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DAVE DORMAN STAR WARS PRINTS SALE – Last Time Many Items Are Available for Sale

Posted in DAVE DORMAN NEWS, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, Lucasfilm, 501st, Star Wars, Facebook, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Geek, Geek Culture, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Christmas Gifts, Holiday Gifts, Hannukah Gifts, Hanukkah Gifts, Hasbro, Nerd Culture, Fan Culture, Art Lithographs, Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Illustration, Darth Vader, Twitter, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Star Wars Original Art Sale, WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dear Friends,
One of many DAVE DORMAN STAR WARS ARTIST PROOFS ON SALE NOW.

One of many DAVE DORMAN STAR WARS ARTIST PROOFS ON SALE NOW.

For those that responded to my last blog and Facebook posting, I appreciate your kind words and support. While it was disheartening to get that news, it will not be my last opportunity to create new Star Wars art. Keep your bookmarks here for coming news of more projects ahead!
As most of you know by now, I will not be attending SW Celebration 7 next year. I had planned on having a sale at Celebration of what was left of my Artist Proofs of previous year’s Celebration prints, along with the new exclusive print. Since that isn’t happening, and I’ve had a lot of fans and collectors asking if I was going to have a Holiday Print Sale this year, I’ve decided to hold it now. Here is the link to my Star Wars Holiday Prints Sale:
http://www.davedorman.com/2014swprintsforsale.shtml
Each print on the webpage has a PayPal button for ordering and if you want to buy more than one it will make a shopping cart for you. **Shipping is FREE worldwide.**
I am now offering the last of my Artist Proofs at a substantial discount for a limited time (I will take this sale down on Dec. 31st, so those who have gift funds after the holidays that they would like to spend here may do so before the sale ends.)
All Star Wars Dave Dorman Prints You Purchase Will Be:
  • Signed By Me
  • Marked an an A/P (Artist’s Proof).
  • I will be happy to personalize the prints for you as well. (You can leave a note on the Paypal purchase form).
  • Extra Bonus–As a thank you for all your support over the years, I will add small remarque (original pencil drawing) on every print that is ordered at no extra charge.
  • Sent out using Paypal’s shipping, which will include a notification to you of when your order shipped and a tracking number to follow your shipment.
  • All orders in the U.S. made before Dec. 19 will get to you before Christmas.
 I only have a limited number of these prints left, and this sale may be the last time some or most of these will be available.
AND A RARE FIND: I also have one more newly discovered print from my private collection to offer for the first time on my webpage. This is “Knockin on Jabba’s Door” — a small 11×14 print produced as an incentive for purchasing the now out-of-print “Jabba’s Palace ” print.
So go ahead and check out the page. I hope you find something you like that might brightens your holidays, birthday, or special occasion, or those of your loved ones.
Thank you again for all of your support of my work over the years. Every smile and handshake at a show, or email or private message on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter unexpectedly saying you like my work, makes my enjoyment of this work grow more and more.
As always, my own I.P., the WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS book (published by Magnetic-Press) special gift offer is still available, and that link is here:
http://www.davedorman.com/WLOsale.shtml
Be Well, All, #MTFBWY, and please Tweet out #DaveDormanPrintSale!
Dave.

Read Any Good BLOGS Lately?!?

Posted in 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, 2014 SDCC, 501st, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, 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, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture, Publisher's Weekly, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, Wasted Lands, WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS, WriteBrain Media, Writer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

 

Me at Discovery Museum Last Year Lecturing On How I Create STAR WARS Art

Me at Discovery Museum Last Year Lecturing On How I Create STAR WARS Art

This next weekend on Saturday October 4th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., I will be appearing at the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee for STAR WARS DAY. Last year it was an amazing event supported by the 501st Legion of Star Wars Cosplayers (of which Denise and I are honorary members) and I know it will be again this year. I will be doing two presentations, explaining my approach to creating my STAR WARS art in the theater there, and I hope you can attend one if you’re there. (No, Denise will not be with me this year – she has client obligations in Northwest Florida).
I want to thank all of you out there who stepped up and supported Denise and me this past week during the whole crazy online controversy. You who respectfully spoke up mean a lot to us both. A lot of good came out of this controversy. It ignited back channel conversations between me and my colleagues, me and Con organizers, and of course, the meaningful viewpoints from you, the fans. If you’re scratching your heads with no idea what I’m referencing, here’s a link to Denise’s interview with Comic Vine journalist Mat Elfring, which ended up on Yahoo! News: 
 
http://bit.ly/DD_on_YahooNews
Only a few writers showed true journalistic integrity and research this past week, and I applaud those who did. Rob Salkowitz of iCv2Mat Elfring of Comic Vine and Heidi McDonald of The Beat are three that come to mind. I also appreciated the talented Gail Simone’s professionalism in her mea culpa, and her willingness to revisit the real story. In the end, I worry for the future of social media, the future of  journalism, and I worry for the future of many readers out there who seem blinded to critical thinking. As our close friend, sometimes business partner and fellow artist Charlie Athanas said, “Oh, hive mind. We should all watch Forbidden Planet and learn that this collective id thing can be really dangerous. Then shut down our computers and go have a drink with some friends.” Well said, Charlie. Denise plans to share the best ideas and suggestions she’s received about how we as creatives and exhibitors can improve sales and our Con experiences from the many who commented on her blog, ComicBookWife.com, so watch for that.
On Wednesday Denise and I will be guests of Chicago comics advocate and podcaster Wendi Freeman and her podcast Double Page Spread. I will post a link here when it’s up, but here’s a link to Wendi’s past podcasts – check them out: 
http://bitly.com/DoublePageSpreadPodcast
Many of you know I’m a big #MMO #SWTOR gamer. I did a really fun Ootinicast Twitch TV interview this week about my Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming and my STAR WARS art with co-host Ander (aka Redna), so here is a link to that interview for you:
 
http://bitly.com/DD_on_TwitchTV
I hope to see everyone soon. As always, thanks for reading,
Dave.

3 New Dave Dorman Sketchbooks Available

Posted in 2014 SDCC, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Holiday Gifts, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I have 3 new small books available featuring my art.  They are as follows: DAVE DORMAN 2014 SKETCHBOOK “LEADWORKS No. 2,” as well as NEW MAGIC/WOW and ALIENS/PREDATOR Books! Here’s the link to place your orders: http://www.davedorman.com/leadworks2014.shtml

LEADWORKS Special Pencil Sketch Art  by Dave Dorman

LEADWORKS No. 2 Special Pencil Sketch Art by Dave Dorman

•The first is my new sketchbook LEADWORKS No. 2, featuring pencil art from my painting preliminaries for various paintings including Star Wars, as well as many new pencil drawing done specifically for this volume. Cost: $15 including Postage

Oil & Water art by Dave Dorman

Oil & Water: Wizardry & Magic – Art by Dave Dorman

•The second is a collection of fantasy art featuring many MAGIC the GATHERING (MTG) and WORLD of WARCRAFT (WoW) paintings.

Cost: $20 including Postage

Oil & Water: XENOCIDE Art by Dave Dorman

Oil & Water: XENOCIDE Art by Dave Dorman

The third book is a much-asked-for collection of my most popular ALIENS and PREDATOR paintings, including many ALIENS v PREDATOR (AvP) paintings. Cost: $20 including Postage

Special Pricing for All Three Books: $45 including Postage.

As always, I thank you for your interest in and support of my work!!

Dave.

Where You’ll Find Dave Dorman This Weekend

Posted in Blog, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, GenCon, Horror, Horror Art, Illustration, LinkedIn, Maleficium, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Twitter, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2013 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Update: Here’s a pre-holiday sale on my convention Giclee prints – just $25, since I won’t be doing any more conventions until 2014: http://www.davedorman.com/dormanartprints.shtml

First, a warm thank you to all who came by to see me at Detroit Fanfare last weekend. Also, a belated Happy Halloween to all of you. With my love for horror, it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year, and I can honestly tell you it’s even more fun when you’re a dad. For my many Indian friends, I wish you a Happy Diwali this weekend. We will be celebrating Diwali with our Indian friends at our home on Sunday. This may be the first brunch where I’ve had to forgo bacon, but I’ll take one for the team for friends.

Okay, here’s where I’ll be this weekend, most relevant to those of you who will be in the Chicagoland area this weekend:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd:

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. - BLICK ART SUPPLIES, 79 Danada Square East Shopping Center,  Wheaton, IL. I’ll be doing a live painting demo and I invite you to join me, take video, take pictures, learn my tips and techniques. I want to do a fun horror piece tomorrow to celebrate the season. Here’s their link with a map: http://www.dickblick.com/stores/illinois/wheaton/

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. — Dinner, somewhere…with my family & friends…

6:45 p.m. – Whenever our son starts getting whiny – Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery, 760 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont, IL for the annual, critically acclaimed horror art show, MALEFICIUM, curated by my longtime friend J. Anthony Kosar, whom you may know from his big win last season on SyFy Channel’s FACE OFF competition. This is a must-attend show if you love great art and great horror art. I have two pieces in this particular show.  Here’s a link to more info on this really fun show: http://www.kosartgallery.com

WASTED LANDS GAME UPDATE:

I wanted to also share with you an update on my WASTED LANDS game, IRON WARS. We are currently designing the train game pieces for the board, courtesy of my Z Brush friend Dave Taylor of Imagination Rendered in Valparaiso, Florida. In terms of game play, we received great reviews from the game testing we did at GenCon and we believe it’s ready for prime time. Now I am doing the art for the trading cards.

WASTED LANDS STORY UPDATE:

I’m currently creating art for a Wasted Lands story I’m doing for Heavy Metal magazine, as well as art for my Wasted Lands Story Bible. If you’ve never read my WASTED LANDS graphic novel RAIL, please check it out here for FREE: http://www.sequentialink.com/comic/rail-page-01/

Okay, that’s my news for today. If you want to connect with me on social media, here’s my 411:

For Appearances, Demos, & Signing Events, please contact my Publicist, Denise Dorman: Denise@writebrainmedia.com | (630) 845-4694

As always, thank you for reading. I will be posting progressives of my Blick Art demo here after tomorrow. Make it a great, art-filled day!

Dave

9/11 Release of Dave Dorman’s President Obama “The Other Dead” #1 Cover Held Up By Customs

Posted in Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Dennis Miller, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Gears of War, Geek, Geek Culture, IDW Publishing, Nerd Culture, Painting, Political Commentary, Pop Culture, Social Commentary, Syrian Conflict, The Other Dead, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2013 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dave Dorman's President Obama Cover Meme for Delay in 9/11 Release

Dave Dorman’s President Obama Cover Meme for Delay in 9/11 Release

9/11 Release of President Obama “The Other Dead” #1 Cover Held Up By Customs 

Fans and Media Watching Closely As This Story Unfolds

LOS ANGELES, CA–September 8, 2013—The Other Dead (IDW Publishing) comic’s creative team just received word that their book, slated to release on 9/11, is being held up in Customs “to spray for moths.” The timing is conspiracy theory-level suspicious, given the fact that the book’s one-in-10 variant cover by Eisner and Inkpot Award-winning artist Dave Dorman portrays President Obama wielding guns, just as the President is currently considering military action against Syria. “At first I thought Customs said they were spraying for Mothra, which was ironic since the books were being held up in Asia, and this is a sci-fi horror comic about deadly creatures,” quipped Dorman. “But the timing of this delay is suspect.”

Creators Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), Digger T. Mesch (Art Asylum, Mini Mates), Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heavy Metal) and IDW Publishing are left to wonder when the book will hit retail shelves.  The Other Dead is the first in the zombie genre to tell the tale of a zombie plague hitting the animal world, and the unexpected effect this has on the world.

The Other Dead creative team is continuing to monitor the situation and will update the media as they learn of the retail fate of The Other Dead Issue #1. For breaking news, please “Like” Facebook.com/TheOtherDead.

Early Praise for The Other Dead:

 “How has this brilliant premise not been done yet? Just when we’re inundated with ‘zombie this, zombie that,’ Ortega, Digger, and Eastman come along with a rip-roaring adventure that provides the most unique spin on the zombie apocalypse in years.”

–Cliff Bleszinski

Creator, Gears of War

“Gleefully gory and subversive with snark–the only problem with this book is that I didn’t come up with the idea first!”

–Hugh Sterbakov

Emmy-nominated writer of Robot Chicken, Freshmen, and City Under the Moon

“The Other Dead finds space to be itself in a genre where most practitioners stick to the tried and true. Original and genuinely scary.”

-Mike Carey

Eisner Award-winning writer of Unwritten, Lucifer, and X-Men

Media Contact:

Denise Dorman, Publicist, WriteBrain Media

P: 630.845.4694 | M: 630.215.5623

E: denise@writebrainmedia.com | Twitter: @WriteBrainMedia | Facebook.com/WriteBrainMedia

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Dave Dorman News: Star Wars Original Paintings On Sale Now — $2,000 Each

Posted in 2013 New York Comic Con, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, 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, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, IDW Publishing, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Wasted Lands with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2013 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying a Happy Labor Day! Our 8-year-old son Jack proudly hung our American flag  in front of the house first thing this morning, and we’re hitting a barbecue in a few hours, so a fairly traditional day over here. And now, here’s my latest news:

My Wasted Lands/RAIL project: The IRON WARS Game by the team at Silent Gunfight (Mike Bawden and Tim Bawden) is coming along nicely. We will have a playable prototype to show at New York Comic Con, which Mike Bawden and I will be attending in person this year! I will be joining the Artists Alley section with Kevin Eastman, Joshua Ortega and Digger T. Mesch, all of  whom I partnered with in a variant President Obama cover for their The Other Dead comic book by IDW Publishing, plus I’ll be promoting my creator-owned work http://wastedlands.com.

Since this is Labor Day, I thought I would share with you some of my thoughts on the fruits of my labor–my art work. During the 30 years of my art career, I taught myself many mediums to stay on top of my game. When I decided to begin painting, I blindly chose oil paints, because that’s what I thought painters used. I was very much a novice and didn’t know about acrylics. (Besides, my most influential artist at that time Frank Frazetta, worked in oils.) I taught myself how to paint with oils and used that medium almost exclusively for 20 years, before finally feeling comfortable with them!

I began experimenting with acrylics, markers and pencils as mediums to augment my work about 10 years ago, and I’ve been very happy with the results. However the Digital/CGI Age came creeping up. I have attempted to keep it to the side, as I felt the art and imagery I was producing could hold its own against digital art. However, today I’m finding  in many instances, I am losing work opportunities and being marginalized by editors and art directors because I am NOT producing digital art. While I see no difference between a digital image and a traditionally painted image as the end result–the art should speak for itself, not the medium it was produced in–there are some art directors and editors who turn away the moment they learn your specific art is NOT produced digitally, even though they want to hire you based on your specific style and your previous traditional body of art pieces. (I have very strong opinions on this, and you can hear them in this interview with Hypno Comics owner George Chasehttp://www.itscomicbookday.com/2013/05/meet-dave-dorman-part-2/ )

To remain competitive in today’s field, I am now being forced to learn a new tool–the digital tool. I have researched what I will need to work digitally, which is mainly software and a tablet. I have decided to get a CINTIQ tablet because that will offer me a more natural feel like traditional work;  I will be able to watch my hand paint on the tablet surface without having to look up at a monitor from a separate tablet surface.  I will work with PAINTER and PHOTOSHOP to start out, so if you are one of my many digital artist friends, don’t be surprised if you get a call in the middle of the night asking for help or tips!

To fund this costly move to digital, I am offering my fans the rare opportunity to grab just a few of my ORIGINAL STAR WARS PAINTINGS for sale at a cost of just $2,000 each. These are STAR WARS paintings that have been used as covers for Dark Horse Comics. I don’t usually offer my original paintings on my blog, but I felt this would be the best way to get the word out that these pieces are available, and to offer to my fans an exclusive opportunity to purchase some art without having to travel to a convention or signing. The art is listed on my webpage http://www.davedorman.com/sworiginalart.shtml with purchase buttons for PAYPAL. These are one-of-a-kind paintings, not prints.

All of these original  pieces are oil and acrylic on gessoed illustration board. They are 20″ x 30″ in size. Take a look at the art below and visit the webpage. If you have any questions please feel free to email me directly dormanart@yahoo.com.

Original Art Price: $2,000. Dave Dorman Darth Maul cover for Dark Horse Comics

Price: $2,000. Dave Dorman Original Painting of Darth Maul cover for Dark Horse Comics

Price: $2,000 Dave Dorman STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE COVER #3 for DARK HORSE COMICS

Price: $2,000
Dave Dorman STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE COVER #3 for DARK HORSE COMICS

Price: $2,000 STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE COVER #4 by Dave Dorman, Cover for Dark Horse Comics

Price: $2,000
STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE COVER #4 by Dave Dorman, Cover for Dark Horse Comics

Price: $2,000 Dave Dorman Original STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE Cover for Dark Horse Comics

Price: $2,000
Dave Dorman Original STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE Cover for Dark Horse Comics

Price: $2,000 Dave Dorman Original Art - Star Wars Invasion, 25th Anniversary, Dark Horse Cover

Price: $2,000
Dave Dorman Original Art – Star Wars Invasion, 25th Anniversary, Dark Horse Cover

As a friendly reminder, please be sure to “Like” my Fan Pages on Facebook. They are as follows:

http://www.facebook.com/davedormansstudio

http://www.facebook.com/davedormanwastedlands

On Twitter, I’m @DaveDorman.

As always, I thank you for reading, getting in touch, and supporting my work. I’ll keep you posted on my digital efforts.

Dave.

Dave Dorman on the State of the Comics Industry and Digital Art

Posted in Blog, Blogger, Blogger Review, Blogging, C2E2, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, LinkedIn, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Spectrum, Wasted Lands, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I thank all of you who came to see me at C2E2. It’s always good to see familiar faces at the show. It was great to reconnect with many of my friends there and some winners of the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards as well. One key business dinner meeting resulted in some exciting news about my own action-adventure western series The Wasted Lands and I look forward to sharing that news when I can. Suffice it to say there will be plenty of new Wasted Lands material to see at my Booth #4500 at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Image of M. d'Cease, the bad-ass coroner of Mortal City in Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands.

Image of M. d’Cease, the sexy, bad-assed coroner of Mortal City in Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands.

I was flattered to read today that some of the Star Wars  fans would like to see me do the next movie poster. Here’s their comments: http://bitly.com/137QU69

I did a 2-part interview at Hypno Comics in Ventura, CA a couple of weeks ago with owner George Chase, and a special thanks to Jeffrey Willerth at SliceofSciFi.com for everything he did to create the piece. In this interview, George & I discuss the state of the comics industry and what I, as a traditional artist, really think about digital art, and the deficits I see in a lot of younger artists — deficits that can be fixed if they’re aware of them. Here’s a link to that interview: http://bitly.com/17DN5qj

My next big show is Spectrum Fantasy Art Live in Kansas City May 17th, 18th and 19th, so I look forward to reconnecting with my artist friends and fans there. I will have some original art pieces there that aren’t typical of what you’ve seen from me in the past. Here is a link to information on that show: http://bitly.com/ZHfkTm

Today I deliver my painting to our close family friends, the Haleys, and their lovely daughter Lauren, who patiently posed for this piece I did for the Visions of Oz Gallery Show in Los Angeles, curated by Taylor White:

Dave Dorman's "Dorothy Daydreams" Painting. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 24" x 36."

Dave Dorman’s “Dorothy Daydreams” Painting. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 24″ x 36.”

As always, I thank you for reading. If you have questions, I answer them more readily on Facebook – that link is https://facebook.com/davedormanfanpage. On Twitter I’m @DaveDorman and my wife is @WriteBrainMedia. On LinkedIn, I’m https://linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman. Feel free to connect with me on my social media sites.

Dave.

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