Wednesday, 5 January 2022

COMMISSION PRICES 2022



There'll be an increase in prices, not massive, just something to reflect rising costs across the board and the need to make a living. Anything booked with me before this post goes live will be at the price agreed when the work was commissioned, so don't fret if you're waiting on something.

Okay, postage is now a tad expensive to anywhere outside the UK. So, from now on there'll be a basic charge of £10 for postage for anything going abroad. Otherwise, especially with sketchcovers, they're not worth drawing at the prices I do them at. For cover recreations it'll be £15, same for a3 sized watercolours. Again, that's less than what it costs to post something that size and weight to the USA, but it'll help keep my prices down. For large pieces, such as oil paintings, I'll be using UPS. For postal commissions within the UK, postage is free, unless it's a massive piece, a stack of blank sketch covers, or there's some other one off situation involved, in which case, there'll be a fee. In the UK, I can still post for free.

How to pay: First, I take payment upon completion of the job, nothing upfront, it makes the wait until I begin the art easier for the client and also gives me incentive to get the commission finished. Paypal, bank transfer or cheque are all fine.

I accept postal commissions all year round. So, if I don't end up attending a con in 2022, we can sort it out online. I am planning to attend the NICE con in Bedford the first week of September. If it goes ahead.

Here's the full rundown of what I do with examples and prices. As you'll see if you're a regular client, there isn't much new art, basically because I've not spent as much time in the studio since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 situation. 


WATERCOLOURS 

 These aren't to be confused with the Copic/colour wash pieces, these are true watercolours, no ink or marker involved. I prefer doing watercolours to using Copics, something to consider, perhaps!


Prices for an A4 watercolour start at £70. Prices start at £200 for a watercolour piece A3 in size. That'd be with a fully rendered figure, or two if it's simple, with a basic wash background. For a more detailed background, for example with rendered buildings, it'd be more money, say £250. For multiple figures involved in a battle, then it'd go up in price again. See examples below with listed prices for an idea of the different costs.


watercolour sketchcover £75


A4 watercolour £70


A4 watercolour £70


A3 watercolour £220


A4 watercolour £70


A3 watercolour £200





A4 watercolour £70


A3 watercolour recreation £250


A3 watercolour recreation £250

A3 watercolour £275


 SKETCH COVERS

These are £60 for a b/w Copic sketch like the examples below, a single figure bust, a close up etc, even a single full figure. For a wrap that'd be £120. Colour (Copics and ink with watercolour wash) will be £70, £140 for a wrap. For anything like multiple figures, detailed background, complicated compositions etc then it'll be on a per job basis. We're not talking hundreds of pounds or anything, but they will be a little more money than the base price!

Again, I must point out, that the quality of blank variant titles varies greatly depending on the publisher. For example, DC generally have the best surface to draw on.
Marvel tend to be hit and miss. Also, be mindful that some Marvel blanks have a massive logo plastered across them that inhibits greatly what can be drawn on. Why? No idea, it's inane. Think about that when considering those blanks for a commission!
Dynamite...every tool I use skates across the almost plastic surface and coagulates in a pool of frustration. So, not all options will be available for every blank variant. We can always talk about it beforehand. 
Just be aware that occasionally, I can't do what you want on a specific sketch cover so you may have to be prepared to accept an alternative. Time for the art!


Copics with watercolour wash. £70


Copic markers £60



More detailed Copic markers £75



Two figures in Copic marker £75


Julie Newmar Copic marker sketch, £60


Adam West Copic marker sketch £60


I can also do the above style of detailed sketches on regular paper, either A4 sized at £60 (£70 for colour (Copics with a watercolour wash) or A3 sized for £120 (£140 for colour), if you don't want them on blank variant covers. Again, it's a similar situation regarding detailed backgrounds and multiple figures. They'll be priced on a per job basis. 
One thing I no longer offer, on any surface, is likenesses of people who aren't celebrities, by that I mean family members, friends etc. It's just a load of hassle. Sorry. I know I've broken this edict in the past, but no more! 


A3 Emma Frost Copic marker with watercolour wash £140


A3 Copic marker with watercolour wash £175


A3 Copic marker sketch £120


A3 Copic markers with watercolour wash £140


A4 Copic marker sketch £60



COVER RECREATIONS/ RE-IMAGININGS 

I enjoy doing these, for the most part, especially by artists who's work I like. Standard price, $320 (about £240) for the linework ones. That includes me drawing in the logo, price etc. Unless you don't want it on...

These full tonal pieces are $400 (£300), they're obviously more time consuming, but they look pretty nice. I also colour recreations digitally, the cost of the digital colouring (a full size colour print is included too) is an additional $100. Cover recreations are approximately regular comic art size 15.5" by 11".

I also do completely original linework commissions and also original tonal pieces done in pencil, ink and Copics. Same pricing as the recreations. I can work in many other artist's styles or in my own style. 


Linework recreation with digital colouring $320 (and $100 for colour)




Linework $320 (£240)

Linework $320 (£240)


Linework recreation with digital colouring $320 (and $100 for colour)



Linework recreation with digital colouring $320 (and $100 for colour)



OIL PAINTINGS

This is my thing really, the form of art that I primarily worked in during my comic book cover artist years. I think it's what I'm best at. I paint in oil on canvas board and I can work to specific size requirements, but the usual size is approx 19" by 13" (the board is 50cm by 40cm). I always use UPS to post oils abroad, it's quicker to foreign lands and that helps alleviate the stress of art being in the postal system. Also, both the recipient and I can track it (something unavailable with Royal mail and USPS, despite what they claim.)

Below are some examples. I'll list pricing underneath each image. I price each piece according to the size and subject matter. 


Oil and acrylic on board 50cm by 40 cm $2250


Oil on canvas board 24" by 16" $3000



Oil on canvas board 24" by 16" $3000



Oil on canvas board 24" by 16" $3250



Oil on canvas board 24" by 16" $3000


An older piece, oil on canvas panel, approx 19" by 13" $2200


Oil on canvas panel approx 19" by 13" $2250


If you're interested in me doing a commission, then get in touch via johnwatsonart@gmail.com or message me on FB! 



Tuesday, 7 December 2021

The Generation: Origins is available to buy

It took a while, but my book is available from all the online retailers, Lulu, where it was published, Barnes & Noble, Amazon etc. 

Here's a link to an article about the book by John Freeman on DOWNTHETUBES.NET

And some links where you can buy it LULU   Amazon uk   Amazon US   Barnes & Noble

Also, a signed copy with a sketch inside can be ordered for £20 inc p&P (in the UK) directly from me. So far, I've managed to draw a different sketch in each book. That'll probably change! I'm quite enjoying drawing headshots of my own characters, although the urge to put some characters from the second book in there is growing.

Reviews would be greatly appreciated as this really helps the book to appear more frequently on sites. Also, people are more likely to purchase a copy if there are multiple positive reviews. 

Some lessons learned from writing the book: 

Don't edit the thing myself. I still know little about the rules of the English language. Professional editors do! 

Don't end the book on a major cliffhanger after having not resolving what happened in the first part of the book either. 

Have the book edited before I hand out printed copies for people to read and give feedback on! The reason for this is because someone I gave a sample copy to decided to sell the book. I bought the copy myself off Ebay to prevent an unfinished, unedited book from being out in the wild. What made it especially galling is that the person who sold the sample copy couldn't even be bothered reading it. Thanks for that. 

I'm currently designing some prints to be used in promotions for the book. I'll post as soon as I get some pencil prelims done. I'm leaning toward using watercolour or gouache for the finished art. I've not worked in gouache for around 25 years, so that'll be interesting.

Finally, I've set up a J.G. Watson author page, so check that out for more frequent updates!


Thursday, 7 October 2021

The Generation: Origins, pre-launch!


The book I began writing...oh my word, seven years ago this month, is now available to buy, from Lulu alone at this point until it's approved on other sites! 


Here's a link to purchase it the book The Generation: Origins

Over the last year the book has been edited professionally which, in my opinion, is an important part of the process. Since May, I've been ordering revised proof copies. The last issue with the book was that the cover art looked like it'd been filtered through a pair of tights (see the printed X-Men covers I did for Marvel for more tight-like printing fails). I've still no idea why as it hadn't looked like that on any of the previous proof copies. Before that, the problem was the title not being aligned properly on the spine. The issue before that was the missing dots after J and G on the cover. You get the picture, it was a long and tedious process.

How to describe the book? It's set in two eras, the 16th century and the 1980s. It has elements of fantasy, sci-fi, teen angst, and, at least in my editor's opinion, is a 'great book'! It'll be the first in a series, it's written in the first person and there are four different characters who the tale is told through.

I'm self-publishing through Lulu's print on demand service, but it'll be available through other online sellers too. It'll be print only, so no Ebook, as I'd prefer to have thieves put some effort into stealing it, if they feel the need, and have to scan 280 pages instead of just clicking a button and nicking it. I know that Ebook theft, in reality, isn't a massive thing where authors lose a ton of sales, but I spent a long time writing the book, and I'd like anyone who robs it to have to at least put a little effort into doing so.

If possible, I'd like people to buy it through Lulu. No, it doesn't have one-click shopping or free postage, but I get eight times the money if someone buys it from Lulu instead of the more convenient online companies. It's a fair chunk of revenue. 

The book will cost £13.75/$17.99 - I planned to sell it for less - but the printing costs went up recently, and also, as it's going to be sold through the global distribution market too, so I can reach a bigger audience, there has to be a set minimum price. Still, it only costs a little more than three comic books and will take a lot longer to read. 

I'll be selling signed copies and also copies of the book with original sketches inside. They'll be available directly from me, if that's your thing. 

Many thanks to Rob Rundle for editing the book. He was very thorough and I learned a lot about the English language and writing from him. We had an easygoing working relationship, which was great. Rob would correct my appalling grammar and punctuation and make suggestions that I was free to use or ignore, chapter by chapter. I think there were only two or three suggestions I didn't go along with throughout the entire process. The biggest changes I made were after his initial read through when he told me that I shouldn't leave the book on a cliffhanger. So, I added four more chapters that resolved the issue and, in the process, altered the entire book. He was spot on. it's now a much better book!

The only issue that created was that I'd already written 70,000 words of book two. Which I then had to delete as a result of the changes made to book one. Book two is now a totally different book (I'd written myself into a corner with a paradox anyway, so it was for the best). I've now completed the first draft of book two and am currently going through it, chapter by chapter, to try and eliminate any continuity errors and terrible passages of writing. Then Rob will let me know what he thinks!

You may be reading this wondering why I've written book two when the first one may only sell five copies. The answer is that I enjoy writing and I can escape to another place when I write, immerse myself in another world that isn't anything like the one we live in today. Well, it has similarities, but it's far enough removed that it's still a good place for my mind to wander about and explore. I used to do that by reading comics, but they lost that escapist element for me a long time ago. It might have something to do with the decompressed storytelling, or the fact that nothing of consequence ever happens anymore. Possibly, it's because I'm unfortunately no longer 13.

I'd like to thank all the people who read the first draft of the book and offered feedback (although, no-one outside of Rob has read the additional chapters that now conclude the book!). The feedback received was valuable and I appreciate all the comments! Especially Peter, who said, 'It looks like art isn't your only talent.' I'd like to thank Ben Le Foe for the use of his name for one of the characters. Also, thanks must go to Russ Payne, who was there at the beginning and has been a great support (and tech guru) all along the ride.

Book Two, 'The Generation: A New England' (working title, it may change, but I quite like it) is a longer, more complicated book. There are also more characters who have their own first person chapters (without checking, I believe there are ten). I can't really say anymore as there are too many spoilers.

I'll be updating this blog more frequently. Good reviews are welcome. Negative reviews will be tolerated and accepted.




Tuesday, 29 December 2020

COMMISSION PRICES AND INFORMATION 2021

For the second year in a row, I'm not changing my commission prices. I don't think it's right given the year we've had and the uncertain outlook with everything moving forward. 

I accept postal commissions all year round. So, if conventions don't return in 2021, we can sort it out online.
I've just been to the PO for the first time this year and discovered that Royal Mail have decided to double the cost of postage to the USA. So, from now on there'll be a basic charge of £10 for postage for anything going abroad. Otherwise, especially with sketchcovers, they're not worth drawing at the prices I do them at. For cover recreations it'll be £15. Again, that's less than what it costs to post something that size and weight to the USA, but it'll help keep my prices down. For large pieces, such as oil paintings, I'll be using UPS. For postal commissions within the UK, postage is free, unless it's a massive piece, a stack of blank covers, or there's some other one off situation involved, in which case, there'll be a fee.

How to pay: First, I take payment upon completion of the job, it makes the wait easier and also gives me incentive to get the commission finished. Paypal, bank transfer or cheque are all fine.

Here's the full rundown of what I do with examples and prices. As you'll see if you're a regular client, there isn't much new art, basically because I've been very limited with time since March due to the Covid-19 situation (and before the lockdown in March I was dealing with a sick parent). 



 SKETCH COVERS


These are still £50 for a b/w Copic sketch like the examples below, a single figure bust, a close up etc, even a single full figure or basic background. For a wrap that'd be £100. Colour (Copics and ink with watercolour wash) will be £60, £120 for a wrap. For anything like multiple figures, detailed background, complicated compositions etc then it'll be on a per job basis. We're not talking hundreds of pounds or anything, but they will be a little more money than the base price!

Also, I must point out, that the quality of blank variant titles varies greatly depending on the publisher. For example, DC generally have the best surface to draw on.
Marvel tend to be hit and miss. Also, be mindful that some Marvel blanks have a massive logo plastered across them that inhibits greatly where they can be drawn on. Why? No idea, it's inane. Think about that when considering those blanks for a commission!
Dynamite...every tool I use skates across the almost plastic surface and coagulates in a pool of frustration. So, not all options will be available for every blank variant. We can always talk about it beforehand. 
Just be aware that occasionally, I can't do what you want on a specific sketch cover so you may have to be prepared to accept an alternative. I have managed to draw some ok stuff on Dynamite blanks over the past year, but it was sans Copics! Time for the art!


Eartha Kitt, £50


Obi-Wan, £50 


Palpatine, £50


Jane Fonda, £50. Considering the surface, I thought this one came out quite well. Pencil and ink, no markers on this one, Dynamite can't cope with it.


Julie Newmar and Adam West, £65


Josh Brolin, Thanos, £50



Michael Rooker, Copics with colour wash, £60


Brie Larson, £50


Reeve and Kidder, £65




Poison Ivy portrait, £60




Adam west portrait, £50


Poison Ivy v Batman, £65


I can also do the above style of detailed sketches on regular paper, either A4 sized at £50 (£60 for colour (Copics with a watercolour wash) or A3 sized for £100 (£120 for colour), if you don't want them on blank variant covers. Again, it's a similar situation regarding detailed backgrounds and multiple figures. They'll be priced on a per job basis. 
One thing I no longer offer, on any surface, is likenesses of people who aren't celebrities, by that I mean family members, friends etc. It's just a load of hassle. Sorry. I know I've broken this edict in the past, but no more! 


Examples of A3 Copic tonal sketches



Joker's Daughter, A3 £110 (splash of colour)


Medusa A3 £110 (splash of colour)




WATERCOLOURS 


 These aren't to be confused with the Copic pieces with a colour wash, these are true watercolours, no ink or marker involved. 


Prices start at £200 for a watercolour piece A3 in size. That'd be with a fully rendered figure, or two if it's simple, with a basic background. For a more detailed background, for example with rendered buildings, it'd be more money, say £250. For multiple figures involved in a battle, then it'd go up in price again. See examples below with listed prices for an idea of the different costs.


Jakita Wagner, A3 watercolour, £200




Brie Larson, A3 watercolour, £200



Poison Ivy v Batman A3 watercolour £225




Web of Spider-Man #1 watercolour recreation A3 £200


The following are examples of A4 watercolours


90s Rogue, £60



Kid Flash, £60


70s Martian Manhunter, £60


Emma Frost, £60


Jean Grey, Black Queen, £60


Wonder Girl £60 

Speedy from Arrow based on Green Arrow #1 cover. £60



Banshee, full figure watercolour A4, £60

COVER RECREATIONS/ RE-IMAGININGS 

I enjoy doing these, for the most part, especially by artists who's work I like. Standard price, $300 (about £220) for the linework ones. That includes me drawing in the logo, price etc. Unless you don't want it on...The full tonal pieces are $400 (£270), they're obviously more time consuming, but they look pretty nice. I also colour recreations digitally, the cost of the digital colouring (a full size colour print is included too) is $100. Cover recreations are approximately regular comic art size 15.5" by 11".

I also do completely original linework commissions and also original tonal pieces done in pencil, ink and Copics. Same pricing as the recreations. See an example of those below after the recreations!

The linework recreations, $300









Digital colouring, original art and colour print included, $400. An example of an original (non recreation) commission.




Another example of an original linework piece, re-imagining this time, coloured digitally.





The tonal recreations, $400 each



Example of digital colour over tonal b/w art.





The following are in another artist's style (Nick Cardy in this case) but are original compositions.




OIL PAINTINGS

I paint in oil on canvas board. I can work to specific size requirements but the usual size is approx 18" by 13". I used to paint on stretched canvas but various postal services seem to enjoy bending the art and trying their best to damage it. I always use UPS to post oils, it's quicker to foreign lands and that helps alleviate the stress of art being in the post. Also, both the recipient and I can track it (something unavailable with Royal mail and USPS, despite what they say.)

Below are a some examples. I'll talk about pricing underneath each image. I price each piece according to the size and subject matter. 


Daredevil, 24" tall, $2750


TV and Movie Heroes, 24" $3000. This one cost more because of the extra time to get the likeness right.




Oversized canvas, 24" tall, $2750 (£2000)


Oversized canvas 24" wide, $2750


Surfer cover recreation in oil, approx 18" tall $2000 (about £1500)


About 18" tall, $2000


Batman C-44 Collector's Edition oil recreation, $2000 


18" tall about $2000



Oversized 24" tall, based on Silver Surfer 4 cover, $2750


18" tall, $2000



Oversized, 24" tall, $2750

If you're interested in me doing a commission, then get in touch via johnwatsonart@gmail.com or message me on FB!