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July 10th, 2008 #1
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I've been saving up some pieces for you.
Here is a new Magic: The Gathering piece.
This set doesn't release for a few days yet,
but Wizards posted this piece as a spoiler on their site so I can share it.
Oils on board, 9x12 inches.
This is the cover for 'Bone Crossed', the fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series.
Oils on board 16x24 inches.
Next is the cover for 'Dead Reign', by Tim Pratt.
This is also the fourth in series.
I will have this on exhibit at San Diego Comic Con.
Oils on board 20x30 inches (with digital tweaks).
This is the cover for a novel called 'Green' by Jay Lake.
It's a great story about a young girl who is sold in slavery and trained to be an assassin, ultimately meant to kill the man she is supposed to marry.
Oils on board 14x20 inches.
Lastly, is a piece I did for the new Hellboy movie.
This was commissioned as the movie poster, but sadly, they decided to use a different image last minute.
Oils on paper with digital/traditional underpainting, 28x40 inches.
A few details:
And the preliminary drawing prior to some massive revisions.
I will be at San Diego ComiCon again this year and will have many of these on exhibit.
Stop by Booth #4503 to see original art, demos, and a clip of my very soon to be released DVD.
Here is another Magic card from the same set.
Oils on Board, 9 x 12 inches.
Aaron Fagerstrom, the brains behind every DVD Massive Black has released, was kind enough to load the trailer for my upcoming DVD to Youtube.
This was posted in the lounge, but I figured many may have missed it.
Music by my good friends, RATATAT.
As usual, I am working on a ton of stuff that can't be shared publicly.
However, all that old stuff that I couldn't share before... now I can!
Here are a few new ones for you:
Here is an old one that I never posted.
At the time, I didn't like it much, but now I am growing fonder of it.
It for a book called "Cry Wolf" by Patricia Briggs and is a spin off of the tattooed mechanic series (hence the similar compositions).
I painted this one in 4 days while I was sick with the stomach flu...
Officially the hardest job I've ever done.
Oils on board, 12 x 16 inches.
This one is pretty recent and is for Tor books.
The 3rd in a series, it is for the novel "The Magician's Daughter" by Sam Butler.
Oils on board, 20 x 30 inches, with some digital color revisions in PS.
Here are 2 for Wizards of the Coast's "DragonLance" line of novels.
I have actually done 5 of these so far, but can't share all of them yet.
Both are oils on board, 20 x 30 inches.
Here are some quick spot illos I did for a short story on Tor.com.
The story is called "A Water Matter", and takes place in the same world as the 'ninja girl' painting above.
A great little story, it can be read HERE
These are all done digitally in PS.
To go along with the story, Tor.com also conducted a short interview with me.
For those interested, it can be read HERE
Lastly... the mandatory DVD update.
I have received word from MB that the DVD is completed and is on its way to production.
I watched a rough copy, and was incredibly impressed by how thorough the director/editor Aaron Fagerstrom was.
The DVD is a 2 disc set, and is 5 HOURS LONG!
I don't think it gets any more in-depth than that.
Ordering details coming soon.
Till next time!
Here is another piece for you guys.
This one is for issue #34 of Star Wars : Legacy
Mixed media on this one.
Most everything is oils, except for the water splashes and some intense dodging around the piece.
I hope you enjoy it.
A small update for you.
Firstly, my instructional DVD is finally out.
This has been over a year in the works, but hopefully you'll find it worth it.
Click the banner at the top of the page for more info.
Also, here is a new oil painting for you.
It is the sequel to the wolf painting above.
It is for the novel titled "Hunting Ground", by NY Times Bestselling Author Patricia Briggs.
More updates soon!
Here's three more pieces for you guys.
As usual, all three are traditionally painted, using oils on board.
First, another installment of Mercy Thompson, but this time it's for a comic adaptation...
hence, the slightly more cartoonish look.
Mercy Thompson, Homecoming:
These next two are for White Wolf's Vampire series.
I have been wanting to share these two pieces FOREVER, but they didn't go public until very recently.
The female was painted as a demo at last years Illustration Master Class.
I've got a bunch more that I am anxious to share.
Wow, it's been a really long time since I shared some stuff with you guys.
Here's a bunch of new ones.
This piece was for a juvenile book about a young Shinobi.
Surprisingly cool, and surprisingly accurate, historically speaking.
You just can't go wrong with ninjas.
Oils on board, 14x20 inches:
This piece is for a novel called "Touched By an Alien".
Sort of 'Men in Black' with a lot more sex.
Really fun piece.
Oils on board, 20x30 inches:
This next piece is for the novel 'Doppelgangster', by Laura Resnick.
I have done a few covers for her Father's books in the past, so it was a real pleasure to work on hers as well.
The Art Director was also really cool, and let me integrate the type right into the painting.
It's not often that I get to do that, but when I do, I'm always happy with the results.
Oils on board, (digital type), 20x30 inches:
Here's a fairly new one.
This is for a book called 'The Devil in Miss Shimmer'.
The second in a series, this book is just chock full of good imagery to pull from.
Oils on board, 16x24 inches:
Here is one of the coolest pieces I've worked on in a long while.
The book is 'Black Blade Blues', by John Pitts.
Hot chick, half shaved head, white hair, black sword, big dragons... this is seriously an illustrator's wet dream.
There was no way I could screw this up.
I have a ton of progress shots for this one, as well as a slew of alternate sketches.
Keep on eye on Irene Gallo's blog, as she should be posting those sometime soon.
Oils on board, 20x30 inches:
And a wallpaper which shows some nice details:
Click HERE for the wallpaper.
Here's one you guys may recognize.
This is the fifth book in the 'Mercy Thompson' series, 'Silver Borne'.
Oils on board, 20x30 inches:
I did this next piece as a live demo for this year's 'Illustration Master Class' in Massachusetts.
Such an amazing week, full of seriously amazing people.
Fellow illustrator, Rebecca Solow, was brave enough to pose for me and let me project her face 20 feet wide in front of a live audience.
Oils on board, 15x30 inches:
Here's a progress shot:
Here is one for a novel called "The Questing Road".
Some of you may remember a cover I did way back of a girl with a cat on her shoulder.
This book, although not a sequel, does continue the story of that character.
It was really fun to take a character that I had painted nearly 6 years ago and re-vamp her a bit.
Oils on board, 12x18 inches:
Thanks for looking,
more work coming soon!
Wow. Long time no update.
I've got lots of new stuff for my CA peeps.
First up is the sequel to one of the covers above, called "Touched by an Alien".
This book is called "Alien Tango", and is just as quirky and cool as the first one.
Oils on Board, 20 x 30 inches:
Next is one that many of you have probably already seen.
Tor books has decided to recommission all the covers for the uber-popular 'Wheel of Time' e-book series.
Art Director, Irene Gallo hired a TON of really cool artists to do the work, so check them out if you haven't see them yet.
I had the honor of doing Book #5, 'The Fires of Heaven', depicting Moiraine, one of the stronger female leads in the series.
Oils on Board, 15 X 20 inches:
Here is a really recent one for a novel called 'Secrets of the Demon'.
It's a Paranormal Police Procedural story, full of cops, demonic possessions and sex... can't go wrong with that!
Oils and Digital, 15 X 20 inches:
The next one is a personal favorite of mine.
The book is titled "Trolls in the Hamptons!", and is about a female comic-book artist whose drawings seemingly come to life.
It's still unclear if her drawings are affecting reality, or if they are prophetic images of what's to come regardless.
The background was done entirely digitally and made to look like an old comic. The figure is painted in oils and superimposed on top of it.
The whole series should follow this motif, and I am really looking forward to exploring the idea further.
Oils and Digital, 15 X 20 inches:
Here are 3 new trading card pieces.
All three are totally digital, which I've been experimenting with lately for smaller pieces.
Netherwind Presence, for World of Warcraft:
Saurfang the Younger, for World of Warcraft:
Jund Hackblade, for Magic the Gathering:
This image is for an upcoming novel called "Soul Born".
There were so many great ideas to work with in this book, that it's a real shame I had to narrow it down to just a single image.
The female lead, depicted here, has two different colored eyes, is unbelievably powerful, unbelievably evil, and gets seriously fucked up.
I can't wait to do another!
Oils on Board, 12 X 16 inches:
The next piece is a bit of a teaser really.
This cover is for an upcoming Fables graphic novel called "Werewolves of the Heartland".
This painting is actually a huge wraparound, but Vertigo has yet to release it all publicly.
So all I can show you for now is the promotional comp.
Check back soon though. I will post the image as soon as I can, as well as another really cool Fables project I am working on!
Oil son Board, 20 X 40 inches:
Lastly, I have for you the newest cover in the 'Mercy Thompson' series, and quite possibly my favorite thus far.
This is the sixth in the series, called "River Marked".
For those in the CT area, this painting will be on display at Hope Gallery starting August 7th.
Oils on Board, 20 X 30:
And the final cover with type:
I think that's about it.
Till next time, guys!
One more quick update for you guys.
At SDCC this year, DC/Vertigo finally revealed the new cover to Bill Willingham's Fables novel "Peter and Max".
It's a wraparound cover, oils on board, 22x38 inches:
Here's a new piece I just finished up.
It is for the book "Alien in the Family", and is the sequel to "Alien Tango" shown above.
Oils on board, 20x30 inches:
In related news,
I am partaking in a new group blog with a slew of awesome artists.
You can check it out here: MUDDY COLORS
A lot of the content will focus on fantasy illustration, with an emphasis on it's creation.
We have updates every single weekday, with posts from:
Jon Foster, Greg Manchess, Donato Giancola, Jesper Ejsing, Eric Fortune, JJ Palencar, Justin Gerard, Arnie Fenner, and a ton of great guest bloggers.
We just went live yesterday, but there is already a lot to look at.
Including a behind the scenes look at creating "Black Blade Blues":
I'll have a lot more for you very soon!
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Just outstanding work, Dan. I love all of it. Especially the Hellboy stuff. In fact, the people at the Hellboy forum would faint if you posted that Hellboy poster there
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July 10th, 2008 #4
wow, thanks for sharing man
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July 10th, 2008 #6
wow! i've been wondering where you've been! just when i thought you couldn't get any better..wow. i really love how you handled the tattoo on "bone crossed". super sharp. the rendering of the cloak on "dead reign" is beautiful. and overall, i just love "green". it would work perfectly as a poster ;-)
it's a shame about the hellboy 2 poster swap, but at least you ended up with one badass painting! :]
hope you're doing well. sucks i won't get to see you again at SDCC. maybe in 09!
July 10th, 2008 #7
I always love your posts, you are a great inspiration to me as an artist who is starting to get into oils. I'll see you at the Comic Con, 5-Stars bro!
July 10th, 2008 #8
Great stuff, as usual. I'm wondering what steps you take to ensure continuity for recurring characters such as the werewolf girl from Bone Crossed. At first she doesn't seem to be from the same model, but I still recognised her at first glance (the tattoos help for sure.)
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July 10th, 2008 #9
you wowed me! i said wow out loud twice while looking through this post. strong work all around of course. It crazy to see you keep getting better and better. the green painting is my favorite from you to date (I say this every time). I think we need to see a detail shot of her face.
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Beautiful work, as always! Any chance of posting the untweeked oils for Dead Reign for the benefit of us unfortunate souls that wont make it to ComiCon?
July 10th, 2008 #12
Dead Reign and Green are both absolutely gorgeous.
The Hellboy poster looks good, especially considering what I'm sure you had to go through with art direction, but I can't say I'm surprised they ended up going with something else. Marketing departments want big, bold, in-your-face action.
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July 10th, 2008 #15
That 'Dead Reign' piece, I could'nt look away for a goof 5 minutes. It's stunning, definately one of my favorite pieces of your's. It's a huge shame they decided ona different direction for the Hellboy poster... painted movie posters are something that definately need a big return.
Great work as always Dan. I'd love a detail shot of the Selma Blair face on the HB poster.
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July 10th, 2008 #16
dan the dead reign piece might be my favorite you've ever done. the color, her body, and the way the glyph and sword look are all fantastic. but hey, I was wondering exactly where the digital tweaks were. I thought you painted to look like you used digital techniques but that they were all hand done? either way they're all awesome
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awesome update, Dan! Hell, I'm just glad that studios even still think about buying paintings for poster. Maybe having a resurgence after such a long period of boring photo-montage, hope hope
I feel a little distracted by the digital touches in Dead Reign. I know you make digital adjustments here and there all the time anyhow, but something about these call attention to them being digital. Great piece all the same though, and I love Green and Everstrike
July 10th, 2008 #19
Is it just me or is the way the legs are painted in the Dead Reign piece kind of..impossible? The crotch is all the way on the right which makes her right leg, the one closest to us, about twice the width of her left..Also the placement of the right hip suggests the leg attached to said hip is completely dislocated for it to be as far right as it is (left to her).
Really beautiful stuff, I like the way you paint. I think the Green one has to be my favourite. The colours are so vibrant and the atmosphere is really grim and spooky. Too bad about the Hellboy, It looks better than the posters I've seen around town.
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July 10th, 2008 #21
yay! great update dawg. glad you could post the hellboy stuff. i was curious to see what you did with it. the others are fantastic as well. nod dont disappoint. hope you and yours are doing well these days....
July 10th, 2008 #22
Gorgeous. You just seem to get better and better, Dan.
July 10th, 2008 #23
Just saw your posting on myspace. Nice work. Really nice. Dead Reign is a beaut!
You know, Drew Struzan did a poster for Hellboy 1 and they did the same thing, I think. Changed their minds. It's a cool poster. It's just too bad they don't use illustrations for movie posters these days and just go with photoshoped photos. I mean...I realize it's cost effective in most cases.
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July 10th, 2008 #24
amazing work, your color choices are fantastic
July 10th, 2008 #25Drew Struzan did a poster for Hellboy 1 and they did the same thing, I think
July 10th, 2008 #26
I hope you know what dope means so, Dope! That sucks to see that your Hellboy painting got rejected. Still Hip though. I've always been a fan of how you handle colors, they sing to me sometimes. Thanks for sharing.
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wow ! some of my prefered pieces from you may be there.
'Dead Reign' is my fav.
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