Back To The Drawing Board

February 28, 2013 0 Comments

5-10 min warmup ballpoint
pen JumpingBoy with some
Pitt Pen brush forsome grays
Sometimes, when I feel like I'm movin slow, theres nothin like breaking out my drawing board and putting away the stylus for a ballpoint pen. In this case, the smooth quick fluidity of a BIC ballpoint pen. Actualy no this was sort of like it but a staples brand one. Anyways. I almost forgot how much I love drawing with ballpoint pen. Theres no better way to speed up your rendering then with a utensil you cant erase. One of my forgotten loves was when I draw with a ballpoint pen and the tip starts getting heated up and you can smell the ink. Brings back memories of doodling in my dads office or in my moms art dept studio. Much of lake michigan blues was 'penciled' in this way, and I believe, I shall incorporate it again. Allows me to work small (comic dimensions but on 8.5x11 size) and keep it simple and focus on the important elements and it just goes quicker, then i cna scan and tweak things and ink! If you practice enough you can draw lightly with it as well and then go over it darker like a pencil. Only its smoother and i just like the way it flows across paper better. Gotta say I'm excited to be working on my ol' trusty white desk-top drawing board again. Setup infront of my monitors so I can use them for visual reference/ glancing at the script. ANYWHO. Will be working like this for a while to be sure.

Also... thinking, because of the growing popularity of comic size format for my commissions that I might just start doing them 11x17 all the time, and people can print them to fit 8.5x11 if they want. Dunno, whaddya think?

Nose To The Grindstone

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Well, pretty much my only update for today, the low down and skinny of things right now. Gotta keep it brief got lots to do today/ tomorrow, but I want to throw out a couple updates.

First off sad to say the wife is still in the hospital, but now that they've got the chemo symptoms and the blood levels all where they should be and she was still having issues they finally got some blood test results back indicating she has some sort of infection, which I'm assuming is like a sinus/ or cold infection. So they're hooking her up with antibiotics today. Ah well... I know shes in good hands and she'll be home soon. I just make sure to call her often. And her mom is with her at least shes not by herself.

Second, I am officially no longer actively seeking out new commissions at this time. A big comic project has been green-lighted and I am happy to concentrate the full extent of my creative powers on its epicness. So for the next two months, Ungrounded will be my main project, and I'll be finishing up pending orders around it. Jumping boy of course will be last priority but will try to keep it once a week as usual. Chapter 3 might see it going black and white for a while. Can always update with color later. But I'd like to keep the story going. Only if I have time. Otherwise I will still be pacing my workout on Ungrounded and can occasionally work other orders in around it. But I'm going to stick to more relaxing- character art stuff around it nothing bigger. Perhaps it will be slot-only for a while. But I am willing to consider any commission requests, just email me. But I will have to pick and choose them more carefully.

March will see the second fundraiser in an effort to offset the cost of my wife's chemo treatments and also any other medical bills I can put it towards. There was a lot of pros and cons about the first one in February and I will take those notes and do it a little better this time. That is the goal anyways. It'll be similar but stay tuned for me to hammer out various details/ rules for it. I'm also toying with the idea of making it an all day thing not just at night to accommodate all time-zones and give myself more time to do them. There may also be a change in ordering etc. But I will figure all this out closer to time. Thanks in advance for those who are looking forward to it. The last one was a lot of fun and quite a challenge. But the support I got was amazing and super appreciated!

Alright. Lots of work to do, going to try to pace myself with a timer and knock out the to-do's one by one! Have a great end to the week everybody. And keep the thoughts and prayers pointed at my wife, she needs all she can get :)

Comic Wa? Comic Hu?

February 27, 2013 0 Comments

Sorry to say the wife isn't getting out of the hospital today. Shes doing really good though, but she had some issues that the doctors were not comfortable letting her leave with.
So I'm assisting with some things she needed me to check on this morning. And taking care of some errands needed done. Will seemingly have them wrapped up about noon here and then will spend all afternoon/ evening on comic page commissions.

I remember a time when I was trying to phase out comic page commissions cause how much work they are, and due to general stresses and stuff at the time was not enjoying them a lot. But I've gotten better at them, especialy with my weekly "training" on jumping boy... which often is experimental or just freestyling and I always save my best quality/production for the comc work that makes money. But ANYWHO, suddenly I find myself with all the comic page commission work I can handle. Which is great! But a little intimidating. Time to put on some rocky theme music and knock those intimidating obstacles OUT! Heres a cool deadpool piece I did lastnight, still waiting for the official 'yay' from the client to finish up in color etc or if they need any changes. But I'm diggin it pretty hard. Yay for foreshortened stuby legs! haha.

Look forward to starting work on Ungrounded comic in the next week, will be awesome.

Moonless Rain Speedy Speed Demons

February 26, 2013 0 Comments

Driving back from the hospital tonight was a friggin nightmare. I was holding the steer wheel so tight and concentrating on staying in the lane so hard my thumb is asleep still LOL. But moonless sky and wind and rain and speedy speed demons did not thwart my pursuit of a ceasers on the way back. tally ho! (loading up on pizza and getting to work!). Very much enjoyed spending the day with my bubsie-lou! And the ma-in-law's Impala is a beast!

Doing an impromptu Livestream session all night and rockin out. Keep me company, help me through the pizza coma... and listen to some jams.


Warmup 2/25/13 - Afro Samurai

February 25, 2013 0 Comments


Warmup this afternoon, the Afro Samurai himself. Been enjoying the 6 episode series on Netflix over the past couple weeks. I could see how a lot of people would find it that 'hard to stomach anime' with the exaggerated blood spurts and the intense-ness of it. But I am definitly feeling it right now. My favorite so far is the one where he fights the cyborg copy that memorizes all his moves, so he remembers an old lesson about using no moves, no form and just making it up on the spot by using reflexes, and then how it turns into this epic sky battle when the cyborgs disguise is ripped away and it becomes a battle between a robot with massive lasers and hightech targeting versus a samurai way up in the sky. Really imaginative for sure. 
Spoiler alert!: Was sad to see his white haired buddy go though. And was surprised because I always assumed he was a figment of his imagination. Perhaps he still is though, maybe theres some underlying metaphor. All I know, is I'm really enjoying the over-the-top balls-to-the wall badassery that is Afro Samurai right now. Cant wait to finish this so I can watch 'Resurrection'. 
Man, I need to find me some Lemonade. Alright getting some work done.
Will be livestreaming all sortsa random art goodness ALL evening starting at 8pm. See you then!

Jumping Boy - 2.12-2.13 - Something Wicked

February 24, 2013 0 Comments


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Crazy how quickly things shift

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[ Originaly posted on Facebook this morning ]
An hour after this SuperBoy piece (finished it up, posted it and went to bed about 2am) I'm finding myself at the emergency room waiting for the docs to figure out their heads from their asses. In other news I am hoping they figure out what she needs and soon. Nothing critical but she not doing great either. In other news... I might just stay up till bed time tonight. Went to bed 2 am got woken up 3am lol. It's 6am now. Woo.

Blink Statue Trophy Commission

February 23, 2013 0 Comments


This is tonight's Livestream commission all finished up. Done a couple 'trophy-inized' superhero renditions for this customer but its been a while. So when he came to me for this one I wanted to really throw down with my current skills and techniques and make it the best one yet. Everything from embedding the stone texture into the highlight areas and the shadow areas, to the chiseled effect and the dramatic lighing casing shadow on the statue.
Very pleased with it, and do believe the goal of making it best one i've done for him yet is achieved!

Enjoy sir Argo!

Making-of video to be added when it gets posted to the livestream site. In the mean time here's some work in progress shots (click to enlarge any pic in this post)

Alright... great end to a great week of commissions. Have a great weekend!








AppleJack plus more to come

February 22, 2013 0 Comments


Click to enlarge this detail shot of her shoulders-up

Hey, heres the final art and making-of video recordings from lastnights Livestream Commission Slot session featuring an elf-human version of my little pony character 'applejack'. Had fun workin on the country cowgirl themed piece, and look forward to otehr elf-human renditions of ponies.

Click to enlarge

At 6pmEST will be Livestream broadcasting several commissions including fatal fury, secret saturdays and masters of the universe all evening till 9pmEST.

Come 9pm EST, I will switch over to this weeks last LS slot, for ArgoForg featuring a statue-version of blink from xmen. (aka post-turned to stone). Always a fun experimentation with light texture and stuff.

See you then. And see those who wanna hangout for it all at 6pmEST. Or just stop in say hi! I'll be here.


Watch live streaming video from eryckwebbgraphicsart at livestream.com

Jumping Boy Warmup - Digital Inks Experimenting

February 21, 2013 0 Comments

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Today's warmup before getting on some comic commissions. Experimenting with new inking tools over previously done pencils of this jumping boy sketch. Really digging them. Using my trusty Intuos 2 wacom stylus and instead of photoshop was experimenting with inking tools in Inkscape, a very powerful opensource vector program. Thats right, everything you see here is lossless vector related art. And in MANY MANY ways the inking tools in this program, with its vector rendering which is lighter on CPU usage and the assist of some 'smoothing' for crisper lines, seems far superior to what i've been previously using in photoshop. Much more brush weight angle and other characteristic controls. Easy enough to save out import into photoshop for coloring. But there are some fluidiity draw backs. Perhaps in time these will be eliminated as I get more used to inkscape for inking, but till then photoshop will still be faster and have more tools at my disposal ready to go. Inkscape is still experimental for now but where applicable may find its way into more and more projects.

What do you think of this 'ink test' for todays warmup? Has a different aesthetic to it for sure.
Working on comic-page commissions rest of the week, see everyone 9pm EST each night for a single character slot commish session.

The plan for rest of the week

February 20, 2013 0 Comments


(Lastnights Livestream slot session artwork)

Sup, hope everyones having a good middle o the week. Will be working on comic commissions for the rest of the week with some logo design sprinkled throughout.

Hope to have people come out 9pmEST each night for full color comic commission sessions Wed, Thurs and Friday. Click 'EWG Livestream' button on the right of this site to join in the chat and exhibition of my work. Invite your friends, come ask questions I'll answer when I can. As always theres a 10pm-1020pm intermission as I have caretaking duties at that time. But then I get back to it and get the piece hammered out no problem. Can always count on a lot of energy specialy when a song gets my pumped up or if i find that ever elusive 'zone'. Will try to make a regular weekly thing of extra 'live' slot commissions.

Also officialy announcing that as chemo treatments and the billz that ensue continue for my wife and i I will be trying to offset that each time she has to go in for chemo with a monthly fundraiser. This will continue to at least may if not june/july. Each time will be different as I try to fine tune it each time, learning from the previous events. So thanks in advance for those who are interested in that. Means a LOT to my wife and I.

Here are the currently scheduled livestream slots to come:

9pmEST Wed - Ares12 Seraphina original character depiction (always badass)
9pmEST Thurs - SariaLinde - new humanized my little pony elf (always cute and fun)
9pmEST Friday - ArgoForg - xmen's Blink petrafied statue (always a cool exercise in execution)

See you all then. And thanks in advance for coming out!

The dark side...

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Sometimes I accidently stumble into WIERD WIERD stuff on DeviantArt and YouTube and I think.. "oops, took a wrong turn in my clicking again"

Petrol Bot No 19 - Warmup Sketch

February 19, 2013 0 Comments


This morning's 15-20 min warmup! Working on various client stuff all day, and will be doing a livestream session of a client's slot commish tonight at 9pmEST

Final Post-Fundraiser Session for Feb

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The three remaining orders from the Feb Livestream Fundraiser! All three were a lot of fun, thanks so much to all who came out. 

I will be doing one non-related commission slot per night at 9pmEST each night this week. The only relation is its the same $30 full figure full color style as this fundraiser was using. The slots were filled within an hour of putting them up, and I went ahead and plugged in a Rugby Rhino order for tonight. 

Hope to see some folks out for tonights 9pmEST session! 

Will be a lotta fun to rock out and only do one per night for a while. Perhaps it'll be a weekly thing. I appreciate everyones business and help in raising some extra funds. Its REALLY made a difference. Thank you. And as always I'm available for premium orders off my normal pricelist. Benefits of these include more finish/ polish, clean inking, proofs and other extras I throw in where I can. 

Thanks, see you tonight.



Jumping Boy - 2.11 - Road Signs

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Post Fundraiser Session 2 Complete

February 18, 2013 0 Comments


Tonights second 'Post Fundraiser' session saw the creation of these three works. Lotta fun here to be sure! Thanks for their commissioners for coming out and hanging and jammin along with me. 

Will do it agian tomorrow evening, and then possibly one last time Tuesday. Monday will be Strangeside and Micro and possibly Rugby, but if anything Rugby and any other that come through before I get these all wrapped up.

Post Fundraiser session one

February 17, 2013 0 Comments

    

Alrighty! Post fundraiser session one is complete. All three of these were a blast. Loved listening to some sword/viking metal and cranking out that giant/ barbarian piece, and listening to epic musical scores from the Final Fantasy Advent Children movie soundtrack for the ninja dude, and then just chillin it up for the super dog chibi!

So heres the plan to those who missed tonight and have orders. Generaly planning Swix and Witty getting theres tomorrow (sunday) sometime, probably eveningish, and Strangeside and Micro getting yours on Monday evening 8-9pmESTish

EWG Site Update

February 16, 2013 0 Comments

One of the bigger feedback items that came back from the recent Fundraiser Livestream event was the size of the window. I enjoyed very much everyone's hilarious antic in playing with the type and color formatting. I didnt know that was even an option. But now The EWG site here has been reformatted a bit to allow for larger content window. Which means bigger live-stream window as well as other posts.

Getting on tonight to get an order or two done of the 8 or so I did not get to during the 3 day event. Hope to see those who ordered them there! Will be stopping around midnight instead of 3 or 4 am. Will do small sessions like this over the next couple of days to get these done. Again, thanks so much for everyone who made the event great.

Alright, will try out this bigger livestream window ... feedback welcome! (Comment below or on livestream page that you can get to by clicking EWG LIVESTREAM button on the right featured buttons)

Livestream Fundraiser Ends

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Heres tonights body of work! (In no particular order)
Also the event can be seen recorded in several video parts on Livestream at http://livestream.com/eryckwebbgraphicsart/folder



Well that title says it all. WOW, it was a very interesting experience and I'm very proud to say it was quite a success. Thank you to the 10-15 regulars who came by each night and tonight hit a record of 20 before evening out for the remainder of the session. Thank you thank you SO much to everyone who came, watched, shared links and especialy bought commissions. Needless to say, the response was so good I'm sitting on a list of about 10 orders that I did not get to! And I have stayed up till 3am each night starting at 7pm. Love love LOVED doing the chibi's, my god they're a blast. Thank you very much to Corey for getting me started on those. I believe they shall be a regular item :) This whole vent was also a great experiment in 'simplifying' my process. Coloring and finishing straight from my digital pencils rather than the additional step of going over everything again with digital brush and doing smoother lines. In many ways, I enjoy the final aesthetic of the sketchier lines varying in tone to be a little more energetic and interseting to look at. This style was used on chibis in the past but it was fun to go hog wild with it on regular character art as well.
Thank you so much to all who came out, thats a couple hundred bucks that is going straight to those damn hospital bills. I can't express my appreciation enough.

Actualy I can, since it was made clear to me one of the biggest points of this event people enjoyed was seeeing their orders come to life in realtime, I realize it'd be cheap of me to finish the left over orders off camera and all that. So I will, when I get the opportunity over the course of the next 2 or 3 evenings, broadcast live and finish the remaining orders. I will not take anymore orders, as the fundraising special is now closed for a while, but I will be finishing them up for those who ordered them to have the same experience that they would otherwise be robbed of since i didnt get to theirs.

And by a panel of at least a dozen individuals who came out every single night of this three night event, it has been made clear that this is a much prefered method of doing commissions and meeting and greeting with customers. In light of this events success, I will definitly make sure to do it again! But not for a while, my eyes, hands and rear is worn out. Its a bit of an endurance test, and I made it. But I done! I learned a hell of alot, and think I grew as an artist for sure. A great experience it seems, for customers, and myself.

From my wife, family and I, thanks for coming out, and makin it happen :)

~Eryck

Update: 2/16 - Lengthy, typo-filled blurbs like above happen when I write them 4:00am in the morning HAHA... just saying.

Calm before the fundraising storm

February 15, 2013 0 Comments

Took wally to SB park for a half hour did a couple laps. Then the powers that be told me I'm not to do anymore because several people showed up with their horse-sized dogs and wally started having a cow so I was like 'theres my sign' that i shouldnt do any more laps LOL. Felt good though and started flurrying as we left. So I'm glad i took my bubsies advice got out early before the snow came. We're supposed to get some snow. Sounds good to me.. I got a live-commish fundraiser to rock tonight. Let it snow snow snow.... just not enough to knock out the power LOL. Anywayz, this is just a lil' blog-moment in my journal. Can't stress enough how much it helps to get out and work up a sweat between massive draw sessions!

Hope to see the regular supporters I've enjoyed having the past two nights come out tonight, and new faces. All your contributions are amazing, and very much appreciated. Makes me very happy to know I'm bringin peoples creations to life, and I'm doing well enough at it that people wanna toss their continued support my way. Means a lot. Thank you!

Session is tonight, broadcasting at 7pm and event starts at 8pm (Eastern Time) - at http://eryckwebb.blogspot.com/2013/02/ewg-on-livestream.html (or by clicking 'EWG Livestream' on right of this site)

Livestream Fundraiser Event Day 2 of 3 Fin

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Well what can I say except... I'm blown away by the support and response on this second night of this three night fundraiser event. I learned a lot from the first night, mostly about pacing and getting stuck on things that make the works take longer. Also streamlined the ordering process. So where the first night it took me 2 hours to complete each of the three works I did that night, tonight I completed at least one an hour. Including breaks, chatting, coordinating purchases and coffee refills. I think I was in a zone? Anywayz I am VERY VERY appreciative and speechless (obvious by my book here right?) by the generosity of fans and customers tonight, at one time there was 15 people hangin gout and supporting the cause. Well tonight is a personal best with the six pieces above, which I'm very happy with all of them and got them all done this evening. Theres still 3 more ordered tonight I didnt get to. One or two will be done 7pm tomorrow and i might do one of them for a warmup in the morning tomorrow before doing day work. 

Thanks so much to people comin out, helpin out me and my wife. Means a whole lot. Every dollar earned drawin these is a dollar more breathing room with the hospital bills. These were all a blast, and everyone who was in the chat was hilarious and just really kept this goin strong. But time for bed! I friggin loved drawin so hard but time for sleep, and my hand/ butt hurts. LOL. Aight, resting up, takin dog to the park in the morning and then getting back to work. 9-5 playas keep makin that money. Its Friday!


EWG Dewd Midnight Arting

February 14, 2013 0 Comments



Bit of a self portrait, but mostly depicting the EWG mascot 'dEWd tearin up a late night art session.
This is a warmup for tonight's live commission session. $15 Bust or Chibi style full colors and $30 full body full colors
Come out, purchase commissions live, watch them drawn in real time, get them by end of the night.
Come watch and chat here: http://eryckwebb.blogspot.com/2013/02/ewg-on-livestream.html

Your support is very appreciated!

Hope to see you there.  The event runs from 8pmEST to 12pm - and goes as long as needed to finish orders.

EWG Fundraiser Event Part Deuce

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(Some $30 orders from lastnight)
  

Come out, put $15 or $30 in the can, and help me earn some extra $$$ for the crushing wait of hospital bills. You shall be rewarded with epic arts. My wife and I are very appreciative to all who came to the first event on 2/13 and I hope to keep the laughs and rockin art goin tonight ( 2/14 ) in part 2 of this 3 night event. 

Come out 8pmEST tonight and friday and order a commish, and feel free to hang till at least 12pmEST. Buy Art, Help Out! Please spread the word. Thank you!


Will happen at: [link] and [link]
Begins broadcasting at 7pm, event announces/kicks off at 8pm. Tonight featuring an extensive electronica playlist theme. Come, listen, LOL, and livestream.

 
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