I added a new Harley Quinn to the new prints available this Friday.
The Tucson Comic Con is only six days away! Luckily, I inked, flatted, and colored two new prints for this year’s con. I chose Rey because The Rise of Skywalker is going to be released this December. I can’t wait to see what happens next! I also did Thanos because he was such a good villain for the Avengers franchise. Let me know what you think and leave a comment.
Look for Vanquish Studio in Artist Alley, table AA15!
Flatting is a very important but sometimes tedious part of digital coloring. Its the part where the colorist lays in the basic colors for composing the image. When I flat, I look for colors that divide the shapes of the picture plane for maximum ease in deciphering the main subject. What does that mean? Make sure the colors you choose for your image define the spaces that make up that image AND make sure those colors do it clearly. Many times, beginning colorists choose colors because they like them. Which is fine. But do they go together? That isn’t necessarily going to make your image readable to the viewer. Choose a small palette of colors and don’t choose anything too clashing (unless, of course, that IS the look you’re going for!)
I’m currently coloring a new Star Wars print for the Tucson Comic Con, Rey. Her costume in the movie has very similar values and tones. Her skin tone is also very similar to the tones of her costume. So we have a lot of similarity.
For the readability of the image, I flatted it using contrasting values since the colors are really too similar. For example, the staff, belt, shoes and hair are darker values. The pants, shirt, and coverings as well as the skin tone are lighter. This variation of lights and darks helps to break up the space. I don’t have large variations in the colors: ochre to burnt umber. But luckily, the yellow-orange like color of the covering is a close complimentary color of the background (blue) so it works. Remember, you don’t need a large palette to make your image effective.
Also, don’t be afraid to use shortcuts when needed. I didn’t bother rendering the sky or the sand. For the sky I used an image file and for the sand I also used a file but this time for texture. Time-savers are NOT cheating. They are time savers!
Finally, keep in mind that you will be rendering OVER the flats so you may not even see them in the finished artwork! If you look in any gallery on this site, you’ll notice that in my chibi style I pretty much DID use the flatted color and added very simple highlights and shadows. NO MAS! In the new art, I’m going for a more rendered look to update my stock.
The Tucson Comic Con is right around the corner and I need to get going on my new Rey. Well I finished the inks which means a new coloring page for everyone! This one is going to be colored and made into a print for the con. Enjoy!
I just looked in my coloring page archive and realized I never made one of The Flash! This was one of my earliest drawings and was one of the original nine prints I had when I first started showing at comic conventions in 2012! It was my first show after a dismal failure at the Phoenix Con two years prior. I actually sold out of EVERY print except Green Lantern (go figure). Anyway, here is a blast from the past, my original Flash. I should probably do an updated version.
Are you one of those people that wants to learn how to draw but it just seems like there is soooooo much to learn that you can’t do it all? Guess what, you can’t! Not all at once at any rate! That would be too much to ask anyone. Think about exercising, when someone starts to lift weights with chest presses you don’t put 500 pounds on the barbell their first time on the bench! You’ll kill ’em! You gotta build up that strength and eventually you have it. The same is true of drawing and practice, if you try to do too much you will feel overwhelmed and be more likely to quit and not even start – procrastination. Start with a small goal and work from there. I’m having trouble drawing comic book hero heads and faces. My style is chibi so it’s really quite a turn from drawing big over-sized heads to that of correct proportional heads. Regardless, I need to get it done for my comic book I’m writing.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
I’ve started with reading a book about drawing the head by master illustrator Andrew Loomis. It’s called Drawing the Head and Hands. You can find it in any library for free or if you feel like paying get it on Half Price Books. It’s an invaluable resource for proportions and has practical, usable advice.
After reading the book, I need to practice. Let’s all be realistic, instead of expecting a perfect drawing within two seconds, I need to set realistic goals and expectations. I’ve decided to draw the head at least three times this week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. That is a small start that I can handle and I should still see results because its enough drawing time. Of course, if I choose to draw longer than 30 minutes, I may! Sometimes, though, it’s quality and not necessarily quantity of practice time that one strives towards. A good artist knows the difference.
My point is that often times people procrastinate because they simply just don’t know where to start. Quality or quantity, if you don’t know where to start, you won’t!
HOW AND WHEN TO PRACTICE
Choose an area you need to work on and create a schedule. That should help with the procrastination because you have a narrowed target, its a much smaller more reachable goal. For myself, I need to draw men’s heads. Specifically, I want to make them more masculine and draw more consistent with realistic proportions. If I commit to drawing at least three days in a seven day week, I will see results. If I feel the need to practice more, I can change my time to 60 minutes or add another 30 minute day. Flexibility is what helps people stay on a schedule. Don’t overdo it! Start small. Add those weights to the barbell, little by little.
Once I’m good at one target I can choose another one – female heads. I’m choosing small, manageable pieces instead of the whole. Once I have my pieces the way I want them, then the whole will come together by itself.
Does that sound “The Zen of Art” -ish enough?
It’s confirmed that Vanquish Studio will be in artist alley booth AA15 on the west side of the convention hall. Save the date and stop by!