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Been quite busy lately... which is a good thing... but I haven't been on dA as much as I would like.

Firstly to everyone doing ink and colour samples and sending me links thanks. I am looking at them quickly, but sorry if I'm not replying or leaving any feedback. I really am busy, but I'll get around to checking them all out in depth. I should clarify, I am NOT offering work at the moment, but if I see something I like though, who knows... I'll get through all my private messages soon too!



As for being busy, thanks to everyone who came and saw me at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, a couple of weekends back. It was a really good turn out, and despite the bad weather, and being sick, I had fun. Was good hanging with my good buddy :iconred-j:, and also meeting :icondiablo2003:, his wife and friends. Shout out to my other mate :icondanielpicciotto: too! Shame he wasn't sitting next to us, but we got to smash some Brazillian BBQ after the con.




More conventions! This weekend I'll be a guest at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2013!

Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson St
Carlton Victoria Australia 3053 

Come see me in Comic Guest booth near the entrance. There will be some Yardin :icondavidyardin: & Sommariva :iconred-j: goodness on offer! See the Map here: www.ozcomiccon.com/documents/m…

I'll also be doing these panels at the show:

Stage 2
Saturday
11am – International Comics general panel w/Phil Jimenez, Tom Raney, Nicola Scott, Jon Sommariva, Freddie E. Williams II & David Yardin

Sunday
12 noon – Aussies in Comics general panel w/Paul Abstruse, Queenie Chan, Doug Holgate, Ben Hutchings, Tristan Jones, Ryan K. Lindsay, Paul Mason, Stewart McKenny, Dillon Naylor, Dean Rankine, Nicola Scott, Jon Sommariva & David Yardin

More details on the Oz Comic-Con website: www.ozcomiccon.com



I've also been busy with regular work. With X-Factor ending (working on my last cover now :-( ), I've just taken on a new gig at Marvel that I'll be starting soon. Can't really say any details yet, other than it's sequentials (and I just did the cover for it), but it's good to be be back doing interiors!

Anyway, I will be posting more new art here soon! In the meantime you can keep up with my con sketches etc on the fly on my instagram, tumblr, twitter, and/or facebook.

David
Tomorrow for Free Comic Book Day I'll be appearing at:

Books Kinokuniya
Level 2, The Galeries
500 George Street (opposite QVB)
Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2000

Saturday 4th May 2013

11am - 4pm


More details at Kinokuniya Sydney's facebook page: www.facebook.com/KinokuniyaSyd…
***Thanks for the response guys. I'm pretty sure I have enough submissions to go with for now. I have a cover deadline due this week, but I will be in touch over the weekend.***
I will be a guest at the following Oz Comic-Con conventions this year:

PERTH - 9th & 10th March 2013
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
21 Mounts Bay Rd
Perth Western Australia 6000


ADELAIDE - 16th & 17th March 2013
Goyder Pavillion
Goodwood Road
Wayville Adelaide South Australia 5034

MELBOURNE - 6th & 7th July 2013
Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson St
Carlton Victoria 3053

I am now accepting a very limited number of pre-order commissions for Perth and Adelaide only

B&W w/Grey Tone Marker
11" x 17" Single Character $500
11" x 14" Single Character $300

Colour (Markers & coloured pencils on tonal paper)
9" x 12" Single Character Head $200
11" x 14" Single Character Bust $400

All prices AUD. I'll also be doing cheaper marker head shots at the cons, but not for pre-orders. d_r_yardin@hotmail.com
Peter David Benefit Art Auction is now live here: jkwoodwardart.blogspot.co.uk/2…

As most of you probably know Peter David suffered a stroke not too long ago. J.K. Wooward has organised a benefit auction to help Peter and his family out. "All proceeds from this auction will go directly to Peter David to help with the cost of his rehabilitation and physical therapy."

My contribution: browse.deviantart.com/art/Pete…

Go bid for a good cause!
OK so this year I've decided to change up a few things with my work. I've been primarily doing covers for the last few years at Marvel, and while it's been a lot of fun, and allowed me the opportunity to be more flexible with my time, and also experiment and push my art in different directions… it's time for a change.

Does this mean I won't be doing anymore covers? I'm not sure yet… but I'm definitely cutting right back. It's hard to take on too many covers at once because they all come in at the same time (usually the last week or two of the month), and are all due at the same time for the Previews catalogue.

Lately a lot of the covers have been coming in later and later, so with shorter turn around times, it's meant me having to really bust my ass to get them in on time, and as a result a lot of the art has been rushed. So not only am I burnt out, but not really that happy with the final artwork I've been turning in lately either.

I originally started doing covers as a stop gap, while I was waiting on new script to come in, for a mini-series I was working on at Marvel. I actually pencilled 3 of the 5 issues for that mini-series, and inked the first issue too… but the project got left in limbo after that, and never got solicited. It switched editor's hands a year or two back, but there's still been no new movement on it to date, so I very much doubt it is something that will ever see the light of day now.

I wasn't originally planning on being a cover artist for so long, but I also had some personal, real life issues I had to deal with over the last few years. So staying primarily on covers during that time, allowed me more time, and flexibility, to deal with those things.

But now I'm now really eager to get back into doing more interior, sequential work.

At the moment I'm wrapping up the art on a DC Comics story, written by fellow Aussie Tom Taylor. The comic is a tie in with the Netherrealm/DC "Injustice: Gods Among Us" game, so keep an eye out for that.

I've also got a few other things in the works at the moment… but more on that as they come to fruition.

I've also decided to cut back on my appearances this year. Last year I did 8 events all around Australia, but this year I only want to do half that at most. It was great meeting all the fans around the country (especially since I hadn't done many conventions in so long), and exploring what the different cities had to offer, but it was also pretty tiring doing so many events (especially three conventions back to back). I also got really sick last year which left me in bed for 5 weeks straight; I could barely sit up let alone work… that definitely wasn't a good look! So this year I aim to take things a little easier with the appearances.

Anyway, look out for some announcements soon on my convention plans for this year, and I'll keep you updated on what other work I have coming down the pipeline too.

d..
My last appearances for the year will be at Supanova Brisbane 10th & 11th November 2012

RNA Showgrounds
600 Gregory Terrace
Bowen Hills
Brisbane QLD AUSTRALIA 4006

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&

Supanova Adelaide 17th & 18th November 2012

Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre (Adelaide Showgrounds)
Goodwood Road
Wayville SA  AUSTRALIA 5034


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A recent interview I did for Comic Book Candy and some appreciation of my X-Factor cover run:

comicbookcandy.blogspot.com.au…
Just signed up for that too, so if you're not following me on Instagram, tumblr, facebook, or twitter, you're missing some art that I'm not posting here! #GetOnIt!!!

If you want to find me on instagram my handle is davidyardin, just as it is elsewhere online:

www.facebook.com/davidyardin
davidyardin.tumblr.com
www.twitter.com/davidyardin
www.youtube.com/davidyardin

EDIT: Just to clarify, If you are already following me on any of the above services you will get all my feeds since I have linked them. If you are only following me on deviantART you will only get art I upload when I'm at home (so pretty much no con sketches, or anything else while I'm away from my home setup). I don't expect you to follow me on everything, but I'm letting you know where I am if you use those services, and want to see all my art.
That NEW NEW with the CONTENT to CONTENT:

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So the rest of my appearance schedule for this year, is looking like this (so far):

***CANBERRA***
Free Comic Book Day - 5th May 2012
Impact Comics

16 Garema Place
Canberra ACT Australia 2601

***SYDNEY***
Supanova Pop Culture Expo - 15th - 17th June 2012

The Dome Sydney Showground
1 Showground Road
Sydney Olympic Park NSW Australia 2127

***PERTH***
Supanova Pop Culture Expo - 22nd - 24th June 2012

Robinson Pavillion Claremont Showgrounds
1 Graylands Road
Claremont WA Australia 6010

***MELBOURNE***
Oz Comic-Con - 30th June - 1st July 2012

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon St
South Wharf VIC Australia 3006
...and some older ones too:

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For anyone in Melbourne Australia, I'll be participating in a cool Marvel event early next year:

Melbourne street artists bring Marvel universe to life

What: Ahead of the theatrical release of the Super Hero team up of a lifetime – Marvel's The Avengers – the Marvel Street Art Battle is a live Marvel themed street art event where two of Australia's leading street artists will compete to bring the colours and characters of the Marvel universe to life.

Hosted by an emcee and supported by a local DJ, this free all-ages event is open to the public who will choose the ultimate winner of the street art battle.

Marvel enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet Marvel comic artist, David Yardin as well as the chance to win on-the-spot Marvel prizes throughout the afternoon.

A week-long exhibition of original Marvel comic artwork by David Yardin will also be unveiled at the event.

When: Saturday January 14, 2012
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: RTIST Gallery – 29 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC 3181
I will be a guest at:



Supanova Pop Culture Expo
Brisbane Australia
November 4th - 6th 2011
RNA Showgrounds

I'm excited about this convention since it's the first one I've done in a while. So swing on by if you're in the area. More details here: www.supanova.com.au

I'm also prepping for another cool event in Australia this year... but more on that when I get details.
...are overrated.




So much for leaving.
X - F Λ C T O R #covers

Λ S T O N I S H I N G X - M E N 4 3 #interiors

C Λ T

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I feel like talking about colour tonight. I'm really not up to doing a full in depth tutorial, with techniques and every minute detail, and by no means am I an expert on the subject, but I''ll examine my most recent X-Factor cover and talk a bit about how I approached that.



Okay first let's look at the primary job of the colourist. The colourist's main job is the same as everyone else's in the comic book creative team i.e. tell the story in the best way possible. So looking at the line art of the cover it features members of the X-Factor team in the foreground, with silhouettes of each character, hanging from nooses around their necks, in the background. Basically it's trying to tell a story of impending doom/danger for the members of the team portrayed on the cover. So how do I portray that in colour?

Well now that I know the story I want to tell, I need to pick a colour scheme. First I look at a colour wheel (as seen below on the left):



I like working with triadic colour schemes, which consists of three equidistant colours on a colour wheel, so I'm going to try and fit that scheme to my story. The visual of anyone being hung by their neck is a very strong image, even in silhouette, so I want some strong colours in my colour scheme, to match the strong image. Primary colours fit the bill nicely. The primary colours, red, blue, & yellow actually make a triad on the colour wheel (you could also use other triadic combinations like orange, violet, & green, or cyan, magenta, & yellow-orange... but I want the strong primaries for this one).

Now that I'm set on using the primaries I need to assign a job to each colour. Red is a colour usually associated with danger/warning so immediately I'm thinking of using that in the background directly with the silhouettes. Yellow is usually seen in light sources, and blues work well in shadows, so I assign those jobs to those colours and will use them mostly in the foreground, to pop forward against the red background (you can see my basic triadic colour scheme above on the right).

Right now I've got that all sorted I can move on to colouring the image. I'm not going to go into the technique of doing flats (there are plenty of tutorials for that online), or picking local colours (the natural colour of objects is pretty straight forward). So let's assume that's all done, the next step I like to do is put the background in. Simple step - paint bucket fill red.

Next I want to place my shadows in the foreground.



The blue I'm using in the shadows is obviously going to lean more towards a darker blue, and I want it to be less saturated (i.e. greyer) than the highlight colours I will be using; I like drawing attention to the highlights with saturation, and so I want the shadows to contrast against this by making them less saturated. This blue will affect all the local colours in the areas that are in shadow. So let's take Banshee's hair for example. It's local colour is a red-orange colour, so applying my blue in the shadow areas will make a purple colour. I use a combination of colour and darken to achieve this, but if you are using the colour sliders, or mixing paint it's the same principle - make the red-orange local colour of her hair, bluer, darker and less saturated.

Once I've applied my blue shadow to my local colours in the foreground, I start on my foreground highlights.



The basic yellow I will be using for my highlights will be #3 (fairly bright and saturated). Obviously the brighter the highlight is the lighter it will get, and further away from the light source it gets, the darker it will be, but instead of just using a light yellow to a dark yellow (which can be dull and muddy), I want to enrich my highlights with some colour temperature (I posted a davidyardin.deviantart.com/jou… in an earlier journal to an example of colour temperature). I often work with my Photoshop paintbrush set to screen mode 10% - 50% when I colour highlights, and progressively screen brighter, and brighter. Looking at the diagram above you can see from my base highlight #3 I choose two darker colours which get progressively warmer, and two lighter colours (sometimes they get progressively cooler, but I don't want my highlights to start going into the green i.e. bluer, which is the shadow colour I want the highlights to contrast against). So the first screen colour I will use over my local colours, not in shadow, will be #1, then #2, then #3, 4 & 5 (depending on how bright the highlight is). The highlight will start off warm, and as it gets brighter it will get cooler.

And that's pretty much it. Of course I add effects, and other bells and whistles... but they're just flourishes. The main meat of my thought process for colouring this cover is above.
Seem to be getting quite a few of these sort of questions lately, so some answers...

*No, I don't work for free, I draw for a living.

*No, I'm not interested in helping you make your creator owned graphic novel. If I'm going to do creator owned it will be my own project.

*Private commission details are on my website www.davidyardin.com but my list is currently closed.

*I really don't  have time to answer broad art questions like, "can you give me tips on drawing?" Be more specific.

*I don't have time to do every gallery feedback request I get. I only give in depth critiques when I have the time, and feel like doing it.
Looks like talented Aussie artist Doug Holgate :icondouglasbot: has been on deviantart for a year or so, but it doesn't look like he's posted much artwork on here. Let's see if we can encourage him to post a little more of his art work, and hit him with some :+devwatch:
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Just put up a few more covers for sale earlier today:

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