September 22, 2011
In just a few hours I'll be on a plane bound for Los Angeles, CA where I will be a guest at the first ever Power-Con/ThunderCon, a convention devoted solely to Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats.
There is a really large and impressive guest list, and I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of friends I haven't seen in years.
There will also be a charity auction at the show, with proceeds going towards the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. For more information on how you can bid on a piece of art (regardless of whether or not you'll be attending the con yourself), go here.
The inked piece I donated for the art auction (pictured above) measures 11" x 17" and features Stratos, Teela, He-Man, Man-At-Arms and Skeletor. I thought someone reading this blog might find it interesting to see my process as I worked, so I figured I'd leave everyone with that before I head out for my long weekend in L.A.
I've started working digitally a lot lately, so I thought it might be fun to do all of my thumbnail and roughs in Manga Studio (my drawing program of choice), so this was basically my first stage-- roughing out ideas:
Once I'd decided on this composition, I set to work fleshing it all out. I actually used several layers to get this rough piece. One was mostly for anatomy, another for adding costumes/armor, and another where I roughly laid in areas I wanted to be shadowed when I inked the final piece.
I then printed out my rough and used my light table to do the final inks by hand.
Then I spent several hours coloring the piece in Photoshop. While the black and white original inks will be auctioned off, I will have this colored version for sale at my table as prints. So if you're interested, swing on by!
And with that, I'm off to finish packing up the last of my things. See you in CA!