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New Coloring Page – Super Girl!

This year at the Tucson Comic Con I have two new female character prints: Rey and Harley Quinn. For some reason, the ladies never sell as well as the male comic book characters. Maybe because there aren’t as many female characters as the men or maybe because they don’t get as much play time? I don’t know. Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn are always popular but the others not so much. Regardless, here is an old Super Girl I dug out of the archives. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Super Girl Coloring page

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Check out Vanquish Studio at Tucson Comic Con 2019

I added a new Harley Quinn to the new prints available this Friday.


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New Art for Tucson Comic Con!

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!

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Digital Coloring – Flatting

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!)ReyFLATS

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.

Stay tuned!

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Look for Vanquish Studio at Tucson Comic Con 2019

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!

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Planning on MORE Comic Cons

Vanquish Studio hasn’t done a lot of comic cons since 2015. 2019 is the year when I’m thinking of doing the Long Beach Comic Con, Palm Springs, Phoenix (goes without saying since it’s my own back yard), and Tucson. That is a total of four cons which, believe it or not, is a lot! Now, would I like to do more comic conventions, yes, but travelling is very difficult for me. Why? Well, I have a 9 to 5 that I┬áneed to worry about as well as other things. Regardless, I will be opening an Etsy shop soon to help people get my stuff when I can’t make it to their city. So stay tuned!!!

 

Tucson Comic Con 2018

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Comic conventions are a lot of fun to attend but they are also very tiring. There is literally so much to look at and see from the art to the toys to the costumes, that you can overdose on your senses! I’ve gone to the Tucson Comic con EVERY year. This year I premiered my reboot of Venom.

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