Now that I've completed both of my last two big illustration assignments, I've decided I'm going to spend the next few months doing cover recreations only...and then pick up some more book illustration assignments in late Fall.
If you are interested in a classic cover recreation (silver/bronze age - not really a fan of doing recreations where there's a lot of computer color & typesetting), here is what I'm asking:
11x17" cover recreation ($100 each) - all logos, trade dress/etc hand-drawn on Strathmore 300 series bristol boards (minus the UPC box, unless you really want a Spidey head or something in that space - otherwise, I extrapolate the existing art to take up that space). No pasteups.
18x24" jumbo size classic EC cover recreation ($150 each) - same as the above, but for one of my extra large size EC (like Tales from the Crypt, Weird Science, all those classic titles) recreations.
If you have any questions about the recreations, please send me a message, including potential covers you'd like re-created. My gallery is full of previous recreations, for reference.
Note: I am *not* interested in commissions for re-imaginings or custom cover designs at this time.
All art/logos/trade dress are inked on an 11x17 board, no pasteups, in order to simulate a full-sized piece of original art. My method is to lightbox all logos and trade dress with Pitt pens with the exception of the UPC box - I leave that out and continue the artwork "underneath" it where applicable. Then, I lightbox the artwork contours in pencil in order to ensure placement. Lastly, I ink the artwork freehand with a Raphael Kolinsky 8084 brush and dark india ink, typically while holding a copy of the actual comic in my other hand for reference. I strive to reproduce the original ink lines as closely as I can with my brush.
Price includes free USPS first class shipping to the USA - the art board will be slipped into an 11x17 polybag and rolled inside a sturdy 4" diameter mailing tube. Sorry, no international shipping is available.
Recreations vs. Original work
So folks who've been watching me for a while have probably noticed that for the last 3 years or so, I've pretty much only been posting recreation work rather than my own original comics or illustrations. Every so often I feel like I should be doing more 'original' work in my own style, like a comic or even more book illustrations. However, I've been kind of depressed and/or anxious for a lot of the last year or so - mostly for fairly obvious reasons (insert various pictures of 2020/21 here), and an assortment of pretty basic personal anxieties. Doing original work takes a heck of a lot of energy and enthusiasm that I just haven't had for a while, doing compositions, layouts, etc. really takes a lot out of me. Yet, I still feel soothed by the act of inking - it's a great anxiety relief - so I keep myself busy doing recreations. Luckily enough I've had a steady client wait list for 3 years running, so I've always got something to work on. It's also a good way to have steady funds
Quandry regarding older, but popular work.
Between 10-15 years ago, I used to draw comic page commissions where I would offer to illustrate a page of script by the commissioner. The idea was that this would set me apart from all of the artists doing mostly pinup work, and it also sounded like a fun project. It *was* pretty fun for a while, although the kind of jobs that would come my way quickly transitioned (so to speak) into mostly fetish or transformation pieces. I was OK with this for a while, and did them for a couple of years. I felt an ego boost from having folks enjoy my work and be willing to pay for it, but eventually wasn't real happy with the subject matter and ceased
Question for Copic/Blick marker users
Hi guys, I've been thinking about getting some basic Copic or Blick markers to do some flat color on the black and white ink sketch cards I've been doing.. For those of you who use markers on your ink work, is it better to color *after* the inking is done, or color over the pencils and *then* ink? I'm hoping that they work well over existing ink, as that'd be easiest for me at my novice coloring level... but I'd love to hear techniques or suggestions, thanks!
Deviantart Birthday Quiz
- How long have you been on DeviantArt? Nearly 10 years. Seems like longer! :D - What does your username mean? Dalgoda was one of my favorite indy comics from the 80s, and I used to draw little cartoon heads of the character on napkins when I'd go to a restaurant. At some point I tried using it as a username on a website years ago, and was told it was not available, hence 'Dalgoda7'. - Describe yourself in three words. Cartoonist. Daydreamer. Obsessed. - Are you left or right handed? Left for mousing, right everything else. - What was your first deviation? A scratchboard of a theme I'd done years prior, combining Captain America
Hi there, my commission list is full for the next few months, but to answer your question, ... maybe. I do these for fun as well as for commission work, so it'd have to be something I was into doing. thanks!
Hey Chris, Good Luck with your open commissions, I hope you get to do some fun ones I'm going to be doing mostly cover recreations for awhile myself, of the different comic art projects I've done, doing these types of pieces is actually my favorite and now that I ma trying to Ink as well, I think the make for great practice I was just looking the other day and I still have three of yours that are like 97.218% done so I plan on finishing those and posting them soon as well. Keep in touch!