Whoops, hit return too soon.
Sketch list for thought bubble in Leeds from 17-18 November this year is open.
Got 10 spots left, price is £25 for a portrait shot of the character of your choosing, see earlier posts for examples of similar sketches from NYCC in October.
Want to get on it? Email me on the contact page and have “TB sketches” as the subject. Those who have already asked to be included are already on it, hence the lower number of spots still available.
Over the past few months I’ve been enthusing about this series of covers I’ve been drawing for Boom! publishing, for a comic series called “Higher Earth”. 9 of these little buggers have been birthed in the magic space between my mind and the screen of my Cintiq 21UX (2010 model, art nerds) and it is with great personal sadness that I have to say that 9 is all you’ll get.
Whatever story they were telling has wound to an end, as has my association with these engaging little characters. Of course, the rest of the series still has to play out until January, and not even I am privy to what details lie within those pages, but my personal involvement in terms of bringing fictional people to life on the front of the comic is neatly concluded with the image above.
Art people may notice that the colour scheme of the first and last issue are in fact inverted pretty much, part of my brilliant plan to subtly imply theme and tone with colours. In fact, each cover is colour coded to a certain degree, but that code will remain a secret tho feel free to invent yer own theories.
I’ve enjoyed toying with the lives of these 2 plucky characters, and one day I will draw them again, possibly sitting on rickety old wooden chairs in “Little House On The Prairie” world, having escaped the hustle and bustle of interdimensional domination, Him sucking on a pipe of some local vegetation, and Her bossing the entire town around like her own personal minions, whilst hunting wild beasts with a hacksaw.
Maybe. Or there’s that swimming pool scene I was going to offer up for isse 5 before I realised I might get fired for submitting an idea so suggestively erotic, or perhaps that image of the coronation, the one that referenced all that secret illuminati stuff and answered the great question of life. Hmmm, well, we’ll see. If it happens, it happens on my own time, and there ain’t much of that available at the moment.
Rex, Heidi, it’s been real. x
Only when I’m sick do things like this happen. No, I’m not referring to the art above…that sort of thing happens all the time, it’s what I do to pay the rent! No, I mean I’m sitting there happily munching on a wholegrain pitta bread dipped in my home-made spicy lentil soup and what do I spy on the internet? Why, my latest cover art for Bedlam issue 4 of course!
The pesky bugger escaped whilst I was blotting my honker with one of many tissues (Honker=Nose, for you filthy-minded innuendo freaks out there) and made it onto the net without me noticing!!
AARRRGGHHH!! Right! This means WAR! Or more like, this means POST THE ART ON TUMBLR!! WITH MAD RANTING COMMENTARY!!! I CAN GET AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE I”M ILL!!
Anyway, this cover art shows “The Good Doctor”, which if you were lucky enough to pick up the special NYCC issue last week should mean something. It does to me, but then I know what’s going to happen…
It’s all very Halloween isn’t it?
dannyjays asked: Hi, I wanted to ask if you had any advice on learning to draw the figure? I really want to take my figures to the next level.
Hmmm, this a tricky one. The best advice is to draw from life, and ideally follow the instructions of a tutor in a life drawing lesson. There are systems that one can employ to break down the understanding of the figure, but the internet is not the place to attempt such a course of study. the best advice I give is to just draw more. The more u draw from life the more you will understand it, and there are no shortcuts.
bradjohnsonvstheworld asked: Not a question, just wanted to say that your art is incredibly creative and that you are my favorite comic book artist working right now. The work you did on Batman and Robin is suburb! Will you be drawing Batman again anytime soon?
Aw shucks, thanks for the praise :) My mother would be very pleased (if she was on tumblr or knew how to use it). No plans to draw Batman in the near future, but this freelance life is unpredictable so it could happen at a moment’s notice!
Well done Tumblr for posting the same thing twice! Bah! Egg on my face time as I check the page and see the same thing duplicated. ANYWAY. It seems that as soon as I get back to Irving Towers I’m back on the drugs (lemsip) to fend off whatever bug I got at NYCC, and my sleeping patterns are aaaaall o’er the place, so the antidote is posting more pictures!
One of my sketch-customers very nicely took a photo of my Zatanna sketch and posted it on twitter, so I’ve nabbed it for my own ends and am posting it here. You see? I do draw ladies. It’s not all psychos and monsters.
Let’s just hope Tumblr doesn’t post this one three times, yes?
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.