Jan 29, 2012

Commission me!


That's right folks, I am available for commission work!
To expand on what the above flyer says, I am now accepting commission work on a wide variety of subjects and genres. The flyer is geared more to the fantasy gaming community, but I am also happy to work in the fields of...
comics (character designs and such, not actual sequential work at this time)
children's book illustration
general fantasy art
book illustration and heaps more.

As for the media, I can offer a wide variety of approaches, including...

pencil (that would be grey lead pencil depicting tone and such)
pen & ink (like a comic is inked)
ink wash (greyscale inks with tone and highlighting)
watercolour (in full colour)
ink & digital colouring (like a comic again, but coloured like a comic too)
oils (full colour painting)

I'm not the sort of person to set ridiculous prices for these commissions, or to set in stone a price for each type. What I like to do is discuss with the 'client' what they have in mind and try and work out a price that suits us both from that. I believe in fairness and giving the person a piece that comes as close to what they originally envisioned as is within my power to do, at a price that is reasonable and worthwhile for both of us.

So drop me a line at giantkillerjay@yahoo.com.au if you are interested and I'm sure we can come to an arrangement.

Jan 24, 2012

Loviatar #7

I just finished producing the artwork for Loviatar #7 yesterday. This issue features far more illustrations by me than ever before, and the work that Christian has done in writing a campaign promises to make this a fantastic fanzine.
Christian has, very kindly, been showing off the artwork over on the Loviatar blog, but I think it is time I did a post on it all over here.
So, first of all, we have the cover...
Loviatar #7 cover
It features a 6-legged Basilisk at the top, a halfling town in the middle, and a few of the local brewery's wares and a giant owl at the bottom.

Next up there are a bunch of illustrations to go with the campaign...
A Gnome amongst some potatoes
A Giant Owl
The mysterious Stone Man
Offerings for the Stone Man
Kemper Burrowell, local law enforcer
Goblin Raiders
I had a huge amount of fun drawing things for this issue, and I think it is some of the best work I have done for the zine.
The issue isn't on sale quite yet, but if you keep an eye open over at Loviatar, Christian will announce the release of the issue soon.

Until next time!

Jan 10, 2012

Fragments draws to a close



Well, the 13th Chapter of Fragments went up just yesterday.
I made the decision a few months ago to not return for the further 26 Chapters if we were to win and be asked back. Well, we did win the competition, and Fragments will return in February, but not with me at the artistic helm.
There are several reasons why I decided not to return...

Firstly, the next stage of the webcomic lasts for 26 weeks. That's half a year. Considering how much time was required to put out a page of the webcomic each week (usually about 40-50 hours), this would be a massive undertaking on my part. Not that I have a fear of taking on big projects, far from it. But working on Fragments would continue to be an unpaid job, and that is a lot of work and an extensive amount of time for no pay.
I feel I'm at a point in my career where I can start bringing in a little bit of money for my artwork. Be it in the form of commissions, a comic or two, whatever, I think it is time I start making a living, albeit a mere scratching out of a living, through art.
So I felt that I simply couldn't commit a whole 26 weeks to something that wouldn't bring in any money, when I could be looking for paying jobs in the meantime.

Secondly, prior to accepting the Fragments gig, I had a few story ideas that were looking very promising, but obviously had to be put on hold. I've been yearning to get back to those stories and to see where they go. My buddy Gordon and I have promised each other that we would do a comic together, and that is something I definitely intend to do this year.
I also have a few novel ideas I need to get moving on. I have a children's chapter book in the works, which I want to start shopping around to publishers by the end of the year. This book would be illustrated by me, of course.

So it is with a heavy heart that I leave Fragments, but with an excited turn to what the future holds.
I really think 2012 will be a big year...