27 May 2014 10:17 AM CDT

Heroes Con 2014

Heroes Con 2014 is nearly upon us – less than a month away, and I’ve been getting many requests for pieces and pricing (thank you!). I didn’t announce any commissions this year as I’ve been swamped with Marvel and Dynamite projects as well as a couple of others, and with past commissioner’s requests, my list filled up weeks ago. I do apologize to those I’ve already turned down for pre-commission pieces. If you’re looking for a piece or want to take a peek at my commission price-list, feel free to shoot me a note. I’ll be doing take-home pieces after the convention, and will be doing at-con pieces again this year, though I plan to do far fewer at the convention itself – spending a little more time on the pieces at the con. If you want to get on my signup sheet for pieces at the con I am taking names, but note that you must check in when you arrive at the con to confirm your piece.

Follow my Twitter and Facebook feeds if you would like to see the pieces coming together over the coming weeks. So many fun new characters!

Also – I have confirmed I’ll be at the Boston Comic Con in August! I am taking commission requests for that con now.

31 January 2014 1:46 PM CST

2014 Convention Schedule, Projects

I’ve just finalized the conventions I’m going to be attending this year and put up a schedule on the right of my home page that I’ll keep updating as the year progresses, should things change. Those cons I am confirmed for are noted, while others like NYCC have not finalized their schedules yet. If you are seeking a commission for any of those cons please let me know as soon as you can, as I’ll be doing far fewer commissions this year and far more projects.

Projects: My work for Dynamite on GRIMM will wrap soon, and I have creator-owned projects that are already in the works that range from sci-fi, horror, to fantasy. It’s a real treat to work with so many amazing writers on such different projects. Further, in October I began doing projects for Marvel as well, who keep me on my toes. They are truly the house of ideas! I’m also doing the covers for a number of comics as well as the anthology Off Registration.

I’m building a public project and convention schedule which I’ll update to give people who have been inquiring a snapshot of where my breaks in my schedule are to coordinate a potential project or commission. Look for that to be accessible on the sidebar of the website soon. I’ve fallen behind a bit on some commissions (first time since I began doing them) due to project deadlines and I don’t want that to happen again.

Social Networks: I’ve recently added Instagram to my social networks. Follow me there for everything from what I’m eating to pics of my dog and recent works in progress. I’m also doing a 365 Photography project were I take a new pic each day and post it to Instagram. Each month there is a different theme and last month’s was my dog, Sandor. This month is architecture I see on my travels. At the end of each month I publish a Mosaic book of the 20 best shots:

Housekeeping: I’ve gone through and made some additions to sections of the website – I’ve added about 110 pieces of art spread over the various sections, and removed many older pieces that I felt were no longer representative of my work. I plan to remove a bunch more pieces when I have time. I think it’s healthy to identify pieces that are not your strongest and clean things up from time to time. :) Additionally, I’ll be adding a new storefront built into the site. It’s been in the works for a while.

30 October 2013 2:30 PM CDT

Art Show, Updates, Cons, & Commissions

It’s been a while and I’ve been incredibly busy. So busy that my own blog has been horribly neglected and I’ve added an assistant to help me manage some of my workload. So if you get an email from Holly, know she’s with me! She’s been shepherding my requests, coordinating my schedule, and helping with my mailings among other things.


Art Showing
:  for those relatively local or willing to travel, I’m showing a number of originals and will have those and some prints for sale at the Still Life Gallery in Ellicott City, Maryland. I did some live art and signing on October 26th at the gallery, which was quite fun and thanks to everyone who came out!  Art and prints will be available at the gallery through the 3rd of November.

Projects: Currently I’m working on a really fun project with the talented Brandon Seifert called Supernatural Geographic that will knock your socks off! Below is a page from the comic. Also, I’m finishing some page work on a brilliant series idea oriented in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. More on that one when I can share what we’ve been developing. Additionally, I’ve been doing some Marvel work I can’t discuss other than its a lot of fun, and I’m working on Grimm, a Dynamite Entertainment project based on the hit NBC TV series that is a ton of fun! I recently contributed chapter heads and a cover to a short story anthology called 1920 with some talented friends, and I wrapped a large poster piece for the band I Fight Dragons that I’ll be able to share soon. I am still creating covers for Off Registration as well. So busy busy busy…

Conventions: I have had a super fun convention season and have met so many wonderful people on my travels.  New York Comic Con was the last con I had on my list for this year, though I’m already making plans for next year’s, and I’m really looking forward to finally setting up at Emerald City Comic Con out in Seattle. If you missed me at a convention this year, I hope to see you at one in 2014! If you were looking for a commission at a con, see below…

Commissions: I am currently opening up my holiday commissions. There are limited slots and I guarantee pieces before the holiday if  submitted by November 15. I generally book up quickly, so if you’re interested in a piece for a loved one or for yourself, send a note early! You will get a reply with rates and sizes and an estimated date of completion.

7 February 2013 3:42 PM CST

Projects & Commissions Update

I’ve updated the personal website – removing many older pieces (there will be more removed over the coming week), and adding many new pieces to all galleries. I hope to have the entire site updated over the next week, with a new section added in a month for an upcoming project. More on that later. Below are some of the new commission pieces I’ve added as well as personal pieces that will be added to the print gallery soon. Additionally I hope to have my Con Schedule listed soon – it will appear on the sidebar menu as well with the site update.

Outland Collective

Many of you will note the new banner on the right – I have joined the Outland Collective along with some art pals and have begun posting pieces there monthly as well as this month’s First Friday piece, Seven Devils. The First Friday pieces will be prints in the near future so keep an eye out for that link soon in the sidebar. Every third Monday of the month I’ll have a new challenge piece there.

Projects

I’ve been working on a few new projects recently; a couple I hope to be able to talk about soon. I have also been plugging away at RELAUNCH chapter 2 with Ron Perazza, and I recently wrapped production on zombie sword blade designs for Neptune Trading. When I have one in my hand expect pictures and a link to purchase them.  Because of the projects I am currently working on, commissions are closed for me until mid March, before coming conventions. Those commissions I do post over this month are pieces I’ve had on my list already. And now – back to work!


11 December 2012 3:11 PM CST

The Road Goes Ever On

The Road Goes Ever On is the latest comic experiment by Ron Perazza and myself, based on the Walking Songs by J.R.R. Tolkien and makes use of the Yanapax player to deliver comics on all devices and using a variety of story-telling techniques. This latest experiment features an Infinite “Shire” canvas spanning a day and all seasons. Read it for free by clicking the image and heading over to the ComiC Book Think Tank!

For those wondering about more regular site updates – they are coming – I have been swamped with commissions and will be uploading a great many of them in the next day or so, as well as another wave just after the holidays for commissions that have been given as gifts.

22 October 2012 12:22 AM CDT

Baltimore Comic Con, NYCC, & RELAUNCH

The last two big conventions I attended this year (Baltimore Comic Con & New York Comic Con), were nothing short of spectacular. I created a little over 40 new commissions and sketches for those two cons and met fans and fast friends alike. A huge thanks to everyone who stopped by my tables at these two conventions, and said hello and perhaps picked something up. Many new pieces by commissioners have been added to the various galleries. Check them out and be sure to leave a comment!

RELAUNCH!

If you’ve been following my tweets and various postings on Facebook, I imagine you’ve seen some cryptic messages about Space Girls which was in reference to RELAUNCH! Relaunch is a comic I created with my highly inventive friend and colleague Ron Perazza, a veteran of both Marvel and DC Comics, and a maverick in the world of digital comics. If you know me, you know I’m a big proponent of digital media and furthering content created for digital devices, so when Ron approached me with an idea he had for a new type of storytelling, I leapt at the chance. With Relaunch we set out to tell a story in a modern fashion and in doing so, enlisted the help of another friend, developer Oscar Gagliardi to create a player for this type of content – our collective goal: to experiment and provide the tools and fruits of our experiments to the comic creating community. The site we set up to house these experiments and share our developments is called ComicBookThinkTank.com. The player that’s been developed called “Yanapax” is available as open source software for free download. There’s more to come…

Store: I’ve updated the store with my new sketchbook as well as some originals I’ve just made available for sale.

Upcoming Conventions: I will be at the Annapolis Comic Con this coming saturday, and the last convention I plan on being at for the year is the New Orleans Comic Con. If you can make it out to either of these two shows – stop by and say hello! If you are interested in a commission for one of these two shows – send me a note at the contact link above.

27 June 2012 4:55 PM CDT

We Are Tekken!

So there’s this cool new promotion going on called “We Are Tekken”, that I had a hand in. A few concept art guys and comickers – some new and some superstars (name drop Neal Adams, J0ck), were asked to illustrate our take on some of the new iterations of Tekken characters in their new game Tag Tournament 2 for the launch and for a new contest they have where artists can win cash, fame, glory; all that jazz. To enter the contest – CLICK HERE.

Below is a small version of my image for the promotion, and if you would like to see how it’s made, click it to see a walkthrough of the proccess.

20 June 2012 9:33 AM CDT

Heroes Con 2012 and Projects

I’ve been diligently working on a few projects over the last few months that are all coming to a close, some which have wrapped in the gaming world, others in the comic world are nearing completion. I also have agreed to work on some book illustrations next month and have another comic project that should be getting underway right on the heels of those illustrations. In other words, busy, busy, busy. That said – I will not be taking commissions for a while, unless we have already spoken about or arranged one. I really appreciate all the inquiries and love – I wish my words could express how awesome it is to read my email each morning.

If you’re looking for a commission or have a project you would like me to work on – I schedule everything out, so please send me an inquiry and at the very least I will let you know when I foresee freeing up.

Hereos Con and Commissions: I am no longer taking pre-con commissions for the show. I booked up on those a few weeks ago. I will be putting a number of folks down on a pre-sketch list for the show itself. It is almost full now as I want to leave slots for folks who walk up at the convention. I do understand how crazy this convention can be and the rush to get on lists early, so I thought it only fair for some of the folks who follow me online as well be able to grab a piece and not have to try and rush to my table early. How does one get on my list? Shoot me a note via that handy contact link at the top of the page and mention Heroes Con and what you are after.

Heroes Con: I’ll be in Artist Alley, table #650 – there will be a large dragon banner with my name and I’ll be the one furiously drawing my heart out. I will not arrive at the convention until Friday around 1 pm due to previous obligations, but will be there for the rest of the convention and will be at the Drink & Draw Friday Night and the Auction on Saturday. I’ll be selling sketchbooks and a few prints, and perhaps something more at the con and will be putting the Red Sonja piece below in the art auction. Also below are some of the pre-con commission pieces.

16 April 2012 7:20 PM CDT

C2E2 2012 – Post Show Report

Wow. That was about twice the size of last year’s convention and Saturday in particular felt like New York Comic Con. There were very few lulls in foot traffic and the fans and attendees were so wonderful! So many awesome people stopped by, bought prints, got sketches and sketchbooks and generally just chit-chatted. It was great seeing folks just interested in what I was working on and asking when they could read whatever I had coming out. Nearly everyone who saw the dragon work – mostly Temeraire-based illustrations and Tolkien/Smaug, asked what comic this was for/about, in which case I pointed them to the first book, and Naomi Novik’s site, and where to find her fantastic novels (everywhere really). For those asking about the big Dragon print – I have to check on some things first, but check back here and I’ll share when I can.

I did about 10 commissions over the weekend and a couple of personal pieces such as this one:

I also picked up a ton of originals from friends and a few artists I really admire; Primarily of two themes I adore – Kitty Pryde & Lockheed and Dragons. Here are a couple of gems I picked up:

Mallory Harrelson

Paul Azeceta

John Bivens

Eric Canete

Aside from all of this the night life was great, the restaraunts were awesome, and heck, even Shia Lebouef made a comic and had a table in artist alley (you can do it as well!). I met a ton of people and had an awesome time with great friends, and now have a ridiculous ammount of work to do to finish up various projects. I will be at Boston Comic Con next weekend and only have 1 pre commission slot left before the weekend. Send a note to contact up top if interested and see you at the convention!

10 April 2012 10:20 AM CDT

C2E2, Boston Comic Con, & Heroes

 Three upcoming conventions I will be at in the coming months – two over the next two weekends – Chicago’s C2E2 (April 13-15th – Artist Alley Table L13), and the Boston Comic Con (April 21-22nd where I wil be a guest), and the ever popular Heroes Convention in Charlotte North Carolina (June 22-24th). As usual I will have select prints, sketchbooks, bookmarks, originals, and will be doing a limited number of sketches. If you are looking to pick one up at any of these shows, please send me a contact note to get on the list or set up a pre-con commission pick-up, (I spend longer on these pieces). Other Conventions that are further off that I will be attending this year: New York Comic Con, Baltimore Comic Con, and if possible Dragon Con in Atlanta again.

Projects update: I’m wrapping up pages for a fun short story for pal Mike Walton’s False Positive, and working on a number of illustrations and concept pieces for video games and novel covers. I’ve been working on two other comic projects as well that are nearing fruition and will be getting exposure soon. I’ll mention and point to things as soon as I can. In other words – I’ve been very busy lately.

In other news, a bunch of new pieces have been added to the comics and illustration sections. A smattering is below, but scroll the gallery for about 10 more. Enjoy and hope to see some of you at a future convention!

Batman

Also, I’m nearing the 1,000 “likes” on my Facebook fan page. When it hit’s 1,000, I will pick a person at random from the list and will do a free commission for him or her, so if you haven’t “liked” the page yet – please do to enter yourself in the drawing :)

2014 Convention Schedule

WWNO – New Orleans, LA - Feb 7-9 - Attending
Emerald City CC – Seattle, WA - March 28-30
Awesome Con – April 18-20 – Washington, DC
C2E2 – April 25-27 – Chicago, IL
Heroes Con – June 20-22 - Charlotte, NC
San Diego Comic Con – Cancelled
Boston Comic Con - August 8-10 - Boston, MA
Dragon Con – GUEST! – Atlanta, GA - Aug 29- Sept 1
Baltimore Comic Con – Sept 5-7
New York Comic Con – October 9-12

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