Entries in Sketch Cards (49)

Thursday
Mar172011

How-To #8, Sketch Cards

Probably the most frequent question I get is "How do you do them?" or "What do you use on your Sketch Cards?"  Although I have done one of these "How to's" a few years ago, I thought it was about time I did another one and this latest set, Marvel Dangerous Divas, seemed perfect for it. As posted earlier, all the cards in this set will be 2 card puzzles. I had also planned one 4-card puzzle as something a little extra special and will be using that one for this demo.

 Onward.

Yes, I do put a lot of thought into each card. I like to know what I'm drawing before I start. I'll even go as far as to set up a list of the entire set before I even start the first card. Especially on sets like the Marvel 70th or the DIvas set where I knew I was doing puzzles and wanted them themed in some way and the characters being paired up should be related in some fashion. So I'll do a lot of research before hand.

  For this puzzle, I wanted to get the Lady Liberators all together and after researching their history, I figured the newer incarnation battling Red Hulk would be the coolest. I tried laying it out with all 10 characters on 2 cards but quickly came to the conclusion that 4 cards would be even cooler. (and much easier to layout)

 

I decided to do the roughs on a separate paper as the card stock was some of the worst to work on. It bled and sucked up color like a sponge and I was worried that, knowing there would be a lot of erasing, I would f-up the paper even more. Sometimes you have to just shut up and deal with what you get and make it work. 

So for this puzzle I scanned my roughs, opened them up in Photoshop, rearranged, adjusted, resized, and put together the final rough on the computer and saved myself a shitload of time.

 

Focusing back on the card stock, I needed to prep them for the puzzle. I cut them down to size, connected, and taped them up. Through trial and error, I learned these cards needed a good spraying before hand to slow down the "sucking" process. I used a coat of Matte Finish and a coat of Acrylic Coating from cans I had lying around and this worked great when it came time to color.

 

 

 

Once the cards were dry, I fed it through my printer and printed out the rough in a light non-photo blue right on the board. From there I went right in with pencil to flesh out and rework bits here and there. I usually go right to inks after I tighten up things like faces and hands.

 

I like inking mostly with a brush and India ink as it goes quicker and you get a more permanent and interesting line than with a marker. I also tend to put in more blacks this way which always makes it look better. I save details like faces, hands, and little stuff for Microns.

 

I have an array of Watercolor and Ink pencils I use for the base colors and will get most of it down before I hit it with any water. I'll go in afterward with some Dyes to really punch up the color, darken areas that need it and make the contrast stronger.

 

Now that it's almost done, I'll go in with White Out, Graphic White, or a thick White Gouache to add in highlights or emphasize certain areas.

 

Once I'm happy with the finished piece (or at least when I think I've officially spent too much time on one piece) I'll sign it up, cut it down and make a good scan for my records.

 

 So there it is.

I do believe this will be the last one I do like this as it took some time with the pictures, scans, typing, and posting. I do believe I will be looking into setting up for Live streams and video as it looks so much easier getting it out there and I like the idea of fan interaction. (Warning: I'm a hummer when I get lost in a drawing - I'll work on it)

 

Thanks for following along.

 

Later

WM

 

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Warren Martineck

Friday
Mar112011

Marvel Dangerous Divas Sketches (plus full teaser answer)

                                                            

As I mentioned in January, I'll be posting the Marvel Dangerous Divas Case incentive Sketch cards I did when I'm allowed, and that has happened. Scans of all 50 puzzles are over here in my Sketch Galleries section. 


And to answer the emails and questions about that little something extra I slipped in the set..., Yes, some of the puzzles do match up with other Marvel cards I did that were released in other sets. Below are the completed puzzles of all 13.

 

 

Thanks for playing along.

Later

WM

 

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Warren Martineck

Wednesday
Feb092011

A Few More Requested Scans... Complete Avengers Subsets

 Since I've started posting some of these older cards I've drawn and also that I've cancelled my account on the now worthless ComicSpace which held all my Galleries, I've been getting a bunch of requests to post more and more scans here on my blog. As cool as that is, I've decided to set up a special gallery section on my website where I'll post everything there.
 Also, now that I've finally finished all my Sketches for the Marvel Dangerous Divas set, working on my website is officially in my schedule. I'm gonna give this a whirl, rework my whole site, and cross my fingers that I can come up with something that doesn't suck.

Later
WM

Complete Avengers Sketch card Subsets :
Darkness Gallery & Covers

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Warren Martineck






Tuesday
Jan252011

Hammer Sketch Cards

 I've had a few requests for past work information lately and I'll be putting that stuff up this week. I'm starting out with all 22 of my Hammer Horror Sketch Cards I did for that set that came out in, I think, 2007.
If you guys have other requests to see more or past stuff, drop me a line.

Thanks
WM

THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
DRACULA
THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN
THE MUMMY
BRIDES OF DRACULA
THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
CAPTAIN CLEGG
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB
THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN
THE GORGON
THE OLD DARK HOUSE
FANATIC
DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT
A CHALLENGE FOR ROBIN HOOD
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
THE SCARS OF DRACULA
COUNTESS DRACULA
TWINS OF EVIL
FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL



Tuesday
Jan112011

Marvel Dangerous Divas Card set

  Ok, now that it has been officially announced, I can finally say yes, I'm working on the Marvel Dangerous Divas card set and doing up an undisclosed amount of full color Sketch cards. Rittenhouse has this scheduled for a March 2011 release and it looks like my cards will be release as 18-case incentives.

  If you haven't noticed, I've really cut back on the amount of card sets I've been working on. I also try to come up with something different for each new set I do work on. (which is no small feat) For this set all the sketch cards I'm doing will be 2-card puzzles that will include at least 2 characters for each puzzle. It's working out really cool and I'm loving the expanded work area. Plus, from what I understand, Rittenhouse will be including both pieces of each puzzle in one Archive box so you won't need to try and track down the other half and be all disappointed when you can't. On top of all that there will be an additional twist involved with the puzzles. More on that teaser... probably around release time.

 back to work....

Later
WM

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Warren Martineck

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