Daily Archives: January 19, 2009

Tristan Sandnes Commission (2008)

Tristan Sandnes Sketch

Tristan Sandnes Sketch

So, I usually try to support any artist that I enjoy – especially undiscovered ones that I find – people who have blogs or pages and display their stuff that they sketch out for fun.  So is the case with this piece.  I love this website called the Daily Sketch and I decided to ask the guy about commissions.  Keep in mind that I was fairly new at this – the guy quoted me a price I was a little hesitant about but finally agreed to.  Looking at his other stuff I was excited to see what he would come up with.  Than he sent me an email asking if I wanted a file sent to me – or do I want him to print one out and send it to me.  I was stunned because the price he quoted me was A LOT for a simple digital print – I was almost angry!  After another few emails he said he would send the actual piece, inked.  The problem was… I wasn’t very happy with the piece itself.  It wasn’t up to the quality that I had seen in his other work.  Needless to say it was a lesson learned in being a little more clear in what I’d like – to make sure both the artist and the customer are completely clear on what they expect in a commission.  I wish the story was a little better – but it’s an Iron Man vs. Hulk piece.  And no, I still haven’t warmed up to this piece.  When I look at it I think it looks a bit rushed.  A bit of a let down.  Live and Learn I guess.

Another shot

Another shot

He even sketched a small Hulk head on the envelope that he sent it in – it was as good as the actual piece.  That was almost a tell tale sign that this piece was a quick and rushed piece.  I wish I had something brighter and happier to tell you – but alas you will have to wait till tomorrow for something more fun!

Envelope sketch

Envelope sketch

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Hulk Toon Tumbler 2 (2008)

Toon Tumbler 2

Toon Tumbler 2

Here we have another Toon Tumbler – the second Hulk one, in fact!  How great is that?  This company knows the characters that sell – because look at this bad boy!  The classic Buscema illustration – this time they picked a better picture than they did the last time.  Not that the last one was terrible – it was just a little strange to choose an image that was hard to make out Hulk’s whole face.  But this one is classic Hulk – in fact I would say one of the most classic images of all time!  I found this one – first – at a comic shop in Worcester, MA.  Since I first found it almost 3 or 4 months ago, I think, I have seen it popping up everywhere.  I hope they continue this line to the point we start seeing Hulk’s enemies!

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