“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, June 19, 2012

HEROES CON 2012_commissions

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]

I will be at HEROES CON - Charlotte, NC. June 22-24 at Artist Alley Table# 617 this coming weekend along with the ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL crew.

I've had nothing but glowing things to say about this show since the first time I've attended a few years back, and I can honestly say that if I were to miss attending every show during the convention season except for this one.. well, that would be just fine with me. 

Please come and visit if you can. I'll be selling original art, copies of CHOCOLATE and of course, ENCORE (which has the bonus of a free B&W sketch to the first thirteen buyers of the book at the show). Also, for those interested, my commission list has a few slots open. This year I promise to be more studious with my table time so that I'll have your image done by the show's end. 

Promise. Promise? Heh.

The images above are a handful of pre-show commissions that have been set up so that I can stay ahead of the curve before the craziness starts - all of them in the vein of the "In The Spirit Of..." policy I set up a while ago. I hope the people who asked for them are happy with my interpretations. It's also a great way for me to get into the proper head space so that by the time I get to the convention floor, I'll hit the ground running.

Hope you all have a wonderful, creative week. And please don't forget to donate and participate in the HEROES CON FUN RUN. It's a worthwhile cause and a fine way to get your portfolio reviewed on Sunday. 

Thanks again and I'll see you all there.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


[14 x 17" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]

A larger image that I didn't think would take all damned day. And of course, inevitably, it took all damned day.

Commissions lists, I've come to find, have a tendency to fill up regardless of how many images I manage to finish. These are all the good kinds of problems, but you probably couldn't convince my aching left hand of that.

Fingers crossed that everyone is having a great, progressive and productive week so far. And again, my most sincere thanks to the fellow who'd been waiting for this image since forever.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

THE ROYALS_commission

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

One more off of the 'Delinquent' list. I wonder if I'm being too literal with the whole MEDUSA idea? I wasn't really paying attention to how on-the-nose I was until a friend pointed it out to me. To be perfectly honest, I was primarily concerned with the rendering on the guy's nose. Isn't that odd what I choosing to fixate on? And here's a thing: Recently, I've realized I can't seem to be bothered with 'big picture' stuff when it comes to drawing or rendering an image.

I know that sounds bad. I really do.

I know saying that is almost sacrilegious to all traditional artists, but my attention these days seem to be zoned in on or two (maybe three?) points of interest in any commission I do - and everything else is just (and this is the wrong word, so forgive me) - frivolous.

That's got to be something I need to be seriously worried about, right? Is there medication I can take to promote OCD? Because I genuinely think, based on my recent actions, I need that in a bad way. Okay, I'll worry about it a few images from now when I've cleared more off of this to-do list. Until then, you guys are gonna get the best rendered ears, or knuckle, or leather boots you're ever going to get from me.

Have a great week, all.

PS - What the hell is going on with that asymmetrical tuning fork on that guy's head? Don't ask me - I can't be bothered with it. 


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

I am not a very responsible artist because I took this commission around this time a year ago - probably at HEROESCON in Charlotte, NC - and I've barely put the finishing touches on it tonight.

If you are the owner of this BLACK WIDOW image, I'd like to thank you for your patience and continued support. I know you've been waiting all this time and I hope I've managed to give you something that you'll really be happy with.

Interpretations are funny, aren't they? I did some light reading on this character before I started the commission (considering I'd already done the 'spy' version of her so many times in the past that I wasn't really all that interested in playing that tune over and over again) and the only part of her history that really resonated to me was her brief experience as a ballerina. So that's what I went with. I mention the 'funny interpretations' part because of all the things that make this fictional character who she is, I don't know if anyone would go to the ballet dancer part first?

Who knows? My brain is really broken and not in a good way. Come to think of it, I should've done the CLAIRE VOYANT version. That would've definitely thrown everyone for a loop.

Anyway... enjoy. 

Friday, June 08, 2012

DRINK & DRAW_update

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

Have you ever nursed a drink? That's what I did the entire evening while I was at THE ORIGINAL DRINK & DRAW in Los Angeles this past Thursday night. But instead of a drink, I nursed this drawing.

I mean, I could've probably finished this mess within the first hour, but with good conversation (thank you, DAVE JOHNSON, DAN PANOSIAN and CASSANDRA POULSON - you guys are a riot), some decent food, and new people coming in and out - it was all I could do to stay focused in order to stay concentrated long enough to put the final touches. So, instead... it took 5 hours.

Yes, I know - I should be ashamed. Have a great weekend, all.