Wednesday, April 11, 2012

[VINCENT] Commissions & stuff


Another week has gone by and I have another post to post. I've been winding down since the whirlwind that was Image Expo/WonderCon/Emerald City. That triple con threat had me exhausted, but also full of creative energy and is pushing me to do things I've been wanting to do for a long time and never really had the courage to do so. Also, since then, I've kind of, sort of, maybe, had the urge to keep doing more shows and more artists' alleys. Part of me is thinking, "When's the next show?", and another part (mainly my body) is telling me to stay the hell down and recuperate while I can. So on that note, I've been lucky enough to have some take-home commissions that I've finally started on.

One down:

I'm so dark and mysterious.
This Raven (from the Teen Titans) was for a guy in Seattle. He had past by the table earlier in the weekend and complimented me on a Raven piece I had in my portfolio. He said he'd come back later. In between, another guy came up and bought the Raven from me. Too bad, so sad, but when the first guy came back and heard the news he just commissioned me to do another one which was fine because I wasn't too happy with the first one anyway. I had wanted to do something that demonstrated her powers more, so I came up with this. I like it enough that I don't want to let go of it. Oh well.

And, for something a bit different.

Ever since the relaunch of Image Comics' Extreme Comics lineup, I've just been eating it all up. Brandon Graham and Simon Roy on Prophet is everything I could ever want in a monthly sci-fi comic, Tim Seeley's revision of Bloodstrike is a killer superhero action book that I love to pieces, Erik Larsen & Cory Hamscher taking on Alan Moore's final Supreme script is just insane, and newest Image creator, Joe Keatinge, with the amazing artwork and designs of Ross Campbell, taking on Glory. It's a little too much goodness to take. I did my little Prophet fanart already, so I decided to take on Campbell's massive Glory redesign this time:

ooh. I think you might've stepped in something.
After I pencilled out a quick thing in my sketchbook, I made the monumentally bad decision to try and return to my roots and use a ballpoint pen to ink. Oh boy, that just brought back all kinds of perfectionist, OCD habits I had tried so hard to get rid of. Three days of painstaking textures and shadows later, I have a final piece that I'm pretty happy with. I'm going to experiment a little with digital coloring this to see how the colors turn out with this much rendering happening beforehand. So, consider this still a work-in-progress.

See y'all next week!

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