Okay, that is a little odd for a headline–at least it is for me, because up until recently I simply assumed that people knew “commissioned” artwork was a big part of what gets done around here. But some friends pointed out that if you don’t keep mentioning stuff like that, then people tend to forget.
And, what with the holidays coming up this is probably a great time to remind people of just what they might be able to purchase for someone as a really nifty gift.
So, for those of you who didn’t know (and those of you who knew for just forgot), here’s a quick overview of the sort of thing you can get, and how much it will cost you to get it (from me).
This is a “quickie” sketch from me, the sort of thing you may pick up at a convention (when these sell at a discount price to get more traffic). Not every such drawing is strictly “cartoony” but often they are like this. It will set you back $60-80 for full color 8.5 x 11″ index stock, like this sketch of Zatanna.
Similarly, if you have a particular “sketch cover” variant comic book you’d like to have customized–I’ll ask you for $60-80 (more if I have to locate the sketch cover variant book you are looking for). This is Tiger Lilly based on the book “Tales of Neverland #2” I drew for Zenescope several years back. (Notice that this is less “cartoony” than the previous example).
Want to get a little more fancy? These are my pencils. Still just a small piece, drawn about 7 x 10″ on ordinary bond paper. But it will cost you $100+ simply due to the details and number of figures involved. And if you’ve never heard of this obscure character, you may want to do a little research. Your nephew might even like to have one of these–you know?
For $200+ you could have me enlarge (to 10 x 15″) and ink a faux cover like this one, with logo and all right on the bristol board–just like the big boys used to do (and some still do). You’d also get the pencil version included, so right there you’ve got two originals–one to keep and one for a friend, for just $100 each (if you’re inclined to think that way). (Seriously? Never heard of this guy? I tell you, he used to be very popular when I was kid.)
But wait! The Best is Yet to Come! If you really want the full treatment, $300+ would get you a full color treatment. You’d get the original pencil version, the inked version, AND a digital color version. I can supply you the file for your favorite print shop, or–for an additional fee–send you the print out, in practically any size you want. I could even have something like this output onto a huge piece of PVC and you could attach it to the wall of your rumpus room! (Again, the price on that will be additional, but it CAN be accomplished, no problem.)
All kidding aside, this may look like it was published by DC, but that’s the point of a really superior commission piece, now isn’t it? To make it look like something that should have seen publication. Happy to have fooled a few people over the years.
Finally, you could even commission a piece like this one. This one is approximately 10 x 15″ drawn in color pencil front and back, on UC-4 polyester drafting media. (Yes, I draw it twice–once backward, then flip it and do it the right way round…because I’ve been seduced by art.) Something like this will cost you $600-1500.
Ideas like this don’t grow on trees folks. There’s a lot of preparation work before finally getting down to the hand-drawing phase. That portion of production alone will take several days from my schedule. For that price though, you’ll get the original permanently varnished color pencil art on UC-4 media, attached to illustration board, and ready for framing. (This option has actually been pretty popular, with many pieces sold at auction, and purchased outright by big name comic artists and TV personalities who shall remain nameless–but who really DO exist and will hopefully come to my defense if neccessary).
My point being, if you’re in the market for a one-of-a-kind gift for that special fan on your list this year (or any year, except those already past), get in touch. Let’s talk. While the schedule is filling up fast this fall, another client is always appreciated.
Visit http://www.jameslyle.net and look under “commissions” and “hand colored pieces” for more samples and ideas for subjects. Or you can make contact directly: doodle at jameslyle.net