Sunday, October 28, 2007
So I'm having breakfast this morning (Friday Oct 26) and I open the USA Today and go right to the entertainment section... (Front page...Bleh!... Lets get to the real news!!). I pull out the section and unfold it and there jumping out at me is a photo of an Alien-ish creature. But wait... there's something different about it. I scan over to the headline and the article is about the new Aliens v. Predator film coming out this December. Cool. So I start to read the article, but my eye keeps going back to the photo. Why does this Predalien creature look so familiar? This is the first official posts of the creature...
Then my mind goes back... to the mid 1990's. I was hired by 20th Century Fox/Dark Horse Productions to develop some Predalien creature designs for the (then viable) first incarnation of Aliens v Predator. I did a number of designs, including the one shown here. Well much to my surprise here I am looking at my designs, in the flesh, so to speak! I have posted here my original designs and the photos showing the quite distinct similarity! (Click the art and it should enlarge... maybe...)
I have no hard feelings about this. As a freelance illustrator I am aware of contractual obligations and the "work for hire" clause that is in most of these. (For those who don't know, the "work for hire" clause means basically that the work done for any particular company is completely owned by them. I sign over all rights to them on completion of the work. So they can do anything they want with it without paying me any more above the original cost of the work). So I had produced these designs for Fox and then they scrapped the production. The art went into the vaults. And I thought they would never see the light of day...
Well it appears someone might have done some digging because the similarity is striking. It would have been nice to be acknowledged for the work. I doubt I will get any credit. But I wanted to post this to show my fans and the world that sometimes lost work isn’t lost after all and good designs will always work, no matter how old they are!!
Friday, July 20, 2007
I will be attending the San Diego Comic Con (as usual!) this year. The show is from July 25-30. I will be bringing some prints and art (Magic, Highlander, Battlestar Galactica, etc) for sale, and have my Pencil art book Leadworks for sale as well. I will also be giving away the last of a series of 4 signature cards (see a previous blog) celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars in 1977. There will be other surprises as well!
We are in booth 4901/5000, right inside the entrance to HALL B. (see diagram)
I will be sharing the booth with fellow artists and friends Scott Hampton, Chris Moeller, John Van Fleet, and Durwin Talon. Also in the space will be WriteBrain Media, a creator's Public Relations firm represented by its owner, the beautiful and talented Denise Dorman.
That's it for now. More news as we get closer!
Not a lot of time between CE London and San Diego Comic con so I can't write too much. But it was a fun show and GREAT to meet all the fans who came from UK and the Continent to meet me and have a good time at the show. The print sold very well and I signed a TON of autographs. It was also great to see so many families with kids at the show. That was something that was missed in LA.
After SDCC I will post pics and have more info fomr the show.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
The print will be exactly the same size and format as the C4 Lord Vader print. The size is 20"x36". The edition is limited to 250 copies, signed and numbered. The price on this print will be 75poundsUK (approx $150US). There is a slight raise in price as I need to balance the expense of this particular show (travel, shipping, exchange rate, various other factors). I feel this is still a fair price also given the fact that the buyers will also get a free sketch remarque on the print when they purchase.
As with the C4 print, this one has some restrictions. I can only sell the print at the show in London. For those of you who are interested I am taking a HOLDING list prior to the show. This list will only be for those interested in purchasing the print AT THE SHOW and want me to hold one for them until they can pick it up. (I CAN NOT SELL the print prior to show or after the show, it will only be available from me directly at the show itself! I know that might seem unfair to those not able to attend, however those are the contractual rules I must follow). If you would like me to hold a print for you (I will limit the hold to 2 prints per person) please email me directly, email@example.com, and put CELEBRATION EUROPE PRINT or CE PRINT in the header.
In addition to selling this print I will have a limited umber of my other Rolling Thunder prints for sale, including the Dewback Patrol and Battle of Hoth.
Plus as an extra bonus I will have a special signature card, given away only at CE, featuring art from "SW: A New Hope". (See information on this in an earlier blog here below).
See you in London in a few short weeks!!!
It's Star Wars show and tell time again!!
I finally got approval on my Celeration Europe art print art and starwars.com put it up on their site this past weekend. So I feel it is time to spill all the beans on this particular piece. (The art here is a little bigger than the one on the SW site, so you can see a bit more detail).
It is titled "Incident on the Jundland Wastes, Tatooine". It depicts the aftermath of the attack on the Sandcrawler in "SW: A New Hope". I have taken a throw-away line in the film, where Ben Kenobi says "This wasn't sandpeople, these blastpoints are too accurate. Only Imperial Stormtroopers are this accurate" (Or something to that effect!) There is also a mention of Bantha tracks and marching in a straight line.
So I thought: would the Empire be so bold to attack the sandcrawler outright, and possibly leave witnesses to cause turmoil in the already politically tense areas of Tatooine? Probably not. So how do they attack the sandcrawler and get away with it? Disguise themselves AS Tusken raiders! Banthas and all! They wack the crawler as Sandpeople and any witnesses think it is a local's territorial fight.
My brothers and sister of the 501st are no dummies! Subterfuge and disguise work just as well to get what you need.
Hope you enjoy the piece, especially if it makes you look at that particular scene in the film a little bit differently!
I also want to add another link here. It is to a great article on the sandtroopers.com site and it has pics and info on the 501st Legion/Midwest Garrison helping me out with reference photos for both of my Celebration art prints. Check it out! It was very cool to have a house full of the Empire's finest for a weekend! (Here's a pic of my son Jack with Darth Vader).
Thanks to my brothers and sisters in the 501st for their help (on the prints), friendship and comeradirrie over the past few years. I look forward to seeing, and greeting, many new members of the Legion during my trip to London!
See you there!
Monday, May 21, 2007
I will be adding more information about my apperance at the show in the next blog sometime this evening. It WILL be worth the wait!
See you then!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I was supposed to attend the Motor City Con this weekend (May 18-20). However I have, somehow attracted an infection in my eyelid (OUCH!). It has swollen my lid to the point of almost closing the eye. (Don't look at the pic if you get queasy easy!).
I am on medication for it and it is not contagious, which is good. But it makes me look like Quasimodo!
My apologies to all who are going to MotorCity. I hope to catch you all again sometime soon!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Next up... a sneak peek at the art for SW Celebration Europe!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I will spoil the ending and tell you "the secret" is what the "authors" call the "Power of Attraction" ( A sidebar here. I will be putting a lot of words in quotation marks because I think these are buzzwords that are only so much mumbo-jumbo and are pretty well meaningless.) Ok, back to the power of attraction. This is not the scientific version most of us learned in school. The "Power of Attraction" here is that if you think hard enough about wanting something it will come to you. And how that is done is that with this emanation of strong desire you will attract the people and events that will get you the thing that you wish for. That is IT! look at something and want it. Think of something and desire it. And poof! it is yours.
Ok I realise this is the simplified version of what they are saying, but I have seen the video, and it is so filled with phony "experts" and paid testimonials, it is almost laughable. The one thing they were saying, in an hour and half video, was set a goal. PERIOD. not just a goal in life or profession, but if you want a car, close your eyes and desire it. A necklace you see in a jewelry store window, wish yourself the necklace and it is yours! If you do this HARD ENOUGH EVERY WAKING MOMENT YOU WILL GET THESE THINGS! Ah, life is so wonderful!!
Oh, they forgot to tell you one thing. All the things you wish for and desire...it is on you to work hard to get them. You didn't think it was a free ride did you? Oh, they didn't tell you that in the video or the book. Just want and it will be yours. Sorry to burst your bubble but life is not like that. Life is about work and education, street smarts and intelligence, setting goals in life and working hard to achieve those goals. They are not dropped in your lap just because you "think hard about them". So it is fine to envision the things that you want, but it is you that will work hard to get those things. It is you that will find and enlist others to help you achieve the goal. It is you that will reach that goal, with hard enough work, and reap the benefits and joy of the goal you set. Just by wishing (desiring, wanting, praying for, obsessing, whatever) you will not get anywhere. If a body is not set in motion, it will not move from where it lay. That is science.
The kind of false hope these so called"self help" authors offers is just so harmful because it does not offer any real life solutions to the problems real people have. It feeds on their dreams and wishes, yet does not encourage them (you) to be self reliant and be your own challenge solver. They say: you "attract" others to you to do the work for you to help achieve your goal. Bleh. How selfish.
I will end this long winded blog with a short anecdote that will tie this in to me personally. When I made the decision to follow art as a profession when I was in high school I set my goals as to what kind of art I wanted to do (illustration) and what form that would take (comics and science fiction). I realised this was kind of specialized and would take a lot of work, but I found this is what I enjoyed and I wanted to make it my life. (As "The Secret" would have it that is all I would need and I would would "attract" all the people and things around me to achieve those goals and poof! I would be a professional illustrator!). I set out to work towards my goals. I went one year to college, and did not find (attract) the teachers that could direct me to where I wanted. I then went to a specialized illustration school, and again did not quite find (attract) the right "mojo" that would give me the professional art career I so much wanted.
However, during all this time I would spend my waking free moments working on my craft. Drawing, sketching, painting, WORKING BY MYSELF to make me better at my craft. And when I dropped out of school to pursue my art by myself the only people to help me were my parents, who were so encouraging to me to follow this path I set for myself, I found myself at my drawing board alone with pencil in hand and a dream of becoming an artist. And I worked...for years... to achieve that goal. And slowly I made professional sales, one after another, until one day I looked at my drawing table and all the work I was doing was for paying clients. I had achieved my goal. By my self. Hard work, patience, drive, persistence, desire and finally art that was of professional quality...all things that worked together to get me where I wanted to go.
It is all well and good to read these kind of books (like "The Secret") to boost your self esteem. But have faith in yourself. Set your own goals and WORK hard to achieve them, whether it is thru higher education or hard work moving upwards in a company or taking your free time and learning a craft that you always wanted to do. It is on YOU to get yourself where you want to go. Set yourself in motion!
(end of dave's raving. I promise more ART next time around! LOL! Thanks for listening!)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I ran across a couple of websites I 'd like to turn you onto if you are into CGI (that's computer generated imagery, or in this case computer animation). I just found these cruising around film makers websites. So check them out, especially the free downloads!
Now for me and my art, here is a more recent cover for the Highlander comics. Another western themed/ character piece. Very happy with the likeness in this one. Done in mixed media, oil, acyrlic, marker, colored pencil, (LOL whatever it takes to get it finished!) on gessoed illustration board.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
On a side note, The Office (on NBC Thursday nights) is back on the air after the holiday break. One of the most consistently well written, well acted shows on the TV. It is also one of the laugh-out-loud funniest shows I have ever seen. If you have not caught it yet, please do so tonight!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my friends and fans out in the real world. This is the first post for my newly established blog. I will try my best to keep this fairly relevant and current. I also have a website that contains current work I am involved in(www.davedorman.com). The difference between there and here is that my art website will pretty much be that, an art website, with info and pics of what I am currently working on and a catalogue of past projects. This blog will primarily be me talking about all sorts of things that interest me (including my art as well as other artists') and a forum for questions and comments to be answered. I will also be posting art here, so as not to be too boring! For the first piece of art, an upcoming cover from my current ongoing stint as cover artist for Dynamic Comics' HIGHLANDER.