“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

Monday, June 08, 2009

SO MUCH NOISE_cover


"We can't work with you because we're nervous people and you make us nervous. We need this character to look more tech-y with more details and cool shit, you know? Do that thing that everyone wants you to do. I don't understand why you changed your style. You were my favorite before but now you're not anymore. You're a 'Cool Tech' guy, right? But this new series is about ninjas so it's too bad that you can't draw cool ninjas. If only you drew more like Jim lee, and less like Peter Chung we could maybe give you work. You'll never be as good as Claire Wendling, so don't even try it. You should learn how to do 3D so you don't have to draw everything. Let me be honest with you: I don't think you know how to work with other people. I look at your work and I really think you need to dumb it down so people will understand it. How many fans do you have? I have a ton of fans because I know what I'm doing. We don't know how to use you. Your career would be so much easier if you were faster with those pages. You are definitely NOT a monthly guy and that's why we can't give you more work. Your women and females aren't pretty. People would like you more if you drew prettier women. We know what you do. We've seen your blog. But we need you to change that for this project. We don't do this here in the US. For the work you do maybe you'd be better in Europe. Why are you doing this no-name shit? Why not go for a big title like Spiderman? Please don't draw him that way; we have a brand to maintain. We don't think we should pay you because we didn't end up using your work. I thought you were just a background designer? I don't think you're meant to do storyboards. You have to know your limits. You're not supposed to draw everything. You need an inker. Your stuff doesn't make sense without a good inker. You should keep in mind that you're drawing for the lowest common denominator. That design is too simple.That design is too complicated."

"They will never let you draw Superman.
"

24 comments:

Charlie said...

I think you draw anything just fine. Your work just looks like you had a blast doing it. I can't wait to meet you at Heroes Con and buy a print. Take care.

ANX said...

*hugs man*

Glad to have you back man. You've been direly missed.

Andre Szymanowicz said...

wow yeah makes you wish all those statements had faces so you could punch em in the nose.

Good to have you back Eric!!!!

rico said...

Did they really let you draw Superman? I know he's your boy!

Is your checklist done now? Can you just do stuff for fun now?

tortugamarina said...

Here, a big fan.

Your drawings are not like the usual US style... but much stronger.

Kristina Bustamante said...

Glad to see you back online. Your work is such an inspiration!

Johnny B said...

What the hell-? People actually said this to you? That Iron Man book alone ought to convince anyone that you can do mainstream American comics. Idiots.

Domo stanton said...

...and for some reason the main people sayin' this stuff can't do it themselves... good to see ya back man! ur a big inspiration and influence to a lot of us young kats out there tryin' 2 make it. Stay up bro!

Inazuma Tiger said...

Eric,

You continue to be a quiet inspiration for all of us in the trenches, ready to go over the top.

Thanks and I hope tell you so again in person at HeroesCon.

Geoff Shupe said...

i would actually read Superman if you drawing it.

John said...

Welcome back, Eric...missed your brilliant work.

I love this post, with all the "why's and why not's"

Proving them wrong is the best revenge there is!

Keep rocking it, kaibigan!!!

-John

Zac Dozier said...

You're back! Alright, alright.

Mowgli said...

I can not boast of being even close to the shadow of your capabilities, but i can surely tell you that...all that was being said is bull shit!!! those morons sell some pages and begin to think that they are the gods of this arch-dias!! didnt you punch them in the face? i always thought you were capable of that...

and one more thing...It's so damned, damned, damned good to see you back...like i am smile from one ear to the other...its the return of Mr.Canete!! how would you sketch that? hehe :p

Rantz said...

Eric, my friend, as Metallica so aptly put it...

Fuck 'em all, and fucking no regrets"

You rock, plain and simple.

Illustrator's Lounge said...

Damn, that's good!

Geo

Boris Andreev said...

Oh man!.. This is nonsense, bullshit! You have a great style. The fact that, regarding your drawings, they mention "you'd be better in Europe" — it is a good thing. Take it as a compliment! You got your own something in the way you draw. Fine, go for it! It's cool to be yourself and it is even better to be (and stay) yourself in the field of Art.
Keep it up dude!
Cheers from Vancouver, BC

Guy Mann said...

I find your style very energetic. Your camera angles are very dramatic. I got the Iron Man tpb. and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to see the next End League tpb. I'll buy what you're involved with. I wish you put out a nice sketch book. I find your work very inspirational. Call me some time.

hawaiian dave said...

Great to have you back man.

Chrispy said...

Can i just say Eric, this post is one of the GREATEST THINGS i have ever seen, it really is such an amazing story, and i have to let you know that it TRULY inspired me man, so much so that i printed out the entire post with the words underneath it, and hung it on my wall, now i have to get you to sign it, FORREAL! Just amazing. Ill call you sometime this week, need to catch up, PEACE!

sam liu said...

Sweet, my comment made it on the list!

Paul Alp said...

You rock, fuck everyone else

Ur a legend,

PAul

William said...

"They will never let you draw Superman."
Yeah right, depends on the idiot in charge that week. There's been plenty on artist that have drawn Supes in different styles and still been published by D.C.
One minute they'll tell you aren't what there looking for, the next they'll be begging for you.
Life's funny that way.

riq said...

Perfectly awesome.

Don't believe the hype.

riq.

Craig Phillips said...

Hey Eric,

I have always admired your work. Just goes to show you should always stick to your guns and do what feels natural to you because in the end it will pay off. Otherwise you just turn into this sort of derivative of everything else out there and don't have your own personality in the work. Anyways, good post, great blog. Nice to see it back up again.

Best,
Craig