Thursday, May 31, 2007

Good news this is..

I just sorted through my Celebration IV receipts and crunched the numbers and am HAPPY to report that Celebration IV was my most successful show to date! Whooo

These cons are always tricky, because you go into them trying to be realistic and not expect much, but somewhere in the back of your mind you hope you'll make tons of money, and it's hard not to feel disappointed if/when that doesn't happen.. In any case, while I didn't make tons of money, I did turn a profit, which is great considering how much I spent on going to the show... Hotel, flight, printing, table cost, etc etc.. So I'm happy. And like I said, looking at the numbers, CIV was by far my most successful show. I feel loved.

HUGE thanks to each and every person who bought prints and original art from me -- Seriously, you're the best, and you helped make CIV an awesome experience for me. :)

I'll leave you here with two Yoda sketches I did at the show for people -- One OT era and one Prequel era:





I'll be back with more art and updates soon.. I'm still trying to recover from the show and get back into the swing of things..

Totally Rad

I'm home... I survived Los Angeles... Celebration IV was amazing. It was a week of nonstop drawing, socializing, and geeky goodness. The Star Wars soundtracks were played over and over on the loud speakers constantly thoughout the show, so now I can't stop humming Duel of the Fates, the Ewok March, etc... it won't stop.. o.O

I'm in sleepy catch-up mode right now.. definitely don't have the energy to post a convention report (you can go look at my photos).. But I did want to quickly mention this:

I got to meet the guys from THE TOTALLY RAD SHOW, which is one of my favorite video podcasts! Very cool guys. Anyway, they gave me a shout-out (about 20 minutes in) on their latest episode. Go check 'em out -- you can also download 'em on iTunes. TRS guys, you rock. :)



Mmmm.... must sleep again now... zzzz..

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Slave Leia

Here's another pre-ordered CIV commission... This is the last post of the night (morning?) for sure.. I gotta sleep now.. My eyelids are closing.. @.@ CIV .... almost.. here....

Clone Armor Obi-Wan

Another CIV pre-order. I thought it'd be fun to show the stages - pencil, ink & markers.


Two more..

Scanned in a couple more of the "super-cartoony" pre-order cards.

Monday, May 21, 2007

CIV Photos

I'm guessing my freetime at Celebration IV will be pretty limited, but I'm gonna do my best to snap some cool photos while I'm there and upload 'em to my Flickr site throughout the week and weekend.. Here's the link: flickr.com/photos/gould/sets

CIV Card Pre-Orders

I had a bunch of requests for my "super-cartoony" style with the CIV pre-orders, which was awesome. :) Here are a few I did tonight.. Got a few more pre-orders to do tomorrow.. The clock is a-tickin'!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

A Borg.. And Jack...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Aallmmosst ttherre........

Rancor art magnet:



I meant to post some more commission scans in the ol' blog here this week, but I've been so mondo busy trying to get ready for Celebration IV... This weekend I'll be busy drawing pre-order stuff, and I've got a wedding to go to, and I have to run errands and get some things printed at Kinko's, and do laundry, and and and and....

Man, I can't believe next week is CIV already. In approximately 4 days I will be in Los Angeles, ready to get my Force on.

As for commissions.. My goal was to get ALL of them done before CIV.. Well, I almost made it.. I got most of 'em done and mailed off. But there are still a couple left, and I will be working on those after I get back from CIV. I hate to leave people hangin', but at this point I'm outta time - I just have to ask folks to continue being awesomely patient. And, seriously, feel free to email me anytime and ask for the status on your commission... Except those of you waiting on "April Rules" stuff -- I'll be tackling those all in a group, probably around mid-June. After that, feel free to bug me about it. heh :)

Oh, one other thing before I get back to the grind:
I'm planning on posting photo galleries from the Celebration IV convention.. Right now the idea is to upload a new gallery each day of the show... but who knows, it'll all depend on how much time I get to wander around and snap photos, how often I'm near a computer, etc.. But here's the link to keep bookmarked -- right now I only have a CIV art gallery up, but there will be more comin' thoughout the show:
www.flickr.com/photos/gould/sets/

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Force-Cast Interview

I was part of a group interviewed by the Force-Cast -- which is basically the unofficial official Star Wars podcast, in case you're not already a listener. :) Anyway, we talk about Celebration IV and a little bit about ourselves. You can find it here or type "forcecast" in iTunes and download the newest episode. My portion begins right after the 43 minute mark. And, yes, I'm aware of the fact that I sound like an idiot.



The other artists interviewed are:
Cat Staggs
Allison Sohn
Dave Dorman
Thomas Hodges
Adam Hughes
Russell Walks
William O'Neil
Joe Corroney
Mark Brooks

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Harry Potter

On my To-Do List: Read the Harry Potter books.

Click the pic to check out a larger version --


I've seen all the movies.. That counts for something, right? :)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Boxing Kara

Starbuck from one of my all-time favorite BSG episodes, "Unfinished Business" --



Personal sketch card, colored with Prismacolor markers.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

NSU Winners

The Non-Sport Update Card Forums had a sketch card contest a few months back, and I volunteered to draw some of the prize cards for one of the particular entry groups. First place got a color card (he asked for any LOST character, so I chose Locke), and the second places got b&w cards (they asked for the Batman villain Scarecrow and General Grievous). I hope they like 'em. :)

Vader the Hater

Here's a recent "Revenge of the Sith" aftermarket card I spiffed up for someone.. Anakin's all the rage.. haha.. get it? (This is why I shouldn't update my blog at three in the morning...)



I'll have more art stuff soon. I've been on a commission-catch-up rampage, so I'll do some scanning tomorrow before I mail 'em off... yup..

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Cartoony Heroes Cards :)

For sale, if anyone's interested.

Artcast - Claire Coloring



My pal Anton Peck has a great video podcast called the Artcast -- It's usually about twenty or thirty minutes per episode, and he focuses on showing techniques for creating and coloring artwork in Photoshop. Whether you're just starting out with digital artwork, or a pro looking to pick up some new tricks, I highly recommend checking it out.

In his latest episode, Anton uses my Claire drawing to show some ideas for creating skin tones, flesh highlights, etc. He and I have very different ways of coloring in Photoshop (I would say my style is much more 2D looking, whereas his is more 3D, if that makes sense), so I find it incredibly interesting to watch his process. He's a master, I tell ya! :)

Here's a link to the video: antonpeck.com/artcast/008_coloring_skintones
Or you can grab it on iTunes -- do a search for "artcast" and it should pop up.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Harrison shows some SW love

Some exciting breaking news for those of you that collect the card sets --

Harrison Ford will be signing randomly inserted autograph cards for the Topps Star Wars 30th Anniversary Set!!



Keep an eye on the Topps Star Wars blog for more updates and info as it rolls in.

I gotta say, this is really shaping up to be the must-have Topps set.. I can only imagine what people are gonna be forkin' out for those autographs on eBay after the set's out..

Anyway, that's pretty cool news. It adds that something extra to the 30th anniversary. :) And just think.. it's possible you could buy a pack and pull an authentic Harrison Ford autograph and an original sketch card by Grant Gould.. O.O heh

SW 30th Sneak Peek III

Here's a look at a few more of my sketch cards for the upcoming Star Wars 30th Anniversary set:



I did 500 total. The set should be coming out sometime in June or July.. I'll announce when they're out. :)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

CIV Reservations/Pre-Orders

I'm now taking reservations for CIV prints!! As well as pre-orders for sketches and personal sketch cards. (This offer ONLY applies to those who will be attending Star Wars Celebration IV.) Head to GrantGould.com/celebration for all the info :)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Added to my eBay store:

MARVEL Dr. Strange
MARVEL Iron Fist
TMNT Rafael
TMNT Beastie Critter
Harry Potter
Hermione, Snape & Voldemort
HEROES Future Peter
HEROES Future Hiro
Grindhouse - Pack o' Terror!!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Future Heroes

For sanity's sake, I had to take a short break from my work pile... I was inspired by this week's episode of "Heroes" (plus people keep askin' me when I'm gonna draw Hiro), so here ya go -- The future badass versions of Hiro and Peter:



If you want a nice glossy print of this so you can show all your friends what a sweeeeeet Heroes fan you are, head over to GrantGould.com/prints.html :)