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Dear Family & Friends,
I’m wishing all of my family, friends, and fans in North America a happy and warm Thanksgiving. For my friends and fans around the world, I am very thankful that I am blessed to have you all in my life. Thank you for your support of my work over the years, and I hope I can continue to entertain you for many years to come.
For those of you who were interested in ordering the holiday/winter greeting cards, the DEADLINE IS TOMORROW – I can only accept orders through tomorrow to get them to you on time. Here’s the link to order them:
If you want to share your holiday wishes with a Dorman greeting card hand-signed by me, now’s the time to order! (I did discover some Dungeons & Dragons original art work in my flat files, so I will be posting that online this weekend for your holiday shopping as well.)
Some of you may recall, a year ago, I was literally on death’s door and didn’t realize how critical my post-surgical appendectomy infection really was. I am thankful to my wife Denise, who refused to give up on me despite the idiotic surgeon’s insistence that I was fine after 3 follow-up visits where I was clearly gravely ill, and for for my friend Dr. Sean Murphy and his wife Karen, and my nurse friend Nancy Reilly, who also supported Denise and helped me get the medical attention I really needed. It took 3 months for me to recover and clear the fog from my head, and I am thankful to all of you art directors out there for your patience in waiting for me to heal, and still hiring me for commercial work.
Onward & upwards! Happy Thanksgiving!
Here’s a poster explaining what I’ll be doing tonight – teaching drawing skills to children and pre-teens. If you would like to get some holiday shopping out the way, I will have a table set up for art sales and autographs after the teaching event.
I will be doing a children’s learn-to-draw teaching demo event with Barnes & Noble in West Dundee, Illinois (Spring Hill Mall) on Friday, November 22nd from 5 – 7 p.m. This is a chance for children ages 5 – 12 to learn “How to Draw Star Wars Art.” I will be presenting this demo and coaching attendees on their drawing skills. If you live in the Chicagoland area and are looking for a really engaged bookstore offering family-friendly events, check out this particular Barnes & Noble.
In other news, I am continuing my pre-holiday sale on my convention Giclee’ prints – just $25, since I won’t be doing any more conventions until 2014, so buy them here: http://www.davedorman.com/dormanartprints.shtml
Here’s the art demo piece I did for Blick Art Supplies last weekend – a zombie Stormtrooper (photography by Kim Evans Worley):
If you’re in the Midwest and looking for a family-friendly comic book convention, Indy PopCon in Indianapolis May 30 – June 1st will be the show to attend. This new show is run by my friend Larry Zore, of Comics Price Guide fame. If you’re an artist or vendor interested in being a part of Indy PopCon, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Indianapolis is a really cool city to check out, and they have a wonderful children’s museum there.
Remember to check out the critically acclaimed horror comic “The Other Dead” Issue #2 – it’s getting really fun as the tension builds. Issue #3 will be out soon as well. The Other Dead Issue #1 is sold out and reprints are in transition. The Other Dead Synopsis: Louisiana is Ground Zero for the animal kingdom to become zombified, as a Katrina-like hurricane bears down on Louisiana.
I was pleased to hear that the Joliet Star Wars Day Library Event I’ve been participating in the last three years has grown to become the largest worldwide according to Lucasfilm, so that’s great news for the City of Joliet.
I’m in the throes of clearing out my garage this week and I rediscovered my QVC appearance, so I will be digitizing that to throw online for you to have a good laugh. I also found my WEAR-TV (Pensacola ABC affiliate) appearance on BETA, so I’ll have to find someone to reformat it. I’m still missing my SciFi Channel appearance, so if anyone out there has video of it, I’d like to see it again.
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Have a great Sunday & thanks for reading,
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 Chase: http://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 email@example.com.
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As always, I thank you for reading, getting in touch, and supporting my work. I’ll keep you posted on my digital efforts.
The last few days have been a whirlwind, but I will do my best to be succinct in sharing my news.
AMERICAN HERO BOOK – Thank you, everyone, who placed an order for the AMERICAN HERO art book of my GI Joe art – it is at the printer right now, so I anticipate I will have the books in hand and be sending them out next week.
Imagine F/X Magazine: Voters named me one of the “Top 100 Fantasy Artists” – here’s that link: http://beta.imaginefx.com/shop/magazine/october-2013
Dennis Miller Radio Interview: If you didn’t catch it last Friday, here’s a link to the interview with me and Christian Bladt, Dennis Miller’s producer – just click on the arrow to the right of the speaker icon and you will hear it- you do NOT have to download the clip to listen: http://bitly.com/1acvMkm
PreviewsWORLD: Here’s a link to my newly posted interview at SDCC with Vince Brusio: http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/977?articleID=138185 (and a link to the Dennis Miller interview is there, too)
GenCon: I am pleased to share that our prototype RAIL: IRON WARS strategy board game/trading card game designed by Mike Bawden and Tim Bawden of Silent Gunfight did 5 rounds of game testing at GenCon, and we received great comments and positive reviews from the players, including our good friend and game theory professor Durwin Talon and his wife Guin Thompson, so we will be moving forward with the game! Here’s a shot of the first group of game testers (these gents were from the U.K.):
Downtown Comics, Market Street in Indianapolis: A special thanks to all who came out to see me Saturday as I was signing with The Henchmen creator/writer Jameson, plus signing my other works. It was also fun to meet a pop culture kindred spirit, Drew Curtis, founder of the great website Fark.com! He has a new beer with Wil Wheaton called Stone Farking Wheaton W00t Stout, and it’s nearly sold out already so hurry and get your six-pack! Congrats to Wil and Drew!
Drew Curtis, me and Jamison Raymond, writer/creator of The Henchmen:
Kyle Andrews and me Saturday at Downtown Comics–Kyle bought some pencil preliminaries from me::
I also want to thank Tina and Jason Rak of St. Louis for coming by Downtown Comics and sharing with me how beautifully they framed the Star Wars original painting they bought from me at the Spectrum Show in Kansas City, KS.
So…that’s about all of the excitement I can take for 3 days. Now I recuperate by drawing and painting and hanging with the family. I do want to share that I just learned will be at New York City Comic-Con October 18-21 with Kevin Eastman, Joshua Ortega and Digger T. Mesch, launching “The Other Dead” IDW comic, so please be sure to visit us in Artists Alley there. As soon as I have Table #s, I will post them here.
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