aka Millennium Surfing
aka Courtesy of Lando's Used Cars
aka I Heard Mash-ups are Stupid Uh Oh I'm in Trouble
aka Millennium Surfing
Haven't done one of these in a while. Finally got around to finishing this up.
I was commissioned by a good friend of mine for her and her husband's 10-year wedding anniversary. She wanted something apocalyptic, like my wedding announcement. That was made ages ago to be a very small 4x5 and this would be 11x17, so I thought I could do something much grander. She had some ideas in mind, so I just told her to give me all of them, and I made something that I think kept the feel of what she had in mind, without being too much information. I won't go into all the little details, but it was a lot of fun to make. Luckily she let me take my time with it, and I think it resulted in something pretty fun to look at. Here it is. Congrats on 10 years, guys!
Hey! It's my birthday today! What better way to celebrate than to make all* my stuff 50% off? After all, I'm halfway through my life. I'm throwing caution to the wind! You get a discount! And YOU get a discount!
All the art that you see on this image is half off, with the exception of the two bottom Long Live Queen Freddie! pieces, Latifah and Beatrix. That includes the MASSIVE Elizabeth I - one of my best pieces I've ever created. As well as all prints from the Freddie series.
In order to buy any of the posters or prints you see here, please visit MY STORE, and upon checkout, use the code birthday33. If you live between Olympia and Seattle, email me at seaknigge ta gmail tod com, and we'll work out a personal transaction to avoid shipping costs. You may notice that the paintings are not up there. If you're serious about purchasing a painting, contact me, so we can discuss details about shipping, delivery, and alternative payment plans (a la layaway).
Again, use birthday33 at checkout. This sale will last for one week only.
So please celebrate with me by supporting the arts... MY ARTS! Thanks.
Happy Birthday, Kirby! You the man!
P.S. I didn't know your first name was "Jack!"
I watched a lot of the 60s Batman show when I was a kid. And no joke, I always thought Eartha Kitt was the epitome of Catwoman. And while she didn't hold the mantle as long as Julie Newmar, she appealed to my childlike senses more than the soft, sexy Newmar. Lee Meriwether was fairly similar to Newmar, but with crazy eyebrows. But Kitt was sharp and cunning. She also had a very interesting face, of which I hope I did some justice.
I really, really dig the character design of Fantomex. The semi-recent creation of Cluster (aka Lady Fantomex) was very well designed by Anka. However, there would be a couple things I'd change. 1) Her hair is COMPLETELY tucked away. She's a soldier, and the ponytail just looks kinda goofy. 2) She'd have glasses to protect her eyes. This isn't really a necessity, I just always thought the Fantomex mask was missing them. Which leads me to 3) That goddamn trenchcoat needed sleeves. Bad.
Lately, I've gotten way into sketching again, since it's the easiest way to create while I'm busy with work. Maybe one day I'll have an Emilio Lopez to my Khary Randolph to handle the coloring of these.
I'll probably color this eventually, but I gotta get First Light out before I can get back to painting.
Anyway, Scarlet Witch has one of the worst outfits ever. The Ultimate version is less offensive, but almost completely devoid of any personality or iconography. I tried to do a slight redesign without covering her up like a stuck up librarian or an aging mom, but it still just comes off as gross. Oh well... tits tho mirite?
[This is not a Superheroin. Just keeping my skills in shape.]
Video game production is back to full time, so that's why you haven't seen much from me. Also, these past few months have been really difficult for me as an artist, because I've been going through a little bit of a crisis, trying to harness the unknowable thing that makes me ME. My style is constantly undergoing change, and I think it's a combination of a few things.
1. I have a paying career in a field that is chock full of extremely talented people with many different styles. And I'm not really a video game artist. Not fully, due to the intense design that comes with UI. I'm constantly upping my game with new ideas I soke up from other concept artists and the like, but no real direction on what I want to do with it or how I want to represent my style or what I want to be known for as an artist.
2. I'm entranced by concept art. Although, I see many problems with it, I still admire the technical skill of painting digitally lush concept pieces. This, in turn, goes against what I basically wanted to do from high school, up until a few years ago - draw comics. Contours and flats. That's been me for almost my entire adult life. Then I got into the game industry. It has changed the way I make art on every conceivable level.
3. I still very much want to be a comic book artist. But it's been hard limiting myself to a specific area of expertise, because I also still want to be a painter, and a storybook artist, all the while still involved in the video game industry. I actually understand why Joe Mad has "quit" like 83 comics, and even quit the video game industry. It's hard just doing one thing when you want to do them all. Not that I'm anywhere as good or experienced as Mad.
So, I keep bouncing back and forth on what style I want to pursue as my own. Something that sets me apart from everyone else, yet propels me further in my career.
These feelings have bled into my own personal creative process while finishing the rest of my Superheroin series. I have been scrapping earlier pieces that I haven't released, in favor of redrawing and repainting them over and over again. Sometimes nearly 10 times. Which in turn puts even more pressure on releasing them now, because as I tell you this, it makes it seem like I should be bringing my A game. I have a feeling it's doing the opposite.
I'm not over all these feelings of artistic strife and questioning my abilities, but I am learning to deal with certain aspects of it. I started writing a couple stories for myself. And I finally finished this piece, which was one of the first ones I had started for the series.
My wife likes it, so I guess that's a good thing.
I'm a huge proponent of following and studying artists that make you feel like you're just the worst and "oh dear Crom, why the hell are you even trying, you hack."
Jake Wyatt is one of these artists for me. I dig the crap out of his design aesthetic and line work. Necropolis is his baby that he's been teasing all of us with for far too long. The Third Sword is the lady you see before you, fighting some sort of stone spider beast thing. If you want to see more of her, head to http://jakewyattriot.tumblr.com/. Supposedly, he's going to announce some more stuff this month. I wait with bated breath.