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.


  1. I'm reading. Keep drawing. ALWAYS. So speaketh Galactus. Also, great design work recently!

  2. Thanks Devin! I appreciate that man!!! I can't wait to see more of Dragonslayer - what I've seen so far... WOW!!!

  3. Well, I don't know if you know this, but I also read your site! I don't need any freebies to tempt me though, but I really, REALLY, should be better about commenting. (I'm sort of a natural lurker.)

  4. Thank you Jenn! I'm glad to hear that! I've heard this called a 'de-lurking' post... rattling the cage to see who's actually paying attention to yer' stuff. Figured I'd give it a try! Thanks again for 'piping up'!!!

  5. Commence (temporary) de-lurking.

  6. De-lurking achieved! Thank you! As you were...

  7. Later decided I should've suggested "crazy is relative."

  8. Ha!! Yup... that would have been good too. Thanks Bram!

  9. Hey Neb,

    I sent Wendy a couple of shots of me wearing your ...Seriously? shirt. I texted her to see if she got them. So far no response. Let me know if I need to send them via another source.


  10. Hey DJ! Yes, Wendi showed me the picture this weekend! I got it, and I will be making a post shortly with that image!! Thanks again for sending that, and for buying a shirt! I'm glad that you dug it! :)


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