Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I. Poop. Art!

Hey ARTfans!

Time has kinda gotten away from me. This busy bee has been buzzing at the art table, and I apologize, for not getting a post together to show what I've been working on before today.

First up... old business:

Congrats to Jenn who won the random drawing for a FREE signed 11x17" Print! Thank to all of you who read and commented on my last post... and even those of you that just read it... and didn't comment. You know who you are.

And now on to new business. I finished the design for the Falcon / Serenity - Yin Yang and submitted it to TeeFury... but it's been a couple of weeks now, so my guess is they passed on it. Here's the finished design that I submitted.
I did come up with an alternate version of it... that I might try to resubmit.

[caption id="attachment_294" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] This time... on a cream colored shirt.[/caption]

Also, if anyone is interested in picking up this shirt... I did put it up on Redbubble.com (Click the picture below to go directly to the shop)
 Let's see. After working on that... I got kind of a wild hair and did a couple of sketches of Red Sonja. Here's the pencils for the first sketch...

And the finished inks...

And I did this one too... which I haven't had a chance to ink yet.

Let's see... And then... I did this. (Still need to finish the shading on this one). This one is a little funny... I did this quick sketch of (what I thought was) one of the funnier little jokes from the Avengers. Just a real quick, sketch, ink, & color... When I first posted it on my Facebook wall, and got NO feedback at all. I was curious if no one got the 'joke'... since it was a 'little' obscure, and might have been missed by someone who watched it in the theatre, with the roar of the crowd and all. I think that was part of it, but when I posted the colored version, I actually asked for some feedback - to try and figure out if it was the art or if the 'reference' was just too obscure. I got some really good (positive) feedback, and a couple of people that shared it around on their blogs... I think that this one silly drawing may have been seen by more people than any other image I've ever done. Kinda funny, since I had pretty much just written it off.
 And I did this one for my buddy Lor. (I wasn't happy w/ how it turned out so I'm going to re-do it)
And finally... Last night I did this one for one of my wife's friends... Robyn.

Hey kids, it's Grand Moff Tarkin!
And.... scene.

Ok, that represents the majority of what I've been workin on over the last couple of weeks (since my last post). I've been having some fun just doing random images, and trying some different things. I still have a couple of t-shirt ideas that I need to work on and finish...  and submit... and then it's back to the pages.

And one last note... I need to take a long look at how I'm using Facebook (and now Instagram) and the like, to find the best way to 'share' these images and try to get the most exposure for my draw'rings. I need to build a 'following', so that when we get around to publishing Stomping Ground... there are some people around that already like what I'm doing, and can help to spread the word.

That's all for this time... check back soon.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Temporary Change In Direction

Hey ARTfans!

How you all doing? I have a special favor to ask! Yes, I'm talking to you. No, not that guy, You! Yeah!!!

Here we are... me writing these words, and you reading them? If indeed you are reading this... I need your help. I need you to comment on this post. It doesn't have to be anything epic... just a "Hey, I'm here" kinda thing. I need to know who's out there. It's getting kinda lonely in here. Me, shouting into the aether, into the vacuum of the internets... I don't even hear my own echo anymore.

***And if that plea for comments doesn't do the trick, how about to help 'entice' you to speak up, I will give away a free 11x17" signed print to a RANDOMLY selected commenter. So, hurry up, don't wait, do it NOW!!!***

Now... Let's talk about, Shirts. 

So, after Bubonicon (see last post), I got a seed planted in my noggin' about shirts. Namely, doing the ART for a few 'pop culture' designs and submitting them to a few different 24 hour T-Shirt sites. Doing t-shirts is by no means a 'new' idea... We've been dabbling with the idea of making money off of shirts for a long time now. We've just never had ANY success, at all, with doing so. Over the years, I've actually had about dozen or so shirts that have had my ART on them. The majority are probably designs that I did for the 501st (did I mention that I did the original design for the Dewback Ridge Garrison?) Most have been relatively short runs, and the only profit made from any one of these was  a free shirt or two. (Not a complaint at all, I've always been happy to help out my friends, and the 501st, and the free shirts have all been well worn, well loved, and always appreciated! Thanks Lor!) We (Ego) have even put shirts from our stuff up for sale on our cafepress shop, (and then) zazzle shops... but again, most of these were just for ourselves, there was never any real 'profit' gained from any of these ventures...

After talking to John Sumrow at Bubonicon... and being given the 'golden nugget of wisdom' as to where and what to do in order to get my ART onto shirts (and admittedly, being given a glimpse of the amount of spare 'scratch' that can be made in doing so). Work began in earnest.

The Idea Is The Hardest Part

Pop Culture. It's a pretty wide open landscape of things to try to 'poke a funny' at. I figured I'd stick to what I know... Star Wars / Firefly / Video Games / Sci-Fi / Comic Books / Etc.

So... after muddling around with a few concepts... none of which I thought 'worked', I had started looking around at pictures for a 'spark of inspiration'... I happened across a picture of my daughter, Leia, taken about a year or so ago (if not longer). Just a hilarious 'moment' captured for posterity.

[caption id="attachment_283" align="aligncenter" width="458"] I love this picture!!! Too funny![/caption]

Which got me thinking about this...

Which sparked the idea to do this...

[caption id="attachment_284" align="aligncenter" width="957"] Why so... Seriously??[/caption]

 So... there it is. My first design, submitted to my first t-shirt site... I'm waiting to see if they pick it up for a 24 hour t-shirt sale. In the meantime... I put it up for sale at RedBubble here.

***If you can't wait, and absolutely MUST HAVE your Joker/Einstein shirt right now... Click the image below...

As soon as I submitted that one, I started work on my next design. Which I've been working on steadily for about 3 or 4 days now. It's a Firefly/Star Wars - Yin Yang.

[caption id="attachment_285" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Balance... in all things.[/caption]

 I just finished inking this, and started coloring it last night... but here's a 'tease' of how it's coming along...

After thinking about it for a bit... there's a slight chance that I might simplify this design just a bit... but we'll see how it looks when it's finished. I'll keep you posted... and you can be sure, as soon as the designs are available, I will let you all know!!! If I get it finished up in time, we might even see about getting a few printed for the upcoming Browncoat Ball.

Well, anyway, that's it for this installment... tune in next time.

***And seriously... if you read all of this... PLEASE just post a quick comment to let me know that you're here. I'm trying to gauge how many people are looking at this site. And don't forget about the giveaway too!

As always, Thank you!!!


*All 'artwork' is © 2012 Ben Girven. "The Joker", "Firefly", "Star Wars", etc. are all © their respective copyright holders.

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