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.
Dont talk about it, be about it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016
“I am fond of only what comes from the heart.” -Martha Washington
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” -George Washington
Here’s a sneak peak at the line art for a Kid Universal die-cut Sticker I’m producing. Just need to finish colors and then it’s off to the printer. These will be high-quality, weatherproof, vinyl stickers.
Thank you Zack and Josh for entering this year’s art giveaway and spreading the word about Little Dog Comics. I’ll be contacting both of you about delivering your prizes. But nobody has to leave empty handed today. In celebration of Little Dog Comics’ first anniversary I’m giving away a free pdf of Kid Universal. You can download it to your tablet or phone or read it in a web browser. Just click on the Kid Universal tab at the top of the page or follow this link.
Thank you to everyone who follows this site. I have many things in the works for year two and I hope you stick around to see what’s coming next like the return of Agent Pickle in a fully painted story!
After taking a long hard look at my original cover for Kid Universal I decided I needed to a do-over. See the original for comparison.
The original art for this piece is up for grabs. To win it, tell your friends about Little Dog Comics on social media with the #LDCFTW14
October 27, 2013 I decided to get serious about making comics. So, on a whim, I bough a domain name, started a website and hoped to figure the rest out on the fly. Over the last year I’ve worked a few conventions, gotten feedback from some of my favorite artists, produced more work than I have in years and learned so much about the craft and business of making comics. With the first anniversary of Little Dog Comics just around the corner I want to celebrate by giving away some original art and prints. To be entered to win all you have to do is use social media to tell your friends about Little Dog Comics. Make sure to include a link to http://www.littledogcomics.com and the hashtag #LDCFTW14. That stands for Little Dog Comics For the Win 2014. I’ll be checking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On October 27th I’ll do a random drawing and announce the winners. Five people will win original art featuring Kid Universal and five will win a Squirrel Boy print.
You can enter once per day everyday. The more times you enter the more chances you have to win so spread the word.
Don’t forget Inktober is coming!
We had some computer issues with our guest post this week so instead we’re sharing this piece of concept art of a character that will appear in a future installment of Agent Pickle. See you back here next Saturday for part five where we’ll debut our new letterer.