Sunday, 6 April 2014

White-ink Pen Tests

Was at the local art supply store (Curry's) earlier and discovered they carried Uni-Ball Signo white gel pens.  I've ordered them previously from Jetpens after hearing how great they were and was not disappointed in the least, so I had to grab a couple.  The text and design is slightly different on the ones I grabbed locally -- no Japanese characters, the body on the Japanese model is all clear, the English one is frosted white.

I decided to test them to see if they were any differences other than the language.  As I started to set up the test, I realised I could share the results, so I added the Sharpie Poster-Paint white marker into the mix.  I also use Pilikan Graphic White with a brush in the studio as well as the Pentel Correction Pen, but both are so different in use or application than these tools that I left them out.


I set up a variety of inks, leaving out both India and acrylic inks, which are also studio tools -- I generally use these sort of pens at cons, so thought it best to try them on the inks I'd also be using in that situation.

Overall, I'd say it looks like the Japanese and English pens are identical.  The Signo pens have a slight edge on the Sharpie as it seems to absorb into the Copic and G-Tec slightly more.  All three do well on water-based  and waterproof inks.

Hope this useful!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Hellboy development work


Some people really like the occasional look at the process.  I was tidying the studio and crumpling the piles of layout bond that accumulate and realised there was stuff worth scanning and sharing.  Some of the material was already too crumpled to scan well, but the remainder.

I generally start everything with a pile of sketches of the main characters get to get the look into my hands.  Then I usually do 10-20 thumbnail sketches of layout ideas -- often with a thick pencil or marker to keep details from slowing me down.  I reduce the thumbs to two or three 'good' ideas, then do three or more pencil sketches developing those and then run with my favourite.  I then do sketches of the 'parts' of the image - -foreground, background and figures can often all be on their own pieces of paper.  Sometimes they're drawn at a comfortable size instead of a similar size to how they'll fit on the image -- tiny figures might be drawn 200% larger to better capture form and gesture. for example.  The lot gets scanned, manipulated, cleaned up and assembled in Photoshop.  The result isn't what I would have considered finished pencils a few years ago, I save about 25% of the finishing in the drawing for the inks so i'm not just tediously tracing over my pencils.  I convert the image to 22% Cyan and print it out on the art board.  The rest is ink and white paint.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Hellboy's 20th!

Put this together to join in the celebrations for Hellboy's 20th Anniversary month.  I mangled my hand a bit last week at the gym, so this took wayyyyyy longer than it should, but managed to get it in on the last day!



Despite a very different approach to drawing, Mike's been a major influence as a cartoonist and how I look at the industry.

I don't know about you, but I'm more than looking forward to seeing what he brings us over the next 20 years!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Venom Commission

Venom commission.

ink and white paint on 11x17" bristol.

~R

Hellboy Day

Yesterday was Hellboy day!

I started a drawing, but didn't finish it yet, but I realised I have a few HB drawings sitting around already, so I could share those  in the meanwhile.

Threw flat colours under a quick pencil sketch:



Grey copics on bristol:


Did a few 2.5x3.5"  sketchcards - like the top left one the most.

Pencil sketch -- inspired by some Facebook comment

Ink on bristol -- for Hellboy's birthday last year. 

It's great seeing how broad the love and support for Mike's creation has grown over the last 20 years.

~R

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Freyr and Freya

Freyr and Freya from Perna Studios's upcoming Mythology II card set.

This piece is actually being made into two base cards for the set.

~R

Monday, 10 March 2014

Midnight Harvest Cover

After several failed attempts, here's the cover I'll be running for Midnight Harvest.

I've also posted an update here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/243085932/midnight-harvest-thirty-one-drawings-by-richard-pa/posts/772560

I think it matches the weird horror of the interior pieces.

ink on Bristol, 11x17.  digital colour

~R

Monday, 3 March 2014

Reaper



Changing directions on a piece, so I thought I'd share the loose pencils as I toss this aside.

~R

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman 020214

Sad news today.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/movies/philip-seymour-hoffman-actor-dies-at-46.html?emc=edit_na_20140202&_r=0

I think my favourite role of his was as the caring priest in DOUBT, though everyone in THE BIG LEBOWSKI is on my "like" list.

Ink on 11x14" 90# heavyweight drawing vellum.

~R

Monday, 27 January 2014

Freyja Cover

These are the inks for a now-cancelled project.  It was a cool blend of Norse mythology and contemporary espionage/military action -- which should explain the handgun.

The project was cancelled while I was in the process of inking, so I went further with the rendering knowing it was unlikely to even be coloured.

~R

Sunday, 26 January 2014

2014 Zombie

This is actually my second pass on my annual tradition of drawing a zombie for the blog every January.  The first one was too similar to the Midnight Harvest drawings (and may very well end up in that book if I can find the room).

Opted for a more subtle hand on the gore than in times past.

Hope everyone's year is going well so far.

~R

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Cthulhmas

So I'm working on Christmas Eve (much like Marley) for my terrible boss (much like Scrooge) because of the recent ice storm.  Sad thing is I'm self-employed!  I did take the time to do this for all my friends to wish you all the best this holiday season!

~Richard

Friday, 13 December 2013

Midnight Harvest - Friday the 13th

Drew this to commemorate the last day of my Kickstarter for Midnight Harvest and Friday the 13th!

As of this writing there are 5 hours left in the campaign, so do take a look if you haven't already!
Midnight Harvest

~Richard Pace

Closure - Midnight Harvest


Closure from the Midnight Harvest art book.

Of all the 31 Inktober drawings, this is  the one that really crawled under my skin and creeped me out.

As I’m typing this there are just 13 hours left for the Midnight Harvest Kickstarter.   Thanks to backer support, the book is now a hardcover with an additional 12 page horror comic story I’ll write, draw, and colour.  We are also over 40% of the way to another stretch goal and making the book dimensions larger.

27 of the 31 drawings have already been coloured, Over a third of the interior drawings have already been claimed as rewards as well.

I’ve been offering first-chance options on new art rewards to backers and just opened up sketch cover commissions exclusively to backers from a limited supply of these blank Marvel and DC  books I have on hand.

Please take the time to look at this art book project, and I would greatly appreciate it if you would share with any friends you think might be interested!

Thank you!

~Richard Pace

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tangled - Midnight Harvest

Tangled from the Midnight Harvest art book.


I’d used this coloured piece for the Kickstarter announcement, but never showed it on its own.  It was the second I drew for Inktober and the second I coloured, though Freshest was the first.

Looking at it on the colour calendar it might feel too full of light, so I may recolour it before the book goes to press.

As I'm typing this there are 32 hours left for the Midnight Harvest Kickstarter.   Thanks to backer support, the book is now a hardcover with an additional 12 page horror comic story I'll write, draw, and colour.  We are also over 30% of the way to another stretch goal and making the book dimensions larger.

26 of the 31 drawings have already been coloured, Over a third of the interior drawings have already been claimed as rewards as well.

I’ve been offering first-chance options on new art rewards to backers and just opened up sketch cover commissions exclusively to backers from a limited supply of these blank Marvel and DC  books I have on hand.

Please take the time to look at this art book project, and I would greatly appreciate it if you would share with any friends you think might be interested!

Thank you!

~Richard Pace

Acolyte - Midnight Harvest

Acolyte from the Midnight Harvest art book.


Inspired by the memory of a drawing I did in my sketchbook years ago, which itself was inspired by a scene in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong

As I'm typing this there are 34 hours left for the Midnight Harvest Kickstarter.   Thanks to backer support, the book is now a hardcover with an additional 12 page horror comic story I'll write, draw, and colour.  We are also over 30% of the way to another stretch goal and making the book dimensions larger.

26 of the 31 drawings have already been coloured, Over a third of the interior drawings have already been claimed as rewards as well.

I’ve been offering first-chance options on new art rewards to backers and just opened up sketch cover commissions exclusively to backers from a limited supply of these blank Marvel and DC  books I have on hand.

Please take the time to look at this art book project, and I would greatly appreciate it if you would share with any friends you think might be interested!

Thank you!

~Richard Pace

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Once Bitten - Midnight Harvest

Once Bitten from the Midnight Harvest art book.
View the Kickstarter here.

Back to colouring these in the order they were drawn.  I had just watched AMERICAN MARY prior to drawing this one and I think I was trying to capture the glorious intensity of the main character.

Two days left for the Midnight Harvest Kickstarter and we’ve crossed the first stretch goal and the book is now a hardcover and are very quickly closing in on the second stretch goal of a 12 page horror comic story. As of typing it's $133 dollars away.

25 of the 31 drawings have already been coloured, Over a third of the interior drawings have already been claimed as rewards as well.

I’ve been offering first-chance options on new art rewards to backers and just opened up sketch cover commissions exclusively to backers from a limited supply of these blank Marvel and DC  books I have on hand.

Please take the time to look at this art book project,  and please share with any friends you think might be interested!

Thank you!

~Richard Pace