Power Couple

It’s time for another Watercolor Wednesday but it’s Friday so I’m late. I’ll just get on with the post.

This week I drew a popular couple from DC Comics; Green Arrow and Black Canary.

I tried out doing an under painting with violet washes. It seemed to give the painting a deeper tonal variation so I think I’ll try it again on my next painting.

Inktober Week One

Inktober was started by Jake Parker back in, I don’t remember the year, but the point is he created it to promote regular drawing habits among aspiring illustrators. I count myself in that category.

The idea is that if you can draw something everyday for a month you’ll be able to maintain a certain level of art production after that. It happens every October and all you have to do to participate is post a drawing on social media with the hashtag #inktober. I like to post my work on Instagram under the handle @hellopinello.

Here’s my contribution to the first week. The first two are portraits of myself and my fiancée. The rest follow a Halloween theme cuz Halloween’s my favorite.

Watercolor Wednesday

Watercolor Wednesday, I kind of like how that sounds so I think I’ll start posting my paintings on Wednesday’s, maybe, if I remember.

So here’s my most recent two, numbers four and five respectively, in my quest to complete 100 paintings.

I’m working on Green Arrow and Black Canary at the moment and have plans to do Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Darkseid after that. So I pose this question to all y’all; What DC character should I draw for number ten? Leave your answer in the comments.

Wonder Woman

This is painting number three of one hundred in my personal challenge to get better at watercolor painting. Last week I did Superman and Bizarro. I was pretty happy with how they turned out but I feel like I leveled up on this Wonder Woman piece.

I feel like I was able to get better color saturation on this one. If you look at the Bizarro piece, it looks a little washed out or light. I also feel like I chose a more interesting color palette. One thing I would do differently is make the top half of the background more purple. I feel like it got too dark and her hair gets lost in it.

Old Stuff For a New Day

I was digging through some old art the other day and decided it was time to let go of some of it. Here’s a few sketch cards I did back in 2014. Might’ve even been 2013 (I should really put dates on pieces.)

They’re up on eBay right now if you’re interested. Starting bid is $1. You can find them under the seller name littdledogcomics2014. Keep checking back because I’ll be posting more old work every Monday.

These were drawn with copics and microns on Bristol board btw.

Be About It

superman watercolor 6x9 web

The best way to get better at something is to put effort into it. I recently decided I wanted to get better at watercolor painting. My plan is to do that by creating a painting of a pop culture character every week until I complete 100. I’ll be posting them every Friday on my instagram (@hellopinello) and on eBay (littledogcomics2014). I hope you guys stick with me as I work through this and we’ll see how things turn out in a about two years.

For the first week I did two paintings, Superman and his arch rival Bizarro. If you are interested in purchasing them check out the listing here.

Bizarro watercolor 6x9 web

Dont talk about it, be about it.

Bucky: a cute enamel pin

bucky pin final design

Original design by Shaun Pinello vector drawing by Made by Cooper

If you’re following me on Instagram (@hellopinello) you may have noticed that I’ve been working on a comic called Sweater Kid. One of the characters in the series is a charming, cape-wearing dog who’s missing a chunk out of his ear.

Last month I ran a Kickstarter campaign to make a hard enamel pin based on this lil guy. (who’s based on my actual dog, also named Bucky) The Design above is the vector file that will be used to produce the actual pin. I’m working with a company called Made by Cooper who took my original design and adapted it to be made on their machines.

This is my original drawing:

bucky pin final design copy

Unfortunately because of the pin’s size, only an inch wide, some of the details had to be sacrificed. Over all, with the limitations of the manufacturing process, I think they did a great job staying true to the original design.

The pin is currently in production and I will receive them in early August. You can pre-order your own right now in our shop. All orders receive a digital copy of a short Sweater Kid comic that features Bucky.

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baaf cover chicken for web

© Shaun Pinello 2017

I’ve spent months working on new comics and I’m happy to say that I’m ready to share Bucky and Alma Forever: Best Friends. It will eventually be for sale in my shop but for the time being the only way to get it is to sign up for my email list. All you have to do is click the sign up link in the menu, or at the end of this post, and provide your name and email address. Then I’ll send you a pdf of the first chapter. It’s that easy.

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On Snails and the Things That Eat Them

By Shaun Pinello © Little Dog Comics 2016

We’ve got snails, lots of them. Jessie was the first to notice.

They all came out one day when it rained and she saw them on the walkway doing the kinds of things that snails do which doesn’t look like much as you pass by but her curiosity made her examine them more closely and she took videos. These videos peaked into the life of the animal behind the shell. A clip of a snail dipping its head into a cool puddle. A clip of a snail chewing a leaf. Each bite can be seen through its translucent head then going down the snail’s neck and disappearing behind its shell. When the rain stopped the snails retreated to the shade of the plants that lined the walkway.

Once we knew they were there we began to notice them more often. On summer evenings they come out to great each other, see what’s on the other side of they walkway, and feast on the shells of their dead. They really do eat their dead. Their shells are made of calcium and consuming the calcium from the dead snails’ shells fortifies the shells of the living snails.

In winter, just before the first frost, the snails burrow beneath the top layer of soil and hibernate. Jessie and I were not the only ones to notice. A pair of road runners have been dropping by daily to do dig up the snails, smash their shells, and eat their slimy insides. Once it gets warmer the road runners will switch to lizards but for now lizards are in short supply.

By the way, you can buy a print of this drawing from our Etsy shop.

Sketchbook Week o3

sketchbook week 03

By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

This is the week I feel like I got the hang of working on toned paper. The key seems to be to let the paper be your medium value even if your working in color. That means choosing colors that work well with the color of the paper. I’ve been using Copic markers and found a few I like. E11 and E13 are good for values just darker than the paper. E15 however has too much pigment and comes across as orange. I also like R20, R22 and R24. The first two are subtle pinks but use R24 sparingly as it’s more red and really stands out. (See Man with Clown Nose and Pipe) For shades lighter than the paper you have to use and opaque medium to mask the paper. I’ve been using a white Prismacolor brand colored pencil but I assume gauche or acrylic paint will work as well.

A few people have expressed interest in seeing these sketches printed in a book and I’m seriously considering it once I get around thirty finished. But first I want to see if there is a demand for a book like that. In order to do that I’ll be taking pre-orders. If you would like to get on our email list and be the first to know when orders open send us an email at littledogcomics@gmail.com