Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Colored Page:
On Ustream last Saturday night, I colored this page while fans were able to watch online and ask questions. I recorded the process in two parts. The first part is me going through the process of 'flatting' the page. The second part is where I get into rendering a panel and talking about photoshop brushes, shading, and texturing. Both parts are available to watch anytime: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidpetersen (though they are both long and don't expect many folks to sit through them, but posted them at the request of fans who couldn't make it on Saturday). Because I stopped the recording after I finished the one panel, I wanted to show you all the final colors on the page.

Harry Potter trade:
The awesome Craig Rousseau and I decided to do a trade for Harry Potter pieces. He requested Dumbledore & Voldemort fighting. I found it hard to get both posed where you could see their faces, so I opted to just do two pieces for him. I got these inked and off to Craig a while back, but wanted to splash some color on them before I shared them.

Craig and I are both big fans of the books and found that we both listen and relisten to the Jim Dale audio books while we work (as does Katie Cook and Jeremy Bastian). I'm currently on book 5 (again) in my umpteenth listen through the series.

Ink & Stein:
This Saturday (1-30-10 at 7:00pm) is Ink & Stein at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, MI. It's a gathering of local artists and writers to get together and talk and work side by side. There had been some thought of moving the venue for this month, but that may get tested out in the months to come, so if you are in the area, stop by and bring a sketch pad. If you are not in the area, try starting up an Ink & Stein of your own where you live. Getting out of your workspace and talking to other artists is a good exercise!

Fan Art:
Two for one this time around. Greg Hettinger sent these my way via his blog. Greg said: After I read through one of my old Mouse Guard books I decided to knock out a quick sketch/paint before I went to bed. Just sort of made these guys up out of my head, but they are based on the characters by David Petersen

Upcoming Appearances:*
Alaska Library Conference: March 4-7
CGS Supershow: March 27-28
C2E2 (Archaia Booth): April 16-18
Motor City Con: May 14-16
San Diego (Artist Alley): July 22-25
Baltimore Comic Con: August 28-29
*more 2010 dates may be added


katie cook said...

those 2 potter pieces are the bee's knees. that dumbledore is just stunning.

and your ustreams are really fun to watch. very informative and entertaining. i have a piece i have to work on after these marvel cards that i'm going to try and go crazy with some color holds!

Evan "Doc" Shaner said...

The Harry Potter pieces look great, David. My wife loves those audiobooks with Jim Dale, listens to them on her way to work.

I'm hoping that I can time it right so I can come to an Ink & Stein while I'm in Michigan this summer. We'll see.

I.Welsh said...

Loved watching you color your page on Saturday night. I learned alot from that Ustream session. Can't believe you only use a mouse.

Have you ever colored any of your pages, Mouse Guard or other in a non digital means? I wonder how many do anymore.

DPetersen said...

Katie: Can't wait to see what you do with the new technique!

Evan: Hope we can see you when you are in town.

I.Welsh: Glad you enjoyed it. I only colored 2 Mouse Guard covers by hand (watercolor). I also tried painting a page of something once before, but never got past the one page.

However, I know that there are folks out there who still hand color their work: Mark Smylie, Charles Vess, Rebecca Guay...I'm sure I'm forgetting more.

craig rousseau said...

damn, i didn't see those in color yet... hot dog!

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