Archive for Dave Dorman Art

Order Your Star Wars Variant Cover Direct from Dave Dorman: One of the Scarcest On the Market Today

Posted in Blog, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Marvel Comics, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Star Wars with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dave Dorman MARVEL COMICS STAR WARS Variant Cover #1

Dave Dorman MARVEL COMICS STAR WARS Variant Cover #1

Dear Friends,
I have finally gotten around to organizing the sale for my Marvel Star Wars #1 Variant. I have been pretty busy this past few weeks, including painting a new variant cover for Marvel’s Darth Vader #2!  This #1 Variant is the variant produced by M&M Comics and limited to 3000. This number makes it one of the scarcest variants on the market. (And a personal thanks goes out to Mike at M&M for having me paint this cover!)
I am now selling my variant cover issue for $25 including postage and insurance. 
Order my Star Wars Variant #1 from this page: http://bitly.com/DDSWVariant1
BUT WAIT!!!…There’s more! You not only get a mint copy of this book signed by me, (bagged and boarded), but I will also include in your package one additional item from my personal vault of collectibles. These will be all Star Wars items (signed of course) that may include convention programs, signature cards, trading cards, bookmarks, or other collectibles from my files, dating back almost 30 years. Most of these extras are hard to find and will make a fun addition to your Dorman Star Wars collection (like a mini-Dorman LootCrate!)
I have a very limited number of these so please do not hesitate in ordering. I must limit the purchase to one copy per person.  I will remove the page when I have sold out. (It is possible I may get more in the future, but that is not guaranteed).
It’s great to be back doing more Star Wars covers! I look forward to creating more great art for Marvel. Thank you all for following me as we move into a new era of Star Wars!
Dave.
P.S. Follow me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/davedormansstudio

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!

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.

Dave Dorman Announces New Mini Art Book

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, GI Joe, GI Joe Snake Eyes, Nerd Culture with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dear Friends,
I am doing a follow-up to my GI Joe art book AMERICAN HERO. I had a lot of positive reaction and plenty of fans asking if I was going to do another volume. I have a lot more art from my years working with Hasbro designing the GI Joe toys, and with the demand, I have decided to produce another book.
For those who missed the first volume, this book features artwork I produced for Hasbro’s GI Joe toy figure line. The art featured the characters painted as if they existed in real life. The art was for presentation only, in-house at Hasbro and not intended for reproduction. For most of this art, this is the first time it’s been seen by the public outside the Hasbro offices. 
American Hero: Book 2

American Hero: Book 2

The specs of the book will be the same as the first volume of American Hero:
  • Size: 6″ x 9″
  • Pages: 24
  • Card stock covers
  • High-quality interior paper
  • Limited Edition: 300 copies
  • Each will be hand signed by me, Dave Dorman
  • Price is $20.00 (plus $5 shipping worldwide)
You can order the book directly from me by going to this page on my website: http://www.davedorman.com/americanhero2.shtml
P.S. I still have some copies of AMERICAN HERO Book 1 if you missed it. They can be ordered on the same web page.
Dave Dorman Art Book:  G.I. Joe: American Hero

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

Thanks again for your support of my work! Also, a special thanks to all of you who came out to see me at Pensacon 2014 this past weekend. It was great to be home.
DAVE

Seeking Fan Suggestions for My Pencil Sketchbook

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2014 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I am considering doing a bunch of character studies–fully rendered pencil drawings–like this one:

BSG's Captain Adama by Dave Dorman #SoSayWeAll

BSG’s Captain Adama by Dave Dorman #SoSayWeAll

for inclusion in my summer sketchbook LEADWORKS. While I have my own favorite characters to draw, I thought I would throw it out to you, my fans, to get some ideas on what you would like to see me draw. If you have suggestions for any character from any media (films, comics, TV, media, etc.) just list them on either of my Facebook Fan Pages in the relevant thread here: http://facebook.com/davedormansstudio

or here: http://facebook.com/davedormanwastedlands

and I will take them under consideration. If I use YOUR suggested character, I will be sure to credit your name with a special thanks on the related page in the new LEADWORKS 2014 book.

Thanks for reading and Happy Hump Day,

Dave

Rare Dave Dorman Magic: The Gathering Ajani Comic Book Cells Art for Sale

Posted in 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, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture with tags , , , , on December 1, 2013 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Happy Post Thanksgiving, Everyone!
I’ve had a lot of response to Mike Linnemann’s article featuring the best of Magic: The Gathering art for sale (mine is Item #8). Mike posted my art from a little-known internet comic story I did in 2011 for the Planeswalker Webseries on the Wizards of the Coast website. I did one chapter of 8 pages for “Gathering Forces,” which was art for this longer graphic story. Here is the link to my specific chapter http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/feature2/108a#
Magic: The Gathering Original Art by Dave Dorman

Magic: The Gathering Original Art by Dave Dorman

Buy it here: http://www.davedorman.com/planeswalkersale.shtml
 The complete graphic novel is titled “Path of the Planeswalkers,” and features many chapters by other great artists in the field. It is worth checking out.
Due the massive rush of inquiries for this art, I am offering these original paintings for sale. I have been selling the panels over the past 2 years at shows, so the art I’ve listed here is all that I still have left from the story. Every piece of the art is painted in acrylic with a little colored pencil embellishment, on 9″ x 12″ inch Bristol board. The sale page on my website is http://www.davedorman.com/planeswalkersale.shtml and there is a Paypal button for each to purchase. Due to the rare and limited availability of these cells, these pieces range in price from $100 -$120 per piece.
Thanks for reading, everybody. There is more holiday shopping fun to come! Keep watching here!
Dave.

A Holiday Exclusive: Dave Dorman Greeting Cards, Each Hand-Signed by Dave!

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Holiday Gifts, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Wasted Lands, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2013 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I have been asked for years if I do Christmas or Holiday Cards. I did some small runs for personal use a few years back, but I’ve never publicly offered them for sale. UNTIL NOW.
Wasted Lands Art

Dave Dorman Greeting Card Art: Order Deadline is 12/31/13

Order here now!  http://www.davedorman.com/christmascard2013.shtml
Today I am offering you my first Limited Edition, Dave Dorman Greeting Card Set 1.0 –  just in time the holidays, all hand-signed by me. Blank inside, these cards can be used year-round. The cover art is my painting “Christmas Junction,” capturing the warmth of the Holidays during the chill of winter. The art is a very subtle tip of the hat to my Wasted Lands/RAIL work, with the two motorcycles parked in front of the building.
DETAILS:
Size:  8″x 9″ folded to a final size of 4″ wide x 9″ tall.
Layout Details: The art is on the front; the interior is intentionally left blank for your personal holiday message – or use year-round.
Material: The card itself is a semi-gloss #120 cover stock.
Quantity: 10 per box, accompanied with blank envelopes
Hand-signed by me: I will personally SIGN each card on the back to make them a bit more collectable.
Price: $12.00.  This price includes postage.
Availability: Orders will be ready to ship right after Thanksgiving.
Order Deadline: This limited edition card will only be available for the Holiday season of 2013. I will retire this art and card on Dec 31, 2013, so if you like it,  please order it before 12/31/13.
Order here now!  http://www.davedorman.com/christmascard2013.shtml
As always, thank you for reading. Please take a moment to  “Like” my Facebook fan pages; it’s much appreciated:
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For Media Inquiries and 2014 Personal Appearance Bookings: denise@writebrainmedia.com
Happy Holidays…more to come!
Dave
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