“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, March 22, 2011

C2E2 & THE ITALIANS_commissions

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board]

 [9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board]

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board] 

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board] 

 [9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board]

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board]



I'm back from Chicago and C2E2 convention. I had loads of fun, met many of my talented and revered contemporaries, and tried to buy as much as their works as my small piece of luggage could hold for the trip back home. Also, maybe because of the fatigue, I feel like I'm drunk. At least I don't feel sick as a dog as I was when I got back from Emerald City Comic Con. Yikes.

Let me say 'Thank you!' to all the people who dropped by the table. The experience was even better than last year, and with MATTEO SCALERA sitting with me, I couldn't have enjoyed the show more. Also, Matteo introduced me to his friend ALESSANDRO VITTI. I'm saying this as seriously as I possibly can - there is something in the water over there in Italy that's making these guys draw like monsters. After seeing Alessandro's originals, I was immediately impressed with his output quality and the amount of issues he's done in ONE year working for the big companies. I gained respect for him on many levels - he's a funny guy, he's a disciplined illustrator and he's a giving individual. So between me, him and Matteo, we had a great time talking about art, technique, design, family, words/phrases I should learn before I visit there again - the entire gamut. Like I said, I had a very enjoyable weekend. It's also safe to say that these boys know how to drink. And fart.

Have a great week.




PS - In case you're wondering why there's been a lot of marker rendering in my recent commission work (*Note: these marker renderings are not standard operating procedure for me. So please, future commission peeps - don't get used to nor expect it. Thank you), it was simply to explore and see for myself what the big deal is all about whenever I see other commissions elsewhere that are done in the same fashion. My conclusion is that, if you'll pardon the analogy, you can cover a cake with the best icing in the world but if you've baked it using 'poop' as a key ingredient, all you'll have in the end is Poop Cake...with icing.

Simply put: I gotta stop baking Poop Cakes, man.

10 comments:

matthew said...

Good gravy Eric ...I sometimes forget how great your work is!

Comix Book Gurl said...

It was awesome meeting you!

vitalik shu said...

Super )))))

Casey Crowe said...

Damn, that Doc Ock is wicked! So angular and chunky, awesome.

Brian said...

"Poop Cakes," you crack me up, my friend.

Personally, I have been really digging your marker work, but will be just as happy to see more pen and ink work out of you at future shows.

Whenever you are drawing, your fans are "winning."

Michael Pfeffer said...

I'd eat the crap out of that pooptopus cake picture.

Daniel Campos said...

These are all amazing as usual! Leave it to you to take something as mundane as greyscale commissions and level 'em up. Great, great job that I'm sure resulted in some very happy commission owners.

AG said...

Your art is amazing...damn good!

Yasemin Baran said...

The Twi'lek chick looks friggiiinnn amazing Eric!!! Twi'leks are already my fav race on SW universe, but a T'L pimped by you?!! Oh man, it's just awesome!!

Antonio said...

I personally know Matteo and he is a beast!
As well as being a nice guy, he is an amazing artist.