Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Greatest Commissions post yet

Jubilee
Here are some recent commissions, both Color and Gray...
And, here are some fun science facts about commissions:
Thank you!
Thanks for commission a drawing from me. I appreciate it. I need the money. The money helps me pay bills, and care for my family, produce more art and makes me feel wanted.
Completion Time
When it comes to commissions (not my official illustration or book work with deadlines) I run my show my way. I finish your commission when I can. If you you don't like waiting, Do NOT Commission me. My commission list is for those that can wait. If you don't like waiting, I don't want your business.  It's art, I'm not repaving your driveway. I'll take as long as I need. 
Payment 
Please pay when I ask you to. If I ask for payment, It means your drawing is on my easel and I'm working on it (this method protects me from dead-beat buyers.) If it seems like a good idea to delay payment because I took a long time to finish...Don't. I already did you a favor by not charging upfront, so, just, y'know, pay
If you don't pay in a few days or so, I just give the drawing to someone else. If, instead of paying, you bicker with me about how long I took and lie about imaginary emails I didn't respond to, then I just give your drawing to someone else. Happily, and with no regrets.
 If you say, "Hey man, awesome. I don't get paid until next week. Can I pay you then?" Then, ofcourse...yeah, that's fine. I'm not a monster. We can work that out.
Shipping and Handling
My art paper always has blunt edges because I turn it around on my table. I put a lot of water media on the paper, so it naturally looks a little warped. I'm not going to 300 lb paper because of cost and it's also ineffective on my light table. It's original art, blemishes and all. frame it and put it on your wall.
Satisfaction
Is it possible a customer could be unhappy with their commission?....I...guess?  I give everyone an "out"... Decline it and I'll sell it to someone else.  Not exactly happy but you still want it? I don't know...uh, I knock $10 off my already low prices? People should know what they're getting before they commission me. I post all the art right here.
Prices:
9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80 
shipping extra: $7 USA; $13 Canada;  $17 International
11X17 inch paper, gray: $120
11X17 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $9 USA; $15 Canada;  $22 International
Price is for one character. Extra character is $20 extra small paper / $40 extra for large paper.
Special background art requests are $20 extra small paper/ $40 extra for large paper.
I also have 11X14 and 12X18 inch paper if you prefer. 

Black Canary

Dazzler

Death

Gambit

Ilyanna (Magik)

Madman

Preacher

Flora and raccoon

Sandman

SAUCER STATE Vol. 1 Out Now!

Here it is! Saucer State Volume 1 from IDW comics. The sequel to Saucer Country in its first collected edition. Don't miss out!

Purchase here or Amazon or get it at your nearest shop where comic books are sold.

The story of Arcadia Alvarado, former alien abductee (possibly) and current President of the United States, continues, and now that she commands the highest office in the country, she’ll use her power to find out what really happened. But, even with the power of the Presidency at her fingertips, will she be able to get to the truth? Either way, she will have to act fast as the biggest event in world history begins to unfold around her. All of the political intrigue and UFO mythology continues in the sequel and conclusion to the Hugo Award-nominated series Saucer Country.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

PAY ME AND SAY THANK YOU: The all-new 2018 blog on art commissions

Starfire and Raven

When it comes to commissions, my customers--for the most part--are all awesome. Polite and appreciative. Thank you nice customers for commissioning me and waiting and being awesome.

Here we go again with my rules on commissions:

1. I'll change my rules any way I want to benefit me and my ability to do the best work I can.

2.  I don't care how long I take on your commission.  I don't care if I take 2 months, 8 months or 2 years. When I finish your commission, I just want to hear "thank you" and "payment is on the way" or some version of that. I don't want to listen to nit-picking about how long I took or your opinion on my email etiquette.

3. If you don't like waiting, please DO NOT commission me. If you don't like waiting, do not make a request for a drawing. If you can't wait for your drawing, I don't want your business.

4. I don't care how other artists manage their art commissions business. I don't care about their rules and methods. Go commission them. I run my commission list my way. You make a request, I finish it when I can, and you pay when it's done. I no longer give estimated completion times because it just causes problems.

5. If you don't mind waiting--and you're committed to paying--go ahead and request.  I'm working through my large list. Any new requests will probably be waiting for most of the year. I'll eventually get to it and give it my best effort.

6. Thank you for your business, nice customers.

Prices below. 11X17 inch paper is now the default large size (easier to ship). I can still do 12 X 18 inch paper, but only if you special request it.

9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80
shipping extra: $7 USA; $13 Canada;  $17 International
11X17 inch paper, gray: $120
11X17 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $9 USA; $15 Canada;  $20 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 and 12X18 inch paper if you prefer. 

More recent commissions:

Death

X-23, Daken, Wolverine

Delirium

Miles Morales and Spidergwen

Spider-man and Mary Jane

Powergirl

Boba Fett vs. Red Hood
Casey Jones

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Saucer State #6


Look, It's Saucer State #6, the final issue of the "Season". Preview here. And here's a decent review and another review

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Art Post of 2017...with Art!




Princess Leia and Chewbacca

After I finished Cry Havoc and Survivors Club (June 2016) I fell down a bit of sad hole. I thought I was just having a sad day, but then it lasted a year. And then the next year. Each passing year, there's less job offers, less emails, less Likes. No one ever says it, but success in comics is a lot about people being invested in your success. When people are invested in your success, it's a lot of fun. When they're not, it's hard. Nobody does it by themselves. If you're an artist, find an artist friend and help each other out. But be genuine. Stop trying to get ahead all the time. Be good to people...and not to get something, but just to be nice.

Next May will be my 20th Anniversary as a professional artist (and working in comics). Wow! I'm incredibly grateful to have been a pro artist for 20 years. I'm learning to be happy and grateful. I can draw and paint--which I love to do--and I have 3 healthy kids. I'm lucky. I'm learning to feel good about myself. My main struggle these past couple years has been to feel appreciated. And that's still a work in progress.

I need to be a better artist this year. That's all there is to it. That's the best medicine...Doing good work.

I hope to celebrate 20 years by doing something special (Funrama-related). I've long hoped it would be a Kickstarter, but I don't want to do a Kickstarter unless the work is 99% "In-The-Can"  (because that's the way I am.) So, maybe I'll do a Patreon. But, I'll need to hire a Patreon advisor. Someone to help me do it well.

Here are some recent color commissions. Thanks for commissioning work from me. It keeps me artistically fit. I don't run my commission business like other artists. I'm sorry, but also not sorry. It could take 2 months, 6 months, 12 months...I don't care. It's done when it's done. Commissioning a drawing from me is a gamble, but you're not betting anything. You're just making a request. You pay when it's done. You're expected to pay when it's done. I've recently had one guy bail on me and not pay. If you can't wait, don't commission me. If you're good with waiting, go ahead and make a request: funrama@gmail.com

Thanks for supporting Saucer State this year. I think it's a very special book and one of my favs.

Also, please hire me if you need a cover! I would love to get more cover jobs.

Okay! I hope you all have a happy, healthy New Year. Let's do it!!

Trapjaw
Spider-man and Black Cat
Wonder Woman
Captain Marvel Shazam
Atom Eve
Gambit
Meiko Kaji

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Black and White (and Gray) commissions


Death          
Drawing commissions in gray is fun and relaxing while doing color commissions are hard. So if you feel like commissioning a drawing in gray...go for it! But if you want color, that's fine, I don't mind.

Anyway, To all who have commissioned from me: Thank you. I know the wait is long, but I'm trying to work through them before I start a new book project. I appreciate those that have patiently waited.
You've been nice. I eventually get to everyone.

As for those few people who can't wait and slagged me off on Facebook for taking too long on commissions: I'm still fuming over that. Your expectations about when your drawing should be done don't interest me. You can take those expectations and walk right out the door and dump them on some other artist. I don't charge up front, therefore I don't owe you anything but a drawing that will be done when it's done.

Okay! happy time now! Prices. shipping rates for International are increased a bit.

9X12 inch paper, gray: $70

9X12 inch paper, color: $80
shipping extra: $7 USA; $13 Canada;  $17 International

12X18inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $9 USA; $14 Canada;  $20 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 and 11 X 17 inch paper if you prefer.




Sandman
bullseye
batman

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SAUCER STATE #5 Preview

Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly's HUGO-nominated series continues in a preview of Saucer State #5.
SAUCER STATE #5
Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)
Just a walk with Orthon of Venus, Adamski, the Greys, the Silver Space Lady and our poor Michael across New Mexico, the Saucer State. Secrets are revealed. It all starts coming together. The Chinese Air Force is here too! At what point does astronaut training become worship? At what point does metaphor become fact? Is there a need for flying saucers? More astral Jung per month than any other comic book!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
- Picks up where Saucer Country left off!
- Tackles real world US politics from the point of view of a female President!

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Let's Talk About Commissions

Cyclops and Jean Grey

Here's some recent commissions, color and gray.
Now, to the good stuff:

I don't take money upfront. I hate taking money upfront. It causes problems and that's why I never do it. And, yet...there's problems.

I don't take money upfront, so, that means:

1. You're not my boss
2. I don't work for you. I'm doing you a favor.
3. You're not my employer.
4. I don't need to answer emails asking when the commission is done. I'm not paid to do that. And, also, read number 1 again.
5. If you're upset that the commission is not done yet, that is your thing you need to deal with.
6. I finish the commission when I finish the commission.

Hey: I love being an artist. I'm grateful and lucky and humble that I get to do this. The fact that I can draw for people means a LOT to me. I love to do it and I want to do it. Please commission me. But if someone gives me a hard time, then I don't need to do it. If you don't mind waiting, please commission me. If you dislike waiting, hire another artist.

Price list:
9X12 inch paper, gray: $70
9X12 inch paper, color: $80
shipping extra: $7 USA; $12 Canada;  $16 International

12X18 inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $8 USA; $13 Canada;  $18 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.

You can pay when it's done. funrama@gmail.com

Wonder Woman

Mad Max Fury Road
Elaine, Gaudium and Spera

Scarecrow

Death

Duke and Roadblock

Mademoiselle Marie
Phoenix

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Saucer State #4 Preview


Hooray, here's a preview for Saucer State #4. Check it out and purchase it at your local comic shop.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

SAUCER STATE #3 Cover Process

Saucer State #3 on is on sale right here
And here are the art stages for the cover art, including colors by Adam Guzowski.


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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Grass Kings cover


...and some preliminary sketches.


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