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sketch cards – damsels & dinosaurs (part 2)

When I started out working with markers, I stuck with the same 3 or 4 colors for skin tones.

These days I’m using anywhere from 8 to 12 or so. Blending and blending…and blending. On this particular set I began using color a little differently than I have in the past, though I’m not sure if anyone else other than me can tell. (A lot more browns this time around for one.)

This is one of the biggest benefits I have seen in my art since working on sketch cards.  My sense of color has evolved quite a bit.  One day I’d like to do a post where I pull out some old cards I did a few years ago and trace the progression.

We’ll see if I’m brave enough to actually post them.

I also experimented with watercolors on one card. See if you can guess which one it is.  (Hint: It has a dinosaur in it.)

Sketch Cards – Damsels and Dinosaurs

I have found that doing sketch cards is a great way to work on issues like anatomy, layout, and color.

Working in a space that’s 2.5 x 3.5 inches takes a little getting used to.  For me, even though I’ve done 1000+ cards at this point, I keep trying to find ways to economize and make each card more interesting.

The limitations of space and size will either put you in a rut, or push you to try and do more with what you have.  (And its easy to get into a rut with deadlines looming, I know.) Keeping on a schedule has helped me to better cards, in my opinion.

Here are 9 cards from Sadlittles Damsels and Dinosaurs set.

I loved dinosaurs growing up. In fact, until this set, I had forgotten how much I still like them.

Commissions – Rogue, Gambit, and Psylocke

On the artcast last night I finished up a few sketch card commissions.  I got a lot more done than I thought I would when I started the show. And really, this has been one of the benefits of doing the artcast.

It forces me to keep up with these type of commissions and I tend to get more done at night than I normally would otherwise.

Not to mention I get to meet (via chat anyway) people who enjoy sketch card art.

I’ve tried working on larger images, but I think it’s hard for my camera to pick up details at that large a scale for it to be enjoyable for anyone.  So for now I’ll be sticking to sketch cards.


Red Sonja sketch card

I did an impromptu artcast yesterday afternoon and finished up this Red Sonja card.  You can watch the process from pencils to finished color on the archived video.

I just want to plug the Virginia Comicon winter show one more time.  It’s this Sunday, Feb 28th in Richmond.

I’ll be up with the guys from Tsunami Studios.  It’s a fantastic show, you won’t regret going.

Sketch Cards for sale

I have a few sketch cards for sale on my store page.  Frankenstein here is $20 and I have a couple more for $10.  I’ll be adding a few more in the next couple of days.

I also have artist proof cards for the Spider-man Archives series and the Zombie vs Cheerleaders set.  Prices vary, contact me for more info.

I’m also open for commissions.

Full color sketch cards are $20 for one character.

For other sizes feel free to contact me.

And remember, those of you in the Richmond VA area, that the Virginia Comicon is this Sunday.

Stop by and say hello.

Storm and Dark Phoenix PSCs

I draw live on uStream every Wednesday starting at 7:30pm ET.  Old shows are recorded so you can go back and watch the process.  I usually end up drawing sketch cards since 1) they’re the perfect size for a webcam and 2) I usually have commissions at that size to keep up with.

On March 3rd at 9pm I’ll be doing a show on the Artcast Network screening room.

Here’s a couple of cards drawn on this past week’s show.  Click for a larger view.

Iron Man 2 cards

I did 100 cards for Upper Deck’s Iron Man 2 set.  I’m assuming this set should be out in the next few months.

I enjoyed drawing the older costume more than the newer ones.  This wasn’t just because it was simpler (though that’s nice) but because I could pull background colors into the armor making it a little more interesting