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.

Steps of a Comic Page

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© Shaun Pinello 2017

In my last post I promised a tutorial featuring 8 Steps for drawing a comic page. Well, as I got into writing it I realized that the topic was too big for a quick blog post and that there are some other tutorials I should write that are more helpful. I’ve been slowly chipping away at those and will release them in the future. In the meantime i’m presenting a page I recently drew broken down into three stages. In the above drawing; the left is my rough sketch, the middle is my tight pencil drawing, and the right is the inked final product. Below is the whole page so you can see the final product.

sweater kid 04 web

8 steps for drawing a comic book page- preview


Shaun Pinello 2017

When I first started making comics I had no idea where to start. I remember being a kid copying panels from Jim Lee’s X-men #1 on a large yellow envelope. I didn’t know that comic art was rendered in ink so I pressed really hard with my pencil to get the lines as dark as possible and was completely unsatisfied when the lines were dark gray and not black. It didn’t occur to me to trace over my lines with a pen or marker because, “why would I want to do the same drawing twice.” Hey, I was only eight years old. Cut me some slack.

Fast forward twenty plus years and I’ve managed to cobble together a comic art education out of books, videos, and, when I get the chance, talking to professional artists. I don’t know everything about making comics, some days I feel like I’m still scratching the surface, but I know enough to point a new artist in the right direction. If your not an artist but interested in the comics medium my next post might be fun for you too.

Next week I’ll be sharing a post titled 8 steps for drawing a comic book page. Honestly, there are way more than eight steps and each step that I list probably has steps below it but I think these are a good start. And, as a disclaimer, there is no single way to draw a comic. This is just how I do it. So a more accurate title would be 8 steps that Shaun Pinello takes when drawing a comic book page but that just seemed too long.

Also, you can just skip my post and buy Klaus Janson’s book on penciling comics,  The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics. You’re going to get a lot out of that book. Yeah you should definitely get that book. But if you’ve ever been that kid who pressed your pencil too hard to make a line I hope I’ll see you next week for

8 steps for drawing a comic book page!

Get a Free Digital Comic

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

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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

Sketchbook Week 02

sketchbook week 02

By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

Of the three sketches I made last week my favorite is the third one. That’s my dog Bucky. You may have seen him in last week’s post.

I’m still going strong with this sketchbook project. If you want to see them as I post them check out one of the following sites:

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And just for kicks, head over to our Etsy because I’m starting to post these for sale.