Friday, February 15, 2013

New Swaggernauts, & Improvements

Hey everyone, it’s time for another week of artwork and of course, THE SWAGGERNAUTS! Be sure to go over and check out the new page that is up right now! Click the link below to check it out. You will also see a nice homage to something really cool this week as well. Hope you movie buffs pick up on it. 

Page 3 teaser of The Swaggernauts by Ian D.Walker
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I have been pretty inspired as of late to get my art going as well. Making money is really essential right now, and so the best way to do that is to show off more of my artwork, and do pics and get them sold.

I talked with a friend who saw my art sales site, and gave me some advice that I think I’m going to start following. Initially the work I had up there is for the collectors, and the ones able to shell out the cash to collect the artwork I draw. But I am finding that I do need to realize where we are in the economy and that original fan art is a luxury and not a necessity. But if I make it affordable, I will not have to feel like I’m making someone choose between feeding their kids or picking up my awesome Teen Titans Robin piece. So over the next few days, if you go to my site, you will notice subtle changes. I will be integrating the Facebook page with my blog site, making it easy to view my art work and easier to purchase it as well. Commission products will be available as well. So look for that really soon as well.

One thing I’m going to be making sure I do, is put up more of my sketches and artwork on a regular basis. I need to make sure I stay in you guys faces, and build up a presence! My first con will be in July, over in San Jose, and that gives me plenty of time to make sort of a name for myself, and become that professional that I know that I can become. You’re not going to see me take on lists of commissions on DA sites or any other site like that. I will just do everything through my blog here, the art store blog, or the Facebook page. I’m talkin streamlining it up!

Well with that said, I’m going to take off for now. I’m sure you guys all see my Instagram feed, so be sure to take the time to check out my pics, and follow my Instagram account. Make sure you follow @theswaggernauts as well. They need some love. They are on a strange planet after all. See you guys later!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gettin mah DRAW on!!! Render Sketchbook Review

Here are a few sketches that I did last night in my new Render Marker Sketch book. This thing is amazing. It's the first ever sketchbook made specifically for marker work. This thing does NOT bleed through the paper and is incredible! I think that even with really heavy alcoholic base markers like Prismacolor, or Copic, you will do very well. I'm an avid Copic user and they held up pretty well. I did a few sketches in it so far and they are pretty cool.

 Wonder Woman

 The Black Dame


 Zion - T / K-Pop Artist

Leonard & Sheldon

What I like about the book too, is that the colors displayed when u draw are still really vibrant and nice looking. They don't blend into the page or dull at all. The book was only about $30 at my local art supply store, and I think it was well worth it. Any marker artists out there that do comics, grafitti artwork, or tattoo art, this is a sketchbook for you! Never have to worry about losing valuable sketching space in your books due to marker bleed! Out of 5, I give the Render Sketchbook a 5+! 

Hope you guys found this useful! Leave comments or questions below, and be sure to share this with friends and fellow artists! Talk to you later!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl... The Day After.

So I'm gonna start off by saying first that I am NOT a Niners fan. I am a Dallas Cowboys fan. And with SuperBowl being a disappointment yesterday, I know that my life is in danger, and I must tread lightly at work today. I'm gonna man up though and face the fire and take it for the next 24 hours though. I'm surrounded by Niner fans at work, and I deal with customers who are also die hard fans. So I think it's gonna be a bit rough. We shall see. My real question though, is how many were on the bandwagon? I have always loved it when there are folks who rep one team, but when someone else is winning, they switch wagons and suddenly are die hard fans. But when they leave, they are nowhere to be found.

Though I know at work, there are folks that are die hard fans. No fakers there. It's going to be interesting to see how things will turn out regarding the fan base of the 49ers over the next year or so. I am curious to see how the bandwagon looks over time too. I'm thinking it will look like what is pictured below... Haha! Too soon?

Anyway, as you can tell this is not another commentary blog about the game and all of that. That stuff is all over the interwebs already and you are NOT gonna get another one of those here. Instead, just let me know what you are thinking right now if your heart moves you. Vent, take out frustration, whatever, u can do it here. I would love to hear your thought about last night, the halftime show, commercials, whatever! Love to know what you guys think! Talk to you later!

Ian Walker