… you know you got a lot of commissions lying around when you miss posting a bunch of ’em to your blog…
Here’s the rest of the ‘little ones’:
And here’s the latest ‘big’ one:
Okay… what’s next?
The ones for Nashville.
Although I haven’t got the plane tickets yet and am starting to wonder if I’m going at all.
Okay… now back to the larger commissions,
since that takes care of most of the smaller ones
except for a couple I have to have done for Nashville.
Comin’ up real soon!
Here are my latest completed commissions in GIF form,
showing the various stages in the process:
…this gets me caught up to commissions people gave me in March and April…
…okay… movin’ on!
Here are a couple before-and-afters of some old sketches that Dave had done and my additions:
And here is a Tony Harris Starman to which I added a background:
Okay… what’s next?
Let’s see… there’s a Bob Layton Ironman, a Tim Bradstreet Punisher…
and ever more Cerebuses.
Better get at it!
I finally finished this yesterday, exactly one year after Jon first contacted me…
…just needed to wait ’til the timing was right, I guess.
Thanks for your patience, Jon!
Okay! On to the next commission!
Of my list of 20 commissions, I’m currently working on 5 different ones at the same time.
Here are two of the ones I have completed:
The five other commissions are penciled and on one of those the inking has begun.
It’s the Canada Day long weekend!
We’re packin’ for Charlotte, NC.
We’re at table AA-1517:
If you’ve prearranged a commission and wanted to wait to see it at the show…
DO NOT SCROLL DOWN!!!
Here is some of the stuff I’ll be taking with me:
A quick Swamp Thing sketch to benefit the Inkwell Awards, a non-profit charity.
Here’s a sketch cover I received from Neil for me to doodle on…
…and here’s what happened:
Here’s Shannon’s Sophie…
…and Chad’s ‘A Girl Reading’…
…and ‘Books and Imagination’…
…whew… that’s a lot of drawing and haven’t even gotten to the show yet.
Should be a good one!
Hope to see you there!
Wow… here it is June already!
I’ve been trying to get caught up on my commissions but ‘life’ keeps getting in the way.
They say time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once
but it doesn’t seem to be working lately.
Anyway… here’s a couple of larger drawings that I’ve penciled and are ready for inking:
but first, I have to finish a few smaller commissions for the Heroes show coming up in a couple of weeks:
…plus, don’t I have a boat around here somewhere that I should probably get in the water?
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:
Here’s how I got there:
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:
An interesting little trip back 31 years to 1986, issue 86.
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’…