Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Man With No Name

A digital art piece I created using ArtRage software and Wacom hardware.

art copyright © 2017 H. Simpson

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Inviting 100 Artists to Draw 100 Kirby Characters to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

In this 100th year celebration of Jack Kirby, how about we get a hundred artists to draw 100 characters created by The King; whom we all draw inspiration from in our comicbook art. One hundred characters or teams have been carefully selected to represent all periods from The King’s career. Digital files will be submitted at the proportional size of 6.625“ x 10.25“ and will be 300 dpi. One character per artist. We then put it together as a plain vanilla .CBR and an interactive PDF with everyone getting the credit they deserve The layout of the issue will be roughly: 1. Cover 2. A short text piece about Kirby 3. Bio about Kirby. 4. The pin-ups or sequential pages created by the 100 artists. However, you want to pay tribute to him based on the character selected. 5. Credit pages with each artist providing name or username, country, favorite Kirby issue, your web-site link. 6. Back cover This will not be printed. It is strictly for download by the participating artists and whoever has the link. Due date to submit completed art is May 31st. Art can be in color or black & white. Do what you are best at; drawing or painting. Completed book and links to be provided on June 30th. Okay, lets celebrate! Start by putting in your bid for the character you want to draw in the comments below. Indicate your request by name. The original post will be updated as slots are filled by artists.

Final files size of 6.625“ x 10.25“ and will be 300 dpi (25 MB max file size) can be uploaded to Dropbox.
A Absorbing Man Agent Axis Annihilus Ant-Man B Big Barda - Howard Simpson Black Bolt Black Panther - Andy Orton Black Racer (DC Comics) Boy Commandos (entire team) - Marty Nozz Brotherhood of Mutants (original team) Bucky Barnes C Captain America - Michael Pohrer Celestial (any one or all) Challengers of the Unknown (entire team) D Darkseid Deep Six (DC Comics, entire team) Devil Dinosaur - Jim Towns Doctor Doom - Loc Nguyen Dragon Man E Ego the Living Planet Enchantress (Marvel Comics) Eternals (any one or entire team) Etrigan the Demon Executioner F Fantastic Four (entire original team) Female Furies (entire team) Fighting American Fin Fang Foom Fly (Archie Comics) Forager (comics) Forever People (any one or entire team) Frightful Four (entire original team) Nick Fury (S.H.I.E.L.D agent) G Galactus Giant-Man Granny Goodness Groot Guardian (DC Comics) H Hela - Emily “Syreene” Vitori Hercules (Marvel Comics) High Evolutionary Hulk - SHIKARI HOTEP ARTS I Impossible Man Infinity-Man Inhumans (entire original team) Iron Man It! The Living Colossus J Gabe Jones Rick Jones Juggernaut K Kamandi Kang the Conqueror Klarion the Witch Boy Klaw (Marvel Comics) Krang (Marvel Comics) L Lockjaw Lightray Loki M Machine Man Mad Thinker Magneto - Paul Monroe Manhunter Medusa - Raphael Reyes
MODOK Mole Man N New Gods (any one or entire team) Newsboy Legion (entire team) Mister Miracle O Oberon Odin Olympians (any or entire team) OMAC (Buddy Blank) - Gregory Giordano (Flameape) Orion - Luis Germosen Jr P Parademon Psycho-Man Q Quasimodo Quicksilver R Radioactive Man Red Skull Ronan the Accuser S Sandman (DC Comics) Scarlet Witch Sentinel Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos (entire team) Sif Silver Surfer Sky Masters (entire team) Super-Skrull T Thing Thor - Superior “*TS*” Venom Tigra Two-Gun Kid U Uatu V Vision (Timely Comics) W Adam Warlock Warriors Three (entire team) Wasp Wonder Man - Aaron Glendenning X X-Men (entire original team) Y Young Allies (Marvel Comics, entire original team) Z Arnim Zola Baron Zemo

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Let's Celebrate Will Eisner's Centennial Year

Will Eisner drawing The Spirit in the 1970s
In this Will Eisner Centennial Year, how about we get a hundred artists to draw 100 characters created by The Master Storyteller; who has inspired many of us in our comicbook art.

Here is a gallery of Eisner creations: http://abbadabba.com/eisner/content/index.html


Characters created by Will Eisner have been selected for 100 artists to draw. Digital files will be submitted at the proportional size of 6.625“ x 10.25“ and will be 300 dpi.  One character per artist. However, that character may be drawn by more than one artist. For instance, There are two spots for Ebony White and 8 spots open for 8 artists to draw Silk Satin.


After all art is received, we then put it together as a plain vanilla .CBR  and an interactive PDF with everyone getting the credit  they deserve


The layout of the issue will be roughly:


1. Cover


2. A short text piece about Eisner.


3. Bio about Eisner.


4. The pin-ups or sequential pages created by the 100 artists. However, you want to pay tribute to him based on the character selected.


5. Credit pages with each artist providing name or username, country, favorite Eisner story or character, your web-site link.


6. Back cover


This will not be printed. It is strictly for download by the participating artists and whoever has the link.


Due date to submit completed art is May 31st. Art can be in color or black & white. Do what you are best at; drawing or painting. A Dropbox will be set-up to receive files.
Completed book and links to be provided on June 30th.


Okay, lets celebrate!


Start by putting in your bid for the character you want to draw in the comments below. Indicate your request by number and name.


The original post will be updated as slots are filled by artists.

Final files size of 6.625“ x 10.25“ and will be 300 dpi (25 MB max file size) can be uploaded to Dropbox.


1. Wonder Man


2. Mr. Mystic


3 - 4 Ebony White
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5 - 6 Lady Luck
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7. Hazel P. Macbeth


8. The Flame


9. Mister Carrion


10. Uncle Sam


11 - 12 Doll Man
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13 - 14 Black Condor
13 - Luis Germosen Jr
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15. John Law - Captain Slow


16. Detective Grey


17 - 18 Blackhawk
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19. Police Commissioner Dolan


20. Dr. Cobra


21 - 26 The Octopus


27. Joe Dope


28. Willum Waif


29. Hawks of the Seas


30 - 38 The Spirit


39 - 46 Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
39 - Howard Simpson


47 - 54 P’Gell


55 - 62 Sand Saref


63 - 70 Silken Floss


71 - 78 Darling O’Shea


79 - 86 Silk Satin


87 - 94 Lorelei Rox

95 - 100 Ellen Dolan

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Support David G. Brown's Kickstarter


Barack, Race and the Media: The Obama Legacy

This Kickstarter project will be a book featuring a collection of Political Cartoons focusing on the journey and legacy of the first African American President of the United States of American, Barack Hussein Obama depicted from the perspective of a diverse group of Political cartoonists. Inspired by the NAACP Image award winning Political cartoon book by David G. Brown Barack, Race and the Media: Drawing my Own Conclusions originally published in 2008. 

The book will feature the work of Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper cartoonist David G. Brown, Latino syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, David Horsey, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Los Angeles Times editorial cartoonist, Tim Jackson cartoonist and author of the book Pioneering Cartoonist of Color, Steve Greenberg and others.



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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winners for ArtRage 5

Congratulations to All of the Winners of our ArtRage 5 Giveaways


Become My Patron on Patreon - Akhil Harihar (no photo)

Caption This - Michael Muhammad 
Check out his web-site.
He's a baker. Hmmm.... looks good!

Winter Drawing Challenge - Deborah French


Show Your Desktop - Yordan Kisyov and see his art at http://kisyov.deviantart.com/

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Winners have been chosen!

Waiting for everyone to respond to make sure they are real people and not robots. Not that I have anything against robots.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Hidden Power of Illustrator Art Brush Using Patterns


Tutorial on using the Pattern Brush.

Pattern brushes paint with a custom created pattern. You can create and edit Pattern brushes. The Pattern Brush Options dialog box allows you to customize the brush, allowing you to Scale, Spacing, Tile, Flip Along, Flip Across and Fit.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Part 2 of What's New in ArtRage 5

ArtRage 5 New Features



  • Transform Tool
  • Remove Color Matte
  • Fill Tool Border and Slow Motion
  • Color Sampler
  • Tool Preset Menu
  • Canvas Rotation
  • Layer Panel Thumbnails

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

What's New in ArtRage 5?

Introductory Look at New Features in ArtRage 5 Beta

Custom Brush Tool & Custom Brush Designer
More Realistic Pencil and Pastel
Layer Effects
Layout Panel: Perspective, Guides, Snap Distance for Grids/Guides/Perspective
Warp
UI Redesign
Docking Mode
Night Mode
Multiple Documents
Improved Performance



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

First Look at the ArtRage 5 Beta Perspective Grid

A New Feature in ArtRage 5 is Perspective

ArtRage 5 offers a significantly expanded range of guideline features to assist in design and composition, adding Guides and Perspective to the existing Grids feature. 

The Perspective Grid lets you use one or two point perspective, loading the default sets or adding your own individual walls and floors around the horizon line then saving them for later use. You can customize the appearance and add or remove any line or section, as well as using ‘Snap to Perspective’ to help you draw.

You can also apply perspective when copy/pasting and transforming.



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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter Drawing Challenge Free Art Software Giveaway


I have a Giveaway to start off the New Year! I will give away a free ArtRage 5 license. You have until January 31st to become one of the lucky winners.

I want to find out how you feel about winter. Are you a Wonderland type of person or a Wasteland type? Create a winter themed illustration.

This contest ends January 31, 2017. I will take the top five that I like and then will have a poll where Internet surfers choose the winner. Winner will be announced Feb 14th.

The winner will get a free ArtRage 5 license from me. And you can download the software when it is available to the public.

The RULES:
Put your winter themed illustration on Tumblr or Twitter by Jan 31st.
Use the hashtags #abbawinter #drawingchallenge and mention us, so we see it @abbastudios

Are you a Winter Wonderland type of person or a Winter Wasteland type?

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Interface - ArtRage 5 Beta Tutorials Ep. 29 on Abba Studios




Every menu, icon and pod has been redesigned to create a sleeker look.

• The layers panel is larger for easier viewing

• You can now switch between small and large layer thumbnails in the layers panel.

• The Presets menu is completely redesigned for easier browsing.

• The interface now scales automatically with your screen resolution and magnification level

• Fullscreen (press ‘D’) no longer hides part of the canvas behind the upper menu bar

• New canvas size is based on the size of images stored in the clipboard

• Transform is now a fullscreen mode offering more options and better control. It can be accessed using the ‘transform’ icon in the upper menu bar or by pressing Shift + T.

Docking Mode

Lets you set things up the way you want. You can now detach individual panels and position them around your screen or drag them to the right and left of the screen to handy docking bars. ArtRage will remember which mode you used last and open into it automatically.

You can enable docking mode by going to View > Interface.

Lights Out Mode

A dark interface mode. Turn on by going to View > Interface, and it applies to both the default and the docking interfaces.

Multiple Documents

You can now open and work with multiple ArtRage paintings at once. Switch between them easily as you work using shortcuts (Ctrl + Tab), the dropdown menu ior the pop out Documents Panel.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Artrage 5 Software Giveaway 2017 - 5 Ways to Win



I have an Art Software Giveaway to start off the New Year!

I will give away 5 free ArtRage 5 licenses. You have until January 31st to become one of the lucky 5 winners.

There are 5 ways to win.
I want to give ArtRage 5 to someone who has never used ArtRage at all. So show me your desktop and show me ArtRage is nowhere on your computer. Be honest. If you have any previous version of ArtRage, use one of the other ways to win. Give someone new a chance.

This contest ends January 31st. Winner will be announced Feb 14th.

ArtRage 4 will be 50% off until ArtRage 5 comes out and can then be upgraded, which works out to a 19% discount on the full price of ArtRage 5. So it’s definitely worth buying ArtRage 4 early if you are interested, you can get it here http://tinyurl.com/desartrage I get a little commission if you use this link.

The winner will get a free ArtRage 5 license from me. And you can download the software when it is available to the public.

The RULES:

Post your video on YouTube and link to it in the comments below.

No longer than 1 minute. That means don’t make a video longer than ONE minute.

The one winner for the Show Me Your Desktop giveaway will be randomly chosen by me. So don’t bore me. Get my attention. Be memorable. Be funny, make me cry or feel sorry for you. Whatever you do, keep my attention.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Why Do You Deserve Free ArtRage 5 Software?


We want to know why you feel you you deserve to be the lucky recipient of our ArtRage 5 giveaway.

The RULES:

Tell us in 25 words or less your reason for wanting to get this ArtRage 5 software in the comments below.

I will randomly choose a winner on January 31st.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017