“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
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The latest offering from my attempt at doing the entire Avengers line-up. Enjoy.
BTW, let me try to be more clear because I've gotten e-mails from people who were a bit lost as to how to order it; ALL inquiries regarding the purchase of my new portfolio, "[e]LEMENT : SHAPE - A Collection of Works from Eric Canete" should be directed to JASON SCHACHTER. His contact information can be located on the left hand side of this blog.
Also, at this coming weekend's LONG BEACH COMIC CON (Oct. 2-4, 2009) STEPHANE ROUX and I will be located at booth 42 and 41. Please drop by, say 'Hello!' and keep us company. We'll have sketchbooks, commissions, and original art available.
Thank you all for your support.
at 5:17 PM
Monday, September 28, 2009
I would like to take this opportunity to inform those keeping up with this blog about the set of conventions that I'm going to this coming October. The string of back to back to back to back appearances has been endearingly (if not officially) named "THE SCHENGEN TOUR '09" in honor of my recent bouts with visa horrors. I will also have a new portfolio available with a lovely cover rendered to perfection by MS. VALERIE NUNEZ - Val stepped up to the plate, took my super-rough sketch of an idea and knocked it out of the park! Thanks, gal! Specific details of the book are below. If you are in the area, please try to make it to she shows. I know that the LBCC is having its inaugural opening this year and I think it's going to be quite a hootenanny.
Once at the show, drop by my table for a chat. I've always got this unnerving feeling that I'm going to be sitting alone with no one to talk to, so anything you can do to help me get through the convention hours would be greatly appreciated.
I'll be there with JASON SCHACHTER who will be selling my original art, coordinating commission requests, as well as trying to corral me and STEPHANE ROUX - artist of DC Comics' 'Zatanna '. Come watch Stephane make me look like a novice with all of those amazing images he does as his commissions. He really is quite a phenom.
Here's the information about the NEW portfolio:
[e]LEMENT : SHAPE - A Collection of Works by ERIC CANETE ($25.00USD, 8.5x8.5" - 48 pages, Full color/Pearl finish cover, B&W interior)
Here are the conventions that I'm attending. Please click on the link for more information about the show:
LONG BEACH COMIC CON - October 2-4, 2009
BALTIMORE COMIC CON - October 10 & 11, 2009
BIG APPLE CON - October 16-18, 2009
BOSTON COMIC CON - October 24 & 25, 2009
All pre-order inquiries and purchases for the portfolio should be forwarded to Jason Schachter. His contact information can be found on the left hand side of this blog. I hope to see you all there. Thanks in advance for your support, everyone.
at 6:37 PM
Friday, September 25, 2009
This image was semi-inspired by the amazing, AMAZING outfits designed, manyfactured, and modeled by costuming extraordinaire, RIKI LE COTEY.
I met her for the first time at this year's Heroes Con in Charlotte earlier this year. She was wearing a mind blowing costume of The Mighty Avenger's 'Wasp'. Plated in chrome accents for her chest piece, on top of leather and spandex (Riki, please forgive me if I'm getting the details wrong; I'm no good with the technicalities, gal) for the body suit, she looked absolutely stunning and I was immediately cued into the fact that she really loved the craft of making such intricate costumes.
Then recently I caught gaze of the Dr. Mrs. The Monarch number she put together for this past Dragon*Con and I was bowled over once again. She looked great, as did all the costumed participants who attended the show.
Anyway, this image of Janet Pym is sort of (and I use the word in the loosest of terms) an amalgam of both outfits that Riki crafted. Yeah, I know... you really can't see the armored pieces on her abdomen from her Wasp costume, but you get the idea. And in case you guys haven't caught on yet, I'm gonna try to do as many of the Avengers as I can. Let's see if I am, as usual, a big fat liar.
Also, if any of you guys have signed up for this weekend's workshop put on by the Concept Art Academy (this year held at Laguna College of Art & Design) I will see those of you who have been so kind as to stick around for my three hour segment on Sunday from 10Am to 1PM. Thanks ahead of time to the attendants and students for giving me a portion of your weekend. I'll try to be as entertaining and insightful as possible.
Now I'm not sure if the whole event has been spoken for and all the spots filled, but considering it's tomorrow, I think that it may be a little late to sign up. The best thing you can do for yourself is to keep an eye out for future events that are coordinated by the CONCEPT ART ACADEMY - a fine institution that has top-notch, working in the industry instructors who teach courses that are rigorous, challenging and are application based - which means you're drawing ALL the damn time. I wish I had this option at my disposal when I was younger. I can't say enough about the place, so if concepting and... uhm... art-ing is your thing, click on the link.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
at 3:26 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So, do you think that when Tony Stark straps on a new piece of machinery onto his back, he thinks to himself, "Oh my god... I really hope this f*ckin' sh*t works and it doesn't explode while I'm in mid-air. Or that the radiation from the electromagnetic power source doesn't make me sterile. Geez - I'd hate to be sterile! Wait. I'm multi-billionaire Tony Stark! Why can't I hire someone else to test pilot this experimental junk?!"
Do you think Tony thinks those kind of things or does he just chug a bottle of JD, disappear into an alcoholic oblivion and press the launch button?
at 6:56 PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Did this costume change because the half-mask and open shoulders were considered antiquated?
I don't know about you, but I like this design! I like 'old school'. I like 'antiquated'. I like 'classic'. I think that's the reason why I'm still driving around in an old Ford Edsel. Heh. No. That's a lie. But the other stuff is true - old school and antiquated and classic.
Like I said a couple of posts ago, I'm weird.
Oh! BTW - I have a DEVIANTART account now. So for those of you who are more comfortable and/or familiar with that website, the stuff you see on Blogger will manage to be posted over there - sooner rather than later - and you can leave comments, and add them as favorites and whatever else your privileged accounts will afford you.
And speaking of posting comments on Deviantart, the part that trips me up is the whole decorum of correspondence that happens over at that site. For example, in the case of Blogger, there are those of you who are kind enough to leave comments about the semi-regular posts that I put up. But what's more, is that there are also those of you who ask me direct questions on the comments section. Questions such as, "What type of pens do you use?" or, "Where did you go to school?" or, "Will you drop by my blog and critique my work?" All of these question are fair and legitimate and worthwhile.
Except for this: I'm terrible at correspondence. Seriously. TERRIBLE.
Ask anyone who has ever e-mailed me, or left comments, or messaged me via wherever - it takes some days to for me to write back. I don't know why; laziness, deadlines, distractions - whatever. Point is, I don't write back as soon as I should. Everyone has their embarrassing list of short comings and for me 'writing return e-mails' is right is near the top. I'm NOT proud of it. I'm actually rather ashamed. I swear.
Back to Deviantart. From my exposure and general knowledge of its protocol in niceties, a member is expected to comment on the comment(s) that people leave for your gallery images. I think that's how it works, right? Or am I completely off on that? Anyway, I think that's how things are and again, I think that's a fair practice.
But if you read the part where I ashamedly admit I'm terrible at writing back ('BOO!', me) and couple that with a website where the SOP is *to write back* on comments that people leave you... well, that's just a recipe for failure, isn't it? Because I can tell you now, I'm not going to be anywhere near satisfactory when it comes to commenting on a comment of a comment on a comment, etc. I'm just nowhere near capable of doing that! Please try not to hold my annoying inadequacies against me too much, yeah?
So let me get this out of the way now and I say this with all humility: If you're going to leave a comment, or if you've already left a comment, please take this note as my early (or post-) admission of guilt and that I am aware of how much of a scum bag I really am. Let me assure you that my lack of a 'back and forth' doesn't stem from any arrogance and it's certainly not malicious in nature. I am sincerely apologetic for not having it in me to write back as quickly and as studiously as I should and I am genuinely grateful that all of you have welcomed me and my chicken scratches with a smile, a hand shake, and a pat on the back.
And so in hopes that I won't come off as a complete douche (only a partial one, mind you) I will leave the corralling and day-to-day managing of the Deviantart gallery to my friend and representative, JASON SCHACHTER. Of course I will personally post new images, say 'Hello!', promote and announce new works and projects (because I'm a press whore) and I will critique Jason on his spelling and grammar. Hehe! As usual should you have any questions about commissioning me or buying any of the featured artwork at either BLOGGER or DEVIANTART, please contact Jason directly.
That said, I'd like give my thanks to all the people whose gentle and persuasive nudging finally made me port over some work over to DA (SAM LIU, you should use that silver tongue of yours for good - not evil), to those of you who religiously visit to check out my work either here and at DA, and for all the positive and encouraging comments. I'd also like to give my biggest thanks and utmost respect to those DA members (fans and professionals alike) who have posted links to my new gallery in their journal entries. It's an unbelievable and surreal experience to have such kind, talented and generous people speak of my work in such high regard and to promote me as selflessly and favorably as they have been. I am a very, VERY lucky bastard and all of you are proof-positive that good worth-of-mouth gets your images circulated faster than any advertising dollars can possibly buy.
Thank you all *SO* much. I am humbled.
at 9:09 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Did you know that in order to travel into Europe into the area known as the SCHENGEN TERRITORY and you are not a United States citizen - but hold a Permanent Resident status in the U.S. - you need a visa called (apropos) 'SCHENGEN VISA'?
Did you also know that the REQUIREMENTS and pre-requisites in order to obtain such a visa, depending on which country within the Schengen Territory is your point of entry, is very (let me emphasize VERY) specific, tedious and absolute?
Did you also, also know that on average (stipulating that everything with the visa application is accepted, approved and barring any sort of problems due to oversight from either the applicant or the issuer) the turn-around time for such a visa lingers around 15 business days?
And finally, did you know that an average plaster covered bedroom wall has the tolerance of about twenty or thirty good hits from my bare forehead being rammed against it before it shows any kind of distress that will soon need repair and a fresh coat of paint?
That said, let's take a small quiz.
1) Eric Canete is NOT vacationing in Paris, Berlin and/or Rome because:
A. He's a moron and didn't know about this thing called a 'Schengen Visa' and was embarrassingly turned away at the airport counter.
B. He's busy at home, working on ASM #611 and grumbling about said visa and not being able to go on vacation.
C. He's busy at home, working on commissions like the ones you see above and grumbling about said visa and not being able to go on vacation.
D. All of the above.
Mmm-boy! It's shaping up to be a GREAT week! Sometimes I just wish Jeff Goldblum got that teleportation machine right the third time around - you know... minus the merging with the house fly so's I can be someplace else already.
Anyway, Elektra and zombies. Enjoy.
at 8:44 AM
Friday, September 11, 2009
I was planning on doing a small step-by-step of this image - start to finish, just as an exercise in personal ego stroking ("Ooh, look how cool my process is and don't you wish you could see this in real life? - What a a douche!), but by the time I realized how obnoxiously HUGE this original would be when all was said and done, I abandoned all notion of the self aggrandizing high-fives I was going to give myself. One vice and gave way in favor of another: Laziness.
See, I would've had to start drawing, stop, scan, compose (because this double page image is done on two 11x14" sheets of Bristol), then start over again, stop again, scan again, compose again, and so on and so forth, over and over for however many steps it would've taken until I arrived at the final product which is on display now. And honestly... I'm tired from just typing it. Can you imagine the level of disinterested malaise I would've had if I actually went through with it? Ugh. Not for me. So again, hooray for laziness!
And, oh yeah... I'm watching GOSSIP GIRL. Yes, yes... I know all the jokes. Two seasons in and I'm hooked on this melodramatic gobbledy-goop like I was crack addict. One could argue that this is something of a 'beginning of the end' moment for me and that it's all down hill from here. In my defense, I'm crushing on BLAKE LIVELY in the same way I can consume copious amounts of tiramisu. And watching her character switch from 'bad girl gone good' to 'bad girl gone good but being bad is just too damn good to be bad' is... uhm... yeah, okay - I'm close to going off the deep end.
But... BUT!... in order to balance out all-sugar diet that is "XOXO" (You Gossip Bitches know what that's in reference to!) am also watching MAD MEN, and that show is just plain ol' GOOD! Seriously. It's not hype. Just all-around good programming, great story lines with characters that have so much texture to them that they could give Edward James Olmos' charming face a good run for its money. So watch Mad Men if you can. Or don't. I don't care. I'll keep Mad Men for myself. Eff you, Mad Men non-believers!
So, let's see - how many of the seven deadly sins have I covered? Pride, Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, and Wrath. And I'm not smart enough to continue this entry in order to accommodate the last one, so I'll just sign off now.
Have a great weekend everyone!
at 2:34 PM