Sunday, July 28, 2013

Arashikage Photo commission and Commission Updates!

So grand prize for my longest running commission goes to my now good friend Kris. I say good friend because he's been very patient, and over the last 4 years we've been in contact about this commission and other GI JOE related stuff. And yes, you read that correctly...4 years.

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There's a lot that went into why this took so long, and I won't bore you with it. But it's hands down my longest standing commission, with a lot of start and stop along the way. Right now most of my commissions are a year or two at the most out, and I'm working feverishly catching up on them.

So now on the Commission Update part of my post!

For the most part I've worked on commissions in the order that they came in. The only exception to that is when I go to a convention and I do sketches at the show. The way I've viewed it is that conventions are a break from my deadline work and anything I have at home. It's a chance for people to come to the show in that city and get a chance to get a sketch from me. I can't get to everyone's sketches at the shows I do. So I give everyone who asked for a sketch the choice. Either we skip the sketch and we try it again next year, or I take the commission home and mail it to them when it's done.

Some want the sketch, and are fine with me taking it home. As soon as I go home, I have my deadline schedule that always takes priority, and I fit in commissions and surplus convention sketches as I have time.

I've always been upfront with people that if they want a refund on the commission (when they've paid upfront) I'm always willing to send it asap and take them off the list. I'm not out to sit on anyone's money or take advantage. In fact, in many instances someone has paid for a commission during my last years prices, and since then my commission rates have increased, but I'm doing the quality of art I can produce currently for last year's price.

So ultimately its up to how long someone wants to or is willing to wait, and I don't begrudge anyone for that being a long or short time. I obviously get paid for commissions, but it's not my main source of income. I don't do commissions for the big pay day, I do them because I appreciate that people want an original piece of my art. I do my best to make them affordable for the time I put into them, and it's often much less than my deadline project rates.

That said, I can certainly appreciate that when someone is on a list for a commission, they expect and deserve communication, and to see something produced in a reasonable time (reasonable obviously being subjective to that person and my schedule). I get that.

I'm in the process of doing inventory of all the commissions, convention sketches and/or blank covers that I have, and people want from me. I'm putting them exactly in the order I received them and will do them in that order. The only 2 exceptions to that are on a deadline due to the nature of the commission, and they've agreed to pay my deadline rates to increase production time.

If anyone is done waiting and wants off my list and would like to request a refund (again if applicable) or if they just want off my list (if they haven't paid upfront), again I can take you off, no hard feelings. I hope we can work something out in the future.

After all these current commissions are done and caught up, I will be doing all future commissions through Mike Alexander MGA (More Great Art). You can email him directly here (mga1wars@aol.com)  to request rates and my availability.

Or check out his Comic Art Fans gallery, with examples of my work and other artists that he represents.

I will open my commission list to 3 spots. Then the list will close. My turn around time will be guaranteed within the month. Mike will handle that transaction and hopefully that will help me be more organized going forward so we don't run into this problem again. Also any pre-orders for upcoming conventions will be done through Mike as well. So if you email me, I will simply answer and forward your email to Mike to work out the details.

More than anything, I want to say how much I appreciate your interest in my work and those of you that have been willing to wait (sometimes years) to get a commission piece from me. With every piece I do everything possible to make it the best artwork that I can, and worth your wait.

IF you have questions on your current commission please email me and we can work out the details.

Thanks,
Robert

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Thor....

This is another head and torso sketch from a recent convention. While these aren't full body sketches, I generally draw them larger so they still fill up the entire 9x12 drawing space. I dig drawing this version of Thor, it's been one of the best Marvel costume redesigns in the last 10 years.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Baroness again....

Another fun Baroness piece from the show. I've got a few more Baroness drawings for the IDW Limited books, as well as some owed commissions pieces. Don't worry I've got you on my list ;)

Again the art is done on 9x12, inked with a brush pen and copic multiliners.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Watchmen Comedian...

This was a sketch done recently at the St. Louis Comic Con. It's actually part of a Watchmen Jam piece that's turning out pretty awesome. Including artists Freddie Williams II and Phil Jimenez so far! I can't wait to see the whole thing done. 

Drawing the Comedian from that group is right up my alley, and was a lot of fun to do.


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Here's the larger piece so far:




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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Scrap Iron - More GIJOE....

Here's a recent commission wrapped up, This was done at the recent convention. I took it home and added the flak explosions in the sky. There was one originally, but adding them kind of balanced it out and filled the space well. I might be making this into a print as well. It's been awhile since I drew Scrap Iron at all.  The art is done on 9x12, inked with copic multiliners and a kuretake brush pen. 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Eternal Warrior - Valiant Comics...

Here's another Valiant Comics sketch I got to do recently. Being able to draw Ninjak and Eternal Warrior both was a blast. I'd love to take a crack at XO Manowar soon too! This sketch was for Travis who I roomed with at Baltimore Comic Con recently.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Beachhead - GI JOE....

Here's another Beachhead commission done, I've had a lot of requests for this character. Some people had a request in and pulled out since the wait for a commission from me was too much for them. I totally understand that, and it doesn't bother me. It's just the nature of my work and schedule right now. At the same time, this has happened a few times where if people could have just waited a bit longer, I would have gotten to their character. Instead it's going to someone else.

So this was for a great girl I met at Heroes Con this last year, and I got this wrapped up for her to pic up at Baltimore Comic Con. It was awesome to see how excited she was about the GI Joe property. She also got a commission from Tom Feister, after a long wait, at the same show. So double score for her!!! 


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Snake Eyes vs Spider-man!...

Here's a fun example of doing these blank comic cover sketches. Often I'll get asked to draw a character on a book, (generally a GI JOE character) but they have nothing to do with the book itself. So someone wanted a Snake Eyes drawing done on a Spiderman book. Just a head and torso sketch. 

I kind of don't get that, why not just get a Snake Eyes done on a piece of illustration board, unless they have something connecting them to the book itself. So in this case I took the initiative to include Spidey somehow, and Snake Eyes' reflective visor gave me the perfect chance to do this. It's subtle, its a little thing, but for me it makes the sketch sooo much more fun putting it in context with the title of the book!



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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Snake Eyes....

Here's another Snake Eyes from a recent con. Typical head and shoulder shot that I do at conventions now. Doing my best to catch up on old con sketches and commissions. I've been incredibly busy with the GI JOE Battleground game. Apparently I'm becoming a "go-to" guy for the game's character art. The number of characters I'm being asked to do a week has tripled.....sooo that's keeping me pretty busy at the moment.

Can't wait to show it all off for you Joe fans!

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Man, I love drawing this guy.


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Friday, July 19, 2013

New Joes...

This was a fun commission for a long time friend, Charles Nowlin. He has a toy store, Outer Rim Collectibles, and he sets up at many of the comic conventions that I attend throughout the year. He's bought a number of my covers, and got this commission from me that's been a very long time coming. Him and his wife Karen have a sketchbook with them drawn as GI JOE characters they've created.

It's a cool way to really incorporate yourself into a property that you love. Neat idea. Karen is a sniper called headshot, and Charles is her spotter, a.k.a Spot.

So here you go.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Baltimore Steel Brigade...

I get a lot of GI JOE requests, and I gotta admit I'm not familiar with every character. Like many Joe fans my interest in the property dropped off in the late 80's and especially in the early 90's. The Steel Brigade was a set of Joe troops I was never really familiar with besides the basic look of their cool helmets. It wasn't until the 90's that they started making this troop into individual characters and showing us what some of them looked like unmasked.  So here is an example of one of the Steel Brigade troopers as a head and torso convention sketch request.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ninjak!.....

This is a sketch I did for Chris Campbell over at the Baltimore Comic Con. Chis puts on a great get together at his house the night before the convention and has been affectionately dubbed "Campbell Con" for many in the comic podcasting community.

Chris, like myself, is a HUGE fan of Valiant comics, both old and the newly released books. Valiant has resurfaced with a newline of books last summer including Bloodshot, Harbinger, Archer and Armstrong and XO Manowar. They've since launched Shadowman and Eternal Warrior with a recent company crossover called Harbinger Wars that was seriously fantastic!

I had the great pleasure of meeting the Valiant editorial crew at Heroes con and got to express my interest in the characters and how great the new books have been.

Ninjak was my favorite in the old line up, with XO Manowar as a close second. Joe Quesada and Bart Sears were two of my all time favorite artists in the 90's and they got me into the valiant books initially. In the recent books Ninjak first makes his appearance in the XO Manowar book, so you can only imagine how excited I was about that.

 This is my first Valiant related sketch I've done, and now I've really caught the bug. I hope to be able to do more in the future, and would love the chance to work on their books!

On this sketch, I did the Valiant logo in the bottom right and just added the red with copic marker, so the logo is on the physical sketch I did for Chris. Fun stuff! Ninjas are awesome...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Starfire Colors...

Here are colors for the Starfire sketch I did recently. Colors by Simon Gough.  My kids love Starfire, but mostly due to the older Teen Titans cartoon and the more recent Teen Titans Go cartoon. Of course she's dressed quite a bit more modestly on the kids show. I don't draw "cheesecake" or pin up girl art, it's just not something that interests me. I even find a sketch like this to be borderline because of the character's costume, but at the same time, Starfire is really a great character with a lot of established history. She's depicted in the older DC comics as a very strong and independent women. Sometimes naive to earth culture, but still very intelligent. I respect how the character is portrayed despite the costume. So my goal in the sketch ( like I do with Wonder Woman and other female characters) is to capture their strength, beauty and power. Not to play up the supposed sex appeal, I hope that comes across in my art.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Baroness...

I draw Baroness  a LOT. But trust me, there could be worse things to draw. This was done at the Burg City Con and is a good example of what I'm doing at shows now that I call a Head and Torso sketch on 9x12. It's the more affordable commission I do, but I tend to put just as much detail in as the full figure sketches since I draw the character to take up the full size of the paper.

This was fun and one of my more favorite Baroness sketches I've done. The guy who commissioned it didn't want me to personalize it, because he told me he intended to flip it on eBay...

So be on the look out, more than likely it will appear and you might be able to make this guy some money ;)

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Witchblade...

Here was another commission done down at the Burg City Con. I've never drawn Witchblade before, though I enjoyed the early run on the comic. I haven't read the book in quite awhile though, so if anyone has a suggested arc, I'd pick it up.

Witchblade was a Marc Silvestri creation published in the mid 90's through Image Comics and specifically through Marc's company Top Cow comics. I remember Withblade #10 vividly because it was book my cousins had that introduced the Darkness character. Which quickly spun off into his own book. But it was my first look at Michael Turner's art and I was floored. His unique drawing of the figure and the amount of detail he put into backgrounds and props like the Witchblade power and gauntlet shown here really made an impression on me. Unfortunately, even though he was relatively young, Mike is no longer with us, but his legacy of art is carried on in the immense number of working comic artists that were influenced by him. 

This commission was 11x17, drawn and inked at the show.

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