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Gotham Nights

Duane commissioned me to ink Joel Gomez’s pencil drawing ‘Gotham Nights’:
He supplied me with the original pencil drawing and a print. He expressed a preference to keep the original pencil drawing intact, if possible. We discussed inking the print, but it was kind of dark and muddy. I had suggested making a lighter print of my own and ink that.
But then I decided to try something different… and do something the same way.
I used the original pencil drawing under a piece of Canson Bristol (my current favourite for drawing/inking) and put it on a light table. I was able to ink directly from what I could see of the pencils through the Bristol and used the print as a reference for the areas that were hard to see. That saved me from having to make a print that I would ink over and enabled me to use my preferred paper.
It was a very interesting process.
I had just finished the ‘Monkshood’ commission a couple weeks ago and decided that ‘Gotham Nights’ would benefit from the same sort of treatment. If I had inked on top of the original pencils, I probably would have done it completely differently and tried to keep closer to the original. But I figured Duane wanted me to ‘Gerhard-it-up’ (which usually means thousands upon thousands of tiny little lines) and I wanted to make it look more like night-time as well as try to give a sense of depth. I used a light grey wash on the sky and on the foreground buildings to enhance the effect.
Ta-da!
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Don, Steve and $crooge

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!

Steve”

Thanks Steve…Way Cool!

Look forward to the next commission.

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“Monkshood” 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:

This seemed too wide and panoramic, so I cropped it down a bit:

This didn’t look sinister enough, so I changed the angle and moved some buildings around:

Then I did a mock-up on the computer of the shading:

And then it was a matter of drawing it full size:

This is as far as I got before Christmas (so close!):

Here is the completed piece:

Here are some close-ups:

Ta-da!

Okay…what’s next?

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2016 cons ‘n’ commissions

Here’s a little movie compiling all of the con and commissions from 2016:

Wishing all of you the best for 2017.

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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

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Catchin’ up on Stuff…

Here’s a pencil drawing I did for Mike:believe Here’s a couple of the shots Dean sent me of his awesome office featuring an impressive array of Cerebus art including the originals of the Regency, Church & State, Jaka scene and Melmoth street that I did for him:

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This is the cover of an upcoming Penguin Random House book by Mary Gaitskill

that uses the image from Church & State vol II:

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And finally, just a cool shot looking straight up in the lobby of the hotel in Pittsburgh:

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To all our American friends, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dining at Dino’s

I received a commission request to have a family pictured on the patio at Dino’s Cafe from the Melmoth Street Scene.

He even sent me a sketch he had done to help illustrate his idea:

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That sketch, along with his rather detailed instructions, helped me to produce this layout:

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Which led to this finished inked drawing:

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We’re off to Wizard World Pittsburgh on Friday and will be at table B-18:

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Our last show of the year!

Come on down!

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Colours, Covers and Absent Cats

The colours out back of Pride Stables during our fall session:

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The colourful sprinkles on Shelley’s birthday doughnut:

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The sketch covers I did for Charles:

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The issue of Heavy Metal magazine with my art for ‘The Smile of the Absent Cat’ story should be on the shelves.

Now I just have to find me one of those shelves.

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Star Wars #1 cover re-creation

Charles somehow convinced Howard Chaykin and Tom Palmer to re-create their cover for Star Wars #1 published in 1977. Here is an image of that cover:

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and here is the original inked version before all the other stuff was added:

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Here is Howard Chaykin’s new penciled version:

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and Tom Palmer’s inked version:

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and here’s my bit (click to enlarge):

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This should be a link to a little video of the process:

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I’ve been working on concepts and layouts for a few commissions simultaneously leaving me with very little to show here as far as finished drawings go. I can, however, tell you about my progress or lack thereof. The process usually starts with going through Google images, collecting relevant pictures for reference and doing a layout.

So…

Commission #1: 6 reference pics, 1 layout completed, started rough penciling, on hold until further notice.

Commission #2: 18 reference pics, waiting for response on size and pricing.

Commission #3: 121 reference pics, 1 layout submitted, 2 additional rough layouts that I’m not sure work.

Commission #4: 93 reference pics, 7 layouts submitted, waiting for final approval.

Commission #5: 2 reference pics, 2 layouts for sketch covers to be done in ‘Frisco.

Commission #6: 7 reference pics, 1 layout to be finished and submitted.

Commission #7: 11 reference pics, 2 very rough layouts.

Commission #8: 266 reference pics (so far), 3 sample pages submitted. This is for a Grant Morrison story to be printed in Heavy Metal magazine in October. Still a little unclear as to how many pages will be in that issue. I will have to delay some, if not all, of the above commissions to complete this one on time. Stay tuned.

After I finish all of these, I still have 10 other commissions on the list.  That should take me up to Christmas. (AAARRGH!!! I said the ‘C’ word!)

In the meantime, here’s a little thing I did a while ago: I stitched together the tracking shot from Cerebus 249. The images appeared as individual panels over the course of several pages:

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This should open in a new window and you can scroll across:

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After a transition, the tracking shot continues:

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Okay, back to the old drawing board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Catchin’ Up On Sketchin’…

I decided to do some of the smaller commissions before moving on to some larger projects.

Here are two with a similar theme, they’re both Buddhist statues…

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…and Steven had Don Rosa do a Scrooge McDuck…

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… to which I added this background…

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…okay… what’s next?

(Besides weddings and funerals and an ailing parent with doctor appointments…

…don’t these people know how short boating season is around here?

I respectfully request that no one I know die, get married or get sick until until the end of September, thank you.)

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