Level-Up art show in Santa Cruz

A few weeks ago Level Up games in Santa Cruz had their first ever art show, and I was lucky enough to be invited to table there. BONUS! I split the table with Quelyn who has started doing perler bead stuff that looks like 8 bit graphics of video games, adventure time, and everything else with her Q*bits . She did better than me with sales! I did do a couple sketches which I have included. Good times chill people and a great store.

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Go Nagi’s inspirational super robot, Mazinger Z!!! Also known in the US as Tranzor Z. Here he is towering over Japan and firing his signature rocket punch. Done 100 percent in Photoshop on my Cintiq. Probably took me about 12 hours from beginning to end, not including the sketch studies I did for a few days leading up to doing this one. A few progress pics followed by the final, which will be a print. At 11×14 it’s my biggest print to date, how fitting for the godfather of giant super robots! This brand new print of Mazinger Z will be available for the first time this Friday at: Level Up Video Games for their first art show!

 

Double shot of news and sketch opportunities.

For Free Comic Book Day this year, which is on May the 4th, (may the 4th be with you), I’ll be setting up shop at Illusive Comics and Games in Santa Clara, CA. I’ll be selling prints and doing sketches all day, come see me, stormtroopers, a big sale, and get some free comics while you’re at it! I will be debuting my new Doctor who print for sale there as well, Which you have seen in a previous post, but now I totally recolored it for the print.

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The other news is that, the Hero Envy   Comic I did a pin-up for a while back is running a kickstarter. You can see the details of the kickstarter here. Take a look and consider supporting them, and if you contribute 75.00 or more you get a Sketch by me included with all the other Swag!

 

The 3 Doctors, the 201…3 Doctors.

Hello and welcome to another process blog, I haven’t done one in a while, and so heeeeeere we go:

One of the categories for the SDCC 2013 souvenir book this year is Doctor Who. The deadline was Midnight tonight. Yesterday at midnight I decided to do a pic for it. I am great planner-man!

Step One:  Roughs / Layouts

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Did a rough in Photoshop on my cintiq at 7×9 (the size specified). I only did one rough, sometimes I do more, but I find I am more often than not happy with my first rough, (at least with my personal work). I wanted to include all my favorite heros and villians. I did a rough layout sketch, realized I had to skip villains. Once the layout was done  I realized it was too crowded, and I was too short on time to include everyone in it even if I fixed the composition. So I narrowed it down to just The three Doctors and K-9.

Step Two:  Research

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Grabbed a bunch of pics of my characters and the props and BG elements I would be using .

Step Three:  Digital “pencils” or Rough Clean-Ups

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Using reference I cleaned up the rough to digital “pencils” again Photoshop on my cintiq. This is too rough to give to someone else to clean-up, but more than tight enough to ink myself

Step Four:  Revision

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Adjusted David Tennant’s eyes and Tom Bakers hair, added glasses to Tennant, added Matt Smith’s Sonic Screwdriver, and the Bad Wolf Graffiti on the Tardis .

Step Five:  Lightbox

IMG_7278Converted the rough to Grayscale, adjusted the brightness and contrast so it would print well and printed it out 8.5×11 (larger than print size will be). Taped it down to my light box.

Step Six:  Inks

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Taped a piece of 9×12 Strathmore Bristol Vellum over the rough and began inking. 80 Percent of the inking was done with the black side of a double sized Japanese brush pen. The rest was pigman pens .05, .03, and .01 for the tardis Bg and K-9, and a 100% Black Copic marker for the space area and the hair and Jacket on Patrick Troughton.

Step Seven:  White Out and a Toy

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I masked out the outer space area using scrap paper. then I dipped a hard bristle toothbrush into my dr martins bleed proof white and flicked it to create a star effect.  I also dabbed it manually to create a few different looking stars. K-9’s head looked a little off to me so I grabbed my figure of him and adjusted his headlines s a bit again using the bleed proof white.

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K-9 Toy!

Step Eight:  Scan It

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My scanner has been acting terrible lately. So, I ran to the fedex/kinkos that is open until 11pm and spent 98 cents to have them scan it.

Step Nine:  Crop, Re-size and Contrast

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Back in Photoshop I reduce the size to fit the 7×9 requested size, and crop the bleed off. Then I delete all the white using the magic wand tool with “constrain” off, I then lower the brightness and up the contrast.Finally I set the layer blending to “multiply”. NOw I have a nice crisp black ink layer with no artifacts.

Step Ten:  Color

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Made new layer under the inks and colored all the flats with the pencil tool.

Then made several layers between the flats and inks at varying opacities  for shading and highlights.

I was literally coloring up to the last second and sent the final in at 11:59pm . While I think it came out Decent  If I decide to make a print of this, I will definitely work on the color some more.

Days of Terror

Hey guys, so this past weekend, I was at Miss Misery’s Day’s of Terror Horror con, Hocking my wares and rubbin shoulders with other humanites.

While there I had fun, and met some cool people.

The Phantom Zone Radio show stopped by and took a few pics:

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404680_279410442170755_2138418675_nI was also interviewed by The Mouths of Madness podcast guys which you can listen to here. Skip to 28:46 if you are impatient :p

Did a few free kid sketches:

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Also had time to work on some blank sketch variant comic covers, which are up on e-bay for your generous bidding!