couple slight variations in mind. Drawn with Pencil, Pitt and Copic Markers at about 8 x 9".

Step 2 - Scanned that page and in Photoshop rearranged the images to the two versions I had in mind and did a little color versions as well. This is what I sent into Marvel. They chose B.

Step 3 - So went straight to full size 13 x 19" Strathmore 2 ply bristol board and using Col Erase Light Blue Pencil and HB Staedtler Lead to rough in the cover as seen here!

Next - the pencils!