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The Search for: The LEGO Diorama Artist of Lord Vader’s Persuasion of the Outer Rim

Posted in Action Figures, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Figurines, Geek, Geek Culture, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture with tags , , , , on April 30, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I was surprised and thrilled to see this amazing LEGO recreation of my Star Wars art, Lord Vader’s Persuasion of the Outer Rim. I would love to get a high-res image of this to print out and hang in my studio next to my print, and to also present this artist with a Lord Vader’s Persuasion print (if he or she doesn’t already have one). Can YOU help me find this artist? 

The LEGO diorama recreation of LORD VADER'S PERSUASION of the OUTER RIM

The LEGO diorama recreation of LORD VADER’S PERSUASION of the OUTER RIM

My Facebook page has been blowing up with comments about this new piece, and we’re all having fun with this. It’s a huge honor to see my work recreated, just as it was when this fan Tomi Demolka had my Lord Vader’s Persuasion art tattooed onto his back:

A dedicated fan getting Lord Vader's Persuasion permanently illustrated on his back

A dedicated fan getting Lord Vader’s Persuasion permanently illustrated on his back

Thanks everyone, for any help you can provide in helping me track down this artist and personally thank him or her. My next show is Denver Comic-Con in May, and I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Dave.

 

Star Wars Toy Based On My Dark Empire 2 Cover Art and Vehicle Design

Posted in Action Figures, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Figurines, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Toys with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

In my garage cleaning frenzy, I’ve discovered a lot of fun items and toys (many of which I’m going to be selling online, so I will keep you posted), but this particular one fascinated my wife, who had no idea I fully rendered this Star Wars vehicle for Lucasfilm for the Dark Empire 2 cover based on an interior design by Cam Kennedy. A fan at Celebration Europe came up to me and gave me 2 of the actual toys created from my creature design & comic book cover art, so here are some images of them:

My Star Wars comic book cover, the creature I designed, and the toy based on it

My Star Wars comic book cover, the vehicle I designed, and the toy based on it

The cover I’m holding is actually a European edition that was also discovered during my garage cleaning frenzy – I’m unsure which language this is in.

And here’s a side view of the toy:

Close Up Side View of My Star Wars Creature Design Toy

If you are the fan from Celebration Europe who gave me these wonderful toys, please speak up so I can give you proper credit publicly – I thank you so much.

–Dave

Join Dave Dorman and Chicago Comic Book Artists at REEL ART in Berwyn on March 22nd

Posted in Action Figures, Art Lithographs, Busts, C2E2, 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, Fan Culture, Figurines, Geek, Geek Culture, Horror, Horror Art, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, REEL ART in BERWYN, Vinyl Toys, Zombie, Zombie Art with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I will be at REEL ART in Berwyn on March 22nd from Noon until 3 p.m. Meet some really amazing artists whom I am proud to call my friends and colleagues: Hilary Barta, Randy Broecker, Dougherty & Nieves, Gary Gianni, Scott Gustafson, Doug Klauba, Aaron Miller and Alex Wald.

Here is a flyer announcing the event:

Screenshot 2014-03-16 10.20.07

GI Joe: The Real American Hero! – A New Limited Edition Art Book by Dave Dorman

Posted in Action Figures, Comic Book Artist, DAVE DORMAN NEWS with tags , , , , on August 14, 2013 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dear Friends,
Between the mid 1980s through the early ’90s, I had the great pleasure of working with Hasbro toys producing art for in-house use in helping create the design of GI Joe action figures. This work was for production only and not intended for reproduction, promotion or packaging. I have had many fans over the years ask about this art. Because there is so much continued interest to this day to see these unpublished pieces, I have taken your wishes into consideration and have decided to publish some of these in this small book:
Dave Dorman Art Book:  G.I. Joe: American Hero

New Dave Dorman Art Book:
G.I. Joe: American Hero

Click here to go to the webpage to order:

While there have been a few articles in collector’s magazines and online interviews about this work, and a few scattered publications of a couple of pieces, this will be the first real collection of my Hasbro work from this period. 

 
The art featured in the book is full-color paintings produced to make the GI Joe toy figures look as though they would in real life. I will also feature some of the pencil preliminary work that went into my painting preparation. The art covers both Joe and Cobra and some variations of uniforms not produced. 
Dave Dorman G.I. Joe Art

Dave Dorman G.I. Joe Art

 
The book is 6″ x 9″ full color with card stock cover, 24 pages including cover.  The edition size is limited to 250 copies. The price is $20 (plus $5 shipping worldwide) All copies are signed by the artist–me–Dave Dorman. I have kept film of these works in my archives, as I do with all of my artworks, and so the reproduction of the art is the best you will find. 
Dave Dorman G.I. Joe Pencil Art

Dave Dorman G.I. Joe Pencil Art

 
I have included the cover and a few interior pieces of art to tease you of what is to come. If you are a GI Joe collector or fan, or just a fan of my work, you will find this book a fun retrospective on a wonderfully creative time in my career. 
G.I. Joe Art by Dave Dorman

G.I. Joe Art by Dave Dorman

 
I have created a page on my website to order this book directly from me. There will be no other way to get this collection as I am publishing for my fans only. Click here to go to the webpage to order:
 
http://www.davedorman.com/americanhero.shtml

 

Dave Dorman Art Progressives: Recreating Classic Dave Dorman G.I. Joe Art

Posted in Action Figures, Blog, Blogger, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Artist, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Facebook, Fan Culture, Figurines, Geek, Geek Culture, GI Joe, Hasbro, Holiday Gifts, Illustration, Military, Military Art, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Sculptures, Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2012 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Most of my fans know that during the mid-’80s to the early ’90s, I worked with Hasbro producing G.I. Joe artwork for their Research and Development Department. This art was done as presentation for the Board of Directors to determine whether any particular character would move forward to future production. My task was to paint the characters designed as 3 1/2″ toys to look like real fighting G.I. Joe characters. None of this work was meant for publication, however, over the years, fans and collectors have seen some of this art via the Web or fan club communications. (One of the future projects I am hoping to get off of the ground is a collection of all of this unseen artwork into a G.I. Joe/Hasbro art volume. I will keep you up to date on information as this project progresses.)

I have many fans contact me directly about the art I did during this period. Recently one of those fans asked if I’d be interested in recreating some of those pieces for his private collection. This is not something that I normally do, but this particular fan showed so much enthusiasm that I thought that it might be fun to see how I would approach these paintings almost 20 years later. I took on his commission for the three recreations and now I present to you one of them as an art progressive:

Pencil on Illustration Board Recreating the Character to Be Painted

Progressive #2:

The original landscape for this painting had a textured rock pattern that I applied with very thick gesso. I repeated that technique on this new board as well.

Progressive #3:

Here I start laying in some of the b/g colors, starting with the explosion in the mid left.

Progressive #4:

The b/g is almost complete at this point with the main figure clean so that when I add color to the figure, it will be unencumbered by underpainting.

Progressive #5:

After the b/g dries, I now lay in the underpainting for the basic colors of the figure.

Progressive #6:

Continuing similar to the previous photo, I lay in the rest of the colors for this figure.

Progressive #7:

With the basic tones being laid down in oils, I now begin the detail work with acrylics, starting with the head and moving downward.

Progressive #8:

Work continues with the acrylics, adding more detail to the body and his equipment.

Progressive #9:

At this point, I've completed some of the finer shadowing details and refinements with various shades of gray markers. You'll note final details on the ground and some color corrections for the background. The above is the finished piece.

This piece was 16″ x 20″ oil, acrylic and marker on gessoed illustration board. It is the exactly the same size as the original Hasbro artwork. If you have comments or questions about this piece, please feel free to post them here.

Many of my G.I. Joe fans have asked me about commission work or recreations. This is the first one I have ever done, and I did enjoy bringing back good memories of working with the artists and creators at Hasbro. I would certainly be happy to do more of this type of work if any of you are interested. Please feel free to email me directly at  dormanart@yahoo.com or message me via Facebook

As always, I thank you for your time and interest in my work.

Dave

It’s Dave-the-Happy-Geek Week

Posted in 501st, Action Figures, Blog, Blogger, Busts, Charity, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, GI Joe, Illustration, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture, San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, Star Wars, Toys, Twitter, WriteBrain Media, Zombie, Zombie Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2012 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I’ve had one of my more interesting weeks in a long time with three really fun surprises in the mail–two being Star Wars-related. The first was a wonderful hoodie from 501st member Daniel Quay, TR-8285 and fan Andrew Marzka of Happy Valley Custom T’s in Pennsylvania. (Andrew’s business phone is (814) 571-2992 if anyone wants great hoodies or t-shirts.) They are concerned I’m not staying warm enough in Chicago, and they are right about that! Here it is:

Dave Dorman with 501st Hoodie

501st Hoodie from Daniel Quay and Andrew Marzka, Happy Valley Custom T's

I also received my “Save the Lars Homestead” watch in the mail this week with its pure Tunisian Tatooine sand embedded within and the beautiful engraving on the back. My fellow Star Wars junkies are stoked about the watch and the good news is, you can still order them here: http://s395343987.initial-website.com/

Save the Lars Homestead Commemorative Timepiece

Engraving on Back of the Watch

And then there was my bust from Sideshow Collectibles. I ordered this at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2011, and here we are 6 months later and I had almost forgotten about it. Almost, but not quite. What a great surprise! My wife’s friends have insisted she not display it in our foyer, so we’re still finding the right place for it.

My New Zombie Crusade Bust from Sideshow Collectibles

Even better, I just got a Tweet from @MaxToyCo friend Mark Nagata informing me that a box of toys is en route. Could this geek’s week possibly get any better?!? I hope your week is filled with geek touchstones as well.

Dave.

 

Blogger Dave Dorman Now Offering Product Reviews

Posted in Action Figures, Blog, Blogger, Blogger Review, Blogging, Busts, Charity, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, F. Paul Wilson, Facebook, Fan Culture, Figurines, Geek, Geek Culture, GI Joe, Hanukkah Gifts, Hasbro, Holiday Gifts, Horror, Horror Art, Illustration, LinkedIn, Lucasfilm, Military Art, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Product Review, Product Reviewer, Sculptures, Snowtroopers, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, Twitter, USACares.org, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

In accordance with FTC blogger review rules, I am now making myself available to review products. Please know that regardless of who sends me an item, and regardless of its monetary value, I will give my readers an HONEST PRODUCT REVIEW. Product managers, please let me know in writing if it is time sensitive for me to review your product and provide me with a clear deadline. As you know, for a freelance artist, paying work always comes first, so if I get deluged with items, the types of products I will give priority to for reviews will include the following:

  • Electronics (Tablets, videogame platforms, drawing tablets, PCs, you name it)
  • Art Products (illustration boards, canvas, pencils, paints–oils and acrylics–brushes, inks, digital art products and software, etc.)
  • Videogames
  • Software
  • Art Books
  • Comic Books
  • Sculptures
  • Action Figures
  • Toys
  • Board Games
  • Music (my preferences run to female singer/songwriters, world music, instrumental music, and Peter Gabriel/Genesis/YES-style music)
  • TV Shows/Movies (I can’t get enough foreign films, so bring ’em on!)
  • Apps (I have an iPhone 4)
  • Fiction Books (tastes run to action-adventure, horror and sci-fi, e.g. Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, Joe Lansdale)
  • Organizational Products (think Container Store-type products)
  • Anything related to Pop Culture
  • Cooking tools and spices

Any products that I can’t or won’t keep, I will donate to the needy families of my charity, USACares.org, or to fellow artists in need. To participate in a Dave Dorman Product Review, please send your items to:

Dave Dorman, Product Reviewer

P.O. Box 417

Carpentersville, IL 60110

If you have any questions, please feel free to email my publicist, denise@writebrainmedia.com.

As always, thanks for reading,

Dave

 

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