“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

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"FIVE MORE MINUTES..."_update

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]



"...then we've really gotta go."

BIRDIE_udpate

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]






"It's funny because it has the words 'pee' and 'cock' in its name."

CHEST, OPEN_update

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]



Stone heart: Check.
Iron heart: Check.
Paper heart. _____

Saturday, April 28, 2012

WAIT, GIRL...WAIT_update


[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]



Don't worry. I know you're waiting.

Monday, April 23, 2012

NAZI FIGHTER_commission

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



It was a HUGE honor for me to do his image for BEN TEMPLESMITH - who proclaimed upon asking me for the above drawing, "I've never had someone do a commission for me before. This will be my first!"

If you don't know who Ben is, a quick run down: He's a formidable illustrator, a creator of the highest degree, and looks most dapper in his three piece suits. Visit the link above for more proof.

It is to say that as a whole, he is an intimidating individual on multiple fronts. And now... I had to draw for him. I don't mind telling you, it made for a very long Saturday night which turned into a Sunday morning trying to come up with the concept. I just hope that he's happy with the results.



PS - If I've turned Ben off from ever getting any other commissions from fellow professionals in the future because I did such a piss-poor job with this image which popped his proverbial commissions cherry (and now he's completely allergic to the idea of ever doing it again because of the whole ordeal), I sincerely apologize for f*cking it up for everyone else. Really, really sorry.

GREAT HELM_commission

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



"We will not be the the tail, wavering in our resolve... Instead, we shall be the head. We shall be the heart and the horns of the ox; charge forward to lay low, to render into waste all in our path... This is our course. This is what we are, and we are not the tail..."

Saturday, April 21, 2012

UNZIPPER_commission

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on sketchbook paper]



It's truly flattering when some one who's connected to my work via this blog approaches me and says, "Whatever it is that you're doing with those recent images...well, I want that." That pleases me to no end.

His only request was to include an attractive woman, one or both of his cats, and an image which had a small narrative. I wasn't comfortable drawing his cat.

I hope I got the other two things.

Friday, April 20, 2012

CHOOSE, CHOOSE_update

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


"Which mask will you choose today?" 
"The one that shows just enough without showing everything, of course."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

POULAROID_update


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



Getting back into drawing for myself again as I am suddenly filled by a flush of unexpected inspiration. Don't know where it's coming from but I hope it doesn't stop any time soon.


Thanks, inspiration.

Monday, April 16, 2012

C2E2_update

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 


[9 x 13" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board]

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 

[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board] 



[6 x 9" - blue pencil & technical pen, on 300lb bristol board]



Here are some images from this past weekend's C2E2 in Chicago. The majority of them were done as part of the first thirteen copies of ENCORE sold at the show. The only true commission I did was the one of the dragon - done with COPIC marker.

Good show. Great weekend. Even better company.

I'm tired so I'll keep the writing of this update short. Have a great week.


Eric.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

ARCHMONK_sketch

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



This armor is probably intended to be ceremonial. Can you imagine charging out into the battle field with this cumbersome number on? Maybe it's made of really very light mystical metals that wouldn't be too heavy to bear while tackling/slashing/maiming his opponents? Maybe.

Normally, I try to create a story with each and every image I draw so that I can somehow justify certain design choices. And on occasion I purposefully go for flair. Ridiculous amounts of flair. It's fun and allows me to practice designing outside of the practical.

Lame excuses, folks - that's all I have.

Monday, April 02, 2012

POST ECCC 2012_update

[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]

[6 x 9" - 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]
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




I had a fine time at the show. And due to the good graces of professionals and fans alike, the copies of ENCORE I had brought with me to the convention were all sold.

Also, it was encouraging to hear the support for the new commission policy from my respected peers; DAVID PETERSEN, JOHN LAYMAN and BILL SIENKIEVICZ - just to name (drop?) a few. And more importantly, of the fans that came to my table to ask for a commissions or an image, ALL of them knew about the direction I wanted to go with my art and thankfully, they were more than happy to participate. It was trough their positive reactions that really put the convention as an over-the-top experience for me.

So, I'd like to give my most sincere gratitude to ALL of you - for giving me your trust and your patience. The images above are some of the ones awarded to the first thirteen buyers. Oh.. and that last image was a commission drawn as part of themed sketchbook where the subject matter somewhat mimics what director BRETT RATNER did with his photo book project, 'THE HILLHAVEN LODGE'. I believe that they are really charming concepts on both fronts.

Anyway... C2E2 in Chicago is the next convention I will be attending, and the same deal applies: The first 13 copies of Encore that are sold will come with a free sketch comparable to the ones you see above. Actually, the first TWO images are commissions and are not part of the premium. You can distinguish the difference via the measurements mentioned in the brackets below each image; the commissions are 9x12", whereas the 'rewards' only measure 6x9".

And just so we're clear - the images that you get are at my discretion. This is NOT like getting a commissions where you can request something of your preference; it is simply a bonus and a 'Thank You!' for your patronage and support. Cool? Cool.

Have a great week all. Again - thank you so much.



Eric.