Wednesday, March 23, 2011

C2E2 ... just wow....

So I am sitting here looking at a blank page, trying to figure out how to summarize this weekend at C2E2. It would be impossible to articulate the amazing gratitude I feel toward so many people I met and spoke with this week. It was the first time I truly felt like a comic artist. It was an amazing weekend.

Would like thank everyone that came to my booth this weekend showing so much amazing support to what me and my friends are doing.

The weekend start off on friday morning before I had my booth even set up, getting to meet the guy I have working for, for the last two years Ted Adams of IDW. I honestly could sit here and write a book about how great it was to meet him and talk with him, everything you hear about him being a nice guy are all under-exaggerated, he is unbelievably nice !

Then there are the whole entire Comics Pipeline family, and again I could write a book about this as well Marcus, Kris, Tony, Talent, Dirk , Jay, Tyler, little pete, Janna, Seth the list go's on and on, just outstanding talented people from every angle. No one had any big ego's, it was all amazing fun.

But then there is Ben.... yeah that Templesmith guy and the amazing Molly Mclsaac... what can I say here. Just outstanding people. It strange to meet someone that you have really loved their artwork so much for so long, and to top it all off they are such an incredible person. I think we all had dinner 3 times this weekend ? Or something like that ? The best was Sat night where it was me , my amazing wife , Molly, Ben , Karsa and Kelly went to Chalkboard ( thank you Gill ) and had a fantastic time, just basically talking art the whole time, oil paint, watercolor, line art, and .... well projects... ( more on that later ) And whoa that Molly ! That girl can talk to to death with amazing authority on history , photography , painting, writing etc etc not that that is surprising , it was just great to be around. Again I could write a book on this. What an amazing time !

I also had the pleasure of speaking with Scott Allie this weekend when he walked over to my booth, another remarkably nice guy. Was Great fun talking with him. Had a GREAT talk with Ben McCool who has written some AMAZING books, another amazing person. Got an interview with MTV geek , which there is a story there... not sure if I can tell it.... Just an over all overwhelming weekend. Best Con yet.

I am living my childhood dream.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

18x24 oil on Linen.

This is a commissioned portrait I did using Jessie-Lynne as the model. The client had some pretty great but specific ideas about the painting, I really hope this meets them. Again, sorry for the bad photo will post a better scan when the paint dries.

Also with this painting I am using a medium called " Venetian Medium" from Natural Pigments, it is based off of research that 16th century Venetian painters added leaded powered glass to their paint, and I have to say I really love working with it. The pain of using it, is that you have to wear gloves the whole time as if it gets on your skin you have ground glass and lead to deal with. But when it dries is looks amazing from the light refraction, well worth the trouble. Only real problem that I have with it so far is that it dies and gets tacky a little too fast.

Friday, March 11, 2011

something close to virtue

Something I painted day before yesterday , the photo of it is kinda crap. Was trying something very different ... still not sure what to make of it. Trying to explore a bit more.

Will post a better image of it when it dies, which should be in a few years with all the paint on that canvas.

"something close to virtue"
30x40 oil on linen

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wishing I could post/say more...

So I have been painting and drawing like crazy lately but most of what I have been working on is a bit top secret so I have not been able to post any of the images from the projects, hopefully soon.

Here is a bad image taken with my phone of a 11x14 oil on canvas I just did a day or two ago, this image is a small part of the ideas behind my creator own book being published by IDW this year. I will post a better image of it on comics pipeline when the oil paint dries.

Many things I wish I could talk about here... just not time yet.