Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 261

ORIGINAL SIN #0 COVER. 2014.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Original Sin #0 hits shelves today! You can see a preview here. This was one of the rare occasions when my editor knew exactly what he wanted, and I was happy to oblige. I like those gigs every once in a while because they move so smoothly — I just start drawing.

While I didn't draw directly from the pic below, I was using this 3D model for drawing and lighting cues. The program is Sculptris, which is all about speed and ease of use. It's not a ray-tracing program, as evidenced by the patches of light on the shadow side, but it gets the job done if you know what to ignore... like the fact that he's not Uatu, The Watcher.


Hulk watch!


inks by my Old Man
blue-line print of pencils

















pencils over digital sketch
digital sketch

















digital layout

Monday, April 21, 2014

Inks to Bitmap

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #639, PAGE 13 detail. 2010.
Ink on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Hopefully you've tried the blue-line template I released last week. Like any good businessman, my second offering will be slightly more than free. The Bitmap Conversion Template can be purchased at my digital download store for $2. If all goes as planned, the "remove blue lines" action should be ready by next week.

This purchase includes 2 separate files.

 1: A 4125 x 6262 pixel Photoshop template (.psd file) that automatically converts your finished inks to black and white bitmap files. Simply copy and paste your cropped page into the "INKS" layer. Modifications can be made with the Threshold and Levels adjustment layers.

 2: A Photoshop Action that will automatically save your converted inks to the desktop (or wherever your specify) as a flattened bitmap (a TIFF file with LZW compression). You can import this into your Actions palette using the "Load Actions..." command. It can also be saved as a Droplet for batch processing.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Doctor Who (And More)

DOCTOR WHO (TOM BAKER). 2014. Ink and watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

Pictured above is a commission from La Mole last month. I managed to get about 14 done in all, which I'll slowly post over the coming weeks.


WEIRD SCIENCE #32 COVER. 2013.
Ink on bristol board with digital color, 13 × 19″.

If you've been wanting to buy my Weird Science print, the time has finally arrived — you can order it in my store (I'm still waiting on shipping supplies, so there will be a delay). If you're in the mood for original art, my Usagi Yojimbo piece to benefit the Sakai family is up for sale. The auction ends on Sunday.




I'm also trying to (slowly) build a digital download store. The first offering is free (though you're always welcome to give a tip — I have no shame). The psd file is a blue-line conversion template for making pencils ink-ready. It's terribly simple, but I use it for every page and it really speeds things up. The next offering will be a black and white conversion template for inks.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 260

GREEN HORNET #10 COVER. 2013.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

This issue came out last month, so we're playing a bit of catch-up. You can see a preview here. It didn't take a great deal of reference, but every little bit helps. I used a 3D model I found in the Sketchup 3D Warehouse, as well as the 1/6 scale Mauser C96 that sits on my miniature gun rack. The honeycomb pattern on the floor was created with my perspective template (you know, the one I always mention but never find time to release into the wild... sorry).


I keep these gloves by my drawing desk at all times


inks by my Paw
blue-line print of pencils

















pencils over digital sketch
digital sketch

















digital layouts

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