Cheap fragile materials
I really enjoy the quick sketching I get to do at conventions. The free sketches I do of people, as their favorite superhero, is the most fun I have drawing.
So it seemed very natural for me to try to use those techniques for my finished pages, to keep from getting stale. I know the original art collectors out there will hate this, but I'm doing finished pages using 2B pencil, Pitt brush pens and Copic C8 markers on 11"x17" HP Inkjet paper. I tried using Bristol, but it doesn't work well with marker. Wanting something archival, I moved on to pH neutral Japanese Copic marker paper but it hates pencil, and doesn't like markers much either! I also went through about six other archival papers from the art supply store, but none of them worked even as well as the Copic paper
So anyhow, I'll be doing my interior pages on crappy non-archival paper. I don't want to sell my art if it's going to yellow and crack in a few decades. I'll just hunker down and make my living from my page rate. And if enough of you like it, my royalties. I'm not going to have as many pages to sell from now on. Maybe I'll give them away as fan prizes on my website, or eBay them for charity. I dunno.
I'll still be using traditional India ink and high quality Bristol to draw my digitally 'painted' covers.
No previews yet, but I'm doing another DCU Halloween cover for Eddie Berganza, the coolest biggest geek at 1700 Broadway. Then back to Top 10.
Also, spending some time this week at the wedding festivities for my amazing step-sister, Lynn. Congratulations, and glad you chose a guy like Mike. God bless to both of you!
Last bit, thanks to Mark S for the cool loot! Top 10 has made me a fan of badass cops, so I feel especially cool watching my Wire Season 5 DVD set while wearing a t-shirt and pin from the Phoenix PD.