Monday, December 30, 2013

I'm available for commissions...

Just wanted to post again that I'm available for commissions. I actually could use the money from doing them very much indeed, and would love to have a little come in.

These will not be sketches, but fully rendered drawings, detail depending on the subject you request, but the samples below show how I work. All drawings will be on 8 1/2" x 11" card stock, making them easy to find a frame for. Depending on the subject matter, the medium will be charcoal or ink. Either way, you'll have a nice darkly rendered drawing to show off. The price for a drawing is $25, as long as you're not asking for more than three people in it. After three, add $5 per person.

I'll also do 5" x 8 1/2" for $10, with the same level of detail as the larger drawings.

For those that are really ambitious, 11" x 17" are available for $40, $75 with color.

I hear you asking, how will this work?

First off, e-mail me at jerrydstanford@gmail.com or contact me through Facebook if you friend me there and let me know what you want. If you want a likeness of someone, send me a photo. I draw comics, but for you, I'll draw just about anything. When I'm done, I'll e-mail you a watermarked scan of your drawing, at a resolution of 72 dpi.

Here are some samples:





How do you get money to me? I prefer PayPal, but you can mail me a check, if you want. Once I have the money, I'll mail you your drawing in a plastic sleeve and inside a reinforced envelope, clearly marked "DO NOT BEND." If you have trouble with your mailman bending your large mail to fit, consider having it sent to a work address.

If you want to help me out but don't want a commission, there's plenty of original art, and a digital copy of Factor of 01 for sale on Etsy. The digital copy is just $1.99, so if you're strapped for cash, it's a good way to go to enjoy the story.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Doctor Who and Charlotte Comicon

Here's a drawing that I just finished of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor (or is he now the 12th?). It took a little bit of time to complete, but I feel like it was well worth it.

I did this after binging on some classic Doctor Who on Hulu, which has been adding Classic Doctor Who episodes like crazy. About a week ago, I re-watched The Angels Take Manhattan and realized that I am going to miss Matt Smith as the Doctor. I'm looking forward to Peter Capaldi as the doctor. I just hope that the next season is a little better than the bulk of the last one.

This Sunday, I'll actually have this for sale at my table at Charlotte Comicon, along with some of my Alphababes drawings and some other drawings that I've done for the heck of it from time to time. I'll also have a few copies of my comics there and Brandon Padgett (see the photo below) will have some sketchbooks including some of my artwork in them. The latest collection looks really nice.

This photo is from last fall's Charlotte Comicon, which was an absolute blast, and I promise that I'll be there all the time, with the exception of a potty break or two. Look for Brandon Padgett and Eraklis Petmezas as well there and many other great artists! Brandon sat next to me last fall, and hopefully, we'll be adjacent to each other again. Cons are always more fun when you can sit with your friends.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I'm Open for Commissions!

Want some original art?

Got a character that you love?

Need a unique gift for someone?

I'll do commissioned drawings, and I will get them done fast. These will not be sketches, but fully rendered drawings, detail depending on the subject you request, but the samples below show how I work. All drawings will be on 8 1/2" x 11" card stock, making them easy to find a frame for. Depending on the subject matter, the medium will be charcoal or ink. Either way, you'll have a nice darkly rendered drawing to show off. The price for a drawing is $25, as long as you're not asking for more than three people in it.

I'll also do 5" x 8 1/2" for $10, with the same level of detail as the larger drawings.

For those that are really ambitious, 11" x 17" are available for $40, $75 with color.

I hear you asking, how will this work?

First off, e-mail me at jerrydstanford@gmail.com or contact me through Facebook if you friend me there and let me know what you want. If you want a likeness of someone, send me a photo. I draw comics, but for you, I'll draw just about anything. When I'm done, I'll e-mail you a watermarked scan of your drawing, at a resolution of 72 dpi.

Here are some samples:



How do you get money to me? I prefer PayPal, but you can mail me a check, if you want. Once I have the money, I'll mail you your drawing in a plastic sleeve and inside a reinforced envelope, clearly marked "DO NOT BEND." If you have trouble with your mailman bending your large mail to fit, consider having it sent to a work address.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Tenth Doctor

Last week at Sketch Charlotte, it was decided that the theme for the evening was Television characters. Well, I was determined that I was going to draw the Tenth Doctor, especially since I sold my only drawing of him at the last Charlotte Comicon. Brandon Padgett helped me out with his smart phone with some photo reference.

The funny thing is, when Brandon took a picture with his phone to post online, he mentioned that it wanted him to identify the people in the picture. That's kinda awesome.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cover Spoof

It's been a little while since I posted, but I've been busy finishing up the larger, full-color incentive drawings but wanted to finally share this incentive drawing that I did for Brandon Padgett. It's a spoof of Mechanics #1 by Xaime Hernandez. There's things that I would've done differently had I done this larger, but all in all, I'm happy with it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

R is for Raven (or DC Hates Girls)


This is one of my favorites of the new Alphababes I've done recently.

Initially for R, I drew Raven (from the Teen Titans), but misplaced it on my fireplace mantle. I'm glad that the character got some popularity from the Teen Titans cartoon, but having seen the "New 52" Raven, I just have to face palm.

She was such a good path and had some fans who really liked her, why such a strong redesign? Oh yeah, DC hates girls.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Oh, Never Mind...



With the news that Legion of Super-Heroes will be cancelled, apparently with no plans to continue elsewhere, I've been prompted to once again reread some of my favorite Legion stories, and being the natural critic that I am, I'm reviving Reviews of Old Comics to chronicle them. Eventually there will be a link in the sidebar to get to these quickly, but for now just click the Tags for more. We're starting with the first one of a long run that I own, so as to not have to go shopping for issues. Also, a couple of these are already reviewed making it easier to get some continuity going.

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #298

April 1983

 A lot of the things that happen in this issue get brought back for future storylines including one for the end of the Legion's seventh series. There's also a preview of Amethyst, which won't be part of this review but is an excellent addition to this issue as it's a complete, albeit open-ended story awesomely illustrated by Ernie Colon.

SYNOPSIS:

A Legion team is investigating a remote asteroid mine because of reports of trouble. The United Planets consul that contacted them is dead. Seizing the consul'd coffin, Wildfire takes it back to their cruiser where the rest of the team, consisting of Dawnstar, Blok, White Witch and Invisible Kid begin the investigation.

Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl arrive on Medicus One and get the runaround from a receptionist that has trouble understanding their request. They get through to her and visit a physician substituting for regular Legion doctor Gym'll.

Meanwhile, Duplicate Boy, one of the Heroes of Lallor, arrives at Earth seriously mad at Colossal Boy and tracks him to a Himalayan resort where he's enjoying a romantic vacation with Shrinking Violet, which explains Duplicate Boy's anger since last he knew she was his girlfriend.

Back on the asteroid, White Witch's spell reveals, in a very graphic (to the characters) that the Consul was indeed murdered. Wildfire and Blok go into the mine to investigate.While in the tunnels a loud BOOM nearly causes a collapse which Wildfire helps prevent by leaving his containment suit. Afterwards the miners are very little cooperation in directing to the source of the explosion that nearly collapsed the tunnels, but eventually point the way.

At Legion HQ, Element Lad and Science Police officer Shvaughn Erin receive a call from SP Chief Zendak that Colossal Boy is being attacked in the Himalayas.Ultra Boy, using his prerogative as the new Deputy Leader speeds ahead of the rest of the rescue team to find Duplicate Boy and Colossal Boy slugging it out as giants. He tunnels underground and trips up Duplicate Boy, saving Colossal Boy.

Back on the mining asteroid, Invisible Kid and Dawnstar have joined Wildfire and Blok in their investigation. They discover that behind the explosions and murder is a Khund warrior, Karlak who was disgraced in the challenge courts on Khundia when Legionnaires invaded and used their powers against him. He's upgraded with cybernetics and established a challenge court here in order to get revenge against the Legionnaires. Wildfire goes nuts when he hurts Dawnstar and flies right into having his containment suit blown apartand his energy absorbed. When Blok hurts him, he teleports out. Invisible Kid also vanishes, not just turning invisible, as he remarks he saw something when Wildfire was absorbed by Karlak.

Back in the Himalayas, Duplicate Boy gives up and apologizes for the damage he caused. He loved Shrinking Violet but now realizes that she's "not the Shrinking Violet" he fell in love with. He flies off, and everyone goes back on their way. Shvaughn and Element Lad both recognize that Shrinking Violet had an odd reaction to Duplicate Boy, actually looking afraid.

Elsewhere RJ Brande and his son, Chameleon Boy discuss the Legionnaire losing his powers, similar to how his father lost his from fever, but that Chameleon Boy wants to return to Durla to get his powers back.


REVIEW:
At first glance this is a filler issue, with a lead into an Invisible Kid/Wildfire adventure next issue, but it seems that not too much of importance seems to occur. Paul Levitz in this period was good about juggling subplots and here he is setting up a few storylines that would culminate in the coming months. The big one is the Shrinking Violet story, which came to a head in one of the best comic books I have ever read.

Keith Giffen's art is consistent but hasn't gotten to a peak of its style at this point. He does convey that this is the future and not just space, and this is the period that aliens in Legion stories looked like aliens, and a lot of that credit goes to Keith Giffen, even though he wasn't the first. He does have a little trouble making characters with similar hairstyles look unique.

The colors are ambitious, given that this is a pre-computer time, and Carl Gafford helps illustrate the story, carrying the burden a couple of times to indicate Invisible Kid and convey a sunset in the Himalayas. His variations on the last page are excellent in setting the mood of a gazillionaire's eaborate remote retreat and building to a crescendo of determination.


NOTES:
I don't believe that this issue has been collected anywhere yet, and it may be a little difficult to pick up for a bargain. It isn't going to be too expensive, though, as there are no major events that would spark a frenzy among comic collectors.

FINAL RATING: 7 (out of a possible 10)

The art is good but not fantastic. This issue seems to build up to a lot of bigger things, even without already knowing where the storylines are going. It doesn't seem like enough emotional weight is given to Wildfire's apparent death, even though Blok has a monologue ending the scene. This series would get better, but it was building from the plateau of the Great Darkness Saga

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Alphababes...Follow it!







For the past twelve weeks I've been doing a little exercise to keep my skills honed and draw something as often as possible. The Alphababes Project is that exercise. What you see here is some of what';s been done, including a couple that haven't been posted yet. If you're on Tumblr, go over and follow it, please so I know someone is looking at this.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The books are here!

Today my books arrived from the printer, and I'm extremely pleased with the quality. They'll be shipping out to the Kickstarter backers over the next few days, complete with incentives, with the exception of the two backers that get the big color drawings, those will ship separately. I'm also going to do a little redesigning to the sidebar to properly advertise the book. If you didn't contribute to the Kickstarter and want a book, then you can order it through Paypal by just clicking the link below, or if you're in Charlotte, cornering me at a Sketch Charlotte meeting, since I'll always be carrying a couple with me.


Here's some previews of the book so you can see how it looks.

$10.00 + $3.50 shipping!
If you're outside the US and want to order a book, just let me know!

 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Now available for pre-sale!

It's finally off to the printer, and physical copies will be sent out towards the end of April, along with their respective incentive rewards, which I'm finishing up now.

The book is something I'm very pleased with an Introduction by my fellow Sketch Charlotte member, Eraklis Petmezas, the entire Factor of 01 story in a beautiful 8" x 7 1/4" format, anotations of every page giving some of the backstory behind the process of telling the story and creating the art, and 5 pages of Guest Art by friends, Eraklis, Brandon Padgett, Joel Carroll, Henry Eudy, Collette Ardith, and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Since it's in the works at the printer, I'm offering it for pre-order for those of you that want to get the book as soon as it's available. Pre-orders will get a free digital copy in PDF format on a CD-ROM with a special sketch on the CD sleeve! (Kickstarter contributors will also get this special bonus!)

Here's some previews of the book so you can see how it looks.

$10.00 + $3.50 shipping!
If you're outside the US and want to order a book, just let me know!

Friday, March 15, 2013

AlphaBabes Launches!

A is for Aurora

In the tradition of AlphaBots, AlphaBooks, AlphaBeasts and Animal Alphabet, I decided I wanted to do something to get myself to draw, but I wanted to pick something that I wanted to draw, so I combined my interest in drawing women and a love for comics to do AlphaBabes.

Everyone is welcome to submit anytime that they want to, but I'm starting this week with A, which is first represented by Aurora of Alpha Flight. There'll be another drawing for A because my love for drawing comic book women is large enough for two a week sometimes.

I'm trying to do all of these with grey brushpens so like this one, they'll all be shaded, just to make them a little more interesting.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I did this drawing for my lovely wife's valentine. She loves Elvis and this is actually one of my favorite Elvis songs.

Stay tuned over the course of the next couple weeks for info on Jet-Pack Jenny and the Factor of 01 printed collection and a nice little side project that follows it.

Yeah, Hanamori's Circus is dead for right now, it's just not in the cards to work right now.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Great Two-Page Spread, Ruined In Print

I read All-New X-Men #5 yesterday and was amazed at the two-page spread that Stuart Immonen pulled off with Jean Grey. I'm including it below, so you can see it. I've been impressed with Immonen's art on this series, and his ability to make characters individual, and most of all, tell the story in a way that enhances Bendis's writing. It's fashionable now to hate on Bendis's writing, and while it has its faults, he's handled the time travel angle well enough to make an unbelievable element acceptable in a story that already has the suspension of disbelief.


Unfortunately, the great artwork in this case got ruined in the printing. The problem with two page spreads is that have to deal with the fold in the comic, and a lot of times, that means that along the center of the spread, there may be some shifting and/or misalignment that will affect how the spread is viewed. An artist that understands this will usually compensate by not placing word balloons or important information for the reader in the center area. The previous pages to this spread actually took the fold into account, so I worry that the plan was for this to be the centerfold and it ended up just after the centerfold, meaning that Marvel Girl had herself misaligned, ruining a great piece of artwork. It totally could have been the centerfold, if ads had been moved around and placed right.

Bummer, at least it's available online.

About this title, though. Bendis has a tendency to have everyone talk in the same general tone of voice, he's gotten better at differentiating characters by how they talk, which is good, given how much talking there is in a Bendis comic. Bendis doesn't use thought balloons, which I enjoy. Thought balloons are something comics do well, but are a facet that comes over from prose and comics' pulp roots. Letting the reader know what the character is thinking works really well when you have one main character, like Batman or Spider-Man, but it got overused through the years, so that we knew what every character was thinking. In a story with a telepath, it can prove useful, but when a story is written in a cinematic style, it's more effective to have the telepath say what he/she is reading or show it in visual terms, like Immonen did here. People really don't think in dialogue that much anyway, so I prefer that when showing thoughts, it's done in images. This is a visual medium after all.