Concept Art Reverie 2009- The Workshops

rev⋅er⋅ie    [rev-uh-ree] –noun a fantastic or visionary idea... Sunday the doors opened up at 1 pm (now that's an artist schedule!), and the true meat of the conference began.  Before the opening keynote, Massive Black CEO Jason Manley stressed to the crowd that Reverie would address the economic climate woes through exploring the various markets where an artist can sell their work. Though this flexibility, artists can gain more opportunities and independence. … [Read more...]

Concept Art Reverie 2009- The Conference

I grew up in bookstores, particularly ones of the used variety and I naturally gravitated towards the science-fiction and fantasy section. In the 80s, cover artists such as Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and Michael Whelan caught my imagination.  As I daydreamed about their fantastic worlds, I would also wonder how did they get the get their jobs?  How did they get from painting to cover?  Could you really make a living at this?  One could research into mainstream or medical … [Read more...]

Profile: Mihailo Vukelic

::: Artist(s) Name::: Mihailo Vukelic ::: Publisher::: (self-published?) Image ::: Website::: ::: 1 ::: Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? What’s your favorite color? When did you first realize you were an artist? Did you draw as a kid? Color outside the lines? I grew up in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. At 11 I moved to the U.S. with my family. My favorite color is sepia. I realized I was an artist around 3 or 4, I have memories of those … [Read more...]

Comic Life Magiq: My Troubleshooting Experiences

To be honest, I was not always happy with Magiq.  When I first downloaded the 1.0.2 version, it had a problem with displaying and exporting images. The results looked fuzzy and blurred in spots, and not up to par with Comic Life Deluxe. Deluxe image export: Magiq 1.0.2 image export: My experience with Macintosh software taught me that, when in doubt, check the preferences. Deluxe used to have something similiar when WYSIWYG image filtering was turned on- so originally I thought … [Read more...]

Making a Comic in Comic Life Magiq

Comic Life Magiq is an unusual product in plasq's software line, as it's not meant to be a replacement for Comic Life Deluxe. As an avid fan of the latter, I wanted to see if Magiq addressed some of my wishlist in templating and layout for my web comic. For folks not familiar with Comic Life Deluxe by plasq, not to worry. There will be some comparisons with Deluxe throughout the article, but the article is designed to get you going from the ground up. There is an assumption that you already have … [Read more...]

Getting Started in Adobe Illustrator’s Livetrace

One gazillion years ago (I call it 1989) I used a rather nifty application called Adobe Streamline.  It had the ability to convert pixel-based bitmapped images into a vector graphic image. But why would you need that?  It is due to the adage of while you can shrink a low-res image, you can't enlarge it.  That's because a bitmapped image is made up of pixels.  Blowing them up only creates larger pixel areas creating that all-too-familiar crappy Youtube video look.  With … [Read more...]

The Pixelmator Challenge: Alicia Vogel

I really love Pixelmator as a painting program.  It has Photoshop-like brushes and a Painter feel.  I popped a sketch I had started in Painter in and was able to fully block it out and have a decent detail pass in a matter of hours.  For me, its simplicity is a big plus. With Photoshop and Painter,  I get dazzled by all the options and end up forever tweaking all the tools.  In the future I'm going to do all my pre-painting in Pixelmator and then tweak either in … [Read more...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2008: Part 2

My professional agenda for Comic-Con was fairly simple: Soak in the visuals, get a general feel for the industry and do some basic networking.  With this in mind, here are some useful tips I learned along the way on how to take advantage of the convention: Bring a highlighter. You'll need it to track the three-ring circus of panels.  Comic-Con often has an online schedule in advance of the convention, so it's possible to do some pre-planning.  But it does change/update … [Read more...]

The Tao of Workflow

Like most webcomics on their first year, The Tao of I.T. Al has changed over the months, as the workflow has been changed and refined. Originally I had followed the current "traditional" comics art route with pencils and inked work done with actual graphite, ink and paper.  These were then scanned, cleaned up, and then painted digitally.  Now I work entirely digitally using Corel's Painter for pencils and Adobe Illustrator for inking and coloring. Some backgrounds are … [Read more...]

Aikido Al’s Comic Con Slideshow

San Diego Comic-Con 2008: Mostly highlights of the vast Exhibitor's Hall, with some additional shots of around the convention area. … [Read more...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2008

Part 1: Yikes! (an overview) "Geek is good" said Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly and Senior Editor on Friday's Entertainment Weekly's Filmmakers panel.  That's the second impression you get after the initial shock of the sheer size of the convention.  It is about 200,000 of your closest friends.  This year was the first Comic-Con that sold out entirely through pre-registration.   The central core of Comic-Con is "comics."  In … [Read more...]

Highlights of’s Comic Con 2008 Gallery

Photos by Carl Perry/ … [Read more...]