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Old 03-01-2008, 02:20 PM   #76
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I wish I started drawing at a younger age
My artistic skills are slim to none
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:29 PM   #77
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Hey Deckard, Yep, you got it! Project/then render. Drew is the best there is, for me, so when I was younger I used to use his exact methods to learn. Nowadays my focus is sculpture, so I've sort of become much more lax with my drawing/painting. I hardly ever do it in fact...but I think that's good...It was nice to leave it behind for a long while.

So instead of airbrushing and using colored pencils, I just use watercolors and inks for the color stuff... At this size it gives you more control. A good projection will lead you to nailing a likeness, (just look at that new Hugh Fleming comic cover art...DANG that Indy looks good) but these were just loose projections so that I could knock out 50 of them.

For likeness sculpture the goal is to capture a likeness as perfectly as you can, so I tend to prefer seeing people stylize the characters more in this kind of drawing (and Adam Hughes has done is to perfection for me) I would love to be able to do THAT!

thanks for the comments and questions!
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Trevor, I just thought of a few more questions I meant to ask you regarding the work you do: what kind of projector do you use, what brands of paper and types of paint, and lastly what do you use for your initial sculpts for Sideshow (sculpey)?

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Old 03-01-2008, 02:47 PM   #78
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Why is your talent wasted on trading cards? I'm not a card guy so won't waste my time and money because with my luck, I won't get these. Plus I don't feel they display well.

As negative as I sound here, I don't mean to be. Your work is awesome and very inspiring. I wish I were as talented!
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:55 PM   #79
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Hey again! happy to oblige and help!

projector- These can get pretty expensive. My brother and I share use of a super prism artograph projector. fantastic machine for this stuff! the lightbulbs, however, are an incredibly high wattage, and they cost about 5 dollars a piece to replace. (there are two in the projector) If you would prefer it to be more loose I would suggest getting the artograph tracer. I THINK it's about $60 new though...it's perfect for quick projections, and...probably all you need, really, unless you're doing this professionally or what not.

It has been some time since I've drawn on papers, but I personally love colored paper from Canson. Strathmore makes a great colored paper too. both come in a variety of colors and depending on what you're preference is, they both have different texture. The strahmore stuff is reallly smooth on one side, but still has "tooth" so your pencils and what not will go on nice. the Canson is a bit more rough, but a little thinner too.

I also love this paper called stonehenge. it's for colored pencil drawing, but it can handle acrylic and watercolor and what not. it's just a cool paper, and a heavier stock than some. kind of between bristol board and regular drawing paper. (all of these papers can be purchased at www.dickblick.com)

The watercolors I'm liking are derwent's watercolor pencils. you can draw with them and paint with them. The colors are fairly varied and they are just FUN. Prismacolor makes good ones too. They also make great regular colored pencils, which I'd imagine you're familiar with. They are some of the best!

Hope that helps!

With Sculptures, I got hooked on wax. Some friends that work in the field got me onto it, and I hardly use anything else now. All of my work is very small, so I need crisp detail and smooth finishes. Wax isn't for everyone though. I know a lot of GREAT sculptors in this field that make masterpieces in super sculpey, which is readily available to anyone and easy to learn. Super Sculpey comes in soft and hard grades. you can manipulate it by hand and with small dental tools, and smooth it out with light washes of turpenoid. After you bake it, you can use various sanding sponges to get a really nice finish to your work.

if you want to check out wax, I can give you some tips there too. Here's probably my best portrait in wax that I did for Sideshow's Star Wars figures. Wax is great because you can handle it in your hands easily and never mess up any of the details, since it's very hard.





I hope some of this makes sense! I can clear up anything that doesn't. thanks and I hope you have a lot of fun exploring! always remember to go with what feels right, because there is NO wrong way...it's all about preference and the final result, and there are many ways to get there.
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:47 PM   #80
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That head sculpt is fantastic!
It's so life-like and you can see every little hair
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:53 PM   #81
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Hey again! happy to oblige and help!

projector- These can get pretty expensive. My brother and I share use of a super prism artograph projector. fantastic machine for this stuff! the lightbulbs, however, are an incredibly high wattage, and they cost about 5 dollars a piece to replace. (there are two in the projector) If you would prefer it to be more loose I would suggest getting the artograph tracer. I THINK it's about $60 new though...it's perfect for quick projections, and...probably all you need, really, unless you're doing this professionally or what not.

It has been some time since I've drawn on papers, but I personally love colored paper from Canson. Strathmore makes a great colored paper too. both come in a variety of colors and depending on what you're preference is, they both have different texture. The strahmore stuff is reallly smooth on one side, but still has "tooth" so your pencils and what not will go on nice. the Canson is a bit more rough, but a little thinner too.

I also love this paper called stonehenge. it's for colored pencil drawing, but it can handle acrylic and watercolor and what not. it's just a cool paper, and a heavier stock than some. kind of between bristol board and regular drawing paper. (all of these papers can be purchased at www.dickblick.com)

The watercolors I'm liking are derwent's watercolor pencils. you can draw with them and paint with them. The colors are fairly varied and they are just FUN. Prismacolor makes good ones too. They also make great regular colored pencils, which I'd imagine you're familiar with. They are some of the best!

Hope that helps!

With Sculptures, I got hooked on wax. Some friends that work in the field got me onto it, and I hardly use anything else now. All of my work is very small, so I need crisp detail and smooth finishes. Wax isn't for everyone though. I know a lot of GREAT sculptors in this field that make masterpieces in super sculpey, which is readily available to anyone and easy to learn. Super Sculpey comes in soft and hard grades. you can manipulate it by hand and with small dental tools, and smooth it out with light washes of turpenoid. After you bake it, you can use various sanding sponges to get a really nice finish to your work.

if you want to check out wax, I can give you some tips there too. Here's probably my best portrait in wax that I did for Sideshow's Star Wars figures. Wax is great because you can handle it in your hands easily and never mess up any of the details, since it's very hard.





I hope some of this makes sense! I can clear up anything that doesn't. thanks and I hope you have a lot of fun exploring! always remember to go with what feels right, because there is NO wrong way...it's all about preference and the final result, and there are many ways to get there.
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Thanks Trev! I've been checking out your work for several years now on this site, and it's excellent stuff! Your new foray into the sculpting realm is extremely impressive! Thanks again, I appreciate the feedback!

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Old 03-05-2008, 08:33 AM   #82
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Any idea as to when these cards are coming out? I checked Diamond's shipping list for today (3/05/08), and they're not listed. I think they were scheduled to come out in the February/March 2008 time-frame. I just don't want to miss them. Thanks in advance for any info. on this.
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:09 AM   #83
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Any idea as to when these cards are coming out? I checked Diamond's shipping list for today (3/05/08), and they're not listed. I think they were scheduled to come out in the February/March 2008 time-frame. I just don't want to miss them. Thanks in advance for any info. on this.

A week today - March 12th is street date.
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:58 PM   #84
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Is that Worldwide or just America
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:00 PM   #85
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Is that Worldwide or just America

To the best of my knowledge that is for everywhere. But you'd have to allow time for them to make it outside of North America (weight vs. reasonable shipping costs)...
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:23 PM   #86
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Ugh, I don't wanna wait
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:49 AM   #87
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Just FYI... my dealer informed me that he expects to receive shipment by Friday (3/7) or Monday (3/10) so these should definitely make their 3/12 Street Date.

I ordered a full case. Hoping to get some good cards.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:35 AM   #88
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Good Autographs...

I ordered a case as well and am hoping to at least get some good autograph cards out of it. I wonder how randomly they'll be dispersed? Is it too much to hope for one per box?
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:21 AM   #89
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There is a chance that they won't be in the first batch of cars released
But you never know
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:53 AM   #90
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Really?!

Ughhhhh!! That's the only reason why I went ahead and bought a whole case. I wanted a pretty good shot at getting some autographs. I live in Kentucky and don't get much of a chance to go to a lot of the big conventions. Although I am planning to go to Adventurecon just south of me in Tennessee.
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:22 PM   #91
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Yeah unfortunately they think hat the autographs are going into later cases because they want to evenly distribute them
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:42 AM   #92
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Late Arrivals?

I wonder why the release date on these cards got pushed back to March 19?
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:54 AM   #93
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I'm assuming Topps needed a little more time to complete packaging of the cards as I know at least a few of the artists sent in their sketch cards past the deadline.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:52 PM   #94
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And they probably needed to gather the autographs to
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:45 PM   #95
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Autgraphs...

I bought a case and a half so I hope they got those autographs in there!!
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:21 PM   #96
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And they probably needed to gather the autographs to

I got my advance review boxes - managed 1 sketch card and 1 autograph card (Monkey Man)... 3 parallel cards also. And lots of yummy gum.

Will scan and post over at throwmetheidol.com along with my review soon...

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Old 03-13-2008, 07:28 PM   #97
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Thanks throwmetheidol...

That makes me feel pretty good that you got those cards. I hope my odds are pretty good to get a few myself.
Has anybody heard anything else about more Official Pix Indy autographs?
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:51 PM   #98
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I got my advance review boxes - managed 1 sketch card and 1 autograph card (Monkey Man)... 3 parallel cards also. And lots of yummy gum.

Will scan and post over at throwmetheidol.com along with my review soon...

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What was the sketch card of and by?
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:56 PM   #99
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What was the sketch card of and by?

Drawn by Alex Buchel - images of the first nine cards, the sketch card and the autograph card are posted at throwmetheidol.com along with my review.

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Old 03-14-2008, 09:47 PM   #100
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These are on my invoice for next week, so they'll definitely be in store on 3/19!!
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