Monday, February 28, 2011

Supergirl: Ice Work If You Can Get It

a) Concept.
Red rollerball ink on pre-printed note pad paper.
17.8 cm  x  25.4 cm   (7.0 inch  x  10.0 inch).

b) Digital color over scan of India ink.

More Supergirl fan art.

From the concept drawing shown, I drew a new, tighter drawing, inked it and colored it digitally. I’m in the habit (or have assumed the procedure) of building the art on layers for future re-manipulation, tweaking or re-coloring. For example, Supergirl, the iceberg and chain are comprised of 6 layers: one for the line work, another for flat base color and four for effects or lighting and shading.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mo Momo Con

a) Tuff-Girl and Wichita, digital color over scan of black ballpoint pen on copier paper, 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm (8.0 inch x 10.0 inch); 
b) alternate re-color; 
c) detail, 4.1 cm x 5.1 cm (1.6 inch x 2.0 inch).
d) rough drawing, scarlet red pencil on copier paper, 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5 inch x 11.0 inch)

Here is the full render of the anime style drawing of Tuff-Girl done for the MomoCon advertisement mock up. As I have been accustomed to doing with my work in consumer products and marketing illustration, both with Disney and Cartoon Network, the pose was designed as an asset, which is to say it is not intended to be final in its layout and cropping, but for use with in another layout. This partly explains the drab, flat gray color behind Tuff-Girl and Wichita. For the alternate re-color, I put a little more effort in the background.

The decision to use a ballpoint pen for the final line lies mostly in my comfort with the tool. Because the ink doesn’t bleed, it’s a passable substitute for a darkened xerographied or scanned pencil line, which to the best of my knowledge is part of the anime aesthetic. Because I drew the final ink line on top of the red pencil rough, the high resolution scan is the only way that stage of the art now exists.

The dramatic re-color done for the final ad, was mostly the result of playing with some of Photoshop’s capabilities- you know, because I could.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

MomoCon, 2011

Heads up, ya’ll!

This will be my first convention appearance of the year - MomoCon.

I hear it’s got a large anime component, so it seemed appropriate to try my hand at an anime style over Tuff-Girl and Wichita.

I’ll be a guest in the “Media” track, due to my day job - staff illustrator/ character artist for Cartoon Network. However, you can be sure that I will books and drawing to sell.

Admission cost: FREE!

I hope to see you there.

MomoCon, 2011
March 12-13, 2011
10am to Midnight (Sat)
10am to 10 pm (Sun)

Georgia Tech Square
5th Street and Spring
Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 7, 2011

Covering a Cover

(a. Red pencil on paper, 8.5 in. x 11.0 in. 
b. Digital color and composite over clean scan of ink on paper)

Simply, here is my take on the cover of “Supergirl” #60.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

TAGS, January 01, 1994

“Ski Trip”
Digital color over clean scan of ink on paper.

I created this piece of art for one of the covers of “monotony.” I’m very certain that I colored it with water colors and of which a black and white copy was reproduced for that cover. As of this writing, I could not find that original water color. Here in its stead is my digital color pass of it.  Being digital, I could then make the accompanying legend is quick order.

Guy’s “87” jersey refers to the first year I worked a summer at Disneyland.  The paper lunch sack supposedly contained charcoal briquets for the snow-critters, which is an odd and otherwise unexplained detail to include.

At one point I was very concerned about which characters would wear boots. Biologically, I don’t think I got all of that detail correct. Also, I now wonder if  Bingo and Bill would really enjoy the winter fun?