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Hamilton Comic Con 2015

I’ll be at Hamilton Comic Con this weekend (Oct2-3) You can find me at table A7 on the third floor in Artist’s Alley. I’ll be selling my children’s book series Up-In-The-Sky, my comic book series Concrete Martians as well as monster prints (just in time for Halloween). And of course I’ll be doing commissions! Come by and say hi if you plan on going!

 

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Holiday Commissions 2015

It’s that time of year again. I’m taking on a few holiday commissions for you and your family. If you’re looking for a gift for the holidays or someone’s birthday, anniversary or a wedding present, then get them a personalized illustration of your loved ones as their favorite tv show, movie or animated character, or even something completely original.  I’ve got a couple of slots available but book soon as spots are filling up fast.

It’s a very easy process, as you just let me know what idea you have and I come up with a composition from there. From there you can send me some images of your loved ones or let me know where to find them on Facebook. I do all different sizes so that it will fit on their wall as well as work with your budget. If you want to work out a payment plan, I’m game with that too, as long as you put down a small deposit so that I can slot you in to my schedule.

If you would like to find out  more feel free and email me at kgrachow@jnkimagery.com. You can go and check out more commissions here.

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The Business of Being an Artist – The Waiting Game

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

Fan Expo 2015 has come and gone. It’s a roller coaster of a show, with lots of people roaming the Artist Alley, many looking and buying and many just merely window shopping. It’s also the place where I’ve made a lot of friends, as well as made some professional connections. It’s been a testing ground for my new artistic products, and new set up, which then inform me what I should work on for the coming year and what I should maybe put on the back burner or try in a different way. It’s the show that makes me feel like I’ve gone into the gladiator pit, fought the lions and come out scathed but alive. And this year was no different.

This was the sixth year in a row that I’ve done this show. And as cliche as it is, time does fly. The days flew by and the show was over before I knew it. I feel like I’ve got a good sense of the show by now, knowing how much I’ll make as well as what will most likely sell. That being said, this year through me for a bit of a loop, in that the first two days of the show were what I expected but Saturday was way off in numbers, so because of that I had to reassess my figure for Sunday. It was a bit soul crushing because it meant that the show was going to barely break even for me. But then Sunday blew my expectations and made up for Saturdays loss. Did I mention it’s a roller coaster?

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One Door Closes…Another Opens

When one door closes another opens. So it looks like we are going to be doing Wizard World Portland 2016 in lieu of Emerald City Comic Con next year. For all of our fans in Seattle we feel we owe you an explanation as to why we will no longer be going to that show. Emerald City, under new management, has decided to create a lottery system for which they decide whom gets an artist’s table at the con every year. This is what they do with their New York Comic Con show. While we understand they are doing this because they have grown to the point where they can’t let every applicant into the show and have to give others a fair shot, it also means there are casualties to this method. Meaning many artists who have established themselves at their show, invested money and time into building a fan base are now left in the lurch. Continue reading

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The Business of Being an Artist – Baba Yaga

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

I am finally finished with Series 5 Monster prints. Baba Yaga was the character I had the least knowledge of and is probably the less well known of the three. I had really no idea about her other than she was a witch of Eastern European decent. The only time I’d ever seen her was in a Mike Mignola Hellboy story. What I wanted to do was something different from the other two monster prints, story-wise. The Invisible Man as I interpreted him was driven mad by his formula of invisibility and as a result attacked the woman he loved. The Phantom is again a mad character, but this time driven to take the woman he desires by destroying the man that is in his way. With Baba Yaga, she is a character that straddles good and evil. Sometimes she guides those in the forest that are lost, and at other times guides them to their destruction. With this illustration I wanted to capture that feeling that Baba Yaga may or may not be your friend. Continue reading

Up-In-The-Sky Cut Outs

Today I officially start pages on my next children’s book Above a Planet Named Up-In-The-Sky. I can’t believe this is the third book in the series! Here’s a little art to whet your appetite. It comes from a cut out series of characters we plan on putting on our convention tables starting in October.  The cutouts will be about a foot by a foot and be present on tables where we are selling our book series Up-In-The-Sky. Here are the roughs to the cutouts.                                        character-cut-outs-roughs-web

Here is the finished piece.

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The Business of Being an Artist – The Phantom of the Opera

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

Whew! I finally finished The Phantom of the Opera. Compared to The Invisible Man, this illustration was more of a struggle. I did everything that I normally do in preparation for a print. I worked out the composition in regards to creating basic shapes and making sure it flowed well before I started into the finished piece. Colour was also something I had a very strong idea about going into this illustration. Each print I do for a new series has to work as strong as it can by itself but I also want it to have a similar feel to the other two prints. In choosing which monster to do I think about the colour scheme so that I’m not repeating too closely with each one. Therefore a lot of decisions are made before I even start drawing. Continue reading

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Monster Series 5- Phantom of the Opera- Roughs

Having a grand old time working on these prints. While I’m familiar with the Phantom from movies and Broadway, I wanted to do something with my own spin, so I  mashed up the Lon Chaney character with the Andrew Lloyd Webber version. Here are the roughs with full colour to follow soon.

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