Droids Custom Ackbar: (some) Final Colors!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-10-14, 07:24:19

I spent the last couple evenings working on colors in Photoshop for the Ackbar art. It's coming along nicely...

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Most of the foreground and both the characters are done. All that's left is the background, and maybe some color highlights on the characters from the glow of the Death Star. Still haven't looked into how to create the force field. It's such a distinct shape... kinda hard to find an adequate proxy. Worst case, it still looks awesome without it.

When I color these things, I got into WAY more detail than is warranted. Stuff that's impossible to pick up in the final printed art. Since you'll never notice this stuff when you look at my product, I figured I'll let you check it out here. Here's a close-up of General Madine. Notice the brush strokes to simulate fabric, the "wet edges" in the highlights to simulate glossy gloves, and the hand-drawn whiskers in the beard.

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And here's a close-up of Ackbar. Note the flocked texture on his vest, and the various skin details.

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It's looking like I'm on track to finish colors before next week. Maybe over the weekend I'll paint some coins. We're getting pretty close on this one!

Droids Custom Ackbar: We got Death Star!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-10-07, 07:35:43

I spent the last week blocking out the base colors for my Ackbar art. It's the tedious process of using Photoshop's Polygonal Lasso tool to trace around my black lines, then filling in the areas with something close to the color I intend for the final piece. Each color has ...

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"Ask Eric": His reply

by Darth Danno
on 2020-10-07, 07:17:08

Once again, the question I posed to Eric Pfeifer for October was:

If Star Wars Celebration had decided to still go on back in August as planned, even with COVID being as prevalent as it is, would you, your family, and your fiancee have still attended, and why?

Here is his reply:

For ...

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Rising from the pit of "Regal Robot"

by Darth Danno
on 2020-10-05, 07:32:27

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Droids Custom Ackbar: Completely inked!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-09-30, 08:06:56

I'm happy to report I held my nose to the grindstone these past seven days, and completed inking the Ol' Admiral!

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I'm gonna be honest here... this one was rough. There are two things that are very difficult to ink (for me, at least). The first is long, straight lines. The second is long, sweeping arcs. When you look at this piece, what does the foreground and background entail? Exactly.

I inked the piece in three sessions, characters, then foreground, then background. And I kept telling myself "Make sure you take some in-progress inking photos for the article." And I completely failed to take any in-progress inking photos for the article.

I would like to say I'm happy with the results of the inking, but I just made so many mistakes. I swear one third of the whitespace on the paper now is White-Out. I mean, the characters are wonderful... I'm delighted with them. But the foreground and background are just a mess, at least to my artist's eyes. All I see are my mistakes.

Thankfully, I have Photoshop! I'll be spending a lot more time with this one straightening lines and cleaning up curves than normal, but at least I have the tools. Like they say in the movie biz - I'll fix it in post!

Dominic Pace agrees - CreatureCantina.com SUCKS!!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-09-30, 08:04:53

Last Friday The Mandalorian actor Dominic Pace came to Pittsburgh, specifically the Curio Cool shop in Zelienople. Curio Cool is run by Jason Shorr, who is a member of PSWCS and who I see fairly often at local toy shows and Star Wars events. Given the proximity to ...

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Lots of new merch coming from "Regal Robot"!

by Darth Danno
on 2020-09-30, 07:55:14

FIRST LOOK! Regal Robot Rancor Prop Replica (Editor's Note: Originally posted to FB Monday morning. So call this a SECOND LOOK - BC)

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Today we're unveiling the FIRST LOOK images and details about our all-new Rancor Prop Replica. The officially licensed resin statue is scaled ...

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The "Gekko" Tour draws to a close

by Darth Danno
on 2020-09-30, 07:54:13

All good things must come to an end, and the "Gekko" tour is no exception. This coming week, you can meet Dominic Pace at "Tall Man Toys and Comics" in Knoxville, TN. on Oct 2nd, at "Atlanta Brick Company" in Atlanta, GA on Oct 3rd, "KAPOW! Comics" in Little Rock, AR on Oct 4th, and "Prairie Dog Comics" in Wichita, KS on Oct 6th. As always, please check with the shop(s) directly for exact appearance times, and please remember to follow all social distancing guidelines put in place for everyone's safety. Thanks again to Mr. Pace for taking so much time away from his family to do all of this for the fans.

Also on October 6th, you'll also be able to catch Dominic Pace in his newest film: "Anonymous Killers" available on Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu. The plot (per IMDB) is that "four seasoned killers and one hapless professor are rounded up in one violent swoop and awake in chains to discover they are part of a demented experiment orchestrated by their maniacal, mysterious captor." Dominic plays Romero Scaranelli (Per "AK"'s Twitter post back on 8/31): "a hardened New Yorker with a soft spot for his pups whose special ops training has propelled him to the forefront of organized crime." I am looking forward to seeing it!

The next question for: "Ask Eric"

by Darth Danno
on 2020-09-30, 07:53:16

It's that time again where I pose a question to Eric Pfeifer, the founder of Twin Suns Outpost and host of the TSO book club. The question for October is:

If Star Wars Celebration had decided to still go on back in august as planned, even with COVID being as prevalent as it is, would you, your family, and your fiancée have still attended, and why?

Check back here next Wed to hear what he said!

Droids Custom Ackbar: Completely penciled!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-09-23, 07:47:04

Pencils are done!

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Nothing much to say since last week's progress. Next up - inks!

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