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    "Dakota Rawhide" (update in OG Post June.18th.2009)


    UPDATE!! June 18th
    So, for those that will be at the San Diego Comic Con in July, look for me to be in front of this banner at booth #5357... and there you will be able to pick up your copy of "Dakota Rawhide, Book 1"!!

    "Dakota Rawhide" (update in OG Post June.18th.2009)


    Hi everyone!
    Have I posted in the FF section yet this year? I'm not sure if I have or not... Anyway... It's finally finished! For a fair amount of moons now, I have been writing the first in a series of short stories based around a character I created: Dakota "Rawhide" Tayler; an interstellar outlaw and an underground fashion designer. The first story is complete in written form and will also be accompanied by sketches scattered throughout the pages, adding to the mood and narrative. Book 1 will be available first at San Diego Comic Con in July, so mark on your calendars, come down to the Gaslamp district and pick yourself up a copy! Really, it's hard to go wrong with interstellar cowboys/girls So! Here is the cover for Book 1!

    "Dakota Rawhide" (update in OG Post June.18th.2009)



    And these are three paintings I did for my friend's album. They are all watercolor on wood panel, using Liquitex Clear Gesso as a base... good times

    "Dakota Rawhide" (update in OG Post June.18th.2009)


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    "Dakota Rawhide" (update in OG Post June.18th.2009)

    Well, that's it for now!
    Oh wait! I will have a several-page preview of "Dakota Rawhide, book1" online soon, so stay tunes, and I'll keep you posted. Okay, that's it!

    Cheers,
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    yes, mate! It's been far too long since you posted. These are great. Love the Dakota painting, mate. Hope you're well!

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    The Dakota Rawhide illustration is awesome! Nicely done.

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    amazing work, well done!

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    Great watercolors, excellent drawings skills. I have never used that Liquitex Gesso for watercolor, do you always use that to prepare the surface?

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    I like the watercolor ones. Great ! hope to see more.

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    Man I am loving your guitar paintings, the splashes and blobs of watercolour really adds to the texture! How did you do the outlines for those pieces? They look a bit digital? but I could be wrong.

    Btw, just a quick question, I'm new here, and I was wondering how I could add a thumbnail to my forum thread? Thanks!

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    Hey dude! Nice stuff. Seriously though, Space-Westerns FTW.



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    Jay!! What's up homie! What're you up to these days? Glad you're diggin' the work And yeah, Space-Westerns are teh win!!

    ArtofJin & Badaboom: The process I employed for the first two watercolors was as follows-

    - I first put a very thin layer of normal gesso on the wood panel, just to give a lighter ground to draw on. Then I drew the image with Prismacolor Black pencil and put a pretty thick coat of workable fixatif over it. I then put a couple fairly thick layers of Liquitex Clear Gesso (it is very absorbent and has a really nice tooth, so it works well for watercolors). I then sanded it down a little with 400grit sandpaper and watercolored away!

    - for the third piece, I did the same thing, but without the white gesso because I wanted the wood grain to show on the guitar, since his guitar is a PRS Semi Hollow-body that is unpainted, so you just see the naked wood... so it fit

    So no, no digital involved in these at all except to take pictures. Hope that helps!

    ArtofJin: just add little image as an attachment to the first post in your thread and it will automatically turn it into your thumbnail... I think it doesn't work if the image is too large, but I could be mistaken.

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    This is really fantastic work! I love the Dakota Rawhide piece.

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    Yeah, the Dakota piece is great. I especially like it because of her unique face. She doesn't look like every other girl.

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    I love your work dude. That comic book sounds great.

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    Nice cover!

    I love the attention to detail (Garb, Guns & Such)... Beautifully self assured pose as well... The copy seems a little weak, especially next to such fine art.

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    Ah. thanks for the process information. I have yet to try watercolor on something different to paper, board seems like a very comfortable surface to work on

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    That Dakota Rawhide illustration is gorgeous, love the costume design! Great watercolors too.

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    I was wondering what's you're up to, buddy.
    Great stuff.

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    nice job

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    Thats a phenomenal piece!!

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    I love your work. It's very inspirational stuff. The Rawhide pic is very cool, the pattern in the back is an especially cool design element. Great work!

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    Very nice. Love the Dakota cover especially. Solid design on her and she's got a unique look...the costuming influences are a nice blend. You've worked her and the design elements together quite nicely. I like the subtle texture on her too... is there traditional media worked in?

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    That's a really good cover. Love the way the character and the background graphics interact.

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    Tomsontm: I fully agree with you on the type, so I reworked it... before I read your comment... a friend of mine totally called me out on it, so after that I just couldn't settle for the first version anymore I'm glad you said something, cause if multiple people notice it, then something's gotta change, right? Right. Let me know what you think of the new one.

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    The 3 album images are great. I like the Rawhide pic too. but the textures and relative 'simplistic' look of the watercolour pieces really grabs me.

    Very nice post.

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    Wow, Daniel. Just wow. Great character you have there in Dakota, and of course it's awesome to see your range expressed here side by side from the slick digi-girl to the awesome traditional stuff. Lookin' forward to picking up the book this year.

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    Dakota's great! Love her expression, relaxed and slightly arrogant at the same time. Your traditional is fab, but Dakota is... captivating!

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    fukifino: Yo! Fo'! What's happenin' brotha'! I'm glad you're diggin' her man, cause I've had a blast working on this project, from the writing to the sketching to the illustrating... and all the pain-in-the-ass artist's blocks in between Lookin' forward to seeing y'all in SD in July! Hope everything is stellar on your side.

    Poshspice: Thanks man! I went through pages of thumbnails for that cover, and a lot of different poses trying to get her attitude and character just right, so I'm really stoked that you and others are responding to it. That means that all those hours of work weren't for nothing!

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    My mind is blown by those watercolors, and thanks for sharing your process! Definitely going to try that some time. The expression and pose on the Dakota piece is excellent, too.

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