Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Let's Talk About Commissions

Cyclops and Jean Grey

Here's some recent commissions, color and gray.
Now, to the good stuff:

I don't take money upfront. I hate taking money upfront. It causes problems and that's why I never do it. And, yet...there's problems.

I don't take money upfront, so, that means:

1. You're not my boss
2. I don't work for you. I'm doing you a favor.
3. You're not my employer.
4. I don't need to answer emails asking when the commission is done. I'm not paid to do that. And, also, read number 1 again.
5. If you're upset that the commission is not done yet, that is your thing you need to deal with.
6. I finish the commission when I finish the commission.

Hey: I love being an artist. I'm grateful and lucky and humble that I get to do this. The fact that I can draw for people means a LOT to me. I love to do it and I want to do it. Please commission me. But if someone gives me a hard time, then I don't need to do it. If you don't mind waiting, please commission me. If you dislike waiting, hire another artist.

Price list:
9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80
shipping extra: $7 USA; $12 Canada;  $16 International

12X18 inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $8 USA; $13 Canada;  $18 International

Price is for one character. Extra character is $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
Special background art requests are $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
I also have 11X14 inch paper or 11X17 inch paper if you prefer.

You can pay when it's done.

Wonder Woman

Mad Max Fury Road
Elaine, Gaudium and Spera



Duke and Roadblock

Mademoiselle Marie


Saucer State #4 Preview

Hooray, here's a preview for Saucer State #4. Check it out and purchase it at your local comic shop.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

SAUCER STATE #3 Cover Process

Saucer State #3 on is on sale right here
And here are the art stages for the cover art, including colors by Adam Guzowski.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Grass Kings cover

...and some preliminary sketches.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mixed Media works

 ...In the store.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Darkness Visible #5 Cover

color art

 Cover art by me.


Black and white art

final cover

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Sunday, July 30, 2017


Saucer State #2 preview 

PreOrder the series.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sketches...Heroic Heroines!

Big Barda
Here are some recent sketches.

Also: Thank you so much for commissioning me.

But...If you commission a sketch from me, don't send emails asking me when is it done and where is it and can I have it now and have you shipped it and can you send me a sketch and and and.

I'm at that age where I can't deal with that anymore. There's a reason I don't take money up front. I feel it buys me the freedom to be an artist and take the necessary time and deal with life. If you want to hire an artist to send status reports, you should get someone else. With me, you just put in a request, sit back in your sack, play a little Xbox, and I'll call you in a few months when it's done. The magic of ART!






Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Some More Commissions

Here are some current commissions. All completed with inks and watercolors and acrylics.
Annnnnnd here are base prices....

9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80
shipping extra: $7 USA; $11 Canada;  $15 International

12X18 inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $8 USA; $12 Canada;  $17 International

Price is for one character. Extra character is $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
Special background art requests are $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
I also have 11X14 inch paper or 11X17 inch paper if you prefer.

I only like to draw mainstream pop culture characters. Comics preferably; but TV, movie and video games are okay. I shy away from people's smaller creator-owned properties. I don't like to draw real-life likenesses unless you'll pay more (I'm not that good at it). I won't do your original character unless you pay me a massive, filthy amount. I don't do commissions of people's fiances, family members or pets. Sorry.
If you're the type of person that needs your drawing right away, please close your browser window and leave quickly as fast as you can. There's a reason why I don't take money up front.
One more note: I think people see these drawings with tons of stuff and think,"me too". I would advise against asking for tons of stuff unless you really want it.  Asking for tons of stuff can make the commission take longer. And, these drawings are better when they're allowed to breath. But, if you really want multiple characters and unique backgrounds, I'm willing to accommodate. I just want everyone to be happy.

Lady Jaye and Zarana
Sif and Thor
Black Widow and She Hulk


Friday, April 28, 2017

Darkness Visible #3 cover

Here's a cover I did for IDW's Darkness Visible. Purchase here

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Saucer State

Saucer State Comic Explores Connection Between Aliens and White House (Exclusive Preview)

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Art Sale

Today my charity Art Sale goes bye bye. I lowered all the remaining pieces to $45. 30% will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Last Day! Last chance!

I'll have another Art Sale in the fall. But...I encourage you to follow my Storenvy Shop throughout the year. I'll be sneaking on some artwork throughout the year. If you're lucky, you'll see it.


Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 A Year In Review

I checked the records, and I started this blog in 2006. So, it's been 10 years on here and I guess I should say a few words.

Yep, I've been an artist for a long time hasn't been exactly easy. But, what is? "Freelance artist". Working in an industry where you get more love and affection for drawing...I dunno...a Suicide Squad back-up story or something, than 20 years of creator-owned and self-published work. Where you get more attention and notoriety for drawing a Deadpool cover than..I dunno...all this stuff. 

Jealousy? No. Given the choice to work on Saucer State or some corporate superhero thing, the answer is obvious. But all the adoration given to corporate stuff over new, original work is a little annoying sometimes.

I'm thankful for every job I get. Even the commissions, which you can see here. I'm lucky to be an artist and do what I love. I wanted to draw comics when I was 5. But I have "down periods". Periods where I feel I'm no good at this. And then, somehow, I do it for a little bit longer. NY4; Saucer Country; Three; Survivors Club; Cry Havoc....They've all pretty much sold the same. So, is it me? Do I suck? Is it the industry? Are the Big 2 choking off readers? Are they growing readers? What's going on, comics?

11 full 22-page comics. That's worth noting right? But, the burn-out is real. It's why a lot of artists that came up at the same time as me are now writing, doing covers, single images--the occasional issue or mini-series. Drawing single images are more rewarding. You draw one, put it on the internet, get likes, editors see them, and the rewards flow in. Drawing story pages are a slog and there are long days wondering: when does it pay off big?  It's with you all the time: Where's the pages? Can we get more pages? How are the pages? Get the pages in. Pages, pages, pages.

Cry Havoc

CRY HAVOC #3-6 (Jan-May) 
"The inks for pages 1-13 have been uploaded to the Episode 3 folder" is how I began the year 2016. And, all the final inks for Cry Havoc arrived in mid-May. So, that's essentially 4 issues of Cry Havoc drawn this year, but let's be fair and call it 3.5.

This was an amazing project all around--a book packed with talent--but It left me pretty battered and bruised and lacking in sleep. And when it was done, I wanted to crawl under a rock. Drawing two series at once--full art--is not recommended. But I was doing it. Will I ever do it again? Plainly, No.

Outsourcing inks was not ideal, but we wanted everyone to get their serialized comic books on time. Thankfully Barb Guttman and Miguel Montenegro helped and did a wonderful job and helped make the deadlines.

Survivors Club

Survivors Club was launched in October 2015 and the cancellation call came in December 2015. So, when I read people on twitter backing the notion that the life and death of a series firmly relies on trade paperback sales, all I can say is we need to have a talk.

I won't lie, at the time this was challenging...But now I look at it with a big grin on my face. It's such a crazy, insane book. It's just so...maniacal. And I love seeing it on my shelf with all the others. I'm glad Shelly Bond put me on the book. When I say I drew 4 issues this year, I mean I couldn't have done it without Peter Gross and Mark Farmer. By the time we got to issue #7, we decided we should get some inkers in order to finish on time. I actually loved having inkers. It allowed me to take time on the pencils and do a really good job. I liked their inks more than mine.


UNFOLLOW #10 (June)
So there I was: Drawing Survivors Club and Cry Havoc, completely on top of each other, day and night. Everything was due at the same time. When it was over, I intended to take a break. But, I magically got a call to draw an issue of Unfollow soon after. The job kinda came just as I became "open". It's a really neat book, and I'm glad I participated. I finished it and took a much-needed week off in the woods.

Home Repairs (July-August)
 I basically lost 2 whole months to fixing up our house for sale. Cleaning, painting, pulling weeds, applications, filling out purchase agreements....But it paid off and we got a new house in September. And for the first time, I have a room of my own. And I have a trophy room where I keep all my artwork. Also: I did a lot of commissions at this time, as you can see on this blog, so I wasn't totally out of it.

Red Thorn

RED THORN #12-13 (Sept-Nov) 
I came on Vertigo's Red Thorn. It's a fun book with amazing visuals. I was to lay out the final 2 issues--and I did--but then I took on full Pencils/Inks, so a bunch of pages are all me.

Saucer State

SAUCER STATE #1 (December) 

I'm a little behind on this one, only because I've been having trouble "getting going again". It's hard to turn on the switch when you're feeling creatively bankrupt. But, I've been in this place before, and I know I'll get in the groove again. I have inks done. The first few pages of anything are always a hardship. Look for this sequel to Saucer Country next year from IDW.

So, That's It...

Basically 11 issues drawn this year and lots of commissions too. Its been a rough year and the election has put me in such a deep malaise, that I barely go on Twitter any more.

It's getting close to 2018, which will mark 20 years as a professional artist for me. I plan on celebrating 2018 with a massive Funrama art book on Kickstarter with tons of rewards. Stick with me! It will be fun.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Look, Commissions

Cloak and dagger
So I guess this is what I do now. Here are some more. All done in ink, watercolor, acrylic, etc. I guess I could list prices, But I dunno... What is my purpose as an artist?  In the end, it's just brushstrokes and color on paper. Am I making a difference in the world? Does anything matter? Are we all just dust in the wind?


Marvel Girl