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Dave Dorman Convention Season Schedule & Live Painting on Facebook Live!

Posted in 501st, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, 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, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Friend Funding, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, New York Comic Con, Painting, Pop Culture, Star Wars, Star Wars Original Art Sale, The Dave Dorman Experience, Wasted Lands, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2017 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Hi Everybody,

I hope to see many of you this weekend at C2E2 in Chicago; I’ll be at Table E-1 in Artists Alley!

Before I forget to mention this, if you’re not already watching HAP & LEONARD on the Sundance Channel (Season 1 is on Netflix), please check it out. My author friend Joe R. Lansdale wrote this really fun, pulpy series of books, all of which I’ve read, and he is executive producer on the show. It’s pure genius in its acting, casting and execution. I hope it never ends. (Joe’s steampunk series is really fun, too. Can you tell I’m his biggest fan?)

If you haven’t heard already, I’ve been doing live paintings on Facebook Live. I plan to expand this to Twitter’s Periscope and YouTube eventually, but here is a link to my most popular one so far, of me painting Darth Maul. According to Facebook, it has gotten 56,633 cumulative views so far! The visitor stamp you see at the bottom is how many folks were watching it when I actually did it live. I am honored by your time and attention. (If only I had 50 cents for everyone who watched it!)

DAVE DORMAN CONVENTION SEASON SCHEDULE

I wanted to let you know my schedule, booked thus far, for what I affectionately call “Convention Season.” I will add updates as more shows get added, but here’s what I know now:

April 21 – 23: C2E2, Chicago, IL — Artists Alley, Table E-1

April 27 – April 30:  Calgary Expo, Calgary, Canada — Table # TBD

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May 19 – 21:  MotorCity Con, Novi, MI — Table # TBD

May 26 – 28: Alamo City Con, San Antonio, TX — Table # TBD

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June 3, 2017: Star Wars Day, Joliet, IL (World’s Largest Star Wars Public Library Show)

June 16 – 18:  HeroesCon, Charlotte, NC — Table # TBD

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July 19 – 23: San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, CA–Booth #4500 (End cap booth facing the lobby, first row in, between Doors F & G, closer to Door F.)

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October 5 – 8: New York Comic Con, NYC, NY — Table # TBD

October 18 – 22: IlluxCon, Reading, PA — Table # TBD

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SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDBACK: With social media, I’m always listening. Sometimes the feedback is rather unpleasant, like this exchange below. That being said, if I’ve ever come across as unpleasant to any of you, I want to take this opportunity to apologize to you, as I did to these gentlemen. From what I gather from their latter remarks, these two gents haven’t ever actually personally interacted with me, but if this is the current zeitgeist on me, I’d like to nip it in the bud. Shows are exhausting and physically taxing, and you may see my occasional grimace, especially with my current sciatica and neuropathy issues, but I don’t ever want any of you to feel like I don’t want you to approach me or that I don’t value your friendship, feedback and encounters, because I do. Without your feedback, good or bad, my work doesn’t feel complete. You all help me to “close the loop.”

Some disgruntled observers.

New Dave Dorman Original Star Wars and D&D Art for Sale! I’m Appearing at Pensacon This Weekend–Are You?

Posted in Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture, Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2016 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I am a featured guest appearing at Pensacon in Pensacola, Florida this weekend, February 19, 20 and 21. If you are in the area, I hope to see you there! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Autographs are ALWAYS FREE OF CHARGE.

I’m excited to offer up some of my original art for sale–a Star Wars piece, and three Dungeons & Dragons pieces, for the tabletop gamer fans out there! Here is the link to buy this art: http://www.davedorman.com/DnD%20MM%20originalartsale.shtml

Without further adieu, here are the images for you to check out:

 

A fun Star Wars original Dave Dorman painting of BB8 and Chopper, done for the 501st Midwest Garrison Droid hunt card game.

An exclusive Star Wars original Dave Dorman painting of BB8 and Chopper from “A Force Awakens,” done for the 501st Midwest Garrison Droid hunt card game. $500, and includes worldwide shipping. Link to purchase: 

http://www.davedorman.com/originalartsale020516.shtml

An aged Han Solo from "A Force Awakens" - original pencil art by Dave Dorman. $100, includes shipping worldwide.

An aged Han Solo from “A Force Awakens” – original pencil art by Dave Dorman. $100, includes shipping worldwide. Link to purchase: 

http://www.davedorman.com/originalartsale020516.shtml

Link for purchasing my original Dungeons & Dragons 2014 Monster Manual paintings:

http://www.davedorman.com/DnD%20MM%20originalartsale.shtml

 

Original D&D Monster Manual Artwork by Dave Dorman! This art was done for the 2014 D&D Monster Manual titled "Pegasus." It appears on page 250. The price is $450, and includes shipping worldwide.

Original D&D Monster Manual Artwork by Dave Dorman! This art was done for the 2014 D&D Monster Manual titled “Pegasus.” It appears on Page 250. The price is $450, and includes shipping worldwide.

Original D&D Monster Manual Artwork by Dave Dorman! This art was done for the 2014 D&D MM titled "SCARECROW." It appears on Page 268. The price is $450, including shipping worldwide.

Original D&D Monster Manual Artwork by Dave Dorman! This art was done for the 2014 D&D MM titled “SCARECROW.” It appears on Page 268. The price is $450, including shipping worldwide.

Original Dave Dorman D&D Art - Ice Devil, from Page 75 of the 2014 D&D Monster Manual - $450 and includes shipping worldwide.

Original Dave Dorman D&D Art – Ice Devil, from Page 75 of the 2014 D&D Monster Manual – $450 and includes shipping worldwide.

As always, I thank you for reading, and for your interest in my art. I hope to see you this weekend!

Dave.

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens — New Artwork By Dave Dorman

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse Comics, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Sandtroopers, Star Wars, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
#MTFBWY!!!
The excitement runs high in our house as my son Jack and I get ready to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight! Oh…did you not know there was a new Star Wars movie coming out this weekend? It’s true!!! And we hope the force is strong with J.J. Abrams and company. TomorrowFriday the 18th, I will be doing a video review for my son’s YouTube channel. It will be fun, and I PROMISE that it will be spoiler free!
Here is a link to a recent interview I did with Jamie and Justin at  Geek Dad regarding my Star Wars art career: http://geekdad.com/2015/12/gbbp-42-dave-dorman/
Quite a number of you have asked if I was going to be painting any art for the new Star Wars film or maybe even doing a fan movie poster piece. While I have not produced any licensed work for the film, obviously the imagery screams for me to do something. I would love to do a movie poster style piece but I felt I could not do the film justice until I had seen it. So now that I am about to experience it tonight, don’t be surprised if you see a poster-type piece done in the near future.
Rey and BB8 Pencil Prelim Star Wars Art by Dave Dorman

Rey and BB8 Pencil Prelim Star Wars Art by Dave Dorman

However, I have been trying to work on two pieces these past couple of months. Unfortunately, I could not find time to finish them in time for the movie premiere. I will continue working on these over the holidays and will share them with you when they are complete. The first is a portrait of Rey and BB8 on the planet of Jakku. The second piece I am having fun with. It is taken from the very famous line in the first movie (the fourth, for you completists) Star Wars: A New Hope. The title of this piece: “Is This the Droid We are Looking For?” Hope you like the sneak peek of this fun, upcoming art:
New Dave Dorman STAR WARS Artwork Inspired By THE FORCE AWAKENS

New Dave Dorman STAR WARS Artwork Inspired By THE FORCE AWAKENS

I hope that you all enjoy The Force Awakens and have a great Holiday season! Follow me on social media here:
https://facebook.com/davedormansstudio
and
https://facebook.com/davedormanswastedlands
and
https://twitter.com/davedorman
#MTFBWY,
Dave

The New Star Wars Poster: I Agree With Blogger Greg Aronowitz Completely

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

First, let me say that I will be attending the midnight showing of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on Thursday night, and–spoiler alert–if you’d like my immediate, personal impressions of the film, our “videographer” son Jack will be interviewing me immediately afterward and posting my interview to his YouTube Channel. Here is a link to his YouTube Channel:

https://youtube.com/the_surfmonkey

I am a subject matter expert on film–all genres–as well as the STAR WARS universe, so I hope I bring a level of gravitas to the review that will give you information you can use and appreciate.

I found an article online by blogger Greg Aronowitz that expressed my feelings about the STAR WARS movie poster topic far more eloquently and insightfully than I could write it myself. While I cannot judge the movie yet (as I have not seen it)…I can judge what has been offered to the public in its name. I hope I am not let let down by the film the way I have been by the movie poster. Thank you, Greg Aronowitz, for writing this.

http://barnyardfx.blogspot.com/2015/10/you-disappoint-me-disney.html

From Greg Aronowitz's blog - showcasing the BEAUTIFUL DREW STRUZAN art.

From Greg Aronowitz’s blog – showcasing the BEAUTIFUL DREW STRUZAN art.

Dave Dorman Adding STAR WARS Sketch Covers for Sale: Slave Leia, Darth Maul and Chewbacca

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, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Marvel Comics, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture, Star Wars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I’ve added some new sketch covers this week, as you will see below. Each one is $150 plus $20 for shipping worldwide. The link to order is here:

http://www.davedorman.com/SWsketchcoversale082615.shtml

And here is the fresh art, hot off the drawing board!

Chewbacca as Sentry, by Dave Dorman

Chewbacca as Sentry, by Dave Dorman. $150

Slave Leia

Slave Leia by Dave Dorman. $150

Darth Maul by Dave Dorman

Darth Maul by Dave Dorman. $150

Chewbacca On the Hunt by Dave Dorman

Chewbacca On the Hunt by Dave Dorman. $150

Join Me at Joliet Star Wars Day on Saturday

Posted in 501st, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse Comics, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek Culture, Pop Culture, Sandtroopers, Snowtroopers, Social Activism, Star Wars, Star Wars Original Art Sale with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

The Joliet Public Library in Joliet, IL has the World’s Largest Star Wars Library Event – a lot of the 501st Legion members join me there every year to help celebrate Star Wars. Here is information on it, and I hope if you’re in Chicagoland and you’re a fan of Star Wars, you can join us. I will have prints for sale and will be selling sketches and more.

http://jolietlibrary.org/starwarsday

The Iconic Darth Vader Art by Dave Dorman

The Iconic Darth Vader Art by Dave Dorman

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!