Monday, 5 March 2018

NICE 2018 1st/2nd Sept 2018

I'll be at the con all weekend sketching and signing. I'll probably be sketching on the Saturday night after the con too. 
As always, I'll be sketching for free at the convention. These won't be as finished as the commissions I do but they look pretty good.
I'll have a folder of pieces to sell, sketchcovers, watercolours, the usual stuff, and I'll be taking pre-convention commissions as usual. 

For those interested in a commission for the con, here are the details!


These are £50 for a b/w Copic sketch like the examples below. For a wrap that'd be £100. Colour (Copics and ink with watercolour wash) will be £60, £120 for a wrap. For anything like multiple figures, detailed background etc then it'll be on a per job basis.

Also, I must point out, that the quality of blank variant titles varies greatly depending on the publisher. For example, DC generally have the best surface to draw on, it's a decent surface. Except Adventures of Supergirl which has a surface like 1970's school toilet paper and has my vote as the worst blank variant ever made. 
Marvel tend to be hit and miss, some are fine, some are ink, Copic, paint and even pencil repellent. 
Dynamite...every tool I use skates across the almost plastic surface and coagulates in a pool of frustration. So, not all art options that I do will be available for every blank variant. We can always talk about it beforehand.

Cover recreations on blanks start at £70. They're pretty tricky to do although they do look nice!

I also do non-likeness sketchcovers like the examples below. These are the same price as the likeness ones.

Gal Gadot £50

Adam West, £50

Reeve £50

Chadwick Boseman £50

Julie Newmar £50

Cain and Hatcher £60

Eartha Kitt £50

West and Ward £65

Emma Stone £50

Stephen Amell £50 

Harrison Ford £50

Burt Ward £50

Harley £50

Obi-Wan Kenobi £50

William Shatner £50

Benedict Cumberbatch £50

Hulk Ragnarok £60

Carrie Fisher £60

Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig, Adam west wrap, £125

Bounty Hunters wrap £135

Swamp Thing and Abby £65

Stan Lee and Marvel characters £150 

 Swamp Thing and Ivy wrap £120

 Cover recreation sketchcover £70


This is a new line for me. Last April I was asked to paint a series of covers using watercolour. I enjoyed it and the results surprised me (in that they looked quite good). So I now offer watercolour sketches as a commission option. These aren't to be confused with the Copic pieces with a colour wash, these are true watercolours, no ink or marker involved. 

Prices are £200 for something like the pieces below. They're A3 in size. 

Prices for A4 watercolours like the pieces below are £60.

For more detailed pieces, for example with a full background or more figures, prices will be on a per job basis.

Spidey v the Goblin A3

Spidey v Goblin A3

Hawkman #11 recreation A3

                                                      Daredevil #8 recreation A3

Spidey v Goblin A3

Poison Ivy A3

Poison Ivy A4

Wolverine A4

A4 Phoenix 

Also, I now do purely watercolour sketchcovers like the pieces shown below. No Copics etc, just paint!

Hawkman £60

Hemsworth Thor £60

Poison Ivy £60

Batman v Joker £60

Peter Parker/Spidey £60


Prices are £50 for an A4 sized one and £100 for an A3 sized one (or about 17" by 11" if you're from the USA). 
 Colour (Copics with a watercolour wash) will be £60 for an A4 and £120 for an A3

Again, it's a similar situation regarding detailed backgrounds and multiple figures. They'll be priced on a per job basis. 

A3 Julie Newmar

A4 Chris Hemsworth

If you want something doing for the con that's not listed here, like a cover recreation for example, then see here for the info!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Watercolour covers for MDACC

Something a little different from the usual comic based stuff this time.
I was asked to paint some covers for the MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital early last year. These are the finished watercolours for the covers.
It was the first time I'd used watercolour (and some gouache, mainly for the whites) since, well, ever, really. I'd used gouache to do a couple of pieces for my GCSE art coursework and I did a sci-fi style piece for an advert for a car salesroom back when I was at Uni in the early 90's...Since then I'd used what few watercolour paints I had for washes over Copic marker sketches. So, it was a new thing, something outside my comfort zone.
I really enjoyed the speed and immediacy of the process. There's a lot more freedom in using watercolours than in oils, at least in the way I use oils. I found that the paint took care of itself, creating incidental shapes, colours and marks that I had no intention of making. It was like sketching but with paint. Basically I enjoyed it and after I finished the job I continued using them. Currently I'm experimenting with paper types and brushes. I probably need to use thicker paper as I'm somewhat inept at stretching it and it still warps it's an ongoing process.

Here's the cover art (along with one cover with all the text on it!).

Cover to issue one. I used my second eldest daughter, who was 10 at the time, as the model. This was about the 4th attempt (and the bear was added in digitally) on this cover. I used four basic colours on this one along with a hand mixed flesh colour. In fact, I very rarely use colours straight out of the tube (or pan). I guess that's a holdover from my oil painting where I mix every colour I use.

Above is the preview, or mock-up, of the first cover. Each issue concentrates on a different stage of  the journey. This one is diagnosis.

This was my second attempt at the cover when the colour scheme was different. I was using pencil crayons at the time also. I wasn't there yet. I stopped using the crayons after this piece.

Cover for issue 2. Again, similar colour palette to issue one, a stark, limited range of colours. This issue is about Treatment.

Issue 3. I introduced more colour for this cover. I added the headscarf in digitally on this cover. It was needed to depict this stage of the journey correctly, Remission. The unedited painting is below.

I like this piece. But the headscarf was needed for this point of the journey through the stages of cancer. 
Relapse. This was the most difficult cover to visualise and went through many different ideas at the sketch stage. A return to the limited palette for this cover after the more upbeat and colourful remission cover. 

This was an earlier idea for the cover that didn't quite come off!

Survivorship. A pretty much full colour piece (yet it still has an undertone of the original green that I used on the first cover). I wanted this to look like an illustration from a classic kids story book, Famous Five, something along those lines, depicting a sense of adventure and a summer day.

So, that's the series of covers I painted in watercolour that kicked off my current interest in the medium.