This is a digital sketch done in MangaStudio. I have been using MangaStudio for penciling and inking but never really tried doing anything in color. Really nice brushes in the program that I will be playing with more and more.
This piece was done at MegaCon and I forgot to take a picture. Lucky the internet has been invented. :)
It's always fun and interesting to see the different art themes that people collect. The idea for this is Mary Jane in a Nightcrawler costume. The tough part with drawing Mary Jane in black and white is she needs some kind of Spider-Man reference to put her in context. Webbing is a good way to go. In regards to Nightcrawler, I know his tail is part of him and not the costume, but I thought it would be fun to have MJ concerned with the sudden addition of a tail when she put on the costume. As you might be able to tell I had fun doing this.
HeroesCon 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina is coming up fast. The dates are June 20-22. I will be sitting next to my travel mate, the one and only Joe Pekar, though it's too early to announce where that will be. As soon as I know the location I will post it here.
HeroesCon is my favorite convention and since I have already been receiving emails asking about my sketch list for the show, I figure it's time to open up the advance sketch list. I will actually work on this list leading up to the convention. Especially the more complicated pieces. Though the prices haven't changed, there are a few changes to the process this year so please look over the details provided below :)
This is a lot to read so email me if you have any questions. Please use the subject line "HeroesCon Sketch List". Actually use that subject line please. I have a smart mailbox that separates emails with that subject line in order for me to stay organized. Thanks!
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Inked sketches: single figure, on 11" x 17" Bristol Board: $50.00 I will only be doing Acrylic pieces at home to bring with me. I don't plan on doing any at the show.
Acrylic/Watercolor: single figure on 11" x 17" (approximate size): 150.00
UPDATE: I've had a few request for my sketch cover prices:
One character inks: $75
One character color: $100
Two character color: $150
Email me if you have a different request.
Payment: There will be three options for payment:
PayPal: You may pay in advance for your request using PayPal. Please contact me first with your request before you send money. You can also pay with PayPal at the show using your smart phone and PayPal app.
Credit Card at the Con: I will be accepting major credit cards at the convention. I can use PayPal or Square to accept credit cards. Fast and secure.
Cash: You can pay for the art when you pick it up.
If you were to ask what I prefer, Paypal would be my first preference for payment. It makes it easier to keep track of everything and it helps prioritize the work. That doesn't mean you have to pay in advance. You can easily use your smart phone and PayPal app at the show.
This advance list is only for those attending HeroesCon 2014 in person. I do request that if you are on my list and are not going to make it, please let me know. And if possible, please pick up your artwork as soon as you can when you arrive at the convention. Or pay for your spot on the list, whichever applies.
I may ask for reference if I don't know the character or if I can't find it on the web at the show.
You can email me links to references before the show.
An advantage to getting on the list early gives me some time to think about your request(s), bounce ideas around in my head, maybe doodle ideas in my sketchbook, and possibly show up at the con with your finished piece. There is a finite amount of requests I can take. I do not know what that number is because I don't know the requests. So sign up early and often. :)
I am really looking forward to this show. There are so many of you that I only get to see at HeroesCon so it really is like hanging out with friends.
If you have any questions about the sketch list, please ask. And even if you are not getting something but will be at the show, please drop by and say "hi". Also, please spread the word through any social media that you may use. I would really appreciate it.
Other Convention Stuff
I will have other original art at the show, some you have seen here on this blog. I will also be bring prints to the show. Both 8.5" x 11" and 11" x 17". There is a good chance I will have a new sketchbook available as well. I will post more on that soon.
This was a lot of information to cover. If anything is confusing to you, let me know and I will do my best to clarify. And please excuse any typos. :)
Sometimes I really overthink things. Here is an example. I am going to be offering prints once again at conventions. I have a number of new images that I will be using like the one below. The prints will be 8.5 x 11. So here is my problem. Full image of the character or a cropped, more detailed image.
Both images will have the same white border around them so the image area is exactly the same. Like I said, I overthink things. :)