Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Snowy Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day Tomorrow! I wanted to re-share the information about my Valentine's Day themed Children's Book: Snowy Valentine from Harper Collins. It's a story about Jasper Bunny as he awakes on Valentine's morning realizing he doesn't have anything for his bride, and that he's unlikely to find the special something she deserves when the land is blanketed in snow.

I chronicled the development of this book in 3 parts ad have included the links to those blogposts below:






Part 1: Origins & Pre-Production:
In this post, I go over the original book I handmade for Julia that was the inspiration for Snowy Valentine and my first drawing of Jasper Bunny.
http://davidpetersen.blogspot.com/2011/11/snowy-valentine-my-1st-part-1-over-next.html







Part 2: Sketches & Inks:
Here I share the sketches of the characters and scenes that would become the dummy book layout. And also finished ink drawings of some of the final illustrations.
http://davidpetersen.blogspot.com/2011/11/snowy-valentine-my-1st-part-2-last-week.html








Part 3: Colors & Fabric:
Finally, with the book drawn, I add color and texture with photos of fabric samples and odds & ends around the house. And the many stages of getting the cover just right.
http://davidpetersen.blogspot.com/2011/11/snowy-valentine-my-1st-part-3-over-past.html





Snowy Valentine can be ordered from your local book store or from Amazon.com
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PS: I have commissioned the talented puppet builder James Wojtal Jr. to build a puppet version of Jasper Bunny that I can use for library/school readings as well as to pitch to Harper Collins for the possibility of doing a small stage show of the book.


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PPS: Recently I also Uberdoodled some copies and put them in my online store for sale: 


























Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery Show: TALES IN INK

Yesterday, Mott Community College's Fine Arts Gallery opened a show of my work. 20+ Mouse Guard original pieces: pages, covers, illustrations, and cutaways, are on display there until February 20th.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM - 4:30 PM.

I will also be doing a public presentation where I discuss the work, my techniques, and some topics specific to the art students there.
The presentation will be Monday Feb. 12th at 1PM in The Visual Arts & Design Center, Room 129

Below is the postcard with the info for the show:



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Creator Commentary Video: Mouse Guard: Belly of the Beast

I've made a Creator Commentary video for the first ever issue of Mouse Guard. "Belly of the Beast" was originally self-published in black and white and was later picked up by Archaia for publication in color as the first in a six-issue arc called "Fall 1152". In the video below I go page-by-page and panel-by-panel to share behind the scenes info, thought processes, points of interest, and art details. Enjoy!





Direct link to the YouTube video:







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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Black Axe B&W Edition cover art

The Black Axe Black and White Edition is coming! This is a 12" x 12" (original art size) hardcover printing of the Black Axe issues (which is as close as you will ever get to holding all the original art for Black Axe at once) with vellum overlays included where I inked weather effects separately all packaged together into a lovely slipcase. This edition of 1,000 will be signed and numbered.

This book is currently being solicited by Diamond for a May release with ORDER CODE: JAN181333




For the cover art (which is debossed into the cloth cover) I sketched up Celanawe flanked by Conrad & Em encircled in a briar wreath with King Luthebon looming over them. I drew the characters all separately on copy paper and then scanned them into Photoshop. Each character (and the wreath) were on different layers and tinted differently to help me move, resize, and compose the image.


Once I had the layout done, I printed it out and taped that to the back of a sheet of Strathmore 300 series bristol. Using a lightpad (I use a Huion) I could see through the surface of the bristol to the printout and use it as a guide to ink. I use Copic Multiliners for the inkwork (the 0.7 & 0.3 nibs mainly). Because this image was going to be debossed in cloth, I couldn't go too crazy with details, textures, and cross-hatching...but the wreath still got a little dense with linework despite my best efforts.
Luckily, the artwork will also be reproduced on paper inside the book itself.


Speaking of the book, here is a sample of a few of the pages as they appear in the 
Black Axe: Black and White Edition:






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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mouse Guard Enamel Pins & Watch

BOOM!/Archaia and I released two new types of merchandise last year at some conventions: Mouse Guard Enamel Pins & a Mouse Guard watch!

Pins were something fans had been asking for, and the watch was a suggestion of Jose Meza over at BOOM! And now, you don't have to be at a convention to purchase these ways to show your Mouse Guard fandom


Currently there are four character portrait pins (Kenzie, Saxon, Lieam, & Sadie). To the right you can see my original inked drawings with the pantone colors added in and with scale reference for each pin.

Below is a better look at each character's actual pin. Each pin is $9.99 and you can order these pins online from: https://shop.boom-studios.com/merchandise







For the new Mouse Guard watch, I designed a completely new image for the face featuring fan-favorite Lieam. This watch has a stainless steel backplate with gunmetal case and a leather strap.
It sells for $75 and can be purchased online through the BOOM! online store:

https://shop.boom-studios.com/merchandise/detail/8145/mouse-guard-watch










2018 Appearances to be announced soon...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Model Video: Matriarch's Chamber

In The Black Axe story, I explored a new room just off of the Matriarch's Office (a public room where Guardmice are welcome to confer with their leader)...A chamber only to be accessed by the Matriarch of the day, and full of the passed down knowledge, writings, and artifacts of the previous Matriarchs. In the video below, I share the model I built to design the space and reference it as I drew the pages.









2018 Convention Appearances To Be Announced Soon...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Plotmasters Project

"Two artists, David Petersen and Jesse Glenn, went digging through stacks of old original drawings and story ideas from twenty plus years ago with the thought, "What would these characters be like if we were working on this project today?"

And that is the premise of our video podcast series "THE PLOTMASTERS PROJECT"

Below we have the first half of season one available to watch here or on YouTube.




EPISODE 1: CATS TRIO






Three accidentally evolved anthropomorphic cats and their raccoon adoptive brother-mentor survive without being seen by society in our 1991 homage to everything we loved about the old TMNT comics.

Updated versions (L: Petersen, R: Glenn)

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EPISODE 2: QUIETUS


Jesse's strong solo spy assassin with unchecked occult demon magic is his anti-hero stand-alone character featured in this episode.

Updated versions (L: Glenn, R: Petersen)
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EPISODE 3: BLACKCAT


David's rooftop vigilante high-school comic book later ego with karmic powers of luck, after all, you don't want a black cat to cross your path...

Updated versions (L: Petersen, R: Glenn)
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EPISODE 4: DRAGONS (part 1)


Our desire to do a colorful team with mythic mounts that joins together to form something more powerful than themselves in homage to shows like Voltron & Power Rangers is the subject of this episode where we focus on the human characters,


Updated versions (L: Glenn, R: Petersen)
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EPISODE 5: DRAGONS (part 2)



Our Voltron-Power Ranger homage wouldn't be complete if the heroes from the previous episode didn't have their larger-than-life legendary beasts to ride, and so the namesakes of the project, the Dragons themselves are featured in this part 2 episode.


Updated versions (Above: Petersen, Below: Glenn)


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We are taking a mid-season Hiatus to get ahead on the rest of Season one. Here is our announcement and promo about it as well as teasers for the rest of season 1:


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BONUS!
Here is our panel from the Baltimore Comic Con where we go over revision types while looking at 10 different Plotmaster concepts:




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