Some new sketch covers I drew on. I prefer to never color. Seeing my work in digital makes me realize I am not very good at traditional coloring. I’m not too good at digital, but, that’s why I pay friends!
Been hard at work lately opening sale avenues. Who cares right? Well, this is both an advert and shared experience for those who wish to sell their own work.
With that said let’s begin:
I’m pretty well versed with eBay.so I began there. Title listing is key FYI. The channel for buyers is massive, so sales begin immediately. I’m kind of pinched with only being able to sell 10 items a month because I’m a new seller. I was still able to make it work starting with 2 price points. 99 cent starting auctions. Illustrations like sketch cards and loose fan art drawings. Things laying around I am will to sacrifice to the promotion gods.
Then medium price points 9.99-14.99 Art I’m willing to let go cheap, but not give away. I understand this can be difficult for some artists who believe their work has a higher value. Keep in mind eBay is an auction site. The truth can hurt, but it’s important I move forward accept shortcomings, improve and grow.
I was recently allowed to post 10 more items, so I’m moving into the 19.99-39.99 price point. These will not fly off the shelves. It is important to show and note the work I believe to be a higher tier. Whether sales become of it or not, I am creating a standard. Listing fees are waived. I just pay the final value fee when/if the items sells.
Here are some the current things up:
The sales channel I opened was Etsy. Even though it shows I’ve been there for a year I’ve never really tried to use the site till now.
Listing fees are a flat 20 cents each which isn’t bad at all. After uploading and observing the site I noticed it seems to be more of a social network than something like eBay where you post and shop.
This takes a little more getting used to in terms of getting interest. It seems to be more interactive which may be difficult for me to find time for. I’ll make time each week to “favorite, Follow” and make small purchases on item I like. Well, see what becomes of it. My expectations are low, but it is affordable financially. Time may be my downside to this venture.
Since my expectations are low I put some of my medium priced work to use this channel as more of a showcase for the couple hundred sketch cover I’ve made and a couple of comics I’ve done.
Here are a few:
Last but not least is a this Alien drawing I made. Turned it into a trading card and randomly handed them out at the Cinedome in Hollywood California during the premiere of Alien Covenant
As always, Thanks for reading this far.
Drew the Guyver for no reason other than I came across an old comic and thought it would be cool. Because the design is so detailed and specific there was not a lot of room to be too creative in style. I had fun learning the contours.
Also drew Spider-Woman in here early black 90’s costume because I think it’s the best design. Always feel compelled to do a little something on back, so Silk on a building was in order.
Last is a 90’s mullet Superman (get the theme?) I hate drawing superman. He is very difficult to draw because he is so simple yet specific. I’ve never been happy with any version I’ve done. This is the closest I’ve ever got.
I guess that’s it.
The tally has been counted. I have officially filled my 3rd magazine box of illustrated blank comic book covers! The count is 177 plus a few in a 4th box. Yay me? Now with this tower of boxes I am forced to ask myself the dreaded question, What now? I have no personal attachment to these original illustrations. It’s a reason for me to do some fan arting. I have to sell them. Here in lies the age old artist dilemma: How much? What if no one cares?
If no one cares then it’s easy. 1,000,000 dollars because if no one would buy it for 1 dollar they won’t buy it for 1,ooo,000 problem solved.
The thing is I know people would buy these, so I am faced with a value of worth. How am I going to do that?
Well, I’m thinking like this: How much did I pay for the material. )mainly the comic and ink if colored, packing materials ect)? What is the retail of the blank cover comic itself? How long did I spend on the illustration (including reference and composition research)?
What level of an artist am I, meaning how many hours have I spent drawing. This is the hard part because there is what I want to think and the honest truth. If you think some of these aren’t very good, it might be hard to believe that there are many I threw in the trash because they were bad even to my low standards.
All these things considered, What do I do if no one wants them? If I go lower in price will someone maybe want them? If someone wants to buy multiple do I cut a deal?
Where do I sell them? I haven’t quite figured that out. I have a bigcartel store (link to plug here) but It is an island and difficult to get visitors. Other community sales sites like etsy have a built in audience and a search engine for buyers that bigcartel does not. However it’s easier for a cave dweller like me to navigate to do commerce on.
Like most artists my work is not flying off the shelves. I’ve learned the hard way not to make my living trying to sell original art. This provides me with the confidence to be more conservative and say no to many of these questions.
What if no one wants them for the price I ask? I hate to say it, but I either throw them in the trash ripping them to shreds, or if I personally dig it, I hold on a little bit long for conversation piece at a show.
Discount for multiples? No. I’ve done this before and felt like and asshole. It’s not a commodity like underwear or Tina’s burritos. It’s not mass produced. It makes me feel cheap. I’ll wait until I’m completely homeless to feel that way. Believe it or not I have a homeless plan. I’ll save that for another article though.
So..Uncle scrooge #1 (405) is out in comic shops today. I was lucky enough to score a few of these sketch covers. I chose Flintheart Glomgold because most people see him as a villain. I see him as a true Southern Californian. Always feeling second best, overcompensating with villainy and greed for his lack of self esteem. Damaged imperfect and beautiful. Flintheart Glomgold I salute you!
This Sunday (March 1st) I will be in Sacramento California showing off some new stuff at Sac-Con. Sitting comfortably in Artist Alley. The picture above will be a new print/image colored by Ibrahim Aydın. It’s from a comic short I am developing into a mini-series called FOWL. A native American named Squanto who is cursed by a gift used to seek revenge. You can view the short comic for free at freakanimes.
Aside from that I will be showing some new sketch covers I have (which is about 40), Original water colored sketch cards (about 60), pages from upcoming comics and other prints from MY Emo Vortex.
I look forward to the visits!
Here are a few sketch covers I drew up. For those who don’t know what a sketch cover is, it’s a special “variant” edition of a comic book title that comes with an extra cover left blank with the comic title’s logo. It’s meant to be drawn on. Some people take them to comic conventions. Typically getting an artist they like to draw the title character on the cover directly. If they have the money and patience, some get the creators or artist of the title to draw on it. I use them as drawing breaks. When working on heavy personal projects I get a little tired of drawing my own junk and get a wild hair to draw another creator’s character in between. What better medium to draw on right?
I’ve been asked to do commissions, but I typically turn it down. These are just fun monotony breakers. Drawing them for someone else defeats the purpose for drawing on them in the first place. This may make no sense to anyone else. Basically, I want to draw just what I want for fun. That being said, just drawing the character on the cover can be boring. This gives me a chance to be a little creative. Going too far from “character” has become a bit of a fail for me. I try to use compositions the character might use. I feel like maybe I went on too much of a rant on this, so here are the dang drawings.