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A Short Anatomy of My Star Wars Painting: Lord Vader’s Persuasion

Posted in 501st, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Cosplay, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dave Dorman's Star Wars Painting: Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim

Dave Dorman’s Star Wars Painting: Lord Vader’s Persuasion of the Outer Rim

I’d like to take a moment to clear up some misconceptions and explain my thoughts on creating my painting “Lord Vader’s Persuasion…” The main reason for creating this piece was to show Vader leading his troops into battle. I wanted to actually show him in the midst of his beloved 501st Squad, being the leader he was born to be. This was not a scene we were able to see in the films themselves, and obviously, it would be a scene taking place between Episodes 3 and 4. This art has caught the imagination of Star Wars fans around the world, and has inspired me to create other scenes capturing potential story elements that were not in the screenplays, but are part of the canon of the Star Wars history.
The two most confusing elements of Lord Vader’s Persuasion are the inclusion of the Imperial Guards (the red armored figures surrounding Vader) and the fact that Vader is rising above the squad. The Imperial Guards were introduced in Episode 6 as visual elements in the background, in scenes featuring the Emperor and Lord Vader. They are not exclusively the Emperor’s private, but the elite of the Imperial forces used to protect those of the highest power. So the Imperial Guard would certainly be on hand to protect a high value target such as Vader during an invasion operation. Vader’s loyal 501st troops form a phalanx around them, always pushing forward towards Victory!
Why is Vader above the troops? He is not on a hoverboard, nor is he standing on a trooper’s shoulders! We know from the end of Episode 3 that Anakin/Vader is fearless in carrying out the Emperor’s order. Why would Vader not be fearless in leading his Troops into battle? Like any commander worthy of his troops’ respect, he will join them in battle. And as a powerful leading figure, he will not hide behind his troops, but will be where they can see him and be inspired by him. During the course of the battle, Vader uses the FORCE to levitate himself above the fray, leading and directing his troops ever forward, knowing he will become the primary target of his opponents. He is unafraid because he uses the power of The Force for protection.
I have also taken an artistic license and compacted the field of battle so that I could show a few other elements that would be involved in this type of skirmish. The officers and scouts to the far left would not so close to the battlefield in a real situation, and the ATAT/ATSTs would not be so packed together. But the art I wanted to create would show the full impact of all elements of the Imperial Forces, so I pulled a few visual tricks out of my creative hat.
Aesthetic Placement of Elements in the Art: Speaking artistically about the art, there are reasons I put elements where they are in the art. As you can see, there is an explanation for what is the battle scene from a “warfare” point of view. But to paint what I wanted, I had to have both an “Artistic” reason and a “Realism” reason. When laying out the the art, the first thing I noticed artistically was that the piece was primarily black and white. Black and greys in the Vader figure and white and greys in the trooper armor. I found working the Imperial guard into the piece not only added a focusing element, to bring your eye towards the main element–Vader–but also added that bold stroke of color I needed. That red would eventually tie in with the red of Vader’s lightsaber and the red/oranges of the explosions in the background. With that element of red, it was no longer necessary to add another bold statement of color, because the contrast of the dark figure of Vader made him the focus against the whites and the greys of the rest of the piece.
One Last Visual Element to Note: There is one last visual element that you may not see right off, but if you look closely at the art and let your eye roam, you will probably focus on Vader first, then follow the line of his arm and hand deflecting the blasterbolt. Your eye will follow the red of the ATAT explosion and smoke back over Vader, then follow the path of his Lightsaber back down to the far left of the art, now seeing the Officers and Scouts. As your eye follows where they are looking, it catches the front-most Stormtrooper with his arm raised, pointing the troopers forward. We follow that line through the bottom of the art into the field of troopers. From here, the curve upward of the red and blue blasterbolts brings the eye back up to the exploding ATAT in the background and then right back to Vader.
There was much more that went into this piece and the contribution of the 501st Midwest Garrison in helping me shoot reference for this cannot be overstated. But this should help you understand a bit of what is going through my head when creating a piece of art.
A special thanks to Jesus Diaz of the SPLOID column for Gizmodo who wrote this piece today about my Star Wars art (including Lord Vader’s Persuasion):
Thank  you, Jesus Diaz!

Thank you, Jesus Diaz!

and to writer Marlon McDonald of MoviePilot.com who wrote this article today as well:
Thank you, Marlon McDonald!

Thank you, Marlon McDonald!

Thanks for reading!

Dave Dorman Original Art Sale

Posted in Baroness, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, GI Joe, Illustration, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Star Wars, Star Wars Original Art Sale, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dear Friends,
I have a number of pencil pieces of art I am selling this time around. I did these pieces for myself to do more pencil work and practice texture and  detailing. These are all listed on this webpage with the sizes and prices. There is a Paypal button for each as well. These are one-of-a-kind pieces of art, so if you see something you like, don’t hesitate too long– it may be gone when you return. Thanks so much for looking and for your continued support of my work. Thank you also, to those of you who have sent your condolences on the passing of my wife Denise’s dad.
Link to Art Sale: http://www.davedorman.com/originalartsale020815.shtml
Dr. Who original pencil illustration by Dave Dorman, 11" x 17"

Dr. Who original pencil illustration by Dave Dorman, 11″ x 17″

Luke Skywalker Original Pencil Illustration by Dave Dorman

Luke Skywalker Original Pencil Illustration by Dave Dorman

Willis G.I. Joe Cover: Original Pencil Illustration by Dave Dorman

Willis G.I. Joe Cover: Original Pencil Illustration by Dave Dorman

The Baroness G.I. Joe Cover, original pencil illustration by Dave Dorman

The Baroness G.I. Joe Cover, original pencil illustration by Dave Dorman

ScarJo original pencil illustration by Dave Dorman

ScarJo original pencil illustration by Dave Dorman

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

Posted in 501st, Art Lithographs, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Hannukah Gifts, Hanukkah Gifts, Hasbro, Holiday Gifts, Illustration, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture, Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman, Star Wars, Star Wars Original Art Sale, Twitter, 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.

Star Wars Celebration: Dave Dorman Artwork Rejected

Posted in Comic Book Artist, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Geek, Geek Culture, Pop Culture, Star Wars, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Hi All.

Well, now that Lucasfilm has announced the artists selected for the SW Celebration 7 Art Show, I can publicly confirm that I was not selected to participate this year. It is with great sadness and disappointment that I am now announcing this, but the judging has been made, and there is no reversing that.

The judging was done differently this year, asking for comps of the art proposed, then submitted anonymously to be judged. There was no respect for the reputation or the years of good will put in by any artist–just the comp, rough, or finished art submitted for approval.

So…here was my piece–a color rough featuring Vader continuing to pursue the genocide of the Jedi after Order 66. I guess I missed the mark in idea… or perhaps not doing a more finished rough..it’s not EU… ties directly into the gap between EP3 and 4…

The Path Not Taken: Rejected Dave Dorman Star Wars Celebration Concept Art

The Path Not Taken: Rejected Dave Dorman Star Wars Celebration Concept Art

I don’t know. And because the judged submissions were anonymous and a one shot deal, I will never know.

What I do know is that I will not have a print available this year at Celebration, nor will I be attending Celebration to support it.

I thank all you who have supported me through the 6 Celebrations (including Europe) where I sold out of prints, and the first Celebration in Denver, which I attended only as a fan. I would like to thank the 501st for their support and helping unselfishly when called to pose for me.

I hope to see you all at Celebration 8…if the Force is still with me.

Take care,

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.

I’ll Be at GrandCon Tomorrow Through Sunday in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse Comics, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Please join me at the GrandCon Comics & Gaming Convention this weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan if you can – I will be there with my new book, THE WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS!  Here is the address, for your convenience:

SEPTEMBER 19TH – 21ST 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Convention Center
5700 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Screenshot 2014-06-16 17.53.09

Collectors:  If you want me to bring anything specific, please ping denise@writebrainmedia.com immediately with your specific requests and I’ll do my best to bring what you need; I’ll be busy packing up for the show. I look forward to seeing you!

Dave Dorman’s WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS Limited Edition Package

Posted in 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, Geek, Geek Culture, Mike Kennedy, Pop Culture, Wasted Lands, WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS, WriteBrain Media, Writer, Zombie, Zombie Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Well, it’s finally here!! I have received my shipment of Dave Dorman’s WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS! The book will be in stores either this week or next week (Sept. 10th or 17th). But because I am friends with the publisher (LOL) I have gotten some books pre-release. I know a lot of you have been asking where to get the books. I would say support your local comics shop or brick-and-mortar book store. However, if you would like a special deal direct from the creator, Dave Dorman (that would be me!) then hold onto your hat!
The Covers and the Limited Edition Print in the WLO Ltd. Edition Package

The Covers and the Limited Edition Print in the WLO Ltd. Edition Package

Inside the WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS Ltd. Edition Offer

Inside the WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS Ltd. Edition Offer

I am offering you this special deal for a LIMITED TIME. Order directly from me today and you will get this Limited Edition Special Package:
The WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS Book and extras!
#1. First off is the WASTEDLANDS OMNIBUS. This 152-page hardcover graphic novels contains the beginnings of my WASTED LANDS world starting with a fully recolored, re-lettered, and artistically revised version of “RAIL: Broken Things”. This is the first in my GN series RAIL. Following that are additional comics stories and short Illustrated text pieces giving you additional adventures of the main characters introduced in RAIL. All wrapped up in a gorgeous hardbound book with a cutout card stock book cover.
#2. As a special bonus with your order, you will receive a copy of the Artist’s Preview Edition of RED TIDE, a new miniseries coming this winter. This is the first 12 pages rendered in pencil by me and written by my writing collaborator, Mike Bawden. Limited to 250 copies, this was only available at the San Diego ComicCon 2014.
#3. The last bonus is a signed Limited Edition Art print of the full cover (that is underneath the cutout on the hardback). This print is only available through direct orders through the publisher, or directly through me.
But WAIT!!! There’s more!!…
#4. Signed & remarqued! When you order directly thru me I will SIGN your books personally (and add a personalization in the book if you like). AND… I will add a DRAWING of one of my WASTED LANDS characters in the book as well!
You will never get a better deal than this one today. The hardback OMNIBUS, the Limited Edition comic, the print, AND a one-of-a-kind, personalized drawing!
Price:  $50 with shipping free in the US. (Additional shipping of $20 for orders outside the US.) If you would like to order multiple copies that is fine, just do that during the Paypal checkout.
TO order: Go to this page on my website http://www.davedorman.com/WLOsale.shtml  and use the Paypal buttons there to place your order.
Thanks so much for your support of this very personal project! There is much more to come!!
Dave
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