Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BONNE ANNEE Step by Step Part 1 Pencils

Here's a look behind how we made our Holiday Card for this year.

Original art ending up being humongous. I started it out on 13" x 19" Strathmore 500 2 Ply Bristol board but I ended up having to add more paper so the final art is 20 x 19 inch.

Drawing the art with Col Erase Light Blue Pencil and Staedtler HB Lead.

Decided to change the pose slightly so the left hand was feeding the apple to the horse.


And brought the main character's legs closer together as I remembered I was drawing a dress not jodhpurs


Refining the main character


Wanted to nail down the dress and cape with messing up the drawing so did it on tracing paper so I could be nice and loose...

Traced off the dress and cape and began adding little details - necklace, stars belt etc.


Finish the dress and the the ground the horse is standing on.

Finishing up the horse - which way is the wind blowing, btw?


The final pencil art before Rachel inks it ...

Up next 



Thursday, December 18, 2014

HOLIDAY Work in Progress Part 6

Almost there.... just a few touches to go.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HOLIDAY Work in Progress Part 5

Here's my initial first pass at the colors.

More to come...



Here's a first look at our new comic - Princess Leia coming out in March 2015 from Marvel Comics written by Mark Waid, art by Rachel and I and colors by Jordie Bellaire!


for more art and info.


HOLIDAY Work in Progress Part 4

First stage of coloring on this - flats.

Using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq 13HD.

More to come...


Monday, December 15, 2014

HOLIDAY Work in Progress Part 2

Rachel Dodson using a Windsor Newtown Series 7 #2 Kolinsky Sable Brush and Deleter Black 4 Ink to ink over my pencils.

More to come...


Sunday, December 14, 2014

HOLIDAY Work in Progress Part 1

Col Erase Light Blue Pencil and Staedtler HB Lead Pencil on 500 Series Strathmore Bristol Board

More to come...


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Long Beach Comics Expo Feb 28 March 1 2015

Rachel and I will be attending Long Beach Comic Expo for our first appearance of 2015 to promote the Star War comic Princess Leia from Marvel Comics and my new creator owned book RED ONE from IMAGE Comics - both debuting in March 2015.


for more details about the show.


Friday, December 5, 2014

X-MEN 21 Cover - Step by Step Part 1 - LINEART

Here's a look behind the making of the cover to X-Men #21 from Marvel Comics - out in stores now!

The idea behind this cover was a Drew Struzan Movie Poster type cover - epic space theme with Rachel front and center! 

The sketch was 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 Daniel Ketchum I moved on to pencils..

Here's my initial rough stab at the pencils.

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

Final pencils.

For solicitation there wasn't time to ink the cover so I colored my pencils.

For the final version - Rachel Dodson inks

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

Then scan and clean in Photoshop

Next Time...


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