Monday, April 30, 2012

IRON Sketch

Here's a sketch for a painting I'm working on. It's depicts a character who appears in IRON, and it's a bit of a nod to one of my favorite painters, Winslow Homer.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Watercolor & Cover

Here's a recent watercolor painting. I decided to use the same drawing that I used for the IRON cover, and because the cover is only black line work with gold foil, I thought it would be fun to explore how it would look as a watercolor painting.

Here's a proof for the cover of IRON. It's pretty close to how it's going to look, just some small typography changes. Archaia has really impressed me with their dedication to making the book's appearance as beautiful as can be. I am quite excited to see it.

Here's my first sketch for the cover. You can see I was a bit overzealous with the gold foil at first, using it to fill in the sky, which was pointed out to me as being unwise (which it is). Your eye is drawn to James in the actual cover, and in this one your eye goes to the sky. I figured it out in the next round of sketches.

Monday, April 23, 2012

IRON Twitter Giveaway

To get the word out about my first graphic novel, IRON: Or, The War After, being released by Archaia in June, I am giving away this original full color watercolor painting of James Hardin on twitter*. Just ReTweet the link below and you will be entered to win**. The winner will be selected randomly at the end of the week (Friday April 27). Please help get the word out about my book, I will be extremely grateful!

Read a preview of IRON here.

Want to pre-order IRON? Pick it up at any of these outlets:

Provide your local comic book shop with the title of the book, name of the publisher, and the Diamond Order Code and they will pre-order the book for you!
Publisher: Archaia
Diamond Order Code: APR12 0795
To find your local comic book shop, visit the Comic Shop Locator Service at Comic Shop Locator or call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.

or, buy it on AMAZON 
or, buy it on BARNES & NOBLE 
you can also buy it, WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD 
ISBN: 978-1-936393-28-2

Liked the painting? Check out my Esty Shop for other original watercolors for sale!

Official Rules:

*The painting shown has been formatted for a computer screen. Depending on your monitor calibration the actual painting may appear different. By entering the contest you will allow for the appearance of the actual painting to have been reasonably altered.


How to enter: Simply retweet the link provided above between the dates Monday April 23rd and Friday April 27th.

**Participation constitutes full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules. This Sweepstakes is only open to persons thirteen (13) years of age or older who are legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia and exempts employees, officers, and directors of the Sponsor (S.M. Vidaurri) and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, their immediate family members and persons living in their same household (“Participants”). Each Participant must “retweet” SMVidaurri's tweet prior to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the applicable Sweepstakes Day to be eligible. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations

Winner: One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible Entries (the “Winner”). The random drawing will be held anytime after 6:00 p.m. (EST) by me. My decisions regarding eligibility under the terms of these Official Rules are final and binding. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT AT THE DRAWING TO WIN.

Notification: 'Winner' will be contacted via Twitter (or email if provided)
. If the 'winner' does not respond in 24 hours a new 'winner' will be randomly selected. The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or Site. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a Prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrants or Sponsor representatives.

Thank you and good luck!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eric Orchard's Morrowbones

Please go and check out Eric Orchard's Morrow Bones. A whimsical, spooky, wonderful take on old children's and fantasy stories.

Click here to buy it! it's only $2.00 and well worth it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

IRON Sketches & Studies

Here are a couple sketches and studies I've been working on for a limited edition IRON sketchbook I hope to sell at conventions.