A while back, I did a series of Chibis with Heroes of the North. They were so well-received, that they inspired one of their writers to write a script involving The Black Terror (a hero from the series) wandering through a psychadellic world of strange weapon-like terrain and full of strange chibi versions of various characters as well. The comic isn’t due out until Next month some time and will be included in a compilation book of several other comics from the series. For now, I can simply show some of the inked pages that I worked on.
While this is somewhat outside of the style of work I am used to doing, It was a fun project and should lead to some decent exposure, and hopefully…more comics work! 🙂
I have gone a long time without posting, and for that I am sure I will see repercussions, but lets let the long silence end with an update detailing the work I have been doing over the past couple of months!
First a little commercial commission. A friend of mine was looking for a logo and business card design. She is in the process of developing her own brand for hair and makeup as well as fashion design. The design is pretty straight forward and I feel reads well even at business card size.
One of the most enjoyable portions of my first con experience was doing commission sketches. It gave me an opportunity to draw things that I otherwise may not have thought to draw. I ended up doing a pretty decent amount of sketching throughout the weekend. With a sketch list ranging from Megaman, Spock, and Sonic, to custom World of Warcraft character and Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. On Saturday, I was also running a scavenger hunt at the table. Con-goers were tasked with taking photos of ten distinct things. The first five to return with the completed hunt were given free full color bust sketches of whatever character they desired. A good time was had by all and I got to see plenty of fun and creative photos from around the con! I shall definitely do similar contests at my tables in the future!
Here’s some photos of sketches!
My 2012 “Monsters & Dames” charity art book submission is now available for purchase on my Etsy store! The drawing was featured in the 2012 “Monsters & Dames” art book alongside such illustrious artists as Benjamin Dewey, Adi Granov, Rich Ellis, Paul Guinen, and many more! Go buy one today!
I was contacted recently to create a couple posters to advertise the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo in June. The idea was to take well-known movie posters and put a retro-gaming spin on them.
For the first poster, Stanley Kubrick’s iconic poster for Full Metal Jacket.
Obviously replacing the helmet with a turtle shell made for an interesting take on the image with various elements of the original replaced by Mario Kart themed iconography. This one was a lot of fun and will be making its rounds on post cards advertising the show!
Being as this was my first convention experience being BEHIND the artists table, I had only a vague idea of how to set thing up. I wanted to maximize the amount of stuff visible that would potentially bring people to my table. I accomplished this with various stands and some disposable hand-made signs advertising sketch commissions and displaying a recent sketch.
Additionally, I realized that being one of the artists with a piece in the 2012 Monsters & Dames Artbook was going to have a lot of people looking for my table. So not only did I want to make it highly visible that I was in the book, but I also wanted to make it as quick and easy for people passing by my table to find the page my work was on. This was accomplished with a nice display stand for the book with a piece of paper inserted into the book in nice clear lettering stating “I’m on page 77!” This was extremely effective. There are a number of tools that I found to be extremely useful for table setup (so listen up, prospective booth-goers!)
- Double-stick tape – This can be a useful tool for setting up signage and keeping prints organized and neat in a portfolio binder.
- Money organizer – It’s important to be able to make and give change quickly at times. A small organizer with individual slots or even just a secure bag or pouch to keep money in does this well.
- Hand sanitizer – This should really go without saying. With all of the people scrunched in close-quarters touching everything all around the con, who knows what kind of biological terrors could be lurking in wait, ready to pounce and cause downtime!
- Post-it notes – Invaluable way to quickly add/change pricing or annotate items with special deals or announcements!
- Medium-sized organizer bin – Keeps all prints, envelopes, and original art organized and ready to be handed out.
- Print portfolio – a quick and easy way to display available prints and drawings.
Another important element of drawing people TO the table was a large color banner with examples of my work and my name. I was able to purchase a nice standing 6 foot banner from Vista Print for less than $100 total. Quite a deal. The color printing may not have been the best, but it did the job.
So now with plenty of things drawing people TO the table, I needed plenty of wares to keep them interested while AT the table! This was accomplished by having a free takeaway mini-comic, a fresh example sketch on display, a stack of SIEGE comics for sale, and a portfolio of my best prints available open to a page featuring the two most eye-catching ones. The “Rocketmen” print of The Rocketeer and Ironman was an instant hit among passersby!
The last and final (and perhaps most effective) way to keep people at the table interested was of course to be doing live sketching! People LOVE to watch their favorite characters come to life before their very eyes. That however, I will get into greater detail about in my next post! So stay tuned!
“Chibi” is a Japanese slang term meaning “small person” or “little child” and has become synonymous with a specific style of drawing cartoon figures where the proportions are dramatically skewed and designed to present a cute and cuddly version of a particular character or creature.
I was approached several months ago by my friend MC to do a series of Chibi drawings related to a top secret project she is working on. After some research into exactly what constitutes the style, I presented her with a sample. She was very pleased with it and decided to show it to a friend of hers who is a creator for the Canadian web series Heroes of the North (which she also happens to be an actor for). The producer contacted me about the idea of doing a series of Chibis based on the main characters of the series. Since I was already a big fan of the series, I was naturally excited to get to work. Thus far, I have finished two and plan to do more this week. I have obviously added my own flare to the style, so we will see where this goes. It’s fun to take a break from more intricacy-oriented work and just do some downright cartooning once in a while 🙂
Hey folks! Sorry it’s been a bit since the last post, but I have good news upon my return! I have opened myself to pre-con commission requests for ECCC 2012. The advantages of pre-con prices are as follows:
- Have your sketch ready to pick up the first time you visit the booth!
- Reduced pre-con prices!
- No waiting on a list!
- No chance of missing out on a sketch due to time constraints!
The reduced pre-con prices are as follows:
- 5.5×8.5″ bust sketch (chest up) of any character: Black & White = $10 / Color = $20
- 8.5×11″ torso sketch (waist up) of any character: Black & White = $20 / Color = $40
- 8.5×11″ full body sketch of any character: Black & White = $30 / Color = $60
After some tweaking of the original sketch at the suggestion of Periscope member, and older brother Ben Dewey, SIEGE #1 finally has a finished full-color cover. Thanks also goes to Ron Chan for introducing me to Dave Johnson’s “Cover Hi-Lo” which was infinitely useful in avoiding some bad design choices, and also quite entertaining.
Without further ado, pomp, or circumstance, here it is…
Be sure to visit the Unibrow Comics booth at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, March 30 – April 1 to pick up your copy and get your Monsters & Dames book signed by yours truly! 😀