A look behind the curtain as Todd and I put a comic book together.
Dennis: Hey Todd, how ’bout something like this for the cover on the first comic. Todd: Looks good, let’s do it.
(a couple of days later)
Dennis: Ok Todd, the covers are done. Todd: Cool… I thought we decided to wrap the artwork around and onto the back of the comic? Dennis: AARRGGHHHHH!
(a couple of days later)
Dennis: You’re right. I’ll get that fixed…
Almost to the finish line with the first three…
I am a diligent Sunday sermon note taker and I keep them carefully archived in the back seat floorboard of my car… right next to my emergency cans of Kroger butter toffee peanuts.
There’s a pretty weird art show taking place in Fort Wayne, Indiana…
Today Rob from somewhere out in internet land told me he had just purchased the Cryptozoic Batmobile Collectable and asked if there was any place he could buy the artwork I did for it, so I loaded it up on my ImageKind Shop for him. Click HERE to go to my ImageKind Shop.
That reminded me that Valerie from some other place out in internet land had asked me back in January where she could buy the collectable. I wasn’t sure at that time, but they are now available on Amazon and probably at various higher end comic book shops nationwide. Click HERE to see it on Amazon.
And now story time (some of the facts in my story might be wrong because I’m telling it from memory) Way back in the olden days (1950’s-60’s?) a toy company in the U.S. was buying a batch of tin Batmobile toy cars from a Japanese manufacturer. The folks in Japan had no idea what a Batman was or what any of the Batman stuff looked like and in the process of creating the car they accidentally switched the trim color (red) with the car color (black). Imagine the U.S. toy companies surprise when they opened their crates of Batmobiles and they were all red! It was a mistake, but hey, they looked pretty cool, that’s what they had, so they sold them as best they could. Today those old red tin-toy Batmobile mistakes are highly sought after collectables. In tribute to that history, Cryptozoic produced a limited edition of Red Batmobiles. They also made a BLUE variant which is my personal favorite.
Back in 2011, my very first post on this blog was my take on Frank Frazetta’s Silver Warrior illustration. A fellow emailed me yesterday and asked if I would make this available for purchase in my ImageKind Shop, so I loaded it up for him. As a public service TO YOU, my dearest of friends and NOT self-serving to me in ANY way, shape or form… I wanted you all to know it’s there, too.
Click here to take a look.
For those of you curious about the process I go through in creating digital art, I’ve boiled it down into a two minute video showing the six basic steps I go through on most jobs.
I posted the video on YouTube and you will most definitely get into trouble there if you use music on your video without having permission from the artist to do so… but I was in a really big hurry to slap this blog post out and get back to real work, so I decided NOT to go through all the legal mumbo-jumbo to acquire song rights. I threw caution to the wind, found a song in my iTunes library and plugged it into my video. It just so happens that the song was created by my youngest son, Pete, in his basement recording studio.
I hope he doesn’t find out because I’d hate to have to get all lawyered up because of this.
Here are a few of the steps I go through on most of my illustrations. Are you kitten me!?
Two comics in the series are done. One left to complete before May deadlines…
Hey Dennis, does your new comic book have flying monkeys in it?
No, but it does have flying motorcycles and laser beam stun bolts!
My publisher has given me permission to share a few things from the comic book series I’m working on. I typically start with a really rough page layout and then create an equally rough sketch for each individual panel. I work my drawing out with a pencil… uhm… for those of you who may not be acquainted with a pencil, it is a piece of wood with graphite magically trapped inside it. You can hold a pencil in your hand and smear gray marks on paper with it. (I will explain what paper is in a future blog post.) I then scan a tight pencil drawing into my computer and do the color and finishing work with Photoshop.
Somewhere in a distant dystopian future, unsettling events are beginning to occur.
Coming next summer, a new comic book series.
I can not believe it’s December, we are entering the final stages of the professional tackle football season and I’m last place in my fantasy football league. My strategy of drafting only players with fishy names did not work at all!
Back in May I did character design and concept work for another Clarks Pest Control commercial. This time a giant cockroach invades the city and he’s way too much for the army to handle… better call Clark! I love the way Clayt Ratzlaff breathes life into my little two dimensional pictures.
Cryptozoic is currently headed into production with the 1966 classic TV Series Batmobile. Stephan Ehl did a truly amazing job with the sculpt for this. Here’s the box cover and packaging. Rumor has it we might be working on something else fun in the very near future!