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Dave Dorman First Ever Star Wars Prints Exclusive Holiday Sale – $50 Until Midnight December 11th

Posted in 501st, Alpha Nerd Podcast, Art Lithographs, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Charity, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Dennis Miller, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Hannukah Gifts, Hanukkah Gifts, Holiday Gifts, Illustration, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Sandtroopers, Snowtroopers, Social Networking, Star Wars, Uncategorized, USACares.org, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

As we approach the holidays, Star Wars enthusiasts (like me) always love a good deal, so I am offering you this rare opportunity to own Star Wars prints at a deep discount. The deadline is midnight on December 11th, as I want to ensure I can get these to you in time for Christmas. I have Artist Proofs of some of your most favorite pieces of my Star Wars art available, including some from the Star Wars Celebration shows. Most are $50, some are $30. All are signed by me, and identified as Artist Proofs. For an additional $20, you can request a remarque. Here’s the link to where you can purchase the prints:

http://www.davedorman.com/swholidaysale.shtml

Here’s what’s I’m offering you for a very limited time at a deep discount:

A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth

And this…

Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim to Join the Empire

And this…

Incident on the Jundland Wastes, Tattoine

And this…

Rise of the Sith

And this…

In the Court of Jabba the Hut by Dave Dorman

And this…

Battle of Hoth

And this…

Dewback Patrol: Star Wars: A New Hope by Dave Dorman

And this…

Heroes of the Alliance by Dave Dorman

And this…

Smuggler's Moon by Dave Dorman

And this…

Tales of the Jedi by Dave Dorman

And this…

Legacy of the Jedi by Dave Dorman

And this…

Han Solo and Chewbacca by Dave Dorman

And this…

Leia as Boussh by Dave Dorman

And this…

Wedge Antilles by Dave Dorman

And this…

Darth Vader: Dynamic Forces Edition

ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer was focusing hard on finding Made in the U.S.A. holiday gifts. Well, here they are! And you can FEEL GOOD about giving these gifts – I’m giving back – 10% of all sales goes to non-profit USACares.org (helping military families in financial need) and 10% of all sales goes to non-profit Elgin Academy, a unique independent school with an amazing track record for academics and cultivating future leaders.

I thank you all in advance for your interest in my work. Here’s a link to my recent podcast interview on AlphaNerd in Tasmania, Australia:

http://www.alphanerd.me/?p=1188

I hope you enjoy it. They were a lot of fun to talk to and I hope to do some shows in Australia soon so I can have a pint with these guys at their local pub.

Merry Christmas to all of you from me.

Dave.

Dave Dorman’s The 5 Essential Truths of Art Directing

Posted in Alpha Nerd Podcast, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Charity, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Del Stone Jr., Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Hasbro, Holiday Gifts, Illustration, LinkedIn, Lucasfilm, Military, Military Art, Military Veterans, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, Star Wars, The Dennis Miller Radio Show, Transformers, Twitter, USACares.org, Wasted Lands, WriteBrain Media, Writer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

After a lecture at Chicago’s Columbia College this past Thursday night for Dave P.’s character visualization art class, my wife Denise asked me to write an article on boiling down art direction to five essential truths. Below is what I came up with.  I sit on both sides of the desk, doing the art for art directors, and doing the actual art direction, so I have very definite opinions based on my 30 years of experience. I even taught a class for the Florida 4th District Advertising Federation on How to Art Direct the Art Director. All of you artists and art directors following me, let me know if you agree, disagree or have tips you would like to add to this list?

Dave Dorman’s 5 Essential Truths for Art Direction

#1. You MUST review the artist’s comprehensive portfolio. Don’t judge an artist by just one piece in their portfolio. Look closely at all of the elements.  Ask them to show you the pieces that aren’t online. Does anything contained within match your needs for your project? What are the strengths of the artist? What are their weaknesses? Do they or can they paint in the style you need? Ask yourself, “Is this artist capable of giving me the art I need for this particular project?”

Real-World Example: Someone looking at my portfolio might think I only do muscled super heroes or hyper realism, but truth be told, I did a lot of manga early in my career for Robotech covers, I did toy design for Hasbro,  and I did very loose children’s illustration for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings trading cards.

#2. Always provide a thorough review of the project with the artist. Ensure they understand your needs for the art and that they are comfortable in delivering the goods. An artist who does killer character design may be strong in creature art, but weak in landscape or architectural backgrounds.

Real World Example: Just because I did a detailed background on one painting doesn’t mean that I want to put that amount of work into every single painting I do. Personally, I hate painting architecture. If an art director wanted me to do a Stephan Martiniere cityscape, I would be up front in declining and saying, “No thanks. Here’s Stephan’s phone #.”

#3. A good art director should never ask the artist if they paint traditionally or digitally. First off, the art director’s eye should be trained to see the difference. There are effects you cannot get with digital, and there are effects you cannot get with traditional. Secondly, the final art is the final art, delivered digitally, no matter what tool(s) you used to get the final product. Any Star Wars painting I do with light sabers, I am taking into Photoshop to get that perfect glow on the light saber, although the original piece is oil on illustration board or a combo of oil and acrylic. Mind you, I could whip out my old air brush and get that same effect, but why go through the hassle when I can do it in PhotoShop?

Here's a painting with traditional and Photoshop Combined

With the plethora of art directors now being of the age that they came through their art education via digital art and very rarely–if ever–touching traditional media to produce their final art, I have seen a definite bias in those art directors to choose artists who work in the directors’ preferred medium: digital. The art should speak for itself regardless of the medium in which it’s created. I believe that if the art director is contacting the artist to do a project, then they are judging the artist by the art they see, whether it’s digital or traditional.

Real World Example: I had an art director call me once, absolutely raving about my Alien art. She had a big project for me, and I was eager to do the project, because it was right in my wheelhouse. Then she asked dreaded question: Do you paint digitally? I don’t, and the project instantaneously evaporated, despite the fact that my look and feel was a perfect match for her project. I believe this art director is short-sighted and I hope she has wizened up since then.

Graphic Novel Cover of Aliens: Hive by Dave Dorman

#4. Never, EVER assume an artist is outside of your budget. If you like someone’s art, speak with them FIRST about your budget before you strike them off of your list. Any freelancer can attest, we have months when we make a king’s ransom, and we have months when we go hungry. There’s rarely consistency unless you’re working on a videogame project, and even then, that consistent money can go away after a year or two.

Real World Example: As a traditional artist, I will often take on projects for little to no money, because I know I’m working on a licensed piece and I will have an actual painting that I can sell to collectors for top dollar once the project is completed. Obviously, digital artists are at a major disadvantage here! I once did a cover for the now-defunct but uber-cool GEEK Monthly magazine, for their San Diego Comic-Con issue. I was the first-ever painted cover they’d published. They were afraid to ask me to do a cover because they assumed they’d never be able to afford me. I did the piece for free. My piece was a modern day Transformer alongside a 1980s Transformer. I did it for free because I knew it was great publicity for the audience I wanted to reach, and then there was the value of the physical painting. I turned around and donated the painting to my favorite charity, USACares.org, to help raise funds for their not-for-profit, helping financially challenged active military families.

GEEK Monthly Cover I Did for FREE

Side note: I wish someone would revive a magazine like GEEK Monthly. It was brilliant, I never missed an issue and I miss it.

#5. As an Art Director, it’s your duty in fairness to your artist to have your project details organized properly. 

Real World Example: I once painted a beautiful sci-fi comic book cover, based on a major license you would all know. AFTER I delivered the piece, they broke the news to me that they didn’t have likeness rights. You can imagine my disappointment. I think the fans were less than satisfied with the piece, probably thinking to themselves that it was lame without the likenesses.

Another Real World Example: I painted a beautiful sci-fi cover for a major license you would all know, but they were in the midst of filming the movie, and they were afraid to provide me with photo reference of an actor I had never seen before, for fear it would “leak out.” First of all, that would never happen on my watch, and it was frustrating for me that they trusted me enough to paint their licensed characters, but not enough to provide me with proper reference. They literally provided me with a postage stamp-sized photo reference and I could not get the facial features right without decent reference.  Eventually they capitulated, but it took a lot of back and forth.

So…let me know your thoughts. I am interested to hear your frustrations with artists and art directors and your “master list.”

In other news, I think I will be converting my Facebook Group Page for The Wasted Lands to a Facebook Fan Page soon, so please watch for that. For those of you unfamiliar with it, The Wasted Lands is my own I.P. (Intellectual Property) – an alternate universe, adrenaline-pumping motorcycle western action adventure with Steampunk aesthetics. If you like it, let me know. Given the rate of growth of my personal page on Facebook, I will likely transition it over to a Fan Page soon as I’m going to hit the limit soon to people I can friend.

I recorded a 2-hour interview last night with Alpha Nerd podcast out of Australia, so I will be posting that link here as soon as I have it.

Well, I’m off to watch Godzilla v. Mothra with my son. It’s so much fun having a mini-me!

As always, thanks for reading,

Dave.

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Dave Dorman Steampunk Girl Art and News

Posted in Alpha Nerd Podcast, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Holiday Gifts, Illustration, LinkedIn, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Social Networking, Twitter, WriteBrain Media, Writer, Zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Good afternoon on a chilly Chicago Wednesday. This coming weekend I will be exhibiting at the WindyCon November 11 – 13th at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL. I will have some great deals on my art for holiday gifts, decorating the Man Cave for Thanksgiving and more! Kudos to those of you who have the moxie to decorate your dining rooms with my artwork. If you have a cool display of my artwork in your home, email a jpeg to my wife and publicist denise@writebrainmedia.com and she will post it on my blog with your permission. Speaking of art, here’s a new Steampunk girl piece I completed recently that I call “Pi.” I will be posting progressives here shortly.

"Pi" by Artist Dave Dorman

In other news, I am doing an interview with the Australian Alpha Nerd podcast this Friday. I’m unsure as to when it will be available for downloads on the iTunes store, but I will definitely mention it here the moment it’s up. If you have any questions you’d like for the hosts to ask me on air, please post them here and I’ll try to get all of your questions answered.

I want to congratulate a friend of mine, whose name I cannot mention, for winning the sniper competition this past weekend in West Virginia. He is a wonderful artist and weapons instructor for a major police department in Washington, D.C., but that’s all I’m allowed to say. I know he will read this.

If any of you are watching WALKING DEAD or FRINGE, feel free to discuss with me. I’m also watching DEATH VALLEY, which is Reno 911-meets-zombies. In other words, a lot of fun. I caught up last night on the TALKING DEAD talk show, and that show is a lot of fun. I wish the producers would answer the question raised on the first episode of TALKING DEAD: why there are all of those dead people rotting away in their cars on the interstate. That needs a little more explanation.

As always, thanks so much for reading and please be sure to find me on all of these social networks:

Facebook: http://fb.com/davedormanartist | Twitter: @DaveDorman

Linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman (I am an open networker and happy to connect with you)

Thanks for reading,

Dave.

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