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:
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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When I started drawing dogs as superheroes I put the call out on the internet for suggestions. Barely a minute later my sister was the first to respond. She wanted to see her dog, Barley, as the Hulk. Knowing Barley, this is a perfect mash up (or smash up). He’s not an angry dog but he is a destructive force of nature in the tiny body of a Boston Terrier.
We’ll be back on 2/12 so don’t forget about us!
I’ve been reworking some Kid Universal pages so that the artwork is more in line with the aesthetic I want for Little Dog Comics. The final pages will be done in ink wash with digital colors. Before moving on to the wash stage of the drawing I needed to get a handle on the tonal values. I made a copy of the pages (this is a double page spread) and did a value study in pencil. This process adds a lot of extra work but it helps me be more confident on the final page. Hopefully after a few more pages I won’t need to do this anymore.
Well, I finally wrapped up this Kid Universal short story but fear not, Kid and the gang will return. I learned a lot about making comics from doing these few pages. Soon I’ll repost all of them together along with a self critique. After all , you can’t grow as an artist if you can’t see what you need to work on.
Next week it’s watercolor portraits of Monsieur Coulon and his cat. Now that I typed that I realized there is a typo on this page and possibly on other pages.
A big thanks to everyone who’s been coming back month after month. I’ve been watching the stats and they keep going up so, again, thank you and please spread the word. The Little Dog Comics anniversary art giveaway is still going on. All you have to do to be entered to win is post about Little Dog Comics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #ldcftw14.
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Here it is, the end of the first page of Kid Universal, an hints at action to come!
I’ve thought about it a lot and gone back and forth on it but finally came to a decision. As much as I like working in color I’m going to publish Kid Universal in black and white. The main reason being that, on top of all else that goes in to making a comic, coloring a comic is a monumental undertaking. I went back and toned the panels that have been published along with the last panel to make up the first page. I think it looks pretty good but leave me a comment or email at email@example.com to give me some feedback. I also want to know if you prefer full page updates like this (which would mean less frequent updates) or stick with the weekly one panel at a time updates like I’ve been doing.
I reposted last weeks panel because the flow of word balloons from panel 2 to panel 3 effects the order in which they are read. I’d love to get your feed back on the series so far. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here. You can also keep up to date on all thinks Little Dog Comics at the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/littledogcomics please like it!
After last weeks recap we “dive” into the story. In this panel Kid mentions the time bleed. I don’t plan on spending much time explaining what that is with in the story as context should help with that. Since there is only one panel so far and no context I feel I should explain. The time bleed is what allows Kid to travel within time/space. That’s all I want to say about it for the moment. Pay attention to the colors used in this panel as they will appear again and begin to represent important things in the story.
For now, I plan to post one panel a week. I’d like to post full pages but until I build a larger back stock of pages I don’t think I can maintain a weekly posting schedule. I’ll keep a running archive of full pages here so you can check that every 3-4 weeks to see the pages as I intended them to look.
And who’s speaking off panel? Might be a while before you find out!
When I was eleven years old my mom brought home the best garage sale score ever. It was a foot and a half tall stack of comics from the eighties. There must have been a hundred or more. The first thing I did before reading them was to organize them alphabetically by title then by issue number. That’s when I noticed something was off. For example, I had Green Lantern 188 and 189 then there was a gap and I had issue 200. All the other titles were like this too. The collection was full of holes! Each gap in the story was a mystery to me that I might one day solve if i could only come across those missing issues. With Kid Universal I want you to have that same experience I had when I was eleven so I created this recap page. Currently there are no previous issues but maybe someday I’ll get to those missing issues. Next week we dive into the middle of the story.
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Hello friends! Today we welcome Fred Stresing to Little Dog Comics as letterer for Agent Pickle. He’s a very talented illustrator as well so go to http://artofstresing.com and see his work. Fred has gone back and re-lettered the first four installments of Agent Pickle and we’re sharing them here today along with the new strip.
Agent Dinglebottom comes in for a bumpy landing.
That’s the fourth installment of Agent Pickle. Thanks for sticking with us for our first month of publishing web comics. Next Saturday we’ll be taking our first scheduled break to help get ahead with producing the comic. But please come back because in place of Agent Pickle we’ll have a guest post by painter Paloma Nava.
If your just joining us you can view all past installments in the archive.