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Monday, March 3, 2014
PLANET COMICON COMMISSION PRE-ORDERS!
I’m opening up my commission list for this year’s PLANET COMICON, March 14-16 in Kansas City, Missouri!
As I've mentioned before, due to my workload I'm no longer able to accept commissions outside of conventions. If you're interested in getting a commission from me, this is the way to do it.
Since the list fills up fast, I'm opening my list for show pre-orders. As usual, I'll be doing 9x12 bust shots of the character of your choice, in ink and Copic Marker on Strathmore drawing board or in your sketchbook of similar size for $60.
I'm ALSO taking FOUR 9x12 full figure commissions of the character of your choice for $150. I'm ONLY going to be able to do these full figure commissions as pre-orders. In order to sketch for everyone on the day, I won't be able to take full figure commissions at the show.
If you'd like to arrange a commission, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Well it's "Con Season" again! I’m limiting the number of shows this year—last year was fun, but exhausting. I have several projects in the works, and want to be sure I can stay up on them! We will be attending a couple new shows as well as attending several great shows again.
Here is a list of the shows I'll be hitting over the next few months--
Planet Comicon (Kansas City) March 14-16
Emerald City Comicon (Seattle) March 28-30
Heroes Convention (Charlotte) June 20-22
Florida Supercon (Miami) July 3-6
I'm going to be at all of these shows with the usual goodness-- comics, trades, sketchbooks, and several prints. I'll also have a ton of original artwork from Batwoman, Riddler, Ra's Al Ghul, Red Hood, The Darkness, Arkham Reborn, Artifacts, and more. Along with that we'll have cool Bad Karma stuff -- prints, t-shirts, stickers, artwork, etc.
As always, I'll be doing commissions at the show. All sketches will be done on 9x12 board or comparable sized sketchbook, in pen and ink with Copic Marker color. If you'd like to set something up before hand, let me know and I'll do my best to arrange it.
So yeah, it's going to be a busy spring. The fall is going to be full too, but more on that later.
Hope to get to see you at one of the upcoming shows!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
DINO DAY 4!
Okay, this one was fun. I wanted to draw more of a full dinosaur this time around. I also didn't have a lot of time. On top of that, I really wanted to try something different-- something that's a little different from my usual style. To hit on all of those, this Dino Day installment ended up being a brachiosaurus done in a continuous line drawing.
The piece took about 20 minutes and I think I managed to keep pen to paper the entire time.
I fell in love with continuous line drawings in college. They're fun, fast, and a bit of a different challenge. You have to quickly plan on how to create shape. You have to be willing to double back-- to scribble a bit. You basically have to turn off your brain and just go.
I didn't QUITE get the whole brachiosaurus on there. I probably should have planned a bit better. Still, there's only a bit of tail missing.
This one was done slightly bigger again that the last one, on 7x7in vellum 500 series Strathmore Bristol board. I probably should have used paper with a bit less tooth. By the end of it, my .03 Micron was about to give up the ghost.
So there you have it-- Dino Day 4. I'm still having a lot of fun with this. I need to round up the colored versions from the boys and get them scanned. They're fantastic.
See you next week!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Dino Day 3!
It's Dino Day three and things got a bit silly.
What's cooler than a T-Rex? A Batman T-Rex.
I went just a bit bigger with this one, working on 6x6 inch bristol board. I needed a bit more room for the bigger figure and the text. I still stuck with the square format, though. I've had some problems with the pens I started with on this project-- Copic Drawing Pens. The ink just hasn't been drying well and seems to smudge like crazy. I let last week's Allosaurus dry for a couple of hours and the ink still moved all over the place. Needless to say, it's back to Pigma Micron pens for me, when I'm not using the good old crow quill nibs. I scanned this one in and dropped in the cape color in photoshop. I threw some blue Copic Marker color on the original for fun.
I'm having a lot of fun with Dino Day. I hope you are too!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BATWOMAN #28 IN STORES TODAY!
BATWOMAN #28 hits stands today! I'm really proud of this issue. After some set up we're really getting into the story we wanted to tell. ALSO-- Check out that FANTASTIC alternate cover by Dave Johnson. Brilliant!
I've been the new regular artist on BATWOMAN for three months now. I really wanted to bring my all to this book, to take things up a notch creatively. It's been tough-- the deadlines have been tight and taking on a new project always requires a bit of adjustment. That said, I love the series. I'm proud of what we're building here.
Following J.H. Williams is no easy task. Jim is an illustrator at the absolute top of his game. He absolutely put his stamp on BATWOMAN. I'm no J.H. Williams and I'm just fine with that. One of the things that I keep hearing is that people wished I continued the "creative layouts" that J.H. used in his storytelling. It's kind of funny, because I made the contentious decision to not lean on that. The thing is that is what J.H. does. It's been a part of his storytelling from day one. It's beautiful. If I did that, I'd just be aping an element of what he does. I'd be low LOW rent J.H. Williams. I can't do that. Out of respect to Jim, respect to myself, and respect to the book.
So anyway, enough rambling. Given that we're three issues in, I thought I'd put up a few of my favorite pages from my three published BATWOMAN issues. I LOVE Guy Major's color on the book. We make a hell of a team. I just thought it would be fun to see things as I turn them in. Hope you dig 'em.
So, if you haven't done so already, drop by your local comic shop and check out BATWOMAN. You won't be sorry you did!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
DINO DAY 2!
So it's Dino Day again. I'm having a lot of fun with this.
This week Ethan asked me to draw his current favorite dinosaur, the Allosaurus. Mean buggers, Allosaurus.
Once again, I'm working on 5x5 inch bristol board. Pen and ink with a bit of Copic marker color.
I really liked the simple inks on this one, so I thought I'd share them too.
As I mentioned last time, part of the fun of Dino Day is letting the boys spend some time coloring the images. I printed out ten or so images and let them go crazy with it. Ethan ended up doing four different versions and they were all fantastic. The bottom two were a lot of fun. The one on the bottom right is a Two Face T-Rex , flipping a coin after eating Batman.
This week, with all of the snow days, Ethan's friend Jeannine got the chance to hang out with us in the studio and color a couple of T-Rexes. Love her use of the different colors on the faces.
So there you have it-- week two of Dino Day. Check back next week for more fun.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
DINO DAY 1!
So I decided to do a fun little thing. Well...honestly, it's mostly thanks to my kids. My youngest son, Owen, who's four and the most amazing kind of kid just figured out what I do for a living. His brother Ethan did about the same age and has been into drawing and hanging out in the studio with me ever since. The other day Owen asked me to draw him something. I asked what he wanted and he asked me for his favorite current thing-- a dinosaur. Both boys really got into it. I got into it. Pretty soon they were asking me to draw dinosaurs for them to color and I got to thinking that I'd love to do this more often. And that's how Dino Day came about.
I should say...and for those of you that check my blog, I'm not good at this sort of thing. I'm busy. Honestly far too busy. I don't have time to sketch much at all beyond my comics work and I'm HORRIBLE at keeping up with this blog.
This is a little fun something for my kids-- with my kids. So every week for as long as possible, I'm going to sit down and draw a dinosaur. Depending on scheduling it might be really simple one week and something fun and crazy the next. I'll probably mess a bit with styles and media too. I'm doing all of the pieces at a nice, contained 5x5 inch size. They may get bigger. I just don't know. The idea is that I'm going to also print out the pieces and let the boys color them. I'll be sure and post their takes too. I love that part of the thing. Nothing makes me happier than my kids drawing/coloring with me.
So here it is-- the first Dino Day. I hope you enjoy it.
See you next week!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
NYCC 2013! (AA W10-12)
It's that time again! New York Comic Con is this weekend, October 10-13. I'm going to be set up in Artist's Alley with the rest of the group from BAD KARMA (Alex Grecian, B. Clay Moore, and Seth Peck). We've got a big set up this year (Tables W10-12).
We've got a lot of great stuff planned for the show. On Thursday, October 10th, make plans to attend the Bad Karma Panel at 4:15 in Panel room 1A15. We'll be giving away lots of freebies at the panel. Afterward, all four of us will be around to sign and chat.
We will have copies of Bad Karma Vol 1--both the standard and the slipcase versions. We have Bad Karma KRAKEN t-shirts in sizes xs to 2x.
Also, come by and grab the extremely limited con exclusive T-shirt, featuring the sixties Kraken logo (as seen in BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE). $20.00 per shirt. Printed on 50/50 American Apparel shirts.including our NYCC 2013 exclusive shirt--these are very limited, come by early if you want one.
Another NYCC exclusive item is a sneak peak print by Andrew MacLean of Bad Karma Vol 2. We also have a couple other prints and a few of Mark Englert's hand-pulled screen print of the gatefold.
At my table I will have books and trades, original art, prints, and sketchbooks. I will also be doing commissions--come by to get on the list early as there are limited slots. All sketches will be done on 9x12 board or comparable sized sketchbook, in pen and ink with Copic Marker color. I also have several copies of the Riddler with the linticular cover.
Come by and pick something up and stop for a chat. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING
It's been far too long since I've posted. I'm sorry about that. I always intend to. I even try. Here's the truth of it-- something has to give, in my life. Almost always, unfortunately, that's going to be computer stuff. Now, that doesn't mean I'm giving up the blog. I just have to realize that I can't keep up with it like I'd like and gaps are going to happen.
So yeah, I've been...busy. This has been kind of an odd year.
After two years working exclusively for Top Cow, they decided to change things up, and end The Darkness. While I had planned on sticking around for a bit longer--David Hine and I had to wrap things up faster than we would liked-- there are no hard feelings here. They have a plan for The Darkness. It's a smart move. One made to ensure that the book and character can thrive down the road.
With The Darkness ending with #116, I needed to line up the next thing. I had a bit of lead in--Top Cow gave me plenty of notice about the change. I spoke with a few places and ended up getting an offer to come back and play in the Batman office at DC. Having worked for them before, it was an easy transition back to my favorite characters in comics.
I was offered two Villains Month issues-- Batman 23.2 RIDDLER (written by Ray Fawkes and Scott Snyder) and Batman & Robin 23.3 RA'S AL GHUL (written by James Tynion IV). I have to admit, I couldn't have had more fun working on two books. They were completely different and just spot on perfect.
Those books lead to another opportunity to work with James Tynion. This time, though, it was also a return to one of my favorite characters, Jason Todd/Red Hood. I leapt at the chance to draw Red Hood and the Outlaws #25. It was a joy getting to revisit Jason again. Interestingly enough, this was also a chance to tell the New 52 version of Jason at the same age as he was in RED HOOD: THE LOST DAYS.
As I wrapped that up, I was asked to come on as the artist of BATWOMAN. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the book lately. ALL of the parties involved I consider friends and absolutely brilliant talent. I'm going to stay out of the minutia of all of that. I am just going to say this-- Marc Andreyko and I absolutely love and respect Kate Kane/Batwoman and we're going to work hard to do right by her-- and the legacy that Greg Rucka, JH Williams, and Haden Blackman built. ...and yeah...I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous.
So amidst all of this work, I somehow managed to hit four conventions in six weeks. (I'm actually typing this on the plane ride to NYCC) I think that puts me somewhere near 14 shows for the year. Needless to say...that's just too damned many. I love cons. I love going to different parts of the country (and world), meeting fans and supporting the medium. I just can't quite continue to do it at this pace. I'm getting old.
After some deliberation and a real look at scheduling, I'm going to have to cut my con appearances down to 6-7 shows. I hate cutting any out of my schedule. I dig small local shows just as much as the big ones. Something just hast to give. So next year I'm going to be doing a few specific shows in the states and then I'd really like to hit a couple shows outside of the country. MEFCC in Dubai is on that list. It was easily one of the best convention experiences I've ever had, amidst some of the warmest, most enthusiastic fans.
If you're a show runner and you're interested in me trying to make it to your show, by all means, still drop me a line. If you'd like me to try and make it to your local show, let the people running the show know.
So that's it for the updating. Now you know why I've been away from the keyboard.
I do have one other bit of housekeeping I need to do.
I get a lot of requests for private commissions outside of conventions. I need to just go ahead and say that I'm not going to be able to do them. I'm sorry. I love doing commissions for people. I'm honored that anyone would like a personal piece of my work. I've just been running into situations with scheduling more and more often where I'm not able to finish them with any real speed. Almost EVERYONE is absolutely fantastic about it and incredibly understanding. ...the ones, very occasionally, that aren't...aren't. The truth is, drawing is my job. I draw seven days a week, an average of 12hrs a day, working on books. Deadlines are deadlines and I have to hit those. It's my job. Owing someone something weighs on me. It 's just a horrible feeling.
SO, at least for a good while...a year or two, I'm not going to be taking commissions outside of conventions. I'm still doing my usual commissions at shows. I'm truly sorry, but that's going to have to be it. I can't take something home and send it. I can't take on a special piece. I have to cut back. I need to be able to feel okay about spending time with my family or going to a movie. Remember...I'm getting old.
And that's about it. I love what I do. I appreciate each and every one of you.
Now I'm going to take a nap. I could use one of those.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
HEROES CON 2013! (AA BOOTH 820)
It's time for Heroes Con this year in Charlotte, North Carolina. Next weekend, June 7th, 8th, and 9th-- I will be there again with original art, comics and trades, prints, sketchbooks. I have several commissions available for the show--they are 9x12, color, bust shot of character of your choice for $60. Get on the list early as space is limited.
I will also be set up representing BAD KARMA this weekend! Bad Karma: Volume 1 is scheduled to arrive from the printer in a few weeks, and we will have an actual preview copy of the book for you to look at. If you missed ordering Bad Karma during the Kickstarter, you will be able to pre-order it during the show. We will also have t-shirts, coaster sets, tattoos, and stickers.
BAD KARMA T-SHIRT
In addition to that, we're going to have three amazing Bad Karma prints--we will have the screen print of the 9th life that I did and the Chaos Agent one by Mike Tisserand. BUT, we will have a HeroesCon special edition BAD KARMA "Kraken" print--it is an amazing, large format, color print by MARK ENGLERT. Mark's prints are insanely popular and absolutely brilliant. This is a very limited edition print and they'll go fast.
"KRAKEN" PRINT BY MARK ENGLERT
We will be in Artist's Alley, tables 820-823. Come by and say Hi!
In addition, Bad Karma will be doing a panel on Friday at 2--We will be discussing the story and the concepts as well as the process of doing a collaborative project of this scale. I'm sure we will talk about Kickstarter and the challenges and fun bits that come from crowd sourcing.
Here is the link to HeroesCon website so you can check out all the details.
Hope to see you there!