Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Some More Commissions

Storm
Here are some current commissions. All completed with inks and watercolors and acrylics.
Annnnnnd here are base prices....

9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80
shipping extra: $7 USA; $11 Canada;  $15 International

12X18 inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $8 USA; $12 Canada;  $17 International

Price is for one character. Extra character is $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
Special background art requests are $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
I also have 11X14 inch paper or 11X17 inch paper if you prefer.

I only like to draw mainstream pop culture characters. Comics preferably; but TV, movie and video games are okay. I shy away from people's smaller creator-owned properties. I don't like to draw real-life likenesses unless you'll pay more (I'm not that good at it). I won't do your original character unless you pay me a massive, filthy amount. I don't do commissions of people's fiances, family members or pets. Sorry.
If you're the type of person that needs your drawing right away, please close your browser window and leave quickly as fast as you can. There's a reason why I don't take money up front.
One more note: I think people see these drawings with tons of stuff and think,"me too". I would advise against asking for tons of stuff unless you really want it.  Asking for tons of stuff can make the commission take longer. And, these drawings are better when they're allowed to breath. But, if you really want multiple characters and unique backgrounds, I'm willing to accommodate. I just want everyone to be happy.

Thanks. funrama@gmail.com
Hellboy
Lady Jaye and Zarana
Sif and Thor
Black Widow and She Hulk


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Darkness Visible #3 cover


Here's a cover I did for IDW's Darkness Visible. Purchase here

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Saucer State


Saucer State Comic Explores Connection Between Aliens and White House (Exclusive Preview)

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Art Sale


Today my charity Art Sale goes bye bye. I lowered all the remaining pieces to $45. 30% will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Last Day! Last chance!

I'll have another Art Sale in the fall. But...I encourage you to follow my Storenvy Shop throughout the year. I'll be sneaking on some artwork throughout the year. If you're lucky, you'll see it.


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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 A Year In Review


I checked the records, and I started this blog in 2006. So, it's been 10 years on here and I guess I should say a few words.

Yep, I've been an artist for a long time and...it hasn't been exactly easy. But, what is? "Freelance artist". Working in an industry where you get more love and affection for drawing...I dunno...a Suicide Squad back-up story or something, than 20 years of creator-owned and self-published work. Where you get more attention and notoriety for drawing a Deadpool cover than..I dunno...all this stuff. 

Jealousy? No. Given the choice to work on Saucer State or some corporate superhero thing, the answer is obvious. But all the adoration given to corporate stuff over new, original work is a little annoying sometimes.

I'm thankful for every job I get. Even the commissions, which you can see here. I'm lucky to be an artist and do what I love. I wanted to draw comics when I was 5. But I have "down periods". Periods where I feel I'm no good at this. And then, somehow, I do it for a little bit longer. NY4; Saucer Country; Three; Survivors Club; Cry Havoc....They've all pretty much sold the same. So, is it me? Do I suck? Is it the industry? Are the Big 2 choking off readers? Are they growing readers? What's going on, comics?

11 full 22-page comics. That's worth noting right? But, the burn-out is real. It's why a lot of artists that came up at the same time as me are now writing, doing covers, single images--the occasional issue or mini-series. Drawing single images are more rewarding. You draw one, put it on the internet, get likes, editors see them, and the rewards flow in. Drawing story pages are a slog and there are long days wondering: when does it pay off big?  It's with you all the time: Where's the pages? Can we get more pages? How are the pages? Get the pages in. Pages, pages, pages.

Cry Havoc











CRY HAVOC #3-6 (Jan-May) 
"The inks for pages 1-13 have been uploaded to the Episode 3 folder" is how I began the year 2016. And, all the final inks for Cry Havoc arrived in mid-May. So, that's essentially 4 issues of Cry Havoc drawn this year, but let's be fair and call it 3.5.

This was an amazing project all around--a book packed with talent--but It left me pretty battered and bruised and lacking in sleep. And when it was done, I wanted to crawl under a rock. Drawing two series at once--full art--is not recommended. But I was doing it. Will I ever do it again? Plainly, No.

Outsourcing inks was not ideal, but we wanted everyone to get their serialized comic books on time. Thankfully Barb Guttman and Miguel Montenegro helped and did a wonderful job and helped make the deadlines.


Survivors Club

SURVIVORS CLUB #6-9 (Jan-May)
Survivors Club was launched in October 2015 and the cancellation call came in December 2015. So, when I read people on twitter backing the notion that the life and death of a series firmly relies on trade paperback sales, all I can say is we need to have a talk.

I won't lie, at the time this was challenging...But now I look at it with a big grin on my face. It's such a crazy, insane book. It's just so...maniacal. And I love seeing it on my shelf with all the others. I'm glad Shelly Bond put me on the book. When I say I drew 4 issues this year, I mean I couldn't have done it without Peter Gross and Mark Farmer. By the time we got to issue #7, we decided we should get some inkers in order to finish on time. I actually loved having inkers. It allowed me to take time on the pencils and do a really good job. I liked their inks more than mine.


Unfollow

UNFOLLOW #10 (June)
So there I was: Drawing Survivors Club and Cry Havoc, completely on top of each other, day and night. Everything was due at the same time. When it was over, I intended to take a break. But, I magically got a call to draw an issue of Unfollow soon after. The job kinda came just as I became "open". It's a really neat book, and I'm glad I participated. I finished it and took a much-needed week off in the woods.



Home Repairs (July-August)
 I basically lost 2 whole months to fixing up our house for sale. Cleaning, painting, pulling weeds, applications, filling out purchase agreements....But it paid off and we got a new house in September. And for the first time, I have a room of my own. And I have a trophy room where I keep all my artwork. Also: I did a lot of commissions at this time, as you can see on this blog, so I wasn't totally out of it.


Red Thorn

RED THORN #12-13 (Sept-Nov) 
I came on Vertigo's Red Thorn. It's a fun book with amazing visuals. I was to lay out the final 2 issues--and I did--but then I took on full Pencils/Inks, so a bunch of pages are all me.


Saucer State

SAUCER STATE #1 (December) 

I'm a little behind on this one, only because I've been having trouble "getting going again". It's hard to turn on the switch when you're feeling creatively bankrupt. But, I've been in this place before, and I know I'll get in the groove again. I have inks done. The first few pages of anything are always a hardship. Look for this sequel to Saucer Country next year from IDW.

So, That's It...

Basically 11 issues drawn this year and lots of commissions too. Its been a rough year and the election has put me in such a deep malaise, that I barely go on Twitter any more.

It's getting close to 2018, which will mark 20 years as a professional artist for me. I plan on celebrating 2018 with a massive Funrama art book on Kickstarter with tons of rewards. Stick with me! It will be fun.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Look, Commissions

 
Cloak and dagger
So I guess this is what I do now. Here are some more. All done in ink, watercolor, acrylic, etc. I guess I could list prices, But I dunno... What is my purpose as an artist?  In the end, it's just brushstrokes and color on paper. Am I making a difference in the world? Does anything matter? Are we all just dust in the wind?

Colossus

Marvel Girl

Zatanna

Spider-Gwen

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Red Thorn #13

Here's a page I drew for Red Thorn #13. Preview here.
Colors: Nick Filardi

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

And more commissions

Audrey Horne

Hi. Remember me? The hot artist of 2012? It's okay if you forgot. There's a lot going on...everyone's busy. So um, here's some more commissions. All prepared with inks and watercolors and acrylics. It's pretty basic...just give me some money, and I can draw.

Emma Frost
The Dreaming
The Mary Janes
Nightcrawler


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RED THORN #12 pages

 I drew some pages for Red Thorn #12. Colors by Nick Filardi. And a preview



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Monday, November 07, 2016

More Commissions

Josie and the Pussycats
Hey. Here's some more commissions. If you like my art you can hire me. I work hard and I always do my best and I clean up after myself. I'd like to think I'm good at drawing. I've been doing it a long time.
Commissions?... I guess? But don't ask for one if you like them finished right away.
9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80
12X18 inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140
Shipping is extra money. Adding extra characters is extra money. I can do popular mainstream comic book characters. TV, movie, video game stuff is okay too. I don't really like doing peoples' original characters unless they pay a lot. I don't like drawing real-life friends, family and pets unless they pay a lot. More like, double-the-price for the stuff I don't like to draw. Customers always pay when I finish. Thanks.

Storm and Magik

Y the Last Man




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Thursday, October 06, 2016

SURVIVORS' CLUB The Complete Series


 It's finally out! Survivors' Club The Complete Series is here. Buy in paperback form or digital


What if the horror movies of the 1980s were real?
Where are those kids today?

The haunted house, the demonic doll, the cursed video game, the monstrous neighbor, the vengeful ghost, the killer imaginary friend…in 1987 a wave of horrors struck six communities around the globe. Six traumatized kids survived those events, and grew up haunted by what happened to them.

Almost 30 years later, the six survivors are drawn together in Los Angeles to confront a terrifying childhood nightmare that has returned, bringing up their own traumas and dragging their dark secrets into the light. Somehow, they’re all connected. But when personal horrors collide, they’ll be forced to confront one another’s demons.

And then they’ll discover that staying alive was only the beginning…

Award-winning novelist Lauren Beukes and co-writer Dale Halvorsen join artist Ryan Kelly for a bloody journey of self-discovery in SURVIVORS’ CLUB, a terrifying new vision of horror in an inescapably interconnected world. Collects #1-9.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Commissions Phase One

Black Canary
I had a choice this year: Either go to conventions or buy furniture for the house. Since I'm not at conventions this year, I thought I'd maybe take on a few private commissions here and there. I don't really have time, but I thought I could sneak in one per week. Prices for one character:

9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80
12X18 inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140

Shipping is extra money. Adding extra characters is extra money. I can do popular mainstream comic book characters. Maybe TV, movie, video game stuff. I don't really like doing peoples' original characters unless they pay a lot. I don't like drawing real life friends, family and pets unless they pay a lot. Thanks.

Batgirl

Dawnstar from LOSH

Dream from Sandman
Jonah Hex/Talullah Black

Quasar

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CRY HAVOC Volume 1: Mything In Action On Sale Now

The first volume Cry Havoc trade paperback is now available and collects  issues #1-6. 
I hope you'll pick it up. I think you'll like it. Everyone worked hard on it: Si Spurrier, Simon Bowland, Matt Wilson, Nick Filardi, Lee Loughridge, Emma Price and me.
Purchase on Amazon
"Cry Havoc is The Best Monster Story I've Read In Ages" is the headline at  io9  
Here's a feature on the Barnes And Noble Sci-Fi Fantasy blog


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

UNFOLLOW #10


I came in and drew an issue of Unfollow. Unfollow #10. Have a look...


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Monday, August 01, 2016

SAUCER COUNTRY returns as SAUCER STATE in 2017!


Announced at SDCC, Saucer Country returns as Saucer State in Spring 2017! This is a continuation of the Saucer Country series previously published by Vertigo. I'm thrilled to be joining Paul once again to make the "Second Season" with IDW!

Here's an Interview at Newsarama where talk all about it.
 
IDW Publishing
In Cooperation With
The International UFO Bureau
IDW PUBLISHING
2765 TRUXTUN RD.
SAN DIEGO, CA 92106
CONTACT: STEVEN SCOTT
Sighting
Form
1.    NAME        SAUCER STATE            PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT     IDW
CREATORS    PAUL CORNELL (w) • RYAN KELLY (a)
TIMING      JUNE 2017

2.    DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

3.    LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION SDCC 2016 IDW PUBLISHING PANEL

4.    HOW LONG DID THE PREVIOUS SIGHTING LAST?
SAUCER COUNTRY, created by Cornell and Kelly, was published by DC/Vertigo and ran for 14 issues. The series has found a new home at IDW PUBLISHING and will return in 2017 with the all-new SAUCER STATE. 

5.    PLEASE DESCRIBE THE MOST RECENT SAUCER SIGHTING.
SAUCER COUNTRY told the story of Mexican-American Arcadia Alvarado, the former Governor of New Mexico, has been elected President of the United States… and brings with her a veritable closet filled with bizarre skeletons. As Governor, she dealt with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. Oh… and she claims to have been “abducted by aliens.” The nightmarish encounter has left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories and now as President, she’s determined to use her new political powers to expose the truth—and maybe, to save the world.

6.    HOW DOES THIS MOST RECENT SIGHTING MAKE YOU FEEL?
PAUL CORNELL, WRITER/CO-CREATOR: I’m hugely delighted that Saucer Country lives again! I’m even more delighted that Ryan Kelly is once again drawing it. And my delight overflows that it’s at such a good home as IDW.”

7.    HAS THIS SIGHTING BEEN NOTICED BY ANY MEDIA OUTLETS?
      SAUCER COUNTRY was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2013.
8.    WHAT COMMENTS, IF ANY, DID GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MAKE IN REGARDS TO THIS SIGHTING?

TOM WALTZ, EDITOR: “Anyone who knows Chris Ryall and me, knows we are UFO aficionados to the Nth-degree. When we found out Saucer Country was available, we both started plotting diligently to get it at IDW. And now, as Saucer State, our plans have come true and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to soon be a part of a series I’ve been such a huge fan of it from the first mind-blowing issue!”

9.    PLEASE DESCRIBE THE OBJECT(S) IN DETAIL. FOR INSTANCE, DID IT (THEY) APPEAR SOLID, OR ONLY AS A SOURCE OF LIGHT; WAS IT REVOLVING, ETC.? PLEASE USE ADDITIONAL SHEETS OF PAPER, IF NECESSARY.
      RYAN KELLY, ARTIST/CO-CREATOR:

10.   WHAT EXPECTED FOLLOW-UP WILL YOU TAKE?
      IDW will release THE COMPLETE SAUCER COUNTRY, a collection of the entire previous series, in a special edition to coincide with the release of SAUCER STATE #1 in Spring 2017.
11.   TELL THE APPARENT LENGTH OF THE OBJECT(S):
      SAUCER STATE will be an ongoing series.
12.   WE WOULD LIKE PERMISSION TO QUOTE YOUR NAME IN CONNECTION WITH THIS INCIDENT. THIS ACTION WILL ENCOURAGE RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS TO PREORDER SAUCER STATE UPON ITS SOLICITATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

CRY HAVOC #6

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Survivors' Club FINAL ISSUE and Preorder the book!


  
This is the final issue of Survivors Club! Preview it here 
But...and most importantly...you can buy the COMPLETE SERIES collection of Survivors Club in September. Please Preorder it!  
Amazon listing
SURVIVORS’ CLUB TP
Written by LAUREN BEUKES and DALE HALVORSEN
Art by INAKI MIRANDA, RYAN KELLY and others
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in this paperback collecting the entire nine-issue SURVIVORS’ CLUB series.
Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world—with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors—but were chosen for their fates?
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 224 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS










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Friday, May 27, 2016

CRY HAVOC #5 Look and Buy


Cry Havoc #5 is out this week. You can preview and buy here


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