A few Cyber Monday art sales for you:
20% off everything (shirts, etc.) in my Design By Humans store, + free worldwide shipping. Code is BFCM.
50% off my brand-new book, Heartbreakers. Code is BEST50.
20% off all my Redbubble leggings.
And now Steve Dillon is gone, too. One of the finest comic artists of the past 30 years, a man whose skills may have seemed a bit low-key on the surface – particularly in the mid-90s when style was valued so much more than substance – till you noticed his real strengths, which were legion. Garth Ennis, the Irish writer who teamed up with him on Hellblazer and The Punisher, and created Preacher alongside him, talked about how he didn’t write thought balloons for his characters, because you could read their thoughts from the expressions Steve put their faces. That was a pretty fucking revolutionary idea 25 years ago. Steve and Garth weren’t by any means the only creative team to do such a thing, but they certainly led the way.
The Hellblazer run is often overlooked, but it was incredibly powerful. So violent, so dark, but with moments of such grace, light, and clarity that they would break your heart (disclaimer: my heart breaks pretty easily, so I might not be the most reliable arbiter of such matters. But still). Two issues in particular really touched me – the first was John Constantine’s 40th birthday party, a flawless piece of storytelling that captured everything there is to capture about a transcendent night of what Steinbeck would call “heroic” drinking, and a pivotal moment in a man’s troubled life (much as it pains me to admit it, I was in my 30s when that issue came out, and now I’m actually older than the man of the hour). The other was a spinoff one-shot called Heartland, which dealt in absolutely unflinching terms with infidelity, abuse, war, and nasty family politics, using Northern Ireland as its titular heart and soul.
What Steve and Garth did on Preacher built on that, at least partially because it was a purely creator-owned book, with very little editorial influence. What they created in the span of a few years remains to this day my alltime favourite comic series ever, although Hellblazer has some moments so powerful they’ll change your whole life.
Steve Dillon was a legend.
So it’s midsummer already. No idea where that year went; between work and shenanigans, I’ve been busy as hell, though.
I’m also, once again, up to my ass in paintings. My studio walls are covered, my couch is buried in them, every spare bit of space in my bedroom (which isn’t necessarily a lot) is crammed. This, obviously, will not do.
So hey. You wanna buy a painting at a bargain price and give me a little more space to paint more stuff?
Sure you do.
Here’s what’s up for grabs this year:
If you have your eye on a piece, drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and refer to the sale in the email title.
Prices are in effect till Friday, July 17, 2015. Prices do not include shipping.
A few years ago I designed a tattoo for myself – something to show how much my adopted home – Vancouver – meant to me. When I showed the design around, I immediately got requests to feature it on t-shirts. Since then I’ve developed more designs, primarily based on the East Coast (trivia note: I’ve also lived in all of the Atlantic Provinces).
Now I want to expand the options available, and so I’ve added shirts for Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta so far, with more to come.
You can find the shirts here, in my Redbubble store. And kids’ sizes are also available.
Well, hey. I guess this is the first big art news of the new year. As you may have noticed, I released a motorcycle calendar in the fall. And it seemed like a natural outgrowth of that to put out a line of bike shirts, too. Here’s a preview of the nine different designs:
As usual, you can find ’em here, in my Redbubble store.
If you know me, you know I’m a pretty big fan of tradition. Last year, as a way to clear out old stock and to say thanks for supporting my art career, I decided to have a Boxing Week sale.
There are paintings from Hot Pink, Ka-Pow!, Bugs, The Koi Show, Cocktails, Dark Valentine, plus a couple random pieces that weren’t featured in any specific exhibition.
Here’s what available. As you can see, pricing is not what you’d call consistent. Instead it’s based on a complex algorithm that takes into consideration the age of a piece, the size, the process, and whether or not I still want it in my life.
These prices are in effect from Friday, December 26th to Thursday, January 1st. After that, the paintings revert to their usual pricing. Also, prices do not include any shipping costs.
So the Joystick show was a blast. This isn’t the full-on, official report on the show; that’ll come later. But for now there are a few pieces left, and it occurred to me that with Christmas looming on the horizon, maybe some of you have a gamer on your shopping list.
Maybe that gamer is even you.
Anyway, here are the goods, complete with sizes and prices. If you see anything you’re interested in, drop me a line at email@example.com
(Prices listed do not include shipping charges.)
Okay, I’m gonna make a bold statement here. I like drawing motorcycles more than I like drawing women, cars, or guitars.
There, I said it.
I can’t even put my finger on the reason why; I just know it’s really fucking fun. Partly because motorcycles are just inherently badass, but there’s something else there, too. I’ve always liked perspective drawing, so that’s part of it. And figuring out how the parts work, doing the research… that’s pretty huge, too.
I decided back in January that this year’s calendar theme would be motorcycles, and I’ve spent almost the entire year doing research about cafe racers, trackers, scramblers, bobbers, choppers, street fighters…
Once it came time to start the actual work, I learned about sidecars, perimeter brakes, superchargers, even bikes I’d never heard of before. Crockers, for instance.
As I write this I’m on the penultimate bike, a Kawasaki KZ900. Once that’s done, I have to do an Indian – most likely a board tracker.
And then the calendar will be ready for release, and all will be right in the world.
Wanna see some in-progress stuff? If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some of these already. Not all of them, though: