Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

So, what I can share with you is that I just recently finished working on a small project in cooperation with Marvel Comics, and Upper Deck trading card company. Should be able to share the imagery from that in early 2018.

For now I’m getting back to commissions. I’m almost done with the last of my holiday commissions and getting ready to ship things out. Then, it looks like I have a little time to get back to my own personal art (more JDGAF comic inbound), which is something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Also looking into spending some time updating JamesGroeling.com to be more of an image share with links to this Blog page. So hoping to make things look much better for 2018. Will see how that works.

Til the next post, will wish all a happy and safe holiday season, and leave you with my lil Goblin tabletopper. This is a coin bank that I picked up, the creature is a Pathfinder Goblin from Paizo. I simply scalped a $2 santa toy to supply the beard, hat, and scarf.

Enjoy.

GoblinsGreetings

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By now most of you realize that my artwork tends to lean toward the dark, fantastical, surreal, sexy, and graphic. This is because that’s generally how I see things in my head and the visuals I enjoy creating. However, I also have a wide variety of really cute ideas in my head, and every once in a while someone will ask me to create something that fits right along those lines.

This one in particular was a commission by a teenager for one of her friends. She asked for a standard paper size and had a limited budget to work with, but wanted to have a picture of an elephant holding a camera. I told her I could probably do something that would work for her. She kind of squee’d a little when she saw the finished piece and it made me happy. Here’s to hoping you squee as well.

Elephant

Didn’t get a chance to scan it as I finished it while I was away for holiday vacation with family, so this is a camera shot. But you get the idea. Cute and huggable.

Now, for those of you out there who say you’d like to see more cute stuff from me, commission it and I will create it, deal?

Firstly, my grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary in November, shortly before Thanksgiving. For their anniversary they invited their 4 children with spouses, and me, as I’m the eldest grandchild and still the only one able to drink legally. (way to go me!)

Now, every year at Thanksgiving, my family does a grab bag to see who will be getting a gift for whom on Xmas. It’s a fairly big family, and we all still give a little something here and there, but the grab bag is for a $50 gift so it’s a little more of an investment and takes some thought. This year, my mom got my grandmother, and I got my grandfather in the grab bag, so I asked my mom if she would go halves on a nice frame job for a portrait I would paint of my grandparents. She said yes, and I started working.

Fortunately my aunt was able to provide me with a bunch of really good pictures of the both of them, as well as their wedding picture. I also chatted with my mom a bit and found out that my grandparent’s honeymoon was in Paris, and they haven’t been back there since. So I whipped up a rough sketch to figure out the size, and set to painting. Originally I was going to do a full on detailed portrait of the two of them in Paris, but I started to realize that they might appreciate it if I took a few years off of them, left out a few wrinkles, and did the portrait of them as I see them still.

Here’s the piece, possibly still in progress pre-framing.

GmaNToopa

Just before Christmas, my mother, sister, and I went to the local Michael’s craft store on Long Island (I kind of love those places and have since I was a kid). Originally I was going to have it framed at some place near me closer to the city, but was concerned I might break it traveling out there, so waited on it. We were fortunate enough at the store to get the help of a very nice salesperson in the framing department. She custom cut the mat to my specifications, and helped us find a frame at a suitable size to what we were looking for. And,… we were just slightly over our budget, but well worth it. Here’s what the piece looked like after i finished framing it Xmas eve.

GmaNToopaFramed

Definitely looks good. Applied an archival sealant, archival matting tape and all the fixings. On Christmas day, the look on everyone’s face, especially my grandfather’s was well worth the effort and expense, and very much reminded me of something I seemed to have forgotten. The coolest gifts aren’t the ones you buy at a store, but the ones that you invest time and work into creating from nothing.

Happy holidays everyone.

sealant drying post cut.

Here’s a holiday commission that was actually a pretty neat concept from the client. Basically, the client’s gf and he are both working a lot lately, and as such have somewhat hectic schedules. (I know the feeling myself) For the holidays he really wanted to take her to the Cirque du Soliel show ‘Dralion’, as they’ve both expressed interest in it. However, since they dont yet know when they’ll be free to go to it, he commissioned me to create an IOU placeholder. Something to represent the show and show the concept of awesome tickets, while also being something that they can hold on to for the future as a memento of sorts. So, after checking out the show, and realizing it is an incredibly colorful element based performance, I played with some rough sketch concepts and wound up creating these for them.

Dralion

The character depicted is Yao of the fire demons, and he’s split along with the show title as a representation that the two ‘admit one’s are meant to go together. Its a cute couple concept gift. Hopefully she appreciates it coming from her boyfriend.

Happy Holidays.