Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Doll Face

This is Doll Face, the next character from the mind of Action Lab and Dan Mendoza.  The Kickstarter was EXTREMELY successful.  This is part of the same universe as Action Lab Danger Zone's Zombie Tramp and Vampblade.  
This is traditional ink and brush (Raphael 8404 Size 1) and Watercolor.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Action Lab: Dog of Wonder Issue 4 Beginning to End Part 4: Pencils

The pencils.  Nothing really spectacular here.  For a cover, I will draw this at print size.  This is on a sheet of regular Office Depot printer paper.   I like to work at this size because it doesn't allow me to cause my people to lean, or get out of proportion TOO badly.  I find the smaller I work on my initial sketches of people, the better I do with the overall body proportions.  As I get larger in my picture plane, I tend to make the major masses the incorrect proportions.

After I finish the pencils to this level, I will scan them and blow them up to 11"x17" and print them out on my semi-smooth Bristol in a 16% Cyan for a "blueline" print to ink over.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Action Lab: Dog of Wonder Issue 4 Beginning to End Part 3: Inks

Here it is, part 3 in the process of creating the cover for Action Lab: Dog of Wonder Issue 4's cover(part 1 and part 2 are linked here and here).
These are the inks.  The process I go through when inking is pretty typical it seems according to what I know of how others work.
I work on Strathmore 500 series semi-smooth Bristol paper.  This paper allows me to both use a nib pen and a brush without bleeding off of either, and it holds a line very nicely.  As far as inking goes I use a Sumi ink.  It is a VERY dark ink but stays nice and thin through a nib so it won't clog it.  I use a Windsor and Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Hair sable brush and/or a Raphael 8404 Kolinsky hair sable brush.  I usually use a size 1, but a W&N is a little larger, so I kick up to a size 2 on the Raphael...sometimes.
Anyway, please go to your local comic shop and order this for me!  I would be ever so grateful.  There are only 1,500 copies of my cover, LET'S SELL IT OUT!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Action Lab: Dog of Wonder Issue 4 Beginning to End Part 2

So this is a continuation of this post: http://jnoblepeteranetz.blogspot.com/2016/08/action-lab-dog-of-wonder-issue-4.html  These are the fully rendered colors for AL: DOW Issue 4's cover.  This is the final file that was sent to Action Lab Entertainment for production.  They then had their logo for the book put over the blank area at the top.  When composing and rendering this image, I imagined a porch and the shadow form the porch falling on the house as you see it.  I wasn't sure exactly how the logo would sit, so I wanted to make sure I left that space with dark and fairly flat colors so the logo would pop off that area.