Friday, 23 June 2017

Prices update...and some more ramblings about blank sketchcover quality.

COVER RECREATIONS ON BLANK VARIANTS

I'm being asked to draw more and more cover recreations on blank variants. After taking on some complicated ones I've arrived at the (obvious) realisation that they take a lot longer than regular sketchcovers (who'd have thought that?). So, I'm going to charge a basic rate of £75 for a cover recreation on a blank. Wraparound covers will be twice the price. Colour can be negotiated!
Anyone who is currently on my list for recreation blanks the original price still applies.

BLANK VARIANTS

Well, I have to admit, I was in error. I've found a blank variant that's so bad that I can't actually draw on it. And it's published by DC. Adventures of Supergirl #3...the cover stock is so thin that a pencil would go straight through it, in fact, it's so thin that you can see not only the image printed on the reverse of the cover but the images on the first page of the comic when looking at it. It reminds me of that toilet paper that you used to get as standard in UK high school's during the 1980's, the greaseproof stuff that was entirely unsuited for the purpose it was created.





Tuesday, 6 June 2017

LSCC: London Super Comic Con and some other stuff that a few people may be interested in...

LSCC. 

A reminder that I'll be sketching all weekend (including the Friday) at London Super Comic Con at the end of August. If you want a commission doing then make sure you don't leave it too late as I'll have a lot to get ready in the weeks leading up to the convvention. Here's a few recent pieces for anyone not familiar with my work. 











As always I'll be sketching for free at the con itself. They won't be as detailed as the pieces above as they'll be quicker and under less than ideal conditions but they are free. Why free? It takes the pressure off mainly but also, I like sketching for free. Unless they get slapped on Ebay soon afterwards which is irksome. 

I plan to bring a good selection of sketches and sketchcovers with me to sell also. Possibly some watercolours as I've discovered I can use them recently!

THE BOOK I'VE SEEMINGLY BEEN WORKING ON FOREVER.

Actually it's been around 2 1/2 years but still, it's been some time! I had a book summit with my co-author (or am I his co-author? Meh, I'll take the lead) a few weeks ago where we managed, over four hours or so, to complete a read through and detailed edit of the first two full chapters and a prologue. Surprising to the both of us was, after all the difficulties and several bouts of mutual animosity, that it read rather well, as if we'd planned the synchronicity. 
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Currently, I'm reading through more of Russ' chapters awaiting the next summit that I've been assured will take place once he's finished posing as a comic artist/writer/colourist at various events around the country (read his latest blog Here...some of what he says is true). He's very close to finishing his part of the book...it'll be next week. It's been 'next week' since June 2016 but we're getting there, really. Everything is positive. That isn't just because Russ totally removed a couple of chapters that were terrible, it's because it's coming together. I'm messing about with book two right now, changing a good chunk of it as it was utter pap and was headed towards being about 30,000 words too long. 

Book one ends on a cliffhanger, in fact two different cliffhangers. I'm not going to explain that right now but it's cool. It's about one hundred thousand words long and is written in first person from, I'd like to say, 5 different character viewpoints. I have three myself...not sure about Russ as he's rewritten some of the chapters totally. Russ has also decided to base a couple of chapters around homework as the word homework is in the title and previously there was no mention of it at all. Russ' section is no longer a comedy either yet it contains some very funny passages. One of his characters, Butcher, I really enjoy reading. All of the above makes me...happy.

We're still hoping to publish the thing this year. Once we've edited it we're sending it out to several people for proofreading while we finalise the cover art and copy (I'll be drawing that, probably doing the copy also) and, if we're still speaking, make a short promotional video. Russ will be filming, I'll be playing one character (really it's so I can have a Tudor hat made for myself) and we're trying to source a very tall person to play the main protagonist. 

BLANK VARIANTS, SOME THOUGHTS

There are many sketchcovers that are good to draw on. By that, I mean that they accept pencil, ink and Copic markers without issue, watercolour too. Some though, are awful. What's this about, another beef regarding something irrelevant?

No. I'm making a point that, although I'm generally happy to draw on whatever blank variant there are certain brands that it's a massive struggle to make look good as I'll be fighting the thing at every stage. When an artist has issue with the surface of a blank variant, it's usually not because they're being difficult, blaming their tools for their own inadequacy, it's because it's a terrible surface to draw on. Some blanks are so bad that the ink won't dry for an hour and looks like oil on water, Copics won't stick or blend and again, slide across the 'paper' and watercolours laugh at the sheer audacity of expecting them to work in any way whatsoever in the manner in which they should.

So, here's a rundown of blank variants and their quality of surface to draw upon.

DC are pretty fine to pencil, marker, ink or paint on, always have been, no issues there. Fair play, well done. IDW, they're pretty good, the odd one has fought me from time to time but pretty good. 
Marvel, totally mixed bag. Anything from '16 on are fine and I've no issues with at all. Earlier though and there's a fair few blanks that are shiny disasters that Sharpies will be fine on but are a lot more difficult to draw on with anything else. And why publish blanks with a massive circular logo in the middle of the cover? Odd to say the least. But they are still manageable although Copics don't function as well as they should at all and generally, Copics (the pro ones anyway) are great, adaptable and versatile. Except when skating across a Marvel blank panicking as they've no idea what's happening to them.
Dynamite...they repel pretty much every tool ever made, even pencil. Yes, you can draw something on them but it's a lot easier for everyone involved if we just pretend they don't exist. 







Friday, 12 May 2017

Commissions and sketchcovers

I'm being asked to do more sketchcovers than ever (which is great) so I thought it'd be timely to post some examples with prices that people can link to. If you have blanks that you'd like me to draw the commission on, great, you can send them to me. I do also have a selection of blanks in stock.

If you need a commission for a specific con (ie. a Stan Lee for San Diego) so that you can get the book signed by an actor/actress or artist, then make sure you give me enough time to draw the piece and get it back to you in time! Sometimes I can fulfill a last minute request but not always!!

I also work with Scott's Collectables (for example with the recent Mark Hamill signing) so if you're looking to get a book that I've sketched slabbed or consign a book to them to get signed by an actor then I can send it straight to Scott's with the relevant forms to verify that I drew and signed the art.

So, here are some examples...first up, b/w single figure sketchcovers, copic, pencil and ink. £45










Colour sketchcovers £55







The following would be examples of pieces that are priced on a per job basis and would include multiple figures, detailed backgrounds and cover recreations.




Wraparounds are twice the price.


And some examples of pieces that've been slabbed via Scott's Collectables after being signed by an actor, in this case, Mark Hamill.





Tuesday, 18 April 2017

I'll be attending Thought Bubble on the weekend of the 23/24 September this year. I'll only be sketching for a short time each day, 90 minutes, like last year, as I'll be on the rotating creator table. As a result, if you want to get on my sketchlist then please come by early or you'll be disappointed. I'll be sketching on the weekend for free, as usual.

I'll be taking pre convention commissions as usual. See details below for prices and examples of the different stuff I do! I'm fast running out of space on my commission list! 
Get in touch if you'd like a pre-con commission sketch doing before the convention begins, in plenty of time so I have chance to fit it into my schedule/put it on my list. 
They're basically copic marker, pencil and ink and are  finished/detailed convention sketches. No, they're not Adam Hughes level of quality but that's reflected in the price! They do look quite nice though. As pre convention commission prices in general have seemingly gone crazy (have you seen some of the prices? And by people who've never worked in comics and can barely draw too...I won't get into that now but it irks) I'm quite the bargain 

I'll also have a variety of Copic marker tonal sketches for sale at the con as well as a selection of DC, Marvel, IDW, Archie and Dynamite sketchcovers and some original art too! I'll try and post pics of some of the pieces I have for sale nearer the time (and when I've had chance to draw them!)

Contact me at watson904@btinternet.com or via twitter @johnwatsonart or on Facebook to arrange a commisssion.

PRE-CONVENTION COMMISSION PRICES


SKETCH COVERS


Ok, sketch covers. This has escalated, I'm getting asked to do loads of these before cons now. I do have a stock of my own but these are limited so I generally ask that you provide your own comic for me to sketch on. Cost is £45 for a b/w cover. Prices are for regular comic character ones and also for likenesses, examples below.  By the way, I don't mind at all if you get me to do these and then get them slabbed or sell them at a marked up price, as long as you're upfront about that, I have no problem with it at all! It's pretty cool seeing a piece I drew signed by Stan Lee or Michael J Fox!

Occasionally I get handed a very shiny Dynamite Entertainment cover...these are virtually impossible to draw on, just bear that in mind when asking me to draw something! The less shiny, the better. 

I've been asked to do wraparounds recently. These would be twice the price!












COLOUR SKECHCOVERS


These are going to be £55, for now. I've been asked to do wraparounds too, these are going to be twice the price, see the Daredevil and Punisher cover below!










This photo shows the above comic signed by Mark Hamill and slabbed. Pretty cool!





I also draw on paper as well as sketchcovers! £45 for an A4 sized drawing and £90 for an A3 sized one (or about 17" by 11" if you're from the USA)
Colour will be £55 for an A4 and £110 for an A3


A4 Hemsworth Thor

A4 Evans Captain America


A4 Nightcrawler

A3 Julie Newmar Catwoman


A3 Wondergirl


A4 Quinto Spock


A3 White Queen


A4 Wonder girl



I'm also going to be doing watercolours, not colour over Copics, but just painted watercolours. I've painted some covers using watercolour recently instead of my usual oil and really enjoyed it. Examples to follow! 

I also do cover recreations, fully tonal finished drawings, oil paintings...pretty much most stuff. Feel free to enquire!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Update (a quick one)

It's been a very hectic start to the year. As you may have noticed, I'm not doing very many conventions this year. Part of that is that I'm busy and part is because there just aren't many cons that are actually comic conventions anymore. So I'm attending LSCC and Thought Bubble, conventions that have comic creators in attendance and have stalls that sell comics. There are just too many 'comic cons' on every weekend that have nothing to do with comics outside of people selling knock-off prints, pop funko's and people posing as Marvel artists who've never worked for them.

I've been working using watercolour and gouache recently, I'll be able to post some stuff soon when it's all approved. I'm quite pleased with the results and it's a lot quicker than working in oils. I've never really used watercolour outside of doing a few washes over some Copic marker drawings (well, I used to use gouache at school, did a painting for my GCSE art exam) and I'm really enjoying the process.

Regarding the book I'm writing with Russell Payne: It's getting there, albeit very slowly. There are flurries of activity every few months from Russ. We're in one of the quiet times right now, however the last chapters I saw from him were great. So, hopefully this year, it will be published.

I need to go work!

I'll try and update this blog more regularly but in the meantime, see Facebook for any updates and news!