Monday, January 30, 2012

eBay Art Auctions for the week of 1/29

This week I've got tons of artwork to sell because I need to earn some cash for personal reasons, and also get my studio off the ground. I hope these auctions appeal to different fans out there, because a few of these I have never drawn before to the best of my knowledge.
Big Barda from DC Comics, one of Darkseid's former furies, She-Hulk, Black Widow (who is ALWAYS fun to draw), Psylocke, Black Canary (had the auction up before and sold for $60, but the buyer didn't pay.), and Selene the Deathdealer from the Underworld movie series.

I also raised some prices of my artwork as I found that I was losing money, due to shipping costs. I have been mailing EVERYTHING Priority Mail, and have been dropping $5 a pop US, and $16 a pop international, just on shipping alone. That means with my old pricing, I was only making $5 a drawing for US and $0 for international. NO BUENO!!! So I have raised the prices, to a flat starting bid of $25 w/ FREE SHIPPING, and unfortunately for those outside the US, they pay shipping of $10. Again, this will be priority shipping w/ a tracking number which will be emailed when shipped.

View all of the auctions here on my eBay page! Good luck and Happy Bidding!
eBay Auctions for week of 1/29

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Seven going on hiatus!

Unfortunately, at the moment, the project that I have labored and put so much time into right now has to be put on the back burner right now. The graphic novel project I have talked so much about called The Seven is unfortunately going on a hiatus. A bit of creative differences as well as conflicting schedules and family have put this project on the halt for a while. I'm not about to call out anyone or point fingers as to who to blame, but I will say that I am a bit disappointed. 

I'm going to be taking a lot of the things that have been working on and shelving the project for a while until I can create a great team that has a cohesive drive and commitment to the projects that we are putting out. For right now, this was not the time, and honestly, if it's not going to be done right, then I am glad that we came to the crossroads right now, and stopped where it is now before going too far and having a bad time later. 

I want to take the time to apologize to all the folks waiting so long for this project, and the supporters through means of the comments and those faving the artwork. I really appreciate it, and know that when it is time to take on this project again, that you will be back on this bandwagon supporting the Seven once again.

If you have read my journal this far, I thank you, and know that I appreciate you. A few weeks back, someone here on DA left a message on my page saying that the name of my studio, Obsidian Studios brought chills. And because of that, he knew that we were serious and that we are going places. I'm here to tell you from experience, that a name means absolutely NOTHING is there is no action behind it, and nothing to give people to look forward to. I'm going to put my focus and time and energy into this project and give you all a reason to be fans of Obsidian Studios. I'm hoping that the full completion of the Black Dame will inspire people to continue to work with me and be committed to a serious endeavor and help me do everything to tell more of my stories. Because honestly, that's all I want to do. I just want to tell and share my stories.

Thank you all for your continued support and I will speak with you all again VERY SOON!

Ian Walker

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New DC Comics Logo

So DC unveiled it's new logo for their entire entertainment division today. I'm not gonna lie, when I first saw the logo, I was like most of us out there who generally just look at something, and then make a snap decision that I either like it or love it without really finding out why something was done in the way it was.

Being an old school DC fan boy, and being generally pleased with the recent changes made to the comic characters and such, this almost came from out of nowhere. I get on the internet and BAM! DC has a new logo. I thought, 'Wait... Didn't they JUST revamp the logo a couple years ago? But I realized that it's almost been ten years since that revamp; so I guess it was about time.

I'm not gonna tell you everything in the article as to why they changed it, but I thought there were some solid reasons and the marketing reasons behind it made a lot of sense. Now as to if it will be something that new fans will easily recognize??? I think that will take some time, as the logo still takes some getting used to. But going with the secret identity angle that DC is so well known for is a pretty neat concept. Things like this show that people see and recognize 2012 as a new year of change and new possibilities.

So to us, the independent creators out there, lets be sure to follow suit and keep up with the times and get ourselves out there! Let me know what you think of this article, and go check out the article!

DC Reveals it's New Identity!

Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

eBay Auctions for the week of 1/16

So this week I got 3 auctions up right now on eBay for sale. We've got a burlesque pinup, Black Canary, and old school Firestar. All of these pieces are original art pieces done by myself on 8.5 x 11 high end cardstock paper. The starting bids for each auction are really low. All the pencil, ink and greytone auctions this year are going to have starting bids of $.99, and the full color auctions are always going to be $5. I want to make my artwork affordable for those that can't just drop $100-300 on my bigger pieces. All the money made off this artwork will be going toward the production of The Seven comic and Obsidian Studios. So if you can, please go and bid and support my cause! You can follow this link here ------> eBay Auctions for 1/16/12 or you can go to the eBay link at the top of the page here!

Thanks folks, I'll talk to you later!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Power Girl Colors

I have been on a mission this year to up my digital coloring game. I think i have been doing alright thus far. I did a piece just last week 100% digitally, and now I decided to do some colors over some work of one of my favorite comic artists, Marcio Takara. He did the lines on this Power Girl, and I just had to do it. I tried some new tricks, and attempted to figure out a new and quick way to color my digital images. I am getting the hang of it, but I know that it will take some time. Anyway, let me know what you guys think.

Also in the next month or so, I will be doing commissions, and having special prices for this year, as well as doing digital commissions. This is something I have never done before. So keep on the lookout! Enjoy guys!

Talk to you later..

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012... The Year of Change

No, I'm not talking about nickels and dimes change, I'm talking about change ranging from physically, mentally, monetarily, and artistically. There are many things I'm going to be doing different. Yeas past I would do things for a while, and not complete them. If I didn't do them, I always came up with an excuse, either as to why not to do something, or why it was too hard. NO MORE. I also used to pile on more than I could chew. Take on things when I couldn't do them all even though I thought I could. Back in 2010, I focused solely on White Ninja Guy, and I ended up going to my first comic con the following year because of it. 

So this year those of you that follow me faithfully will see this new change. Here are a few of those,

1. Gonna lose weight (if you guys met me you will know why)
2. Better husband and father (continuous thing right there)
3. Focus on one comic project and put my all into it (The Seven)
4. Build and rebuild friendships
5. Create and build connections and resources with my community and fans.
6. Get a lockdown on my spirituality. (Personal thing, dont' worry I wont bible thump u guys to death)
7. Earn cash to get Obsidian Studios off the ground (Commissions, eBay, and Art Site)

The biggest thing I want to do artistically from this list is communicate and build my fanbase more. I know that I have disconnected a bit. I need to know what that means to you guys though. I'm gonna put up a poll where instead of picking an answer, I really want you guys to communicate to me how you want your favorite artists to communicate with you. That is either me, or your other favorite artist. I just want to know and hear it so that I can apply that and be there even more for you guys as an artist. 

Daily sketch a day...

On my blog, I'm going to be putting up daily sketches. At the end of the year, I will be compiling these sketches together to create a new artbook with a few extra goodies! Check out my daily sketches at my artblog.

The Seven Indie Go-Go

There is currently a crowdfunding campaign I am running to try and get The Seven up off the ground. The full campaign will be done on kickstarter at the end of the month. I am going to be offering some amazing rewards, with reasonable donation ranges. Right now, I'm trying to get my hands on as much cash as I possibly can, so if you can donate, I would really appreciate it.

The Seven Indie Go-Go Campaign ---------------> 

I have more to talk about, but I will go about it later guys. In the meantime, please follow me here on Blogger, DA, and also on Twitter as @iandwalker81
I will talk with you guys soon, and much success to all of you, Fans and Creators alike!