Saturday, July 28, 2007

The End of the Beginning..

After 456 posts, this blog is closin' its doors and entering retirement.. Well, sort of.. I'm actually just combining my blog and website into one package and giving it a new home. :)

So head on over to grantgould.com/grantgould.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Severus Snape

Monday, July 23, 2007

Horcrux Fever

3 Quick Things:

1) I am NOT going to be at Comic-Con this week, and as much as my nerd heart cries over having to miss it, I'm honestly kind of relieved I'm not going... I've got so much freakin' stuff to do this week.. I don't know how I'd be able to pull it off... @.@ So.. those of you that are going, please know that I will be stuck in my basement, hard at work, crying tears of jealousy while you're in San Diego having the time of your life.. *sigh*

2) Wizard World Chicago is almost upon us! August 9-12.. From what I'm told, my table (which I'm sharing with rockstar-supreme Katie Cook) will be #3804. You can check out a huge PDF of the floorplan by clicking the image below, so that you can run STRAIGHT to our table and grab all sorts of goodies before they're sold out. :)



3) I feel the need to apologize to those of you still waiting on art from me.. I was naughty and took a 2 day break from work so that I could read the new Harry Potter (and DUUUUUDE, it was so worth it - it was the best book of the series) and I have no excuse. It's all J.K. Rowling's fault, she had to go and write an awesome five-billion-page novel... :(

Which reminds me.. don't post spoilers here in the blog comments... I'll have to delete 'em. I don't want my art blog to ruin the book for people.
GAAAHH!! It's such a good book...

Okay, that's it for this update. Starting tomorrow morning - back to workaholic mode for me.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

AR: Zyzeji

A commission for Checkmark featuring a character of his own creation. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Maul vs. Asajj

I just finished this commission.. Mike B., thanks again for being patient! I'm glad ya like it :)

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The final pic is huge (a whoppin' 18"x24"), so I'll post some close-up shots of the faces below. Art was drawn with brush pen, assembled and colored in Photoshop. Definitely one of my favorite commissions I've ever done. If only I could do this sorta thing every day. :)





So who do you think would win: Maul or Asajj? .. Pretty close call if ya ask me..

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Harry Potter REVISED

This is just somethin' I did quickly between jobs... That one Harry Potter picture I did was annoying me.. Thought I'd change a few things. I dunno.. I'm still not super happy with it, but I like it better than before, so.. whatevah.



For those that don't know, I'm finally catching up on the books. I've actually been listening to the audiobooks (which I highly recommend) while I work, so that's worked out pretty well. I'm about a third through "Half Blood Prince" right now. And, yes, I saw Order of the Phoenix -- AWESOME movie! I'm seeing it again this weekend. :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Update & Maihack's Blog

Busy busy busy busy busy @.@

I tell ya, sometimes I look at my "to do" list and mah brain starts to explode. I have around 30 separate projects (that includes sketch card sets, commissions, and design jobs) on my plate right now, some big, some not so big... some HUGE.. and about two-thirds of them have to be done by the end of the month, which stresses me out just thinkin' about it.

So yeah.. If you see a few new gray hairs on my head at the next convention, that's why. ;P
AND I wanna try to squeeze in a couple "me" things before WWChicago, but I guess we'll see..

I wanted to post a link to Mike Maihack's blog before I go. I like his stuff a lot, and he posted a cool step-by-step showing how he created this Phoenix pic. So go check that out. Never hurts to pimp out a fellow artist :)

HERE'S THE LINK

Monday, July 09, 2007

WWC Clone Wars Print

Here's your FIRST LOOK at the print my fellow Star Wars artist Katie Cook and I created for this year's Wizard World Chicago:



Since we're sharing a table in Artists Alley, we thought it'd be fun to combine our cartoony powers and create a piece that showcases our artwork together. The scene was inspired by an episode of the "Clone Wars" where Padme and Yoda arrive on the ice planet Ilum to rescue some Jedi and kick droid butt. Katie took on Padme and I took on Yoda, and the result is the first-ever Cook-Gould-combo! :)

We'll have 50 copies, each one numbered and signed by both of us. It'll be first come, first served. Size will be 11"x17". We're not taking a reserve list, so if you want one, I'd suggest swinging by our table ASAP. We'll likely be limiting them to 1 or 2 copies per person.

Right now we have NO plans to make these available online, unless we end up having a few leftover copies -- If that happens, we'll post info in our blogs (here's a link to Katie's blog) after the show.


Wizard World Chicago is Aug. 9-12, 2007
Click here for show info!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Whooo America!

Monday, July 02, 2007

'Hero High' Peekage

Here are two of the characters I drew for Green Ronin's upcoming Mutants & Masterminds RPG sourcebook "Hero High."

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The book is printing now, I believe, so it should be in stores soon. This will be the second time I've done work for the Mutants & Masterminds series -- I drew five or six interior pieces for the 'Ultimate Power' sourcebook too. If you're a tabletop RPG fan, check 'em out! :)

Cap Sketch Cover

A collector commissioned me to draw on one of his blank variant covers for Marvel's "Fallen Son" comic. You can see his full Cap cover gallery right over here.



They put some kind of glossy coating over the blank drawing area (I'm guessing to try and keep it from bleeding through to the interior pages?), so my Prismacolors weren't working very well.. Usually I do a lot of blending and layering with the markers, but I couldn't really do any of that in this case.. Dang glossy finishes! :P But still, a very fun, unique commission.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Solo animated style



I based this on the likeness of Gentle Giant's Han Solo animated-style maquette. Drawn with brush pen, colored in Photoshop.

Work Update:
This coming week I'll be focusing on commissions, trying my best to get the last of the "April Rules" ones out the door, as well as hopefully making a lot of progress on a design job I've been chipping away at for a couple months.. Then I'll be heading up north for a couple days of much-needed reeeeelaxation. :)

Wizard World Chicago is creeping up quickly. I have much to do before then.. I'll have a few kewwl announcements before then... Oh, and I've had a few people asking me about Comic-Con, so I'll say again: I will NOT be making it to Comic-Con this year.. Sucks, but whaddaya gonna do..

Random update over. Have a great 4th of July week, everyone! Don't be a boring workaholic like me -- Go out and have fun!