Saturday, November 5, 2011

SoOooo.....

.....I have been back from NY for a little while now, and hadn't really had a chance to update. I have never been major on tweeting, facebooking, myspacing, and now google + (plusing). But i attempt to make strides with it all. I am getting more active with up dates and general info. But posting about how good a sandwich is, or what shoe i put on first just isn't my thing. I don't feel i am that important to anyone.... lol. My dogs did have puppies last week, there are 3 remaining that are "unclaimed" so to speak. We are taking deposits now, though they won't be ready to go to new homes til december. They are American Pit Bulls, Purple Ribbon, and registered with the UKC. They will come with the first set of shots and deworming, UKC papers, and you Vaccine documents from the vet. We can ship anywhere in the U.S., the deposit holds the one you pick, and payment can be credit card, pay pal, money order, certified check, personal check (for deposit only). Males are $1000 and females are $1250. Pics can be emailed of parents and the remaining pups if interested. Email me and we can go from there. I am only mentioning this here because i never know who swings through my page, so i just wanted to make mention....    But now on to what whoever stops by here may actually care about lol.... side note: NEW YORK WAS PHENOMENAL!!!!! I will speak more about it, but i am going to do all i can to make sure i am there next year.....
 

  Ok, i have one commission that i need to get finished for a good friend who has been very patient, beyond that, i am open for commissions, don't forget that if you feel you may want future art from me or books, or tees, you can buy gift certificates of varied amounts from my store. They don't expire and can be used all at once or over multiple purchases.....


   Projects:
 
ok, so i am back working on Fairy Tale Knights, more layout work and designing of characters than final pages. On top of that i am working on re doing concepts for another book i have and working heavy on a book i started years ago and introduced in preview form at Heroes con. I was lost and so were those around me, lol, our understanding of art, books, layouts, etc has grown greatly. Still learning we are, but we have grown greatly, and i have a clearer direction with things now. So i won't say the name or what the book is about, just know that i have penciled a few pages and i am happy with them. Once i have neared the finish of the first issue, i will post art and pages from it, but i don't think it will be for sale til next year. I just want to take the time to do this and FTK correctly. I also want to get ahead on the issues and have time to seek out some possible help with coloring and maybe inks if i can get it worked out. But i promise you, i am working hard to make these books as powerful as i can.....
      Now a word on the independent life. People approach me at cons often and say to me; "your work is cool or awesome, or great, why don't you work for Marvel, Image, or DC....". I always explain it isn't that simple, and that honestly i don't fit the style i guess. I mean simply, my work isn't what is thought to be traditional. Don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean i wouldn't work for them, i draw their respective characters all the time. I would love to do covers or whatever else, but i went though a time where i was turned down, or simply told i wasn't good enough, and even that they "didn't know how to market the style". So i gave up the dream of getting in with them, and focused on just drawing and doing the art that i enjoyed and hoped that you the people would stand behind myself and others like me. The independent world is fun yet hard. I have seen artist who produce work 50 times better than some well know big names and treat people sooOo much better in person, but barely get attention because they don't have that company cosign or the same exposure. But they keep working and building. I keep working and building. We may never gain the success some of us deserve and work hard for, but we keep pushing. I have seen some give up, get beaten by the struggle. Others return. Hell, i was close to it many times. It took years for me to open up to doing books again due to a lack of confidence that a few friends helped me regain. But the thing i realized that i wasn't saying to those who posed the questions was, "YOU CAN HELP PUT ME THERE". If you the people rally behind an artist you like, and help them to build a name and a support base, it mos certainly does one thing, motivates them and with enough help does another thing, helps them earn a living, and as it grows, it does another thing, brings them n/eeded attetion that could but them in a place where /the big 3 and others not only recognize the talent of that artist, but seek them out. See just like in any business, the more a company feels it can benefit from working with someone or on something, the more likely they are to take it on or reach out to them. If an artist already has a self contained support base, then the company figures, hey, people follow and support this person, so if we use their work, it will sale our products. Sadly, the reverse is, companies could break artist as well. One decent toy collab, or cover illustration, or whatever, could expose a good, or great artist, to so many new people that may support. But it's a chance many companies want take. So i am saying to you all, YOUR support could be that difference. Don't keep an artist as your little secrete, pass the word on, help to get them known to others, and maybe it will lead to them doing a book you like with that style you want to see. Worst case, if they are like me, they will be greatly thankful. Plus doesn't it feel so much better to know you were part of someones growth and supportive of someone before they "made it" and everyone jumped on the wagon?
alright, off to the pages, the puppies, the struggle, will you join me?