Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Drawing Like Yourself Lecture Video

Last week on my Twitch channel I did a lecture titled 'Drawing Like Yourself' where I talked about my personal journey into understanding the term 'style', finding a voice,  and the complex relationship with emulating artistic heroes.

The broadcast was recorded and is available to watch on Twitch or in the player below:

As with any live broadcast, there were a few technical glitches, like where I meant to advance the slide and instead cut my mic and went to the 'Thanks for Watching' screen--or when my mic had issues and turned my voice into a robot's...but it's all there 45 min of lecture, and about an hour of Q&A and chat with the viewers.

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shameless Promotion post

Just wanted to update everyone about two upcoming events where I'll be giving talks and lectures.

The first up is later this week–– A Twitch stream lecture I'll be giving on my channel (https://www.twitch.tv/davidpetersen) titled: "Drawing Like Yourself" Thursday Sept. 19th at 9pm east.

It's a personal walk through my journey of understanding style, emulating artistic heroes, & trust falls into training. The talk itself will be about 45 minutes with a Q&A to follow. The broadcast will be archived on my Twitch channel if you can be there to watch it Thursday, but I hope you can to be part of the Q&A...where I often find we really get into the heart of a subject.

The second is The Fantastic Workshop. I'll be back as a guest instructor at the 5 day artists workshop where I'll be giving a big talk on 'Story and Worlds as Products'. That talk will address the IP management side of an artists images answering the question 'what can I do with this besides make a print'. I'll also be doing a smaller talk about Comic Storytelling and a hands-on & group participation architectural scratch-built reference model. There are still some slots open and a few days left to register: https://www.1fantasticweek.com/info

The full schedule, including talks by Tim Von Ruden about gaining an online audience, Vanessa Lemen painting as she discusses arts connection to life, Worldbuilding with Sean Andrew Murray, Sam Guay on personal mythology, and many more has been posted to let you know what will be happening at this year's workshop: https://www.1fantasticweek.com/schedule-2019

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

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.

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...

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.

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

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