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Old 04-30-2019, 04:51 PM   #121
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I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten onto Sophie's commission list a few times late last year, so if you like her work then you've come to the right place in 2019 I don't know if she'll see this post but, if so, thank you so much for your patience and generosity!

First piece is a stunning mixed media (marker and watercolor) Mirage-esque group shot done on 11x17 bristol. It won't fit in my scanner as is, and as far as Sophie can recall, this is the largest piece of TMNT art she's ever done. She was kind enough to send me WIP pics when she was working on it, starting with a barebones digital sketch:



followed by pencils.



Sophie then added the inks, starting with Leo.



After that came gray-scale layers and red bandanas:



Additional colors were then added, as well as a colored background block reminiscent of one of Kevin's "mandala style" pieces (I think all of you vintage TMNT art-lovers will know the one to which I'm referring!). So, here is a photo of the finished result, hope you all enjoy


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Old 05-01-2019, 10:33 AM   #122
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That is a great-looking commission! Congratulations!

As an aside, I used to have the same issue of art pieces being too big for my scanner. Now I use Microsoft's Image Composite Editor (ICE). It's a free download and it's pretty easy to use.

Basically, you would take your piece and scan it one corner at a time. Once you have the four images (2 will be upside-down so you could get it on your scanner), make sure they are all oriented the same way (all right-side-up). From there, take your 4 images and drop them into the ICE. It'll stitch them together using the overlap in the four images and you'll have a nice scan of your full piece.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-01-2019, 03:13 PM   #123
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WOW...is this a new style for her?? I love it!
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:53 PM   #124
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That is a great-looking commission! Congratulations!

As an aside, I used to have the same issue of art pieces being too big for my scanner. Now I use Microsoft's Image Composite Editor (ICE). It's a free download and it's pretty easy to use.

Basically, you would take your piece and scan it one corner at a time. Once you have the four images (2 will be upside-down so you could get it on your scanner), make sure they are all oriented the same way (all right-side-up). From there, take your 4 images and drop them into the ICE. It'll stitch them together using the overlap in the four images and you'll have a nice scan of your full piece.

Thanks for sharing!
Hey PP, thanks for the kind words! I'm incredibly jealous of your new Mirage piece, it's easily one of my Top 3 TMNT art pieces of all time, it's just so, so cool.

As for your aside, yeah, I've tried using a few "art stitchers" in the past and tbh I've never been happy with the results. I'll PM you with a question

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WOW...is this a new style for her?? I love it!
Hey there, thanks for commenting! I'm not sure if it's a new "style" per se, I know she's moved into digital art for the most part nowadays, but I'll always be a sucker for her traditional pieces...

...which leads me to another piece for the thread, here's Sophie's Leonardo Macro cover! Similar to the 11x17 commission I posted above, she sent me some awesome WIPs. I'm planning on having the Micro and Macro covers framed together sometime in the future






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Old 05-09-2019, 09:03 AM   #125
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Really digging that Macro. Congrats!
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:48 AM   #126
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There were a few alterations made from the original to the final published look...one of which was the blue bandana.

Was the original always that way or did she add that after the fact knowing it was going to you?

Either way, it's very nice! Congratulations
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:15 AM   #127
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awesome pieces!
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:47 PM   #128
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Really digging that Macro. Congrats!
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Thank you both for your comments!

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There were a few alterations made from the original to the final published look...one of which was the blue bandana.

Was the original always that way or did she add that after the fact knowing it was going to you?

Either way, it's very nice! Congratulations
Since the published cover was digitally colored, the swishy bandana coloring was all Sophie's idea! I love the surrealness of the blue osmosing into the air, as if part of Leo's being/essence leaks into nature when he is "at one" with his weapons.

As for the edit to the background, I think it's neat that it opens things up to interpretation. Personally, I think the published cover looks like Leo's training is taking place either at dusk (with the sun setting) or dawn (with the sun rising), while Sophie's OA is a snapshot into one of Leo's midnight training sessions, with the moon looming behind him. The ambiguity is one of the many things that attracted me to this piece, I've asked a few people what they see and received different answers, so it gives the art another cool layer for me.

I've been kicking around potential ideas for how to frame the Micro and Macro covers together, haven't decided on anything as yet but, as I had everything laid out, I figured I'd share this photo!


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Old 06-17-2019, 05:09 PM   #129
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Firstly, I just want to thank those who've PMed me about disappearing photos in this thread, it's become an ongoing problem in recent months and I'm doing my best to re-up them when I notice they've vanished.

Also, a new one for the thread! This is one of my favorite recent acquisitions, it took a lot of patience and perseverance to get it completed but I'm so, so happy it paid off in the end

It's no secret that Jim Lee is one of my favorite artists, so my idea was to get him to do a Leo headsketch remarque for me. Since Jim sometimes refuses to draw on blank sketch covers (due to eBay flipping and the like), I thought I would take the safe route and choose one of Sophie's covers for him to sketch on. I had to gauge which of her covers had the appropriate amount of space so Jim's sketch wouldn't interfere with the printed art. In the end, I settled on the Artist Edition of TMNT #66.

The sketch was done last summer via a facilitator, and I even sent a blue pen with a special request to have Jim color Leo's bandana blue for me. There was some cross-wires and Jim instead ended up drawing Leo with the blue pen but not coloring the bandana. A turtle drawn by Jim is extremely rare, so it wasn't a big deal for me. In fact when he drew the sketch, Jim told the facilitator this was "probably the second time I've ever drawn a ninja turtle, although I have another project in the works next year." Today I saw the announcement that he's drawn the TMNT with a bunch of other characters for a SDCC 2019 print, so I guess that's the project to which he was referring!

Here's a photo of Jim starting to draw my sketch. If you look closely, you can see he has Google Images up on his phone, so he obviously had to do a quick search for reference!



I then asked Sophie if she would be open to doing a mirror-reverse Leo beside Jim's remarque. Sophie typically isn't a fan of drawing remarques but she was generous enough to do one for me, plus she also colored both bandanas. I'm very grateful to own such a unique piece.




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Old 06-17-2019, 05:26 PM   #130
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The pics here in this most recent post aren't working for me.
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:55 PM   #131
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The pics here in this most recent post aren't working for me.
Thanks for letting me know, I've just re-uploaded all pics from this page (including the Jim Lee-related ones from my most recent post) and will start re-uploading pics from the other pages soon.

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Old 07-06-2019, 06:21 PM   #132
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that jim lee/Sophie piece is amazing!
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