Cafe sketches in NYC! Yes, even on vacation at comicon I’m still exercising the art muscle. Here is an impression of one of the baristas that feed me with coffee each day (and boyoboy my intake is higher here than back home) as well as some studies of my gob in the reflective surface of the window.
There’s more, including some of the commissioned sketches from the list, to follow later!
Be good, people of the Internet.
Hello!! Right about now I am in the early stages of madness, as I am working aaaaall thru the weekend in order to allow myself to attend the New York ComiCon next week in the US of A!
Many of you have requested sketches, and these will be done in the days post-deadline but pre-con, and you will need to know where I am in order to collect them. Some of you may want to get items signed/desecrated by me, or maybe u just want to stand near me and bask in my glory. A few might even want to have a picture taken, or sing songs about how amazing I look with my new 5 day old beard and dazed confused look.
So to facilitate this, I am posting my signing schedule for the convention. The information is pretty basic, but I’m only going to be at 2 booths so it shouldn’t be so hard to find them.
Thursday 11th I’ll be at the DC booth from 3-4 pm
Friday 12th I’ll be at the DC booth from 12-1 pm (with Grant morrison, if that helps tempt ye) and after that I’ll be at the 2000AD booth from 2-4 pm (apparently the artists have to do 2 hours, whilst writers only get one. Hmmmm)
On Saturday 13th I’ll be at the 2000AD panel (this will be in room 1A07 if that helps) from 2.45-3.45 pm and you can pick up sketches from me there if you’re willing to hang around at the end.
So: not a particularly busy con for me this time! Hang on, they’re always like that.
Anyone who has ordered a doodle and finds their schedule conflicting with these times (attending a cosplay strip show, taking notes on an Adam Hughes how-to-use-potatoshop lecture etc) well u need to email me again and I’ll see if I can loiter at the 2000AD or DC booths at a set time. Maybe if you all show up at once we can have a little sketch party.
Right, dinner is cooking, I need art-fuel for the evening. Be good, see you in New York!
fer1972 asked: Amazing illustrations. Hats off, Mr. Irving...
Thank you very much for reblogging them, Mr 1972. I hope to resume posting tasty morsels up here once deadlines and comicons are done within a few short weeks. Some will even be drawn with real pencils….
Good morning, you lovely humans.
So, for the first time ever I am accepting requests for pre-show sketches for NYCC. Being a newbie at this I have taken it upon myself to invent my own set of rules based loosely upon what my peers have been doing of late, so apologies if it does sound a little unconventional (it shouldn’t tho).
What you get: a pencil drawing on A4 paper (nice sturdy paper, like bristol board etc) of one character of your choosing (unless it’s so obscure even google fails to provide me with reference) in a pose/situation entirely of my choosing. Now, I’ve had requests in the past for a specific pose or a combination of elements to suit the needs/desires of the person asking for the sketch (batman and robin driving a porsche, Hulk on the toilet, Guy Gardner dressed as wonderwoman etc) but to be honest with you that’s too much like my day job. These sketches are way cheaper than a page of comic art, plus they’re rare as hens teeth, so you pick the character and let me do my thing.
What it costs: well usually you find there’s a sliding scale, like 50 bucks for a headshot, 100 bucks for full figure, 300 bucks for colour etc. Not me. Not here. I do one size, all in pencil (packed in a nice envelope to avoid smudging), and all one price. 50 dollars american for each drawing. If, when you see the art you hate it and me, then no worries. I can live without the 50 bux. I’ll just ebay the thing later.
What you should consider: These things are RARE. I never do commissions. I rarely do sketches at cons either, and a lot of those are quite scribbly due to me not being very comfortable drawing in public. Also, if you like what I show and you want it, I will personalise it. That means I write “To (insert name here)” somewhere on the art. I picked up this habit doing sketches for the euro-crowd, as they were very into this idea of it being drawn for them instead of Edward Bay.
I’ve set the limit at 20. That’s a lot of doodles for me to do, but I have this whole morning warm-up thing going on so that’ll be a good way to fill it. Some of you reading this will already have a place reserved on that list, but you need to email me at the address on the contact page at the top with the subject “NYCC sketch list” so I can organise it.
When you will get it: I’ll be doing signings and stuff at the DC booth and 2000AD booth over the weekend, so that’s the best place to show up (either before or after the signing, unless you have stuff you want signed as well) but we can always discuss this over email.
Ok, let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a clusterfuck.
Another cover let loose into the wild! This time it’s Higher Earth issue 8, focussing on my favourite feral femme Heidi. Lots of them. So many that I actually tremble at the thought of what damage they would cause if left alone in a room together.
It’s rare that I get so attached to characters that I don’t own or didn’t create…Klarion the Witchboy was one, as was David Kim (from Xombi), but normally there’s a great sense of detachment as I know I’m playing with someone else’s toys.
Heidi is quite special to me tho. Whilst drawing these covers I’ve imagined the worlds she and Rex have visited in great detail, spending those hours moving pixels around and daydreaming about why the light is purple, who built the temple, where the troll came from, what Rex and Heidi ate whilst freezing to death, what they may have talked about each time they faced a new and unknown menace that threatened almost certain death. Did they kiss, and if so, for how long?*
So when it came to this cover and I had the idea of showing a range of Heidis from across the multiverse, they all just lined up to be in it. Because as every fan of Tsubasa by Clamp will know, if there’s a “you” in another parallel world, then that “you” will have the same fundamental characteristics, the same soul as it were. Sure, the world “you” live in will shape and direct what form you eventually take, but the core driving force will be the same.
If I could, I’d draw stories about each of them, cos when I doodled this artwork they were all yakking on about what they got up to and it drove me slightly mad I must say, but roll me in flour and call me a donut it was interesting.
Rex is a different matter, but more on that next time…
*no I’m not telling. You have to read the comic for that.
Happy September! My word, I feel like I haven’t seen you all in ages! How are you? What you been doing? Really? He said what? Tell him to take it and shove it up his butt. Sideways.
As for me, well, there’s still lots going on in Irving Towers that I cannot reveal yet, but one thing I *can* show you is the cover to Bedlam issue 3. In keeping with the colour scheme and spooky face motif I approached this one with the intent to echo imagery seen in the first issue. It’s nice to have covers actually relate to the interiors once in a while.
Not long to go until NYCC, and I shall post an informative note regarding doing pre-show sketches for those of you who are interested. That’ll probably happen around Friday, so hang tight u eager beavers.
bensears asked: your stuff is always inspiring, keep it up
Willdo, sarge! *salutes*
jagiv-deactivated20140102 asked: I am a comic enthusiast of 30+ years now, and I think you are one of the greatest artists I have ever seen. This includes all art. Your talents are just incredible. Thank you for making my obsessions worthwhile. :D
When I find a suitable blushing cartoon gif to post, I will do so. Until then, thank you and I hope to continue feed your Art obsessions :)
And thanks to @unknownusername for the gif :D
Tumblr, why did you resize my image so that it looks all small? Please don’t do this.
I haven’t been here for a while, partially due to a rather intense deadline involving BATMAN, partially due to having to clean up and sort out Irving Towers in prep to get the bed bugs EXERMINATED, and also because I kinda broke up with my girlfriend (she lived with me) which meant I didn’t fancy hanging out with all of y’all in case I brung you down.
HOWEVER, Bat-deadline is done (the comic, Batman Inc issue zero, hits shelves this coming wednesday I believe), emotions are stabilised, and the crib has passed the halfway mark to being almost habitable again (still waiting to actually call the bug-murderers tho). This means I can post shit.
OH NO. Sadly I can’t. Because nothing that I’ve drawn in the past 30 days has been previewed yet. So I have aaaall this lovely art just sitting here, aching to get onto the net and frolick about on your dash, and it can’t happen yet!!!! Talk about frustration.
So instead, I’m posting an oldy. This was the set of 5 covers I drew for the first series of DAYS MISSING all joined up together. The idea I had was that this dude travels thru time, and time is like the mist, see? And at the end of the series it all gets a bit dramatic and stuff could actually end oh no so the mist fades out as if to imply the END OF ALL THINGS etc. Some parts rock less than others I must say, but then I say that about everything. An artists worst critic is always themselves or the person writing the cheques.
So, soon I can show u covers to BEDLAM, HIGHER EARTH, BATMAN inc and also maybe a panel or 2 from that comic for special easter-egg purposes, and I might actually get around to doing that sketch for my lucky 1000th follower (hi Vivian!). All whilst I draw SKELETOR and prepare for NYCC. Until then, play safe and please leave the toilet seat down.
Oh. I’m not the only one then.