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Spock Lives! by MichaelDooney
Spock Lives!
Leonard Nimoy passed away today at 83.
Star Trek and along with it, Spock has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I've seen it all but the original series will always be "my" Star Trek.
One of the craziest projects I ever worked on was designing the figures for Playmates Toys Star Trek Ninja Turtles. By that time I had done a lot of different themed Turtle toys, many of which never got off the ground. I was skeptical at first that the idea of Star Trek Turtles could work but that never stopped me from working on anything ;) I have to admit that they really grew on me and I liked the way the toys came out in the end. To this day they represent one of the most concrete examples of that rare event where my life experience and professional work life intersected.
Rest in peace commander.
My favorite drawing tool by MichaelDooney
My favorite drawing tool
I've seen a lot of posts by artists about their favorite pens and pencils etc...but I have never seen anyone  mention this gadget, the good ol' rolling ruler.
 I can honestly say that I'd find it a lot harder to do comic book type drawings without one. I remember one time when I was away from home and had to do a complex perspective drawing with buildings galore and didn't have mine with me...all of those windows almost killed me ;)
I use it daily  whenever I need some quick parallel lines. Whether I am drawing a box or panel borders or the barrel of a gun this is my go to tool.
You can also draw big arcs and circles with it but c'mon that is just easier to do with a compass or a dinner plate :)
They come in different sizes and you can spend from $10 to $50 on them...but I recommend getting the 12 inch size and the cheaper ones work fine. I have tried the smaller ones since they seem like they would be handy, but they are not as stable as the 12 inch ones and can shift while you're drawing if you aren't careful.  
If you are an artist or know one...get one of these and I promise you won't be sorry.
Alvin 312 Rolling Parallel Ruler, 12 Inch<img src="…" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />
Zenescope 10th anniversary exclusive cover by MichaelDooney
Zenescope 10th anniversary exclusive cover
Here's a cover I drew for Zenescope's 10th anniversary, colored by the ubber talented Ula Mos Art. Limited to 350 and available at Wizard World Portland this weekend! She handled the chaulk board exactly as I had imagined. I drew the sword and book with a black litho pencil on some rough paper to get the texture like chaulk on a blackboard....then made that a selection to fill with white and viola! it looks like it was drawn with white chaulk, yea!
Lady Godiva commission by MichaelDooney
Lady Godiva commission
I was asked to do Lady G without the horse. At first, I didn't think it would read without showing the horse,  but I think it turned out okay.
I mentioned to another artist I know that Prismacolor marker sets were on sale at half price online and it got me thinking about putting in my two cents about drawing with makers.
I get a lot of questions about doing marker drawings and one thing I have found is that many aspiring marker users think that Copic markers must be some kind of magic wand   They cost about twice as much as most others so they must somehow jump your skills to the next level right? Well, I am here to say that I have tried pretty much everybody's brand of markers and none of them make me draw any better  I like the Copics because I can refill them, but heck, I refill the other brands I've tried as well.
I have an older set of Touch markers that I like a lot, Prismacolor markers have nice smooth flow and blend well. Dick Blick's own brand of alcohol markers work fine too.
 When I first dipped my toe in the marker pool, I saved some $ by buying a limited range of Copic cool gray markers, not an entire set of twelve.  I bought every other value; 0,2,4,6,8 and this served me well for a loooooong time. If you are new to drawing with markers I think that starting off with grays is a good way to go rather than getting bogged down with color before you have figgered out how to handle them.
I hate to see artists holding off "till they can afford Copics", but I have heard that time and again. I would suggest you just grab a name brand alcohol based marker and get started and have fun ;)
Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Chisel Tip and Fine Tip Art Markers, 12 Cool Grey Colored Markers (3622)
Sanford(R) Prismacolor(R) Professional Art Markers, Primary/ Secondary Colors, Set Of 12
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  • Eating: din din
  • Drinking: bud


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michael dooney
United States
I'm a freelance artist/toy designer so of course in my spare time I like to draw and paint ;)

Current Residence: New England, Earth
deviantWEAR sizing preference: medium
Favourite genre of music: Chick singers mostly
Favourite photographer: Peter Gowland
Favourite style of art: Brushy realism
Operating System: It's all about the Mac Baby
MP3 player of choice: teeny tiny ipod shuffle
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: Think of many things, do one! And a fave by Edison, I never did anything worth doing by accident!

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AceMaxwell Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I absolutely adore your work.  You do eyes and hair so beautifully, and you have such a wonderful grasp of the female figure.  Keep up the great work!  :-)
NarutoFan513 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome artwork, and I just cannot get my eyes off of them, and I keep browsing. :)

Happy New year!!! :D :D :D
KodyBoy555 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you do requests and art trades?
Troubleseeker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Happy belated Birthday my friend.

the-kid36 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday :D
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