Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Here's a whole bunch more pages from issue one.  It's nice to have the book out there!  I'm sure I missed a couple here, but it's got to be close to the whole book posted now.  I tried to find the inks for issue two's cover, but I don't know where I saved them.  Sorry about that!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Some stuff....

Don't you love my inventive and inspiring post titles?  But what can I say...I'm just going to put up some stuff.  I'm sitting here on pins and needles for my Batman: Dark Knight book to come out tomorrow.  I've had some copies for almost a week now, and I've shown it to friends and family, but I'm really looking forward to having it come out.  There's a lot of art that I have to post, but I just have to wait until it's shown somewhere, so I've been kind of quiet here.  Anyway, until tomorrow, when I can post a bunch of pencils from the book (not that I'll get around to it tomorrow exactly...), here's a few things that I scrounged together.

Anyway, until tomorrow, when I can post a bunch of pencils from the book (not that I'll get around to it tomorrow exactly...), here's a few things that I scrounged together.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Firestorm cover

This is a Brightest Day cover.  It went through a few steps, and I took scans as I went, so I figured I'd post them here. 

This is my underdrawing.  I don't bother putting much detail into them anymore.  I found I have to do all the work again with paint, so why do it twice? 
 Then I did a tonal wash with burnt sienna, and started blocking in colors.  I had no idea where I was going with the picture, but I don't really have time to be doing prelims, or color roughs or whatever.  I had to go pick up the kids from school, so this is where it stopped for now. 
 I had planned on scanning after each session so I could do a step by step, but this is the end of the next session.  I was done.  It really didn't take very long.  It's a single figure, and I'm getting more comfortable with my color mixing, so I'm not losing as much time with the unpredictability of the paint.  I've been greying all my colors with their compliments, but I've found lately that using black and white is a more effective solution in some situations.  Red dulls to brown the same way with green or black.  No difference for me, except for a more predictable result.  And blue can darken to a bit of a purple, or a bit of an orange, or straight black, all with a different, but useable effect.  So anyway, point being...I'm finding that using compliments gets great results, and I can really make use of the warm to cool effects of mixing that way, but in some cases (like greying yellow) I need to be creative.  Black and yellow make green, but so does it's compliment.  If I want to grey it, I need to step from yellow, to ochre, to raw sienna, and then I can introduce black.  Unless I want the green.....

 There was a mixup, and I forgot that this cover had to be done with a white background for Icon cover month, so I had to resort to photoshop, and select out the background, blur the edges, and throw in an orange halo for effect, and to reduce the look of the edges.  It ended up being much more designy than I had intended, but I kind of like it this way. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Composition Part 1

I realized that this'll never happen if I a) try to do a post that covers every compostion thing I can think of at once, or b) forces me to draw all sorts of pictures as examples.  So I'm going the easy route.  I'm going to break it up into parts, and I'm going to use art from my favorite artists as examples.

Today I'm going with Frank Frazetta because I want to talk about the best cover composition around.  Obviously you can't do this each and every time, and there are so many other very effective designs, but this one, for me, is the strongest.  It's the simple triangle composition.

I think these pictures really speak for themselves.  The triangle composition is the gift that just keeps on giving!  Frazetta used it for arguably most of his covers, and it never, ever gets old.  If you really look for it in all of these covers, it couldn't be more obvious, but it works every time. 

For it to work best, the triangle can't be broken by any major elements, but if it's too perfect it can become static.  Notice how Frazetta outlines a triangle in his compositions, but doesn't completely form the shape in an unbroken way.  Except for when he does, but then notice how he uses elements to play against the shape and add visual interest, like in the cover with the guy with the guns and girls.  The guns are small enough, and peripheral enough that they can break the composition, and he's angled them in such a way as to frame the main character's face, and slash some movement across the page.  That movement stops your eye from simply following the too obvious triange shape. 

As a bit of an aside, I can't help but mention Frazetta's use of light and detail in his compositions.  Notice how focused his lighting is, with the greatest contrast in his center of interest, and points of light hit on other elements in the picture, just enough to draw your eye across them.  He always knew what the focus of his picture was, and he knew how to draw you there, and then lead your eye around to other secondary elements, almost like a visual tour.  That's all accomplished through use of focused lighting.  No photo reference is going to teach you that one!  

The other element I mentioned is detail.  Because Frazetta was all about instant visual impact, he was very careful to not detail elements of his pictures that were secondary to that goal. That takes so much's much easier to noodle everything in sight!  I could learn a thing or two from that...

Anyway, more later.   

Saturday, November 27, 2010

superman super quicky color sketch

This is watercolor too.  I did this last week very, very fast.  It's actually mostly acrylic on the figure over the watercolor.  I've found that you need a hair dryer for the watercolor, or you end up with a mess really fast, and I got impatient with this one, so acrylic took over.  I figure I'd like to find a balance between the two eventually. 

Color mixing went very fast for this too.  I'm getting more confident with it.  My blues are greyed with orange, and my reds with green.  I'm finding that my blues go toward orange too much, and I think I'm going to start using black and white to grey my colors a bit more along with compliments.  It really depends on the color though.  Because every color has a cast to it, and isn't a perfect blue or orange, when you mix them to get grey you can get unpredictable results, and I like that, but I want to get more control over it in a more predictable way, so straight up grey should help. 

Anyway, there's a long explaination for a very quick crappy sketch. 

Friday, November 26, 2010

experimenting with watercolor.

This thing is watercolor on watercolor paper...just black, blue and burnt umber. I used gesso mixed with watercolor for the lights I wanted to bring out, and colored pencil for some detail. I hate how plastic so many of my paintings are looking, so I wanted to experiment with something different and see where it takes me.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I couldn't stay away...

So I was in Ohio two weeks ago, and everybody there was so incredibly nice. Someone I met in San Diego even gave me the bag with my artwork on it that they were giving away at San Diego that I never got at the time. I got asked about my blog, and I feel like I forgot why I started it in the first place. Sure, there's headaches, but ultimately it's about all the people who I meet at shows, and online who are so supportive and positive.

I was thinking about putting a watermark on my art, but honestly, that kind of technology is beyond me. I'm just going to let it go, and deal with ebay when it comes up. It's worth it.

So anyway, since I don't have much to contribute beyond that, I'm going to put up some new art.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Changing/Closing Blog

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the closing of David's blog. We have come to this decision because of the extreme number of people stealing his work off of this blog and passing it off as their own on ebay and other places.

Our deepest regrets.

Meredith Finch

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mid Ohio Con

Guest of Honor: David Finch

We’re thrilled to name superstar artist David Finch as guest of honor at MOC 2010, our very first guest announcement for the 30th anniversary show. Finch has been dazzling comic fans for more than 15 years since he debuted his unique style in the pages of Image’s hit title, Cyberforce. Finch is perhaps best known for his lengthy run at Marvel, during which he captivated audiences with his riveting work on Avengers: Disassembled, Moon Knight, New Avengers, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimatum and many other titles. Finch made headlines in January 2010 with the announcement of his exclusive contract with DC Comics, which Comic Book Resources (CBR) described as a “truly seismic shift in the marquee creator's career path.” "I've been a DC fan for a really long time, and I always knew that I'd love the opportunity to work in the DCU at some point," Finch told CBR in his first interview on his new deal. Finch is slated to illustrate all 26 of DC's bi-weekly Brightest Day covers and fans are eagerly awaiting news of his other projects within the DC universe and beyond.

(That's from the Mid-Ohio blog! Very nice.)