“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"SERIOUSLY..."_90 minutes

"...you're *really* gonna draw 'em like that, huh?"


Thanks to all who have replied. I am overwhelmed and humbled by all of the support. It's all just laughable comedy to me, but it's nice to hear (read) that people were all laughing at almost everything I was cracking up at. Those who have left comments are tops in my book. I'd respond to each of you guys and gals individually, but that could (would?) take all day. Which I wouldn't mind, but if you thought that other fella's English and sentence structure was woeful, mine is doubly so. Instead, please accept this as my heartfelt "Thank You!" to all of you who have left comedic, eloquent, sensitive, etc. comments. I am now, as ever, very VERY grateful.

Oh, and for extra laughs, look at all the trouble one MR. TOM FEISTER went through:

JJ's Talented Art

Man, that's almost funnier than the now-infamous letter. Almost.

[*EDIT: Just for clarification - the images from link above is NOT "The JJ's" actual art. It's just a parody that Mr. Feister put together, as he was inspired by the letter of critique. I mean, it would almost be disappointing if his art (JJ's) were actually that rudimentary, wouldn't it?]


JRtist said...

I would have left a comment on the previous post, but I saw you had quite a following there. I agree it's laughable, I'm someone that is trying to 'break in', and had schooling, but just because you have a piece of paper that says you 'know' what you're talking about, doesn't mean you can apply it, much less critique someone with the so called knowledge you were given.

I'm surprised he didn't put you in his hall of fame for artists that blow, seeing as how he was saying this none stop in his email.

And if THAT is his display of art, for 10 years of anatomy class? Christ I need a drink now. Term dumbass comes to mind.

I agree with Skottie, those who have to keep announcing they know something, in fact don't. And being an artist, doesn't mean (well, ok I can't really call him an artist...) an artist sucks just because you don't like their work. We as artists are supposed to have an open mind and for a less deepening aspect of thought towards this air thief... I'll say this... A guy like that, is just out to piss on anyones parade.

I'm glad you took it in stride man and even posted it for the rest of us to 'enjoy'. It's times like this that I ask myself, "When am I going to get that type of notariety!"

Have a good one Eric.

Skotti said...

I'm still your #1 fangirl.

And, let's hope Skottie doesn't comment often, I don't wanna get confused with him.

DAN-VAN-COOL said...

Oh Shit! Its been a long time since I've laughing this hard in front of my computer screen. The web site is a nice touch for something I didn't think could get funnier.
Good job Mr. Feister! Now he really is "frum teh internets"

Awesome, new pic too. I Dig anything with Thor.

Tu said...

I dont think JRtist realizes that JJ webpage was a joke made by someone else.

Shuku said...

Dear Eric,

I've visited your blog often, but felt just a little shy to drop any comments. I'm no artist, not in this league certainly, and your work is such lovely inspiration when I come by looking for a way to make my brain cooperate with my wanting to draw.

Your blog introduced me to the gorgeous El Pacifico work of Marcelo Vignali, Armand Serrano and Marcos Mateu, and for -that- it wouldn't be fair to -not- at least say thank you!

I'll be visiting a lot more often, for sure.

PS: Oh, and that infamous letter? What a goldarn, cotton-pickin', genuine-but-misguided elitist, arrogant, flea-bitten crack-swilling piece of -childishness-. And I work with children. Almost every day.

Robert said...

You're the artist on enter the Mandarin? I like your stuff very much. It's very dynamic. I like what I've seen on this site. I didn't pick up the Mandarin mini because I'm not a big Iron Man fan, though I do like Joe Casey. After viewing your art here, I will be giving the book a look when I visit my LCBS or will maybe pick up the trade when it comes out.

p.s. you don't need me to tell you that the author of the now infamous e-mail obviously doesn't know what he's talking about. Keep up the good work!

j_ay said...

These Marvel drawings are just toooooooooooooooooooo cool.

Joshm said...

Wow, that letter is classic fanboy! I have no words to offer to JJ.

Eric, as always your work is wonderful and exciting. Keep up the great work!

Joe Karg said...

Really funny Eric. Your latest posts have been some of your best. It has been amazing to watch you get better and better over the last 7-8 months. Keep it up buddy.


B_Steelo said...


Leaf said...

Mr. Feister brought my thoughts to life. An excellent rebuttal on his part.

And an excellent drawing on yours, Mr. Canete. Love Hulk checking out his arse. "Does it look too big? Why puny humans never leave Hulk's butt alone?"

You keep drawing 'em and we'll keep buying. Cheers.

Mark said...

I'm now dying to see JJ's actual art. Please God, let him respond to TF's baiting.

Craig Zablo said...

I like the new drawing even better than the last. Should I think JJ?

jason quinones said...


jj's email was INSANE! you'd think you were rob leifeld the way he ripped on you! and tom did a great job with the fake jj website!

i don't need to tell you your work is awseome as jj has already proven that with his hate for you!

it's like katt williams said:

"if you ain't bein' hated on, then you ain't doin' shit!"

Andy Park said...

That letter's so amazing! I was thinking that you were just joking with us and wrote that letter yourself. I was like, "Really? Someone truly believes these words or is Eric testing us to see how gullible we all are?" You should ask him what artists you should be looking at to learn how to draw and tell a story. I'm interested to see what his answer would be.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Lovely drawing.

Samanta Erdini said...

My god!
For fist Thanks so much for the comment on my blog, I love yours, specialy, I`m in love with the super heroes! My fav, is the wonder woman, I think she is Sexy and cute!! :)

About the letter, like Andy said, Its amazing too!! Its very interesting!!! :)

I will add on my fav+ and thanks I just only worked in a movie here in my country but for now, I don`t have work to draw, I think I mustto practise more.

Anyway, Thanks so much, and I Will pass visit you anytime!!!


Odon said...

Just read the letter and I'd like to offer a critique also. Now that the seal has been broken. I'm also and artist http://donflaws.blogspot.com/ From my work you may notice I like anatomy. I like it a lot. I like it too much. I struggle to keep my figures looking like they're moving or even alive. You don't have that problem. Your figures are dynamic and definitely moving. The gesture you put in your figures and in the whole composition is one of the reasons I constantly look at your blog. That and the fact I'm pissed I can't do a 90 min drawing anywhere near as good. It's a fact that you lose gesture as you refine and render structure. Figures 'stiffen up' as you render them more realistically. All artists struggle trying to make the image on the paper look anatomically correct and still look dynamic and alive. It's a compromise between correct/stiff and exaggerated/dynamic. The human body just doesn't bend like you want it to so you either have to sacrifice gesture or structure. You're heavy on the gesture and I'd say don't change. John Buscema is an art deity in my book and he bent the figure and took all kinds of liberties. Frazetta doesn't worry about anatomy.

Your story telling is fine as far as I can tell, I don't notice anywhere where I'm lost. I'm no expert on storytelling but I've been reading comics for about 30 years. I'm not supposed to notice the storytelling at all if you're doing it right so mission accomplished. The thick borders compliment your good use of blacks, keep em.

JJ the whiny little vehemently self proclaimed art bitch doesn't know shit about art in general and he definitely doesn't know comic art. Your anatomy hurts your storytelling? What an idiot. Yeah I just can't follow those Jack Kirby stories because he doesn't draw knees well. Comic art is about power, action, life. You got it.

Maybe this guy just wants Iron Man to look differently so he can fantasize about Tony Stark. I'd like to see some of his drawings, I'm known for my ruthless critiques. Punk.


andy kuhn said...


it's been a couple of weeks since i visited your blog. these last two posts have made my year so far.
and trust me, i know a little something about years!

Brian said...


Your post cracked me up.

Mark said...

You almost dont have the words to describe the stupidity in JJ's letter, which is really the beauty of the letter itself, because the stupidity is so self apparent. Your the best Eric. ugh, comic fanboys...

Marcelo Vignali said...

I haven't been to your blog in a while, shame on me! I love the black and white sketches. Top knotch work here!

Diantres said...


that JJ's letter is.. i'm spechless.

quote: "they are WEAK drawings. Trust me."

man, a 90-min drawing of yours kick the ass of all my Sketchbooks!!!

your drawings are great, Keep it up!!

Greetings from Chile!

DADICUS said...

I thin JJ's absolutely right!......................................"BWAH! HA! HA!"

What a wack job who could, or would, take the time to write that,
Maybe thats why after 10 years of hard training (Jerk'N it) he's still not a real professional!

Eric I love your Iron man, You have redefined Tony Starks look as far as I am concerned. BEAUTIFUL!

el mono astronauta said...

i love your work!!!!!!!i just started to show my pictures, please visit me

and sorry for my english, i dont speak it very well....

Super Edco said...

Dood, I'm at your blog every week. Love your work-- always have, always will. Getting introduced to your art and getting to know you during the WS days was one of the highlights of my time there. Keep on rockin!


VHS said...

z0mg So behind! This is HI-larious! (read with sarcasm)--> Boy, am I glad he thinks Jack Kirby and Alex Toth suck as much as you do. Cuz they do. And you do too.

j/k! BTW I <3 your valkyrie pic... best Looney Tune evaaar! Keep up the sweet stuff!

axel#13 said...

Another great looking piece!

JeS said...

That letter's incredible (and not in a good way). It's obvious you have the foundation of anatomy, perspective, etc down and you've made your own style with it. A sweetly energetic style, too. Even better than your work though, is the way you handled this whole thing. Way to not stoop down to the lowest common denominator when it would have been so easy to do so. Keep up the great work.


i'm thinking of changing my name to "thejj" what do you guys think? :)



azhar said...


damn funny...

again..when i read JJ's mail...i laugh and said "is this guy serious?"..

really wanna meet this JJ guy and defend your genius work..


you are truly a modern master Mr Canete.

Jason Johnson said...

Really nice work, Eric! It was cool working with you on that Ladytron book back in the day. Can't wait to see more.