Dave Dorman’s Quick Step-By-Step of Latest Star Wars Painting

Hey Everyone,

Happy Fall. If you’re not offended by vulgar language, check out this guy’s “Gourd-geous” blog. I think my wife is going to need oxygen soon, she’s laughing so hard: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2009/10/20nissan.html This guy may replace the spot in my wife’s heart she has reserved for David Sedaris.

Okay, here is a quick step-by-step of the Star Wars Celebration 5 painting I did called “A Slight Disturbance on the Battlefield of Hoth.” Let me know what you all think of it. By the way, I’m using paint, not crayon, as many people seem to assume.

Step One:


Step One

Here Is My Pencil Rendering Transferred to Illustration Board


Step 2:


Dave Dorman: Sample 2

See? It's PAINT, folks! Not Crayons! Dispel those nasty rumors!


Step 3:


Dave Dorman's Sample 3

Here I am finishing up the background layer. For you CG artists: It's like a layer in PhotoShop except it's not digital!

Step 4:


Dave Dorman: Sample 4

Eek! It's Darth Vader! He's a bad, bad man. I'm breaking the rules, baby! I'm using a black marker! I'm committing artist anarchy! Woo-hoo! I feel so FREEEEEEE. Where's the art police when you need 'em?!?


Step 5:


Dave Dorman: Sample 5

Darth Vader needed to be finished first to set the contrast of the piece, being so monochromatic in black & white. Now I can finish the rest. Cue in music: Dum-dum-dum, Dum-da-dum, Dum-da-dummmmmmm



Step 6:


Dave Dorman: Sample 6

I start working more traditionally now, from the background forward. You'll see more detail in the ships and some of the characters behind Darth Vader being finished.


Final Outcome:


Dave Dorman: A Slight Disturbance Print

And now, like magic, it's FINITO! Oh, and see the red stripes on Luke Skywalker's burning snow speeder? That's the work of the "Next Gen Dorman" (my son Jack) adding to his daddy's painting.


And here’s the cute anecdote that goes along with this painting:

So my son Jack likes hanging out in my studio, practicing his light saber moves that he’s learned from LEGO STAR WARS and THE CLONE WARS cartoon. I work on the other side of the studio, and in the middle, we have a bathroom.

I took a break from painting, grabbed a book and headed into the “porcelain library.” I kept the door open to keep an eye on Jack. All of the sudden, I looked up to see Jack running past the door, making a beeline for my drawing table. Thirty seconds pass and Jack appeared in the doorway holding a brush saying, “I’m going to go paint on your painting, Daddy.” I laughed and said “Okay,” thinking I was just going along with his little joke. Another minute passed, and Jack appeared at the door again with the brush, laughing, saying, “I’m painting on your painting, Daddy!” Again, I laughed and said, “Okay, Jack…” I continue reading for a few more minutes and then Jack popped in again. “I’m still painting on your painting, Daddy!” and I said with just a hint of a warning, “You’d better not be…” and he just laughed and declared “I am! I am!” I replied in an ominous tone, “Okay…” So I finished reading and I walked into the studio.

Cue the great reveal music here: Nothing surprised me more than actually seeing Jack sitting at my drawing table, brush in hand, happily painting away… in red paint, no less! After the cartoon scenario of the steam coming out of my ears and my eyes popping out of my head, I reigned in my temper and pulled the chair away from the drawing table to study the damage. Jack looked up at me innocently, with nothing but love and excitement and said, “I wanted to finish the red line for you, Daddy!” I looked at it and understood that the definition of “line” for a 5-year-old is much different than it is for me. I smiled and took the brush out of his hand, explaining ever-so-gently, “Daddy’s art is Daddy’s art. Jack’s art is Jack’s art. No more touching Daddy’s art.” He smiled and said “Okay,” grabbed his light sabers and went back to practicing his moves. The moral to the story is, when your son tells you three times he’s breaking the rules, believe him!” And now you know the truth. If you own this limited edition print, you own a historic piece of Jack Dorman’s worldwide art premiere as well.

Tomorrow I will post the iconic Batman painting I did that is now up for sale from my private collection. It’s hard to give up, but I am working hard to raise the money to take some time off of full-time commercial work and finish my passion project, aka Project 52. FYI, 50% of the profits for books and print sales from Project 52 will go to USACares.org, and 50% will go to 501st founder Albin Johnson’s favorite charity, the  “Make a Wish Foundation,” in honor of his daughter Katie. Here’s a link to check it out if you want to be named in the book (for just a $5 donation) or if you want 2 lines to commemorate a fallen soldier (a $25 donation). The 501st who donate will be listed in a separate chapter of the book.  Project 52http://www.indiegogo.com/Project-52

As always, I thank all of you for reading.


10 Responses to “Dave Dorman’s Quick Step-By-Step of Latest Star Wars Painting”

  1. Big bag of awesomeness here! As an aspiring writer, one of the big things I’m into is process, the act of creation that goes into any artistic endeavor. Now, I can’t draw a circle myself, so seeing something like this come to life from some pencils is akin to watching a magic show for me. Fantastic!

    • DaveandDeniseDorman Says:

      Thanks, Keith. Now people will discover I don’t “work” for a living…I play all day with paint!

  2. Oly Pittman Says:

    Nice Dave.. thanks for posting this..
    And that Gourd post was hilarious..

    BTW i need some prints.. email me when u have time.. drolydc@gmail.com

  3. Vicky Dorman Says:

    Jack comes by his “helping hand” honestly. Do you remember when your dad gave John a piece of balsa wood and some sandpaper and told John to help him with his airplane? Then when we got home, John found a piece of sandpaper in the garage when Jeff wasn’t looking and “helped” Jeff sand the paint on the 442 Convertible Jeff was restoring! You just gotta laugh sometimes.

  4. Hi Dave
    I was just wondering what brand and weight of illustration board you use? I find when I use watercolour on it it tends to curl up, do you have any advice/suggestions?

    • DaveandDeniseDorman Says:

      Hi Belinda,
      I use a Crescent brand 100 double-thick illustration board. I believe the Crescent 110 is also double-thick. I have seen watercolor paper that is mounted to double-thick illustration board at Blick Art Supply. If you are writing me from outside of the U.S., you can find them online and probably order that way. Let me know if you have any problems finding the material I’m talking about. If so, I’ll put you directly in contact with my friend Kevin Sandstrom, who is the General Manager for Blick Art Supply in Wheaton, IL.

  5. Carlos Junior Cruz Says:

    Mr. Dorman: I have been a huge fan of your fantastic and personal art since those Masterpices you made for Dark Empire issues back in 1991-1992. Reading your cute anecdote I can confirm now, about your quote “I play all day with paint”, what always I have been thinking: Dave Dorman takes the oils and molds his paintings, that is the reason whay they look vivid and alived !!
    My best personal regards!

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