Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

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.

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A very special All Hallows Eve from some of the locals in JDGAF city. Decided to make a special piece for what is still my favorite holiday. First a little line art for you. JDGAF_Halloween

Then, my colors, which I actually created and scanned in on different sheets of paper, all colored pencils. Sharing this one because I actually think it looks pretty interesting to see a piece of mine without the line work attached.

 

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and finally, all of column A, plus all of column B equals,….

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May your All Hallows be filled with Ghouls and Goblins, hopefully none too scary.

May not be back to updates until mid-November, as I’m leaving the area to do a sculpture install in Rhode Island. More updates when I get back.

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Got around to scanning a few more of the yearly planner art I have. Theres a bunch of other pieces in there that still need slight color washes before they’ll be ready to scan. Hopefully get to those soon, but have a bit of other things going at the moment.

For now, here’s the new scans, as well as an updated section in the Drawing page for them. Goal of 2014, organize and redesign the site/pages for easier access and displaying of what I do. Drawing page now.

Chinese New Year
Pretty straight forward, a dragon making it’s way through confetti littered streets.

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Independence Day

The origins, dying on the battlefield to force out a foreign ruler and claim independence.

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Halloween

The Pumpkin King

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Thanksgiving

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Giving up their lives for your dinner table. T-Day, never forget.

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Another one recently added to the little black book. New Years Eve, means different things to different people.

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More things soon, just currently in the process of finishing a lot of projects at once. Yay for work, although it means delays on updates.

Over the past year or so, my schedule has been a bit filled up with commercial work and projects for others (which I love, and is what makes my job so interesting and exciting). However,  setting aside time to work on my own art has become a priority for me. The webcomic JDGAF is actually something I want to put more time into, and set up a separate site to promote it once I get some more pages done. My paintings have been a little neglected, but I am getting some sketchwork done for upcoming projects.

This in mind, last week while I was browsing the cheap racks outside the Strand bookstore in Union Square, I spotted a weekly planner. One of those moldeskin products that is pocket sized and pretty handy, a good find and very cheap too. I already have a planner though, but decided to get it anyway and do something with it. By the time I got home I had decided I was going to use the planner as a sketchbook, and fill each page with something to symbolize the week/day/etc. The first image I created was on the train to visit family Easter Sunday, and turned out looking like this.

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I did end up sharing him on the various social media sites I use (quick snapshot), and have greatly enjoyed the interpretations that people post regarding his looks, expression, and demeanor. Was a really fun drawing to make regardless. I did learn two important things through this though. First being, that no matter that I tend to sketch very light, the ink shows through the thin paper of this planner, and second being, that even the thinnest of paint washes on thin paper tend to bleed through.

With both of those things in mind, the next sketch I did, I decided to give a full page gap between pages that I’ll be inking like this. As for the in between pages, I’ll likely go through those with some sketching in pencil. The second page was a backtrack to Saint Patrick’s day, and turned out fairly cuter than the rabbit, and a touch motivational as well.

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Over the remainder of the year I’ll be filling this up, and backtracking a bit. Although, to be honest, my memory for holidays and dates of observance tend to not be the best, so there may be some obscure holidays, interesting observations, seasonal related thoughts, etc. The work wont be quite as personal as my sketchbook tends to become, but there will be a lot of interesting and close to the heart art. Be sure to check back often and see what else comes about over the year.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.