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Hey!

Thank you for all the support, comments, messages and emails regarding my previous blog post. It means a lot to me to hear from you regarding your similar situations. The fact that we can put out our own personal experiences, and receive that level of feedback, reinforces the need to just be honest. Admitting all that and hearing from all of you has kicked me back into working on my own ideas. I've willfully ignored a lot of what really matters to me just to receive a paycheck from clients.

But with that previous post, I'm back to what's important, back to writing scripts and building up drafts to destroy and rebuild over and over haha. Time to go step by step and edit/finish 'StarVeil' with the intent on jumping immediately onto 'Skull & Shark'. Both of these will be full comics with hundreds of pages(god help me). Quite a bit of 'StarVeil' has been worked out already, not only what's already available online, but what I've done on my own and haven't shared.

So, onto the next step! I've built up some funds working for clients over the past year or so to make sure I can ride out the creation of the comic. In the meantime I'll have to take on jobs here and there which will slow the process down slightly, but I've also tried planning for that as well. My lovely lady, Kim, has been running the 'Skull & Shark CO.' store that was set up late last year. We've been selling limited edition t-shirts and prints with hopes of being able to build up the store enough to fund bigger projects.

All of this is hopefully going to lead to a world where we wont need Kickstarter or Patreon to build up any of the comics. It never really sat well with me to use Patreon for 'StarVeil' as I don't think I could offer enough value to you with just the comic alone. What I would much rather do is give you something in return, whether it be prints or clothing, just something you can physically own while helping push the comic forward. What we may do, is eventually, when the comic is finished, create a Kickstarter to fund the actual printing of the book. That is to say if a publisher doesn't jump on board.

What we currently have, is 3 prints, 2 of which are 13"x20", the other being 15"x20", both with a 1" margin. They're from my 'StarVeil' series and are limited to 200 prints, all of them are major characters to the story, but hopefully you like them as they are! Each print is on museum grade canson paper, not gonna make believe like I know anything about printing besides what looks amazing, but this is a quote from the printer

- "We are proud to use museum quality acid-free cotton fiber paper at 300 gsm paper weight. We use a ten-ink color system alongside the standard four-color CMYK combination. This advanced system produces an extremely wide and accurate range of color, resulting in beautifully vivid prints."

If you'd like to help support the project, here is what's available now in our shop. Thanks for reading this and thank you for the support, I'm really really, another-really, looking forward to getting this book wrapped up.

-Dave


Click here to visit the store!


If you'd like to follow along, I do a blog style write up in our newsletter(link on the shop) as well as share our next limited product runs!  

Thanks again!

Hey guys!

Firstly, thank you guys so much for helping us out with our first run of shirts. We managed to totally sell out of everything thanks to all your support, it means a ton to be able to be totally independent selling products like this. Skull & Shark CO.'s launch went really well and we are going to continue putting out limited products! 

The next one we'll be releasing is 'Switchblade'! I love skulls and switchblades way too much and hopefully this shirt embodies that :D.

These are, again, limited to 220 shirts, we wont be rereleasing any of these unless they're color variants or something like that, but no immediate plans at the moment. We've sold about half our stock within the first 24 hours so we're really excited! Hopefully you can get a chance to purchase one if interested!

Anyway, heres the info!

This is a very limited run of 220!

Comes with a Numbered Certificate! 
All Orders ship Early February!

Printed on American Apparel Jersey T-shirts

I've been really excited to work up mini trailers for all the future releases, so here's one for the latest!



If you're interested in purchasing a Pre-Order for the new shirt, please visit SkullandSharkCo.com

Thank you again for all your support!
Dave

Hey guys!

Been playing around with animation a lot lately, did this one to help advertise the new personal product stuff we'll be doing through Skull & Shark Co.! Gonna keep pushing and learning in this style. Hopefully you like the little trailer and the design!
Thanks!
Dave
Hey everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that my tiny team and I have begun launching our store, Skull & Shark CO.! This will be the store by which we sell all of my prints and clothing designs! To get things started, we have just put up the pre-orders for the limited edition 'hero' shirt! These will be limited to 220 shirts, each coming with a numbered certificate and shipping mid/late january! 

Hope you like it!

Click the link below to check it out! Thank you!

www.SkullandSharkCO.com
Hey everyone!

I wanted to drop on here and let you know that the 2nd part of my Bog Witch tutorial is available for purchase! Same as the previous, only $5 for over 5 hours of video w/commentary covering my technique using grayscale to color in photoshop. Here is a trailer I made showing quick samples of the things I cover in the videos!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and please share with me your results!

Thank you!

You can get the tutorial(s) here - gumroad.com/daverapoza

(paypal options are at the bottom of each description)

Updated my blog with some thoughts on it - www.daverapoza.blogspot.com/20…
Hello!

  I wanted to drop by here and let you know that I will be updating my personal blog often with thoughts on freelance and balancing work/life etc. Been awhile since I've been actively posting on there.

Anyway, here is the first post if you're interested in following along - www.daverapoza.blogspot.com/20…

Hope you're all well!

Dave
Hey everyone!

Just wanted to drop my website link here and let anybody who is interested know that I have one central place for my blog/portfolio and comic work.

You can go here - www.DaveRapoza.com

I'll be updating the gallery there regularly!

Thanks,
Dave


Listen on soundcloud here - soundcloud.com/maximumpotentia…

Maximum Potential Ep. 2!

A weekly podcast dedicated to sharing cool people, projects and products that keep us going. This isn't a commercial podcast and we are not making profit off of anything we suggest. It is just an honest attempt to try and enjoy our lives more by spreading positivity.

From this episode-

People

Martin Ansin - martinansin.com/

Mike Azevedo - mikeazevedo.deviantart.com/

Paul Dainton

Projects -

Jeshields - RPG Character Compendium - www.patreon.com/jeshields

Temple of Art Documentary - www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

Squarriors Graphic Novel - www.kickstarter.com/projects/d…

Products -

Ghost of a Tale - www.ghostofatale.com/

Tactics Ogre - Let Us Cling Together art book - www.amazon.co.uk/Tactics-Ogre-…

Weaponry - An Illustrated History - www.amazon.com/Weaponry-Illust…

Listening -

Kevin Rose - Random Show - www.youtube.com/user/kevinrose

Joseph Campbell - The Power of Myth, The Hero's Journey - billmoyers.com/content/ep-1-jo…

Follow Us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/maximumpotent…


Thanks everyone!
 

A weekly podcast dedicated to sharing cool people, projects and products that keep us going. This isn't a commercial podcast and we are not making profit off of anything we suggest. It is just an honest attempt to try and enjoy our lives more by spreading positivity.

From this episode-

People-

Yoann Lossel - www.etsy.com/shop/yoannlossel
Giannis Milonogiannis - milonogiannis.tumblr.com/
Gerald Parel - geraldparel.com/
Mclean Kendree - mcleannews.blogspot.com/

Projects -

Heaven's Hell by Anthony Jones - www.robotpencil.net/
Tom Scholes - www.artofscholes.com/
Alexander Zedig Diboine - alexandrediboine.tumblr.com/

Products -

Kyle's Brush Pack - www.kyletwebster.com/portfolio…

Guardians of the Galaxy Art Book - www.amazon.com/Marvels-Guardia…?

Pocket Brush - www.amazon.com/Pocket-Brush-Pe…?

RealBug - www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_toy…

Listening -

Opie & Anthony Louis CK appearances - www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Neil Degrasse Tyson - www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXh9RQ…

Thanks everyone!
Hey everybody!

Just wanted to thank all of you who purchased my Bog Witch tutorial! Everything went better than I had imagined and the response has been great :). I love seeing what people have done after applying the techniques. Also, thanks for all the messages! 

I honestly was hesitant about doing a tutorial because I think most people come into who they are by discovering a path on their own through guess work(trying to match styles but finding new approaches in the process) and constant practice. Tried my best not to have it simply stand as a step by step and more as a 'how I found this approach/how you can find yours' kind of tutorial. I hope thats how it was received, but either way, if you keep working for yourself you'll find whatever voice you end up growing into naturally.

Anyways, just wanted to leave this here and thank you all for supporting the tutorial! This means more time for Steve Lichman, StarVeil, Black Witch, and Skull & Shark!

Thanks again,
Dave

Hello! Thanks to all of you who purchased the download yesterday! For those of you who were asking for a PayPal option, I have now included one :)

Please click here to purchase, paypal option in product description! 

gumroad.com/l/zAGa


This video covers my approach to line art, applying color and designing a character! The long format video covers the entire process start to finish with full commentary and a companion video is included that breaks the process down to 20 minutes in case you would rather have a simplified version.


The following are included in this download -

- Bog Witch demo - 4hr 53m video covering my entire process w/commentary

- Simplified Breakdown - 20m video covering the basics of the process I use in the demo

- Character Do's & Don't's - 15m video covering my opinions on character design and presentation

- All of my Brushes

- The final PSD with all layers


Thank you very much and hope you like the video!

Dave

Hey everybody!

Just finished up my first tutorial set around my line work approach! Here is a basic description!

You can purchase the video here - gumroad.com/l/zAGa


This video covers my approach to line art, applying color and designing a character! The long format video covers the entire process start to finish with full commentary and a companion video is included that breaks the process down to 20 minutes in case you would rather have a simplified version.

The following are included in this download -

- Bog Witch demo - 4hr 53m video covering my entire process w/commentary

- Simplified Breakdown - 20m video covering the basics of the process I use in the demo

- Character Do’s & Don’t’s - 15m video covering my opinions on character design and presentation

- All of my Brushes

- The final PSD with all layers

Thank you very much and hope you like the video!

Dave

Posted up the entirety of StarVeil in the animated gif format! Hope you like it so far!

imgur.com/gallery/DYwB3

Thanks!
Dave


Listing another item for auction! This time its ‘Skull’ from ‘Skull & Shark’! This is an original by me done on 9x12in. Bristol board using ink and pencil :)! Hope you like it! 

All proceeds are going to raise money for my family!

Thank you very much!

Dave

cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

Due to the untimely death of my awesome dad(paps, papsi cola, Dr. pappa, pappy p) I am listing up my personal collection of prints from my TMNT run. 

All proceeds are going towards helping my family.

These are the last of the signed Turtle prints, so if you missed out on them before, this is your last chance to get em. 

Auction ends June 1st at 5pm PST, 8pm EST!

Thanks everybody!
Dave

Check out the Auctions here - www.ebay.com/sch/skeltonwulf/m…
Posted up a little teaser for the Skull and Shark soundtrack - all original music by Lazerhawk  - soundcloud.com/lazerhawk

Announcements for the comic are coming this Halloween!

Check out the trailer below!

My Red Ranger print is now available from Acme Archives!


www.acmearchivesdirect.com/cat…
Posted this up on youtube :), hope it helps!

youtu.be/Mgr4wMETmmI
Mystery Art Giveaway!

I'm giving away a collection of pieces from my sketchbooks among other things :). All you gotta do is re-post on Twitter, Share on Facebook and Tumblr(tag DRGiveaway) to enter!

I'll be choosing a Winner from each!

The Giveaway will come to a close on June 26th! So, 2 weeks :D. That should give me time to get everything together and make them mystery boxes!

Thanks!
Dave