Tag Archives: Comics

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!


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.

10 January 2012 1:51 PM CST

New work, projects, conventions.

With 2011 out the door I did a tally of all the illustration work I did last year. 293 images in total. A nice big number. I want to do about a quarter more this year as I didn’t really get on a roll until mid summer. While I was truly proud of the vast majority of the work I did I was only able to scan and post about a third of the total. I uploaded a lot of new work to the comics directory, and will add still more to the illustration, tolkien, and sketches sections later this week, so keep an eye out. I’ve linked to some of my favorites below, and click over to the comics section for a whole lot more. Additionally, there is something else I worked on a little while back that folks will be able to see this Friday.

I have not added any new sequential work as last year was a strange one. I pitched a number of projects that either were rejected, put on hold in another case, were scrapped shortly in, or are still in the pitch process. I also did an insane number of commissions last year. As to new projects, I have what I am going to just call project “X”, (clever, I know), that is about 20 pages in. I may start showing specific people some of it at the begining of this year after I finish the first arc. I hope to be able to share that with everyone just after February but time and legalities must run their course. Another project I started and backburnered due to work conflicts will oddly be viewable to people around the same time. I can say it’s a departure from my usual work and should raise some eyebrows. Another project I have been working on is a pitch that I’ll certainly post here whether it’s accepted or not. It’s a bit of a dream project that I figure I can try and do now or be disappointed in myself that I never tried. Lastly, I am illustrating a short story by Mike Walton that’s a lot of fun and will be going up on his False Positive comic site. If you haven’t checked it out – you MUST. It is creepy, evil, fun.

Commissions: I am currently closed for commissions for a while due to various projects I have ongoing. I took on a zillion commissions just before the holidays in order to have free time to devote to some of these personal and non-personal sequential efforts. Should you want a commission, please use the contact link above and I will give you an ETA on when I might free up. I generally open commissions just prior to a convention for people who might want to put one in for pick up at the show. Which leads me to…

Conventions: I will be at Wizard World New Orleans January 28th and 29th. If anyone wants one for that show send me a note above and please note that it is for a New Orleans commission. Other shows I will be attending this year: C2E2, Boston Comic Con, NYCC, Heroes, and Baltimore Comic Con. What will I have at said shows? Prints, sketchbooks, originals, and I will be doing a limited number of commissions.

I think that’s about it. Have any questions? Shoot me a note here. I’ll have another post come Friday ;) Happy New Year everyone!

DestinyDejah ThorisPhoen

9 June 2011 1:42 PM CDT

Heroes 2011, PR, & Stuff

Heroes was a blast and easily placed itself among my favorite cons. I didn’t expect the overwhelming number of commissions and folks buying originals. Drawing day and night was crazy but fun, and according to fellow artists, par for the course at Heroes. Don’t get me wrong – no artist will ever complain about having too much to draw:). There were so many kind people who stopped by my table and struck up conversation, and I got the opportunity to meet and hang out with artists I’ve admired for years. I got to have lunch with one commissioner, and the Drink and Draw was a lot of fun. I was able to get a few of my favorite commissions taken care of at the pizza shop over beers and laughs. At the Live Auction my donated Kitty and Lockheed piece went for $350, and I had the opportunity on the final day of the  con to sketch and draw with Dean Trippe of Project Rooftop, and Chris Moreno – both a lot of fun to work alongside over breakfast.

Also, coming out of Heroes; I am now with representation. Lastly – My redesigns of the New Mutants are now up on PR. Check out set 1 here and click back soon for set 2.

New work:

15 March 2011 4:31 PM CDT

C2E2

I’ll be at C2E2 again in Chicago with the Comic Social Club (table E-1), sketching, chatting and commissioning. Keep an eye on my TwitPic feed as I’ll be constantly updating the feed with sketches and happening from the convention.

The Sketchbook:

I’ll be selling my 2011 series 1 sketchbook, and I’ve made a small number available via my Etsy shop while supplies last: LINK It features 32 pages of sketches done between September 2010 and February 2011 - 8 in color, 26 in Black & White. My 2010 sketchbook sold out, (I was able to hold onto 10 I might release later), so if interested, I urge you to pick up the 2011 SB at the show or online soon, as it’s another small run.

Commissions:

If you’re interested in a commission, I’m opening up 10 slots for the convention. I mail commissions if you are not attending when I return. If you are attending – let me know in advance. Please send me a note HERE about rates if interested.

New Art:

So much new art to post! I’ll be updating the gallery tonight and tomorrow night before I leave for Chicago. If you’re interested in seeing some of the new stuff prior to then, please check out my Deviant Art Page. LINK

Lastly – a huge thank you to everyone who has sent me emails, notes, tweets, and “liked” my work over the last year. A huge thanks to all who have commissioned me for illustrations and sketches at cons and via my site, and to those who follow me on twitter, facebook, deviant Art and here. I am constantly humbled by all of your support and am honored by each of you. I hope to see many of you in coming days :)

UPDATE: I now have 8 slots left for commissions.

30 September 2010 1:42 PM CDT

Azure Season 2 – Its A Wrap!

Azure Page 116 Panel 7

Pages 61-120 are with the lords of DC Comics now, and are more than likely on their way to being turned into downloadable comics for iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and the web. My thoughts on Season 2? I think it better than Season 1, but even now that the last page was turned in, I am reminded this is still my first comic and there were some hard lessons learned this season. I’ll save that for a future posting titled “Lessons Learned in Making Comics”.

Something else to note, a week or so ago, DC announced a number of layoffs, moves, and the closing of two lines, (Zuda and Wildstorm), as they go through a restructuring. This economy we’re in really blows and the announcements pretty much suck, but these things have a tendency to work themselves out. I hope everyone affected lands on their feet and go on to do great things. To my friends at DC, my hearts with you all. With so much talent and creativity on hand, I look forward to seeing how DC Comics evolves.

I’m reminded of when I worked as a programmer/artist for an interactive developer of software for children. A similar thing happened where over half the staff including my friends and boss were laid off. It sucked then as much as it sucks now, but they all landed squarely on their feet in new positions, and one or two; far better off for it.

So what next for me?

Something special, if I can pull it off ;) … More on that later. Look forward to a posting frenzy this next week.

17 August 2010 2:18 PM CDT

Deadly Love

A little something I did last night for my good pal Foz – If you aren’t reading his comic DEADLY  – DOO EEET!

15 August 2010 12:12 PM CDT

Baltimore Comic Con & Commissions!

A couple of updates this fine wet Sunday here in Baltimore. First off I’ll be at the Baltimore Comic Con and have an exhibitor booth promoting AZURE and doing comission sketches. I will be there with the “Zuda Crew”, (Many of the talented Zuda creators who have comics coming or have come to various devices, web, and print). I plan to have my sketchbook available for sale there as well. The convention is The 28th and 29th of August and I will also be doing a panel on working digitally to create comics with artist Matt Zolman. We will be showcasing working in Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop, and will pick apart some of our digital files and answer questions on creating art digitally. The panel will be on Sunday from 11-12.

Lastly, Commissions! I’ll be opening 10 slots for comissions for the Baltimore Comic Con. I won’t begin them until the day of the con, (still working my tail off to finish AZURE before the con), but you can put your request in now by sending me a note on what you would like here. I can do 9×12 or 7×10 pieces in your choice of 3 mediums: watercolor, pen & ink, or pencil. If I think I can handle more at the con, I’ll open more up, and if you won’t be at the convention, they can be mailed.

PS – I have a couple of new pieces going up this evening that have been cooking for a while, but Azure has taken a front seat for a while. Stay tuned!

2016 Convention Schedule (confirmed)

C2E2 – Chicago, IL - March 18-20
Emerald City CC – Seattle, WA - April 7-10
MegaCon – Orlando, FL - May 26-29
Awesome Con – May 29-31 – Washington, DC
Heroes Con – June 19-21 – Charlotte, NC
Boston Comic Con - Aug12-14 - Boston, MA
Dragon Con - Sept2-5 - Atlanta, GA
NYCC – October 8-11 – New York, NY
Jekyll Island Comic Con - Dec10-11 - Jekyll Island, GA

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