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Toronto Comic Con Comin’ Up…

Coming up soon:

We’ll be bringing items that are too large to haul onto an airplane

including limited edition artist proofs of the

Harry Potter poster I did for Dark Hall Mansion.

Get yours!

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Headin’ for Seattle.

We’re on our way to the ECCC…

…we’re at table L 11 in Artist Alley…

(Maple leaf marks the spot)

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…and here are some sketches I’ve already done for the show:

I added the wall behind The Hulk…

…a Batcave computer with blank screens

for other artists at the show to add their characters to (cool idea)…

…and an American flag for The Captain.

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Hope to see some of you at the show!

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CATS!!!

We’ve been staying at a friend’s place looking after their–what else?–cats.

I’ve taken over their dining room and have been busy sketching chapter two of

Grant Morrison’s story, ‘The Dream of the Absent Cat’.

Now… I just have to piece these into an eight page layout with the lettering.

And draw it all full size, ink and colour it.

It’s a slow process… then I’ll have only 32 more pages to go.

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‘Climbing the Tower’ Take Two

I received an email from Dean that said, in part, ‘…based on the previous information you had provided me on how you would normally receive a cover image from Dave, I painstakingly went through the commission image that Dave had done (which Dean owns), and removed the tone and the tower in the hopes that you might be interested in redoing the piece as a colour, painted piece. Similar to how you would have done a cover back in the day…’

Here is the end result:

Here’s how I got there:

step 1: the original drawing by Dave

step 2: the image that Dean had created by removing all of the tone and backgrounds

step 3: my rough pencils around the Cerebus figure

step 4: my inks

step 5: my colouring

Here’s a GIF of the process:

An interesting little trip back 31 years to 1986, issue 86.

In a lot of ways, it seems like it was just three days ago…

…not three decades.

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Update… email from Dean:

‘So I added the logo, issn number and the price to the cover to 86.5…you know…cause I’m a geek.’

I could start a whole series of covers that depict what happened between issues…

…call it, ‘Cerebus: Between the Covers’…

…nah.

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Seattle Soon…

Only 30 days until the Seattle show!

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We’re at table L 11 in Artist Alley.

(Maple leaf marks the spot.)

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Looking forward to a great show.

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Oh… and I did a little drawing too…

a pencil portrait commission:

Next week:

More Stuff!

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Gotham Nights

Duane commissioned me to ink Joel Gomez’s pencil drawing ‘Gotham Nights’:
He supplied me with the original pencil drawing and a print. He expressed a preference to keep the original pencil drawing intact, if possible. We discussed inking the print, but it was kind of dark and muddy. I had suggested making a lighter print of my own and ink that.
But then I decided to try something different… and do something the same way.
I used the original pencil drawing under a piece of Canson Bristol (my current favourite for drawing/inking) and put it on a light table. I was able to ink directly from what I could see of the pencils through the Bristol and used the print as a reference for the areas that were hard to see. That saved me from having to make a print that I would ink over and enabled me to use my preferred paper.
It was a very interesting process.
I had just finished the ‘Monkshood’ commission a couple weeks ago and decided that ‘Gotham Nights’ would benefit from the same sort of treatment. If I had inked on top of the original pencils, I probably would have done it completely differently and tried to keep closer to the original. But I figured Duane wanted me to ‘Gerhard-it-up’ (which usually means thousands upon thousands of tiny little lines) and I wanted to make it look more like night-time as well as try to give a sense of depth. I used a light grey wash on the sky and on the foreground buildings to enhance the effect.
Ta-da!