Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Legends Creator Commentary with Jeremy Bastian

Legends of the Guard (The Mouse Guard anthology series) allowed me to work with some amazing illustrators and storytellers. I sat down with Jeremy Bastian, the creator of Cursed Pirate Girl, and wend page by page and panel by panel of his Legends story: The Battle of the Hawk's Mouse & the Fox's Mouse. Below is the video where you can listen to the conversation as well as see the panels and pages we are referring to.


Direct link to watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vTokuEmVJf8


Jeremy Bastian's links:
Website: jeremybastian.ink
Twitter: @jeremybastian
Instagram: @jeremy_bastian
Patreon: patreon.com/JeremyBastian




2019 Appearances
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dark Crystal Age of Resistance cover: Ordon

Archaia is publishing a new Dark Crystal comic series that ties in with the Netflix show Age of Resistance and I was asked to do some variant covers for it!

The series will be broken into three 4 issue arcs, and the first arc is all about the character Ordon.

To the left you can see the finished cover, but below I'll break down all the steps I took to create the cover artwork.



Sketches:
I started by reading the outline of the comic series given to me by Archaia as well as some character and show info from Henson. Besides the main character of this arc Ordon, I decided to include the following elements for the cover: The Skeksis skekVar the General, the Dual Glaive, an Arathim, and the Gelfling village of Stone in the Wood.

I used a stock photo of a samurai to get Ordon's pose, and then on copy paper and my Huion lightpad, I was able to build up pencil drawings of the other elements that would puzzle piece together in the next step...



Layout:
I scanned all my pencil drawings and put them together in one composition. By having every character/element on a different layer, I was able to resize, mirror, and make adjustments until the composition worked. I did a quick color treatment to the whole piece so it would help me see the various forms and how I'd tone them so that they could all be seen without forming into one blobby mass. The orange borders here represent the live area, trim, and bleed lines.

This was then sent in to Archaia and Henson for them to approve before I could move on.


Inks:
When the layout was approved, I printed it out (it takes two sheets of copy paper taped together to get it to the size I need) and taped it to the back of a sheet of 300 series 11"x17" Strathmore Bristol. Then on my Huion light pad, I can see through the surface of the bristol down to my layout to use as a guide when I'm inking. This way I keep all pencil graphite off of the finished inkwork with no need to erase.

I inked with Copic Multiliner SP pens (The 0.7 nib mainly). I was careful to not butt the inklines of the forms against each other to help give a sense of depth and also so life would be easier in the next step...


Color Flats:
The inks were approved while I was away at GenCon, but as soon as I got home, I started setting up my digital file for color. This step is called Color Flatting, named so because of the flat, hard-edged color layers you are laying down to establish what areas are which colors. Because this piece had so much depth, I also established all the color holds (areas where I want the ink-lines to be a color other than black) and made sure to separate out the linework of the Froud-ian circle design, the Skeksis, Ordon, the Arathim, the village, and the crystal.




Final colors:
The final rendering was done using mostly the dodge and burn tools in Photoshop with a stock textured brush. I did do a bit of painting on Ordon's face to get a little more control over the shading and planes of his visage.

Dark Crystal Age of Resistance #1 will be out in comic shops Sept. 25th.
Use comicshoplocator.com to find a comic shop near you.






2019 Appearances
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Recent Commissions

At conventions I do toned paper commissions. Single figure bust/torso, on 9x12 toned paper, with ink, pencil, brown color pencil, and white gel pen for $250.

I thought I'd share a few of the recent pieces as examples I did from SDCC and GenCon:

Spider-man

A Guardmouse with a Sword

Kenzie

A Guardmouse with a sword

A ruffian gambler mouse

A Piper mouse

A Mouse with an elaborate dress

A Guardmouse with a flower

Death-Mouse

A Spartan mouse

Saxon

Elliot from Pete's Dragon

A Mouse with the Burning Wheel Logo
(For Luke Crane)

A Bison character named 'Norchack'

A 17th Century French Mouse with a musket
(For Luke Crane as celebration of his new RPG: 'Miseries and Misfortunes')



2019 Appearances
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Worldbuilding Lecture Video

Last week on my Twitch channel (twitch.tv/davidpetersen/) I gave a talk on World Building. It's the same talk I gave at the 1FW workshop last year. And If you missed getting to watch the stream LIVE, I've made it available as a Video on demand (VOD).


So come listen as I walk through the three main methods I develop the world of Mouse Guard with: Costumes & Characters, History & Culture, and Locations and Architecture.




Watch Highlight: Worldbuilding Lecture with Q&A to follow#MouseGuard from DavidPetersen on www.twitch.tv



2019 Appearances
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

World-Building lecture



In two days I'll be giving a talk on my Twitch channel on World Building. This is the talk I gave at the 1FW workshop last year that some fans asked I make available for folks who didn't attend.  So come listen as I walk through the three main methods I develop the world of Mouse Guard with. A Q&A will follow, and I often find that this is the most robust portion of any presentation I give, so please make your way over to Twitch on Thursday at 8pm. If you want to ask questions in the Q&A you will need a Twitch login (free), so make sure you have an account set up before the talk starts.






2019 Appearances
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Re-Run Rocket Raccoon Cover

With ten years of blogposts, I will continue to Re-Run past posts for the new fans or folks who may have missed a post the first time around.

Part of the reasoning is also that for various reasons (The health of my Mother, convention travel, behind on deadlines, and projects I'm not able to share yet) I see the need to revisit an old post once a month or so.
You can also go back and see any past posts using the Blog index: http://davidpetersen.blogspot.com/2013/12/blog-index.html)
This week:

Rocket Raccoon #1 Variant Cover:



When Skottie Young launched the new Rocket Raccoon series back in 2004, a cover of mine was used as a variant. Below is the link to the process from rough to inks to color for this cover: http://davidpetersen.blogspot.com/2014/05/rocket-raccoon-cover-process.html



2019 Appearances

New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Merek as the Black Axe piece Process

With my plan to title my forthcoming sketchbooks by theme (see this year's Legends Sketchbook where I pay homage to 24+ Legends of the Guard stories) I already have my next one's theme picked: Black Axe Wielders. I'm going to work on this sketchbook slowly, no date set for release (though it will probably coincide with a convention appearance) and I spend a few days post SDCC warming up for some freelance cover work by doing a piece of Merek, the last wielder of the Black Axe before Celanawe. To the left you can see the finished piece, but below I'll walk you through my process for creating it start to finish.


Reference material:
In the 3rd Mouse Guard book: The Black Axe, I revealed (spoiler alert) that there have been nine wielders of the Black Axe before Celanawe. In the epilogue, Lieam dreams a starry crow tells him the folly of Merek, and I give the readers the only images we see of this axe wielder (as he does not appear on the scrap of tapestry). Merek does a horrible deed on the shores of Ildur, but instead of showing that again, I opted to have him battle a creature––a fan favorite, a crab! I still had the photos I took from when I was drawing the 2nd issue of Fall. Julia went to our local fish monger and bought two cooked, but whole crabs I could use as reference.


Layout/Roughs:
I then did a pencil drawing of Merek on a sheet of copy paper. On another sheet, I drew the crab (with some help from my reference photo). I combined these two drawings in photoshop and tinted them different colors to help me see which lines belonged to which figure. In the background I pasted in several stock photo crows in flight. Part of the story of Merek is that the crows saw his deeds and carry the folly of Merek with them. The symbol in the upper right corner is a made-up runic number '9' (the vertical bar is just a pole to hang the roman numerals V and four I's).


Inks:
Once the layout was ready, I printed it out and taped it to the back of a sheet of Strathmore 300 bristol. On a Huion light pad I was able to ink the piece while seeing through the surface of the bristol. For pens I used Copic Multiliners (I think I only used the 0.7 nib here). I inked this piece entirely on my Twitch Stream.

I purposely left some gaps between the crow silhouettes and the foreground or borders so that I could more easily isolate them in the next step...

Color Flats:
I'd planned to do the coloring process on stream too, but I came down with some con-crud after SDCC and I didn't feel up to being Live on Stream while feeling crappy. The first step to coloring digitally is creating color flats. This is basically coloring in the lines with flat colors. Establishing what areas are which colors. In this step I also established my color holds (areas I want the ink to be a color rather than black) And I isolated the inks for the crows, the runic 9, and Merek's scars.



Final colors:
Using the Dodge and Burn tools with a stock textured brush in Photoshop, I went in and rendered the final colors for the piece. Again, I'm sorry I wasn't feeling up to streaming the color process live, but there will be more piece like this down the road I can share with you all when I'm feeling better.




2019 Appearances
GenCon August 1-4
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

1FW Workshop 2018 & 2019!

Last year I was welcomed as a member of the faculty instructors for The Fantastic Workshop put on my the folks at 1 Fantastic Week. And I'm thrilled to announce that I'm coming back this year as a faculty instructor again!




The workshop is a five day long, intensive workshop for fantasy artists looking to improve the focus of their portfolios, up their social media presence, improve their techniques for presenting and exhibiting at conventions and galleries, and to get inspired as a working artist.

Between the small group chats, discussions at meals, work-time, or slide-show presentations, there is a lot to absorb in this workshop. Last year I really enjoyed getting to watch Justin Gerard work on a watercolor painting while talking about the techniques of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac.


The beautifully charming Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN is the venue for the workshop. Tuition includes lodging in private dorm rooms, 3 meals daily served in a magical dining hall, and a lovely facility space for working and learning.







This year I'll be joined by Steve ArgyleVanessa LemenRon LemenSam GuayTim Von RuedenSean Andrew MurraySam Flegal, & Peter Mohrbacher on faculty. 

My specific talks/contributions will be a slideshow about managing an IP (more about what that can become in terms of products rather than the legal wrangling...but some of that too in the Q&A if it comes up), Model Building your own references, comic storytelling, and 'Story Time with David': where I basically just have an open Q&A about anything and everything.

 

If you ever wanted to work along side me me and learn about the business of being an artist, please visit the website for the event and consider going––Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot now:



Sam FlegalSam FlegalTim Von RuedenTim Von Rueden
Vanessa LemenVanessa LemenVanessa Lemen




2019 Appearances
GenCon August 1-4
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Recent Commissions

At conventions I do toned paper commissions. Single figure bust/torso, on 9x12 toned paper, with ink, pencil, brown color pencil, and white gel pen for $250.

With SDCC coming up soon, I thought I'd share a few of the recent pieces as examples I did earlier this year:


Mouse Alchemist
(apologies to Edmund Dulac)


Guardmouse Elymis


A Guardmouse shield bearer 


A Mouse Bell-ringer


A Guardmouse vetran


A Guardmouse with staff & sword


Robin Hood
("oo de lally")


Donatello & a Guardmouse


Swamp Thing


A Weasel with a Warhammer


A Platypus Carpenter 


A Guardmouse on a Miniature Dachshund 


A Guardmouse with a patch & jewelry 






2019 Appearances
San Diego Comic Con July 17-21
GenCon August 1-4
New York Comic Con October 3-6
Baltimore Comic Con October 18-20
The Fantastic Workshop Nov. 13-18

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