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Between 10-15 years ago, I used to draw comic page commissions where I would offer to illustrate a page of script by the commissioner.  The idea was that this would set me apart from all of the artists doing mostly pinup work, and it also sounded like a fun project.  It *was* pretty fun for a while, although the kind of jobs that would come my way quickly transitioned (so to speak) into mostly fetish or transformation pieces. 

I was OK with this for a while, and did them for a couple of years.  I felt an ego boost from having folks enjoy my work and be willing to pay for it, but eventually wasn't real happy with the subject matter and ceased doing fetish-style work about ten years ago.

At the same time, I would post the work here on DA, and they would get a *ton* of views and faves.. which is also gratitifying.  As years went by, I found that I wasn't super proud of a lot of the work I had posted due to the subject matter, and I'd also improved as an artist/inker to the point of disliking my earlier work because it wasn't as well done.

I removed a goodly chunk of the more risque pieces from my gallery, but left a few milder ones... which still get a few favorites a month, many years later.  These faves still feed my ego, but the work is so far removed from the quality of work I do now, that even the more innocuous ones make me cringe when I see them.

Also, those faves mean people are seeing that work, enjoying it, and might even enjoy my more recent work, which is pretty mild in comparison.

Anyway, I think I've convinced myself while writing this into doing another purge of the rest of that stuff from my gallery... it's just not 'me' anymore.   Even though a few of them have tens of thousands of views. :D
  • Listening to: Beach Boys
  • Reading: Drawn & Quarterly 25
  • Watching: Kung fu
  • Eating: steak
  • Drinking: iced tea
Hi guys, I've been thinking about getting some basic Copic or Blick markers to do some flat color on the black and white ink sketch cards I've been doing..

For those of you who use markers on your ink work, is it better to color *after* the inking is done, or color over the pencils and *then* ink?

I'm hoping that they work well over existing ink, as that'd be easiest for me at my novice coloring level... but I'd love to hear techniques or suggestions, thanks!
  • Listening to: Beach Boys
  • Reading: Drawn & Quarterly 25
  • Watching: Kung fu
  • Eating: steak
  • Drinking: iced tea

- How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Nearly 10 years.  Seems like longer!  :D

- What does your username mean?
Dalgoda was one of my favorite indy comics from the 80s, and I used to draw little cartoon heads of the character on napkins when I'd go to a restaurant.  At some point I tried using it as a username on a website years ago, and was told it was not available, hence 'Dalgoda7'.

- Describe yourself in three words.
Cartoonist. Daydreamer. Obsessed.

- Are you left or right handed?
Left for mousing, right everything else.

- What was your first deviation?
A scratchboard of a theme I'd done years prior, combining Captain America with the Red Skull.
Skullcap by dalgoda7

- What is your favourite type of art to create?
Fully inked & lettered comic pages, although I have to admit I really love doing cover recreation inking exercises even though they're not 'my' art.

- If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Digital coloring. 

What was your first favourite?
This 'beauty', I can barely remember that far back!
Beauty by hnedoocko

- What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
I tend to favorite other black and white comic art the most, it's my favorite.

- Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
Huh, I can't pick just one, but over the years I think I've become pretty decent pals with cluedog  , LarryKingUndead  , besnglist  , and curtsibling , exchanging art or collaborating on projects, etc.  There are a dozen or so more folks on here where I like everything they do.

- If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
At least the four nice folks above, along with a few more. 

- How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
LarryKingUndead and I have collaborated on what I would call some of my finest work to date.  At some point we'll be printing that work as a book.  I think that's a pretty decent impact!  When I win the lottery, he's first on my list to bring into the comic book creator compound that I'll build in Portland.

- What are your preferred tools to create art?
Raphael 8404 brush, Koh-i-noor drawing ink, Strathmore 300 bristol paper.  Photoshop, for constructing layouts.

- What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Just at my boring 'ol drafting table/studio. 

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Getting a Daily Deviation for  Multiverse II by dalgoda7was pretty darn awesome.
  • Listening to: Beach Boys
  • Reading: Drawn & Quarterly 25
  • Watching: Kung fu
  • Eating: steak
  • Drinking: iced tea
A couple of my zombie/beer illustrations are now available as T-Shirts from Brewershirts.com!

"We Can Brew It/Zombie Rosie":
www.brewershirts.com/zombie_ri…

Disembodied zombie hand/beer:
www.brewershirts.com/zombie_be…

!!

:)
  • Listening to: Mr. Bungle
  • Reading: Complete EC Library
  • Watching: Giants Baseball
  • Eating: crab legs
  • Drinking: Water

Colors make everything better!

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 7:26 AM
It's just too bad I can't color for dog doody!

Here's a really fun collaboration by :iconkaufee: and myself, where I drew & inked his Kaufee Universe characters, Mr. Superior and Tit-Mouse.

Superior Trouble by Kaufee

Mark took my lineart and did his typically spectacular job coloring it!   Normally I don't draw my stuff "for color" (with all my silly cross-hatching), but this turned out pretty rad.

  • Listening to: Mr. Bungle
  • Reading: Feynman
  • Watching: Giants Baseball
  • Eating: bbq pork
  • Drinking: Water

I'm horrible - I won't tag people

Sun May 19, 2013, 11:10 PM
..but I love answering these things.   I'll put some new questions at the bottom of this set, feel free to answer them if they appeal to you.

Here goes:

Questions:

1.  What's the strangest dream you've ever had that you are comfortable telling?

All of my dreams are pretty freaking strange.   They do tend to bunch themselves into a few main categories, though:

A. Work - I used to have dreams about being trapped in my first job from age 16, for the next twenty years.  Those went away, now they're mostly dreams about sea changes at my current job (which I've held for 14+ years).  It's never located in the actual real-life building, it's always some new office I've made up in my head.

B. School - When I was younger, the setting would be whichever school I was attending at that point.  Since I've been out of school/college for almost twenty years, now the school dreams are all about some variation on San Jose State University - typically, somehow I always have to go back to pick up credits, but I never end up going/finishing class in the dreams.  Lots of dreams about being in dorms again, too.   But no one is doing school stuff, everyone is partying.  Hey, that's not too dissimilar to what it was like in real life!  ;)

C. Large elaborate malls or touristy shopping areas/hotels/casinos - these have ranged from the cosmopolitan (think San Francisco or Seattle) to the podunk (like the very small town I grew up in), but the common thread is a huge group of shopping/eateries... but in my dream, I never spend too much time in any one place, and never get to eat or buy anything, even if I have some sort of mission.

D. Wilderness areas that require some sort of elaborate journey to reach, and then having to find my way back.  Many of these are based on the forested areas I grew up in.

E. Travel via very sketchy vehicles, like huge aircraft that *always* have some sort of trouble, but never actually crash - we all walk away.  Same goes for trains, light rail systems (sometimes these mix with the elaborate journeys), etc.

2.  Who's the most beautiful person you've ever seen?

I'm going to have to cop out a bit on this one, because no matter how beautiful I may think someone is, they are never the end-all, be-all.  There's always someone who will draw my gaze for some aspect that the previous might lack, or just might hit a visual 'spot' for me.  I don't think there's any one person I've seen who stands head and shoulders over everyone else.

3.  What's the first movie you've ever seen in a theater?

I'm not completely sure about this, but I think it might be the original Star Wars, back in '77.  I was five years old, and it completely changed my expectations for entertainment.  It's the first movie I can distinctly remember being in a movie theater to see.  I may have been to another movie previously, but I have no memories of them.


4.  If you could live in any time, what would it be?

Cheez, I'm completely spoiled by the amount of information available on the Internet, as well as the ease of communication, so it would be hard for me to give that up to be in the past - but whenever I think of past times that I would have liked to have lived (as an adult), I think of the 1970s.  

5.  Who do you think the most overrated musician alive today is?

I don't know a ton about 'modern' music (I generally only listen to oldies or classic rock or classic new wave stations), but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Justin Bieber.

6.  What's your favorite drink?

When I drank liquor, I liked Captain Morgan & Coke a lot.  Now, I really like craft beer that's infused with spruce tips - it sounds weird, but it is amazing.

7.  What's your favorite kind of weather?

Cool & sunny (like, 60 degrees).  Rain is also nice, if I don't have to be outside or do yard work.

8.  If you could put one kind of curse or hex on any person, what would it be?

So many choices... let's go with Ann Coulter.  I curse her to be reincarnated as a member of one of the demographics she tends to belittle, but with all of her previous memories intact.

9.   Is Pluto a planet or a moon?

It'll always be a planet to me.

10.  If you could be in any movie, what would it be?

Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  That future seemed pretty dang nice to me, and I'd be willing to wear the same pajamas they all wore.

  • Listening to: Mike Keneally
  • Reading: Steve Canyon 1951-1952
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Eating: Orange slices
  • Drinking: Carrot juice

Rose City Comic-Con Sept 7-8 2012!

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 4:15 PM
Portland Underground will be sharing a dual-zombie-comic table with :iconmarkledford:'s Big Sal's at the Rose City Comic-Con on September 7th and 8th, 2012!

Come see us if you're in town!

We'll also be participating in a pre-con Gallery show at Skeleton Key Tattoo on Friday evening - 1729 SE Hawthorne, Portland OR.   Come by and have a beer and watch us battle it out for Zombie comic supremacy!

Gallery Show Jam Piece by dalgoda7

  • Listening to: The Tubes
  • Reading: The Sincerest Form of Parody
  • Watching: Breaking Bad
  • Eating: fish
  • Drinking: diet soda
Portland Underground has scored its first exhibitor table at the fantastic Stumptown Comic Fest at the Portland Convention Center this year.   The show is next weekend, April 28-29.

Come see us at table C-20, with a blow up poster of issue #1 behind our table:


Portland Underground, Cover 1 by dalgoda7

Oh yeah, this weekend I got our printed copies of issue #2, which will be debuting at Stumptown!


Portland Underground, Cover 2 by dalgoda7

  • Listening to: hard drive fans
  • Reading: The Art of George Tuska
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Eating: onion rings
  • Drinking: diet soda
I'm very excited to be exhibiting at a comic show for the first time in 6 years this weekend (Sunday, November 13) at the Portland Comic Book show in the old Memorial Coliseum, now that I've got a complete comic to hawk.

If you're gonna be there, come by and say hi - my table will be in the Small Press area.  I'll be the one with the blown up poster of the Portland Underground #1 cover hanging behind the table:   Portland Underground, Cover 1 by dalgoda7

I'll be selling copies of my comic, Portland Underground, along with a couple of other minis from days past, and Portland Underground pins.

See you there!

  • Listening to: KNBR 1050
  • Reading: Acme Novelty Library
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Eating: bagels
  • Drinking: diet soda

15 slot feature meme

Thu Jul 21, 2011, 12:47 PM
Taken from :iconmarker-mistress:'s journal, I don't know why I don't do features like this more often.  

Be one of the first 15 people commenting on this journal entry, and I will put your avatar and three deviations that I will personally select from your gallery in this "Share the Art" feature.

IMPORTANT: If you do comment, you're expected to do the same in your own journal; putting me on the first place, completing the list with 15 other people.
I WILL BE WATCHING AND WAITING IN THE SHADOWS TO MAKE SURE OF THIS. If you do not set up a feature in your journal within a day of responding, I will take you off the list and replace you with another in line.

The idea behind this is NOT to get a free feature, but to help spread art and artists around for everyone. So why not check out the artists on other peoples' list?


1.:iconmarker-mistress:
Companions - Sarah Jane Smith by Marker-Mistress Yvonne Craig - Batgirl by Marker-Mistress

2.:iconjaguaro:
:thumb159763827: :thumb57586809: :thumb184308956:
3.:icondarkkart-666:
:thumb202898814:

Mature Content

Bondage by DarkkArt-666
Shirt  and LP design by DarkkArt-666
4. :iconperkeyburger: 21st Century Digital Girl
Foxkeh Janurary 2008 for phone by perkeyburger  
5. :iconselnartheblack:
Monica at a Renn Faire by SelnartheBlack Reased and Older Garan clash by SelnartheBlack

Mature Content

Blood Duchess Bath by SelnartheBlack

6. :iconslayerkhan:
3 point perspective beach by Slayerkhan  

Mature Content

Popular Horror The End by Slayerkhan
Popular horror Pg 2 by Slayerkhan
7. :iconmistermuck:
a violin picture by mistermuck Zoroaster Page 4 by mistermuck The Stop Caring Button by mistermuck
8. :iconayelid:
Moment Of Fear by ayelid Spider-woman 1 inked by ayelid Vampira by ayelid
9. :iconhdub7:
It is what it is pg1 by hdub7 Kat and Dogg pg 41 by hdub7 the Fall of Tony Stark by hdub7
10.
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13.
14.
15.

  • Listening to: KNBR 1050
  • Reading: American Gods
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Eating: Popeye's chicken and biscuits
  • Drinking: diet soda
We've finally printed the first brick and mortar issue of Portland Underground #1, collecting the first 25 pages of the story, plus the 5 page Papa Frost preview!

Added bonus: a page of all nine 'zombie card' images.

The comic is 8.5 x 7", printed on 60 pound text, with grey cardstock covers.

If you would like a copy, they are available at the Portland Underground website for $5 in the USA and $9 international (which includes a sturdy bubble wrap mailer and postage).  Just click on the Paypal button at the bottom of the sidebar menu!

Thanks to all who have been reading/faving/commenting as we've put these stories together over the past year and a half!



Default warning: if you haven't been following either story here on DA, there are several scenes of graphic horror violence.  Not for children!

  • Listening to: hard drives
  • Reading: Dayworld
...for this:

Bar Party by cluedog

Zac, I can only hope that you get everything you want someday.  Shit, when I win the lottery, *I'm* publishing you!

  • Listening to: hard drives
  • Reading: Dayworld

Thrilled and humbled by my first DD!

Thu Dec 17, 2009, 11:50 AM
Wow... got up this morning to check DA and saw that I had several hundred messages.  I thought it must have been a mistake, but found that one of my big Multiverse pieces scored a Daily Deviation!

Many humble thanks go to 'hellobaby and ^thiefoworld for the suggestion & the feature!

And hello to all my new friends and visitors.   I hope you see some other things you like. ;)

  • Listening to: hard drives
  • Reading: Dayworld

Lifetime art goals

Sun Nov 8, 2009, 3:46 PM
There was a point a few years ago in my comic drawing 'career' that I gave myself a goal of drawing a thousand pages of comics before dying.  At that point I had resuscitated my drawing habit to the point where that seemed quasi-realistic if not likely.

A few years after that I counted up what I had done (I'm counting false starts, unpublished/unsold & really old stuff, as long as it's a complete drawn sequential page) and came up with something in the mid-140s... and felt pretty good about it.  A thousand didn't seem like that big of a number anymore.

Today I counted up again and came up with 255.  That's just over 25 percent!
This 1000 thing may happen someday!   I can do about a page a week, so I could conservatively see this happen within twenty years. ;)

  • Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Watching: Seahawks vs. Lions
  • Drinking: Go-Girl

New arts happening

Sun Oct 25, 2009, 3:52 PM
Wow, haven't posted a new journal since that long arse quiz back in May or something.  Time to clear that off my front page!

Anyhow, I'm back to doing more art after a summer of having our house built/moving/working and doing other summer type stuff that has kept me away from the drawing board.  But I'm excited to start doing more work again.

I've revisited The Season for a couple of pages (2nd page is being inked currently) as well as an art jam with ~Selnartheblack before I start working on a possible webcomic project...  I'm not sure if the writer would want me to post the episodes here or not, but if not I'll post the addy in a journal, maybe with some sketches.  For those zombie fans out there, keep watching this space...

  • Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Watching: Raiders vs. Jets
  • Eating: pulled pork pizza
  • Drinking: Go-Girl

Quizzz

Sun May 17, 2009, 6:42 PM
Ok, I'm all moved and semi-settled, I think it's time to bust out the ink and do some more art.

I might start out with some more sketch cards to warm up, then maybe some more superhero covers or whatnot. I'll also be taking commissions again as well!

cheers,

ck

I've been tagged by :iconcluedog:


RULES
1. You must tag at least 6 people.(let them know they've been tagged) Bah
2. No tag backs.
3. Tell the truth.

~

1. What is your deviantArt name and what does it mean?

Dalgoda's one of my favorite indy characters from back in the mid 80s when I first discovered indies.  The seven is because the first time I tried using 'Dalgoda' somewhere, it was taken or otherwise wouldn't allow it.  I like 7.

2. Why did you join this site?

I don't remember how I got here, but I love this site.  I like the mechanics of how art is distributed, and I've had lots of great feedback.  I also like being 'fed' new art by those I follow.

3. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined?

Probably Star Trek, which is... still the case.

4. How many watchers are you currently watching now?

Jiminy Crickets, I'm not going to count them.  Several pages worth.

5. Your first gift ever was to?

DA gift?  I don't think I've ever done so.

6. List five things you are a fan of.

Star Trek, Comics, Baseball, Classic hard sci-fi books, Rock n' Roll

7. List four people you look up to the most.

I'll just list some famous people instead of people I actually know, I guess..  Frank Zappa, Ayn Rand, George Carlin, Robert Crumb

8. How many pets do you own?

Two big-ass bellycats.

9. Name 3 aspects of your personality?

Industrious, lazy, paranoid
(I'm industrious so that I can get to the lazy part faster)


1o. If you could have a power what would it be?

The ability to rearrange matter to fit my whims.

11. Who was the last person you talked to?

The wife.

12. Who was the last person you said "I love you" to?

The wife.

13. Write the first five things that pop into your head?

Nachos, Giants, powder, freeway, wooden

14. What are the things you wish you could do better?

Draw, write code, initiate original design, play sports.

15. Do you like who you are?

I'm pretty content with myself.

16. Summer or winter?

Winter.

17. Rain or sun?

Rain.

18. List 2 odd things about yourself.

I quit biting my nails cold turkey after 35 years of doing it constantly.  

My name was supposed to be Jennifer.

19. Pop or Hip hop?

Depends.  if <= 1983, then pop.  if  > 1983 & <=1995, then hip hop.  If > 1995, then neither.

2o. How many scars do you have?

Hurm, a few small ones.  More, if you count tattoos.

21. Do you wear spiked wristbands, Collars & belts?

I used to...

22. Do you own anything from Hot Topic?

No.

23. Windows or Mac?

Windows

24. Nyc Trpp or Lip Service?

Gesundheit.

25. Steak or Chicken?

Steak.

26. Favorite Color(s)?

Navy Blue

27. Anime or Manga?

Isn't that all the same?  (ducks)  I really don't know.  I really like a few individual pieces from both, but on the whole I could take or leave them.

28. Beer or wine?

Both.  Depends on the company.   Well, beer.

29. Goth or Emo?

Goth, if I have no choice.

3o. How many pairs of shoes do you have?

More than my wife.  Maybe 10?

31. What is the most amount alcohol you ever drank in one day?

Probably a fifth.

32. Cold or Hot?

Cold.

33. Favorite pair of pants?

My comfy 8 year old 501s.

34. Do you like your user name?

I like it well enough to have used it for several websites.

35. Have you tried any drugs?

Yes.

36. If you have? what drugs?

Going to plead the fifth on that one.

37. Do you have a myspace/Facebook page?

Sure.

38. Pizza or Kebabs?

Nowdays, kebabs.  Pizza doesn't agree with me that well although I like it.

39. Are you are nice person?

I give what I get.  Generally the default is not really.

4o. How old are you?

37

41. Spikes, studs or eyelets?

Studs.

42. Do you like your music loud?

Yes.

43. Kind hearted?

Only towards family & animals, pretty much.

44. Holden or Ford?

William Holden or Harrison Ford?  Tough call.  William Holden was pretty bad ass.  

45. Annoying?

Very.

46. Do you like PLZ accounts?

If that's one of those all caps abbreviations like OMG or LOL, then no.

47. Do you own a car or motor bike?

Yep, "Bessie".

48. Do you like The Presets?

If that's a band name, they sound like a bunch of douches.  Probably not.

49. Do you keep secrets?

I try not to acquire them.

5o. Should they release criminals from jail if they have killed someone?

Depends on whether we're talking about murder or manslaughter.  Murderers, pretty much no.  Bad murderers, fry 'em.

51. Are you a liar?

I don't do it well, so I try to avoid the opportunity.

52. Have you tried to kill yourself before?

Never, although I had your standard angsty teen thoughts about it.

53. Do you like your avatar?

Yep.

54. Have you ever thought about killing someone?

Not if this quiz is admissable in court.

55. KFC, Subway, McDonalds, Red Lobster or Burger King?

One of these things is not like the other?   Red Lobster.

56. Do you love yourself?

Well enough.  I'm happy being me.

57. Do you cut yourself?

Only by accident.  

58. Do you get depressed?

Very rarely.  Rarely enough that when it happens, I examine the feeling so quickly that it tends to dissipate.

59. Do you have many friends in real life?

A few.  I'm not super social anymore in person.

6o. Hardcore or Darkcore?

I'm not really into any of the cores.

61. Should stalkers get a second chance?

Err, depends on the severity of the infraction.

62. Imports or muscle cars?

Imports.

63. Gay, Bi or Straight?

Straight, more or less.

64. Do you get enough money each week?

Does anybody?  I'm currently doing well "enough", I'm content.

65. Fast or slow music?

Both, mood-dependent.

66. Do you like that number?

Who doesn't like Mario Lemieux?

67. Do you use XD and LOL a lot?

Absolutely never.

68. Should police mind their own business?

It's ... important that they should pay attention to their business.  Guh, what a loaded question.

69. Do you have a boyfriend?

No bromance for me.

7o. If so. Who?

I'm bro-mantically single.

71. What is/are your Favorite band(s)?

Mothers of Invention, The Who, Pink Floyd, Beatles... blah blah.

72. Baggy or tight pants?

Tight, if I can get away with them.  I'm kind of partial to flares, tho. hee hee.

73. How many T.Vs are in your house?

2

74. How many computers/Laptops in your house?

4.  We're nerds.

75. LCD or Plasma?

LCD

76. Are you racist?

Not consciously per se.  Everyone's got some race-based reactions, using the broad definition.

77. What time is it now?

6:33 pm

78. Should subbys be free?

Well, there's got to be some sort of value-added way for DA to make money.  I support it.

79. Are you a slow, medium or a fast typer?

Very fast.

8o. Do you like quizzes?

Mostly yes.  

81. Do you buy stuff from those cheap Chinese shops?

Kinda random.  Not really (unless Wal-Mart counts).

82. Do you own any weapons?

Yes.

83. If so. What?

A couple bladed Klingon weapons.

84. How many speakers do you own?

Two?  We have a multi-speaker home theater thingy, do those count?  Then more like 7.

85. Do you own a pair of boots?

I have several pairs of combat boots, I liked wearing them when I still used to go out dancing.

86. What is the best thing in the world to you?

Not working.

87. What is your favorite Emoticon(s)?

:D

88. Do you like pie?

I wouldn't kick pie off my plate, but I don't often seek it out.

89. Have you ever stayed up longer than 24 Hours?

I think 36 hours was my top. After that, I start getting really weird.

9o. Do you have any big brand name clothing?

Only by accident, if any.  I buy my clothes at Target!

91. If so, what brands?

Couldn't tell you.  Levis, I guess.

92. Can you handle the sound of loud cars or motorbikes?

No.

93. Do you like kids?

Only my nieces & nephews when they're being sweet or cute.

94. Sonic The HedgeHog Or Miles Tails Prower?

After my time.

95. Eminem or 50 Cent?

Neither.

96. Money or love?

Money.

97. Are you random?

Arooo?

98. Can you sleep thru loud music?

No.

99. Do you like where you live?

I love it.

1oo. Taxi or bus?

Bus.

1o1. What time is it now?

6:38 pm

1o2. What do you feel like doing at the moment?

Lying down.  I biked 15 or 20 miles today after 6 years of no biking!

1o3. Do you go on YouTube alot?

If someone points me to something funny.

1o4. Are you are member of any other site besides this one?

Several.

1o5. If so, which ones?

What, are you stalking me?  

1o6. Are you glad this quiz is finished?

Yes.

  • Listening to: Celtics vs. Magic game 7
  • Reading: Fatherland
  • Eating: chicken nachos
  • Drinking: Water

Time to get workin' again

Thu Jan 15, 2009, 1:10 PM
Ok, I'm all moved and semi-settled, I think it's time to bust out the ink and do some more art.

I might start out with some more sketch cards to warm up, then maybe some more superhero covers or whatnot. I'll also be taking commissions again as well!

cheers,

ck



  • Listening to: KNBR 680
  • Reading: Empire
  • Eating: Gum
  • Drinking: Water
So!  Doing another couple of personalized fake comic cover pieces for family members really got me in the mood to do more covers.

I thought about doing classic cover recreations (for commissions, even), but I wasn't totally comfortable with redoing someone else's artwork verbatim.  So I came up with the idea of taking some of my favorite Marvel and DC covers and swapping characters from the other company.

This made the recreation gig(?) WAY more fun, as each cover was almost a new piece of art after I finished.  I steal the poses and some of the context, but do the rest of the rendering as 'my' style.

I have to admit also that although the logos and other trade dress are painstaking (inking go-go checks with a brush, anyone?  Didn't think so!), I find that I have a sick fascination with all of that stuff!  On some I've swapped logos outright (the Avengers and JLA mashups), while I've adapted logos on others (Champions logo using the 60's Teen Titans look, Lois Lane/Mary Jane, etc).  Whatever fits my mood at the moment.

I sold the first couple (JLA/Avengers) on ebay and got some good response, so I'll probably post these there for sale as I finish them.  I'm still coming up with new ideas for mashups for classic covers (or just covers I really like), so I may be stuck on this concept for a couple months.  

I've been finishing an average of one piece per week (my usual goal is one finished b&w piece of some sort per week, so I'm keeping up), so I'd think I'll have 4-8 more of these suckers by the time I get bored with it.

Random mashup ideas of covers to 'cover':
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New Teen Titans #1
Avengers #201
West Coast Avengers (mini) #1
Iron Man #128
Strange Tales #135
Captain America #110
Jimmy Olsen #1
Forever People #1
Avengers #83
Superman #423
Adventure #462
Adventure #347
Legion #294
Fantastic Four #236 (I must be insane)
Fantastic Four #257
Fantastic Four #260
Avengers #141
Amazing Spiderman #121
Amazing Spiderman #129
Detective #359
Iron Man #169
Batman #222
Batman #245

Anyone have any suggestions? ;)
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After seeing (and buying!) all the great sketch cards by some of my DA friends, I decided to give it a whack.  

At first I thought I'd do superhero cards and maybe sell them, but I got this nutty idea while I was on the treadmill (the genesis device of most of my nutty ideas) to pick a bunch of my favorite B and C level character actors, instead.  There were tons of goofy/unique looking actors to choose from.

Four weeks or so later, I've done four sets of nine cards, with more to come.  I've taken a short break from the character actor potpurri to do a few James Bond related sheets - just got in that kind of a mood after watching a couple of early Connery films.

Thanks to everyone who's viewed/faved these cards, as I still feel that I'm in a very experimental stage with this kind of work.

*Edit* Originally I was thinking of cutting these up into 2.5 x 3.5" cards, as I have the sheets measured & lined on the back for that purpose.  But I'm just digging how they look as whole, uncut sheets of nine.. I don't know if I could bring myself to cut 'em up!
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Commissions? Sure!

Wed Jul 30, 2008, 10:06 AM
Every so often I get a really flattering request to do a commission, so I thought I'd post some info on what I do, my general rates, and restrictions on content. I've had some good success with taking script from a client and rendering a fully inked & lettered comic page (on blue line board) - those are a lot of fun.

The commissions I've taken on are usually for full 11x17 comic pages with lettering from the client's script, sometimes 11x14 pinup type shots - but if there is a different size desired (I've got some pretty large sheets of bristol board, or if a sketch card is desired..) I'm flexible.  I work pretty much exclusively with b&w ink pieces, as I'm not really a colorist.

I don't mind doing sexy stuff and some BE/Transformation, but I don't like to do stuff that gets too crazy like boobs that turn into hot air balloons or something. The Hermoine BE piece is about as far as I like going with those, just because at a certain point it just gets a little ridiculous for me to draw.

Also as far as sexy stuff goes, I'm drawing a  line at hardcore material.  I'd also prefer to do stuff that I can post here (even some of my rated-R type sex scenes have ended up deleted by DA admins, bleh).

My standard price for 11x17 comic pages inked w/lettering is $80 (updated - now $10 less, was $90) a page. 11x14 inked pinups w/backgrounds are $60, 11x14 inked without backgrounds $40.

If you're interested in an alternate type of piece (like a larger, more intensive piece, or a simple sketch card), we can chat about that too.

Thanks!

ck

By the way, M1A2tanker has a great Commission Networking service going, which you can see here . It's a great source of artists for hire here on DA!
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