Coming up soon:
We’ll be bringing items that are too large to haul onto an airplane
including limited edition artist proofs of the
Harry Potter poster I did for Dark Hall Mansion.
We’re on our way to the ECCC…
…we’re at table L 11 in Artist Alley…
(Maple leaf marks the spot)
…and here are some sketches I’ve already done for the show:
I added the wall behind The Hulk…
…a Batcave computer with blank screens
for other artists at the show to add their characters to (cool idea)…
…and an American flag for The Captain.
Hope to see some of you at the show!
We’ve been staying at a friend’s place looking after their–what else?–cats.
I’ve taken over their dining room and have been busy sketching chapter two of
Grant Morrison’s story, ‘The Dream of the Absent Cat’.
Now… I just have to piece these into an eight page layout with the lettering.
And draw it all full size, ink and colour it.
It’s a slow process… then I’ll have only 32 more pages to go.
I received an email from Dean that said, in part, ‘…based on the previous information you had provided me on how you would normally receive a cover image from Dave, I painstakingly went through the commission image that Dave had done (which Dean owns), and removed the tone and the tower in the hopes that you might be interested in redoing the piece as a colour, painted piece. Similar to how you would have done a cover back in the day…’
Here is the end result:
step 1: the original drawing by Dave
step 2: the image that Dean had created by removing all of the tone and backgrounds
step 3: my rough pencils around the Cerebus figure
step 4: my inks
step 5: my colouring
Here’s a GIF of the process:
In a lot of ways, it seems like it was just three days ago…
…not three decades.
Update… email from Dean:
‘So I added the logo, issn number and the price to the cover to 86.5…you know…cause I’m a geek.’
I could start a whole series of covers that depict what happened between issues…
…call it, ‘Cerebus: Between the Covers’…
Only 30 days until the Seattle show!
We’re at table L 11 in Artist Alley.
(Maple leaf marks the spot.)
Looking forward to a great show.
Oh… and I did a little drawing too…
a pencil portrait commission:
I got this email the other day:
“Hi Ger –
Hope you’re all doing well, welcome to 2017!
Don Rosa was in Albuquerque this weekend and I brought in the Yukon $crooge commission,
he was quite taken with how you finished out the background.
Thanks again and I’ll be in touch eventually!
Thanks Steve…Way Cool!
Look forward to the next commission.
Here is, in part, the description I received for this commission:
“Perhaps the best way to describe my project is a modern-day Dracula meets Arkham Asylum, but done in a way that represents people with mental illnesses, particularly those who have been found by the courts to be Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The main setting of my story is “Monkshood,” a forensic psychiatric hospital complex comprised of neighboring buildings from Dracula lore: Seward Sanitarium and Carfax Abbey, and influenced by real-world Broadmoor Hospital in the UK. Monkshood… should be a character in and of itself.”
So with that in mind I came up with this layout:
Then I did a mock-up on the computer of the shading:
This is as far as I got before Christmas (so close!):
Here is the completed piece:
Here are some close-ups:
Here’s a little movie compiling all of the con and commissions from 2016:
Wishing all of you the best for 2017.
Here is our schedule so far for this year:
March 2 – 5… Emerald City Comicon… Seattle WA
March 17 – 19… Toronto ComiCon… Canada
April 14 – 16… Indiana Comic Con… Indianapolis
April 29 – 30… East Coast Comicon… Secaucus NJ
May 19 – 21… Motor City Comic Con… Novi MI
June 16 – 18… Heroes Convention… Charlotte NC
September 8 – 10… Wizard World… Nashville TN
September 22 – 24 – Hal-Con… Halifax NS Canada