“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, April 05, 2011


[11 x 14" - 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]

[12 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on sketchbook paper]

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

[8.5 x 11" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on smooth comicbook cover stock]

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

[9 x 12" - red pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on loose sketchbook paper]

San Francisco's 2011 WONDERCON has come and gone. If you and I didn't get chance to shake hands or say 'hello' at the show it's probably because you didn't visit the restrooms enough. I say this only slightly in jest, but my booth was only x-amount of feet from a bathroom stall.

Really. It was.

Anyway, let me focus on some good stuff. I had a lot of fun while I was in Nor Cal. I had dinner with friends and I met up with a whole lot of artists - some are the creative people I've gotten to know and admire in the past (I'm speaking about you, JOEL GOMEZ, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, and RYAN OTTLEY , and then there were the few who are the great new finds. One such talented artist is a woman by the name of LIANA HEE. She's a very humble, Bay Area artist who's starting to do the convention circuit more and more. The reception for her work has been pretty great, and rightfully so. I hope more people get hip to her stuff.

I'm gonna name drop some more here, so deal with it. I had dinner with HUMBERTO RAMOS, FRANCISCO HERRERA and LEONARDO OLEA. I had such a wonderful, educational and entertaining evening with these fine gentlemen. After dinner, I had a chance to chit-chat with Humberto and if there was such a thing, I believe he could lay claim to the title of the most generous man in comics - by way of time, imparting knowledge, and friendship. It was a memorable evening and I hope the photos taken there don't make their way around the internet.

One more thing: I've said this earlier this week on my TWITTER account (yes, that is a blatant/obvious request for you to go follow me), but I think I've come to the point in my life where I don't have the constitution and longevity to last though a long weekend convention any more. That said - and I'm not 100% certain about this - I'm guessing these commissions are going to start becoming more sparse starting the end of the year because I'm planning on cutting back my convention appearances considerably - or else, you know... I'm gonna die.

Or something less dramatic. But just as lethal.

Just kidding.


matthew said...

Great stuff Eric. Not to fill your rear with smoke but your work with black/grey markers is epic! Like you turned into an European artist or something. Quite an artistic zone youre playing through right now...like Jordan going off on the Blazers in 92...all you have to do now is give a shrug running down court.

David Ziggy Greene said...

This stuff is soooooooooooo good!

Fran Friel said...

Marvelous work!

John 'Roc' Upchurch said...

outright phenomenal

Frank Forte said...

these are all wicked!!!