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401Re: [pittscomicon] Re: Artist Sketching.....What Is The Best Way To Obtain One?

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  • James Rowe
    Apr 19, 2006
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      Last year Mark texeria did a sketch for me on a comic
      board. I took and put in a sketch book using phot
      holders.

      --- R Howard <thezeppo1138@...> wrote:

      > I wouldn't count on too many artists wanting the
      > responsibility of keeping your sketchbook after you
      > leave and sending it to you later. Too much risk of
      > it getting lost that way. I've commissioned artists
      > to do sketches on a loose sheet of paper for me
      > after the con, but if that gets lost or damaged,
      > it's only one sketch, and they can replace it.
      >
      > As Matt said, many artists will do a quick sketch
      > for you at the table, or hold onto your book for a
      > few hours or even overnight to do a more elaborate
      > sketch, if they know you're going to be back for it
      > later or the next day.
      >
      > A couple of points of sketch ettiquette:
      >
      > 1) Don't get angry if an artist declines to do a
      > sketch. These guys draw for a living and sometimes
      > they either just don't feel like sketching, or they
      > are too busy to sketch. Also, believe it or not
      > soem artists don't like to do sketches because they
      > are perfectionists and don't feel they are good at
      > quick sketches.
      >
      > 2) Don't hold up the line. If there are a ton of
      > people behind you, either leave your book with the
      > artist or wait until his/her line is shorter. You
      > may want to consider getting two books for this very
      > reason. There is a Borders right near the
      > convention center and they usually have sketchbooks
      > on clearance for like $5.00-$7.00. At least mine
      > always does.
      >
      > 3) Find out what, if anything, the artist charges
      > ahead of time. Some artists will do a quick little
      > head sketch for free, but if you want a full figure,
      > they'll want to be paid. Drawing is after all how
      > they make their living. Some artists will have
      > sketch prices on their tables, but if they don't,
      > just ask if A) they are doing sketches and B) how
      > much they are charging. If you just want a simple
      > little sketch for free, ask. All they can do is say
      > no. If they say yes though, be happy with what you
      > got, no matter how simple it is.
      >
      > 4) Not really etiquitte, but a good tip - hit the
      > hot artists first. Don't wait until the end of the
      > day Saturday to ask Adam Hughes for a full sketch of
      > Wonder Woman; in all likelihood his sketch list will
      > be filled up by midway through Friday.
      >
      > 5) Another tip - get a sketch from Gene Gonzales,
      > and don't be afraid to pay for one. Gene is one of
      > the best underpublished artists at the con.
      >
      > Matt Plantilla <shady64@...> wrote:
      > 11" X 14" is a good size for a sketchbook. Easy
      > to carry around in a bag. I suggest wirebound,
      > especially if you're leaving the book with artists
      > as it's easier to manage for them. You don't
      > necessarily have to leave your book with them;
      > they'll often crank it out for you while you watch
      > and talk. If you're going for something more
      > elaborate, then you could either leave the book or
      > just tear out a page. Most artists will be able to
      > finish the sketch before you leave, especially if
      > you have to leave by a certain time or day. If they
      > can't, then you can arrange with the particular
      > artist to have it sent once it's done.
      >
      > - matt
      >
      >
      > On 4/18/06, marveldc1 <marveldc1@...> wrote:
      > I am gearing up for this weekend's Pittsburgh
      > Comicon and I am going
      > to take the suggestion that was offered to me last
      > year, by picking
      > up a sketchbook.
      >
      > My follow-up question's would be, "What is the
      > perfect Sketch Book
      > size to buy? Are there certain sizes that artist's
      > don't like?
      > Obviously, you have to leave your sketch book with
      > the artist...How
      > do you reclaim it? That weekend? Send it to your
      > address via a Self-
      > Adressed Pre-paid envelope?
      >
      > Thanks for any help with these additional questions!
      >
      > -marveldc1
      >
      > --- In pittscomicon@yahoogroups.com , R Howard
      > <thezeppo1138@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > It totally depends on the artist and the
      > convention. As Chad
      > pointed out, your best bet is to get to a more
      > popular artist (like
      > Perez, Linsner, Adam Hughes, etc.) as early as
      > possible. You're
      > also more likely to get a sketch from these artists
      > if you're at the
      > con for more than one day as between signing books
      > and personal
      > time, they can probably only do a few sketches each
      > day. I know
      > George Perez does a lot of his at night.
      > >
      > > Fees also very depending on the popularity of the
      > artist and what
      > you want sketched. The more popular the artist, the
      > more you'll
      > probably pay and the more elaborate the sketch, the
      > more you'll
      > probably pay. I paid $100 for Adam Hughes to do a
      > full-figure
      > marker sketch at a convention a few years ago. Some
      > aspiring
      > artists will do a pencil sketch for you for as
      > little as $15 though.
      > >
      > > Your best bet to get inexpensive, and sometimes
      > even free,
      > sketches is to get yourself a sketch book. If
      > you're happy with a
      > small, simple sketch from an artist, they'll often
      > do one for free
      > in your sketch book because A) they assume you're
      > not going to rip
      > up your sketch book to sell a relatively simple
      > sketch and B) even
      > if you do, you're not going to make much. A couple
      > years ago at San
      > Diego Dave Stevens sketched a simple little
      > Rocketeer head in my
      > sketch book for free. I don't think he was doing
      > any eleborate
      > sketches though.
      > >
      > > Which brings me to my final point - it depends on
      > the convention.
      > At a convention where the artist expects to have
      > long lines, or
      > where they go to do business, they often won't do
      > sketches at all.
      > Pittsburgh is just the right size convention though
      > - they attract
      > some really good artists, but the crowds aren't so
      > huge that the
      > artists don't have time to sketch.
      > >
      > > I hope that helps.
      > >
      > > marveldc1 <marveldc1@...> wrote:
      > > Hello All!
      > >
      > > I am new to this whole convention thing, with
      > this past
      > > Pittsburgh convention being my first. As I
      > understand it, some
      > artists
      > > will do some sketching for a nominal fee. It is
      > understandable
      > that
      > > the more popular the artist, the higher the
      > demand, and therefore
      > the
      > > more difficult to obtain.
      > >
      > > For example, I would have liked to get a
      > sketch of either the
      > > Beast or Jericho as rendered by George Perez.
      > While I was standing
      > in
      > > line waiting to get his autograph, I overheard him
      > say to a fan
      > that
      > > he was all booked up (and this was around 12:00 PM
      > Saturday.) So
      > my
      > > question is what does one have to do to get a
      > sketch by their
      > favorite
      > > artist? How does one sign up? What is the fee?
      > Thanks in advance
      > for
      > > any and all advice!
      > >
      > > -marveldc1
      > >
      > >
      > >
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