A solemn moment and a quiet gift

I get asked a few times a month for my current commission rates, for folks interested in having me do cover work, or maybe an ink or acrylic piece. Sometimes they hire, sometimes they don’t, that’s just business.

But there’s an underlying element often of folks who don’t want to pay anything. Ever. They just want free art, because they feel they are entitled.

Originally published by Apex Book Company, August 2012

Folks, “entitled” is what we in the business call a “bullshit word”.

There is no such thing as entitlement.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Walkthrough: The Colossi of Memnon

For a very long time, since way back when I was a college engineering student, I’ve been fascinated with ancient architecture and stonework. Near the top of that list has always been the Egyptian statues known as the Colossi of Memnon, two massive representations of pharaoh Amenhotep III.

When I say massive, they are among the largest stone sculptures in the world. Each is 60 feet tall, on 13 foot bases. While you’re out googling them, make sure to check out all of the photos with the teeny, tiny people next to them.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art: Dinictis squalidens

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a new ink, and it’s about time I did. Life gets in the way of art sometimes, but art is still something I need to be building consistently.

In this case, I wanted to try another fossil as the base idea for an ink. I have lots of reference images from visits to various museums, and I decided this would be a good time to put one of those into play.

This ink is of Dinictis squalidens, a type of saber-toothed cat. It’s not a Smilidon, the typical saber-toothed tiger that most are familiar with, but a separate species.… Read the rest

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New ink art and Alphabeast: J is for Jikininki

I’m gradually starting to get caught back up, after a disastrous few months. I decided that I didn’t want to end 2011 with nothing completed, so I manged to kick out two pieces of art in the last couple of days. The first was the skatedeck art, The All-Mighty Dollar (see it here), and below is the second one.

This one doesn’t quite catch me up to the current Alphabeasts letter (it’s about to be “L”), but hopefully I can start the week with an “L” image. This one is for “J”, and it’s based on the Japanese mythological character of the jikininki.… Read the rest

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Alphabeasts: A is for Algul

This is my latest ink for the Alphabeasts project, and hopefully the last one I need to catch up on. I started with “C” (here), coming in a little late, so this one catches me up to the current letter.

An algul is a mythical/legendary vampire woman, in Arabian mythology, and I thought it would make an interesting ink work. I’m having fun playing with harsh light on these inks, and this one is no exception.

The only problem I ran into was that this one was created over an entire week, a few parts at a time, due to life issues.… Read the rest

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Alphabeasts: H is for Headcrab

For this week’s Alphabeasts entry, I decided to stick with Valve’s games, albeit a slightly older one. From the Half Life series, there are these little creatures called “headcrabs”, which I thought would be fun.

Headcrabs like to throw themselves at you, and can be pretty annoying. With the trusty crowbar they aren’t too hard to beat (BA DUM CHEE!), but when they attach themselves to a victim they make the person a zombie. Those are a little harder to destroy, and have a tendency to scare the crap out of you when you are least expecting it.… Read the rest

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Two New Ink Cards

Over the busy weekend, I’ve still managed to create two new ink cards, both based on ancient stone sculptures. They are also both ink on 5″ x 7″ 140 lb. Cold Press paper.

The first is a gargoyle, based on one that I have here in my office. I’m having fun toying with the close-up ideas on these, and this one is no exception. It’s based on the same gargoyle that I did previously (it’s on my “art for sale” page), but much closer and with a black background. I call it Gargoyle Dream.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card: An Old Fight

I have an unfortunate tendency to abandon works of art, as I’m creating them, if they start going off track. I’m working on not doing that, but it’s built-in that if it starts looking like the piece won’t work as planned, I just give up and go do something else.

It’s something that only applies to art, whereas with the rest of my life I tend to see the problem and deal with it, working around it as I can. I’m trying to fix it when I do art, and the ink card I finished last night (the second one) is a good example of it.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card: London After Midnight

I decided that, for the gallery, I was going to take three famous “monster” actors and put an ink card for each in a frame, to sell at the gallery. I already have the Dr. Phibes that I did, and I wasn’t convinced that the Phantom of the Opera was going to work in it.

So I put that one aside and created a new Lon Chaney Sr. piece, this one based on his character from the film London After Midnight. It’s the same as the other cards, 5″ x 7″ ink on 140 lb.… Read the rest

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New sketchcard: Phantoms and Lon Chaney, Sr.

I started out to make a new sketchcard (same size and specs as the others, 5″x7″ inked), with the idea of doing one of Lon Chaney Sr.’s famous monsters. I chose his Phantom of the Opera, basing it off of a couple of photos.

As I worked though, for some reason a certain softness, a certain humor even, worked its way into the image. It’s not as horrific a monster as I started out to make, and I think it’s much more Chaney than Phantom.

Whether I succeeded or not is up to you fine people, but I did decide to change the name I was going to give it.… Read the rest

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New Sketchcard: Phibes

I was hoping to do quite a few more small inked cards (I’ve been calling them “sketchcards”), but I haven’t had as much time as I’d hoped. But, tonight, I managed to get one finished.

I call it Phibes, and it’s based on the character from the “Dr. Phibes” movies. Since it’s Vincent Price Day, I thought that would be a good thing to try. It’s a 5″ x 7″, 140 lb. cold press paper, inked.

As always, let me know what you think.

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