Friday, June 13, 2014

JUNE 2014 CONVENTIONS

howdy all! i'll be at the NYC special edition saturday 14- sunday 15, table d10!



and the next week i'll be in charlotte for heroes con, friday 20 - sunday 22, table 805!


i'll have the usual books, plus lots of original comics art and daily doodles! plus commissions!

cheers!
ben c

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SUMMER 2014 COMMISSION AND SKETCHBOOK INFO


SKETCHBOOKS

howdy all! it's that magical time of the year, when a young man's fancy turns to spring! or sketchbooks. let's just say sketchbooks. my two newest sketchbooks are the second and third installments of my daily doodles! each is 80pp b/w softcover. voila:


sb20 daily doodles, $15 + shipping



sb19 daily doodles, $15 + shipping





sb18 daily doodles, $15 + shipping

and of course, there are plenty of other books full of characters, vehicles, monsters, pretty much anything you can think of!


 sb16 misc design, $15 + shipping

 sb14/15 dare detectives/amazonia



 sb12superheroes/harry potter, $15 + shipping


 sb11 dare detectives, $15 + shipping

there is also my first full-color sketchbook, the dare detectives' "misfits' manual"! hardcover, with 60pp of full-color art and notes on the world's most defective detectives, and the people who try to kill them!


misfits' manual, $25 + shipping

and don't forget the uberfolio! this is a compendium of the first 4 dare sketchbooks (3, 5, 7, & 9) rescanned, resized and with bonus pages. 126pp b/w softcover. this book supplements a lot of the background and history in the misfits manual! i didn't print up a ton of these, so i don't know how long they'll last.



uberfolio, $25 +shipping


as always, email me ben@daredetectives.com to order any books, commissions, etc. i accept checks or paypal; checks are slower, paypal will include a small fee. 





COMMISSIONS

Commission rates: 

Pencils 8.5x11” — $80
Inks 8”x11” — $150

Super-Fancy Markers and Inks 9x12" — $200

Pencils 11”x17” — $150

Inks 14x17” — $250


Super-Fancy Markers and Inks 14x17" — $300

TO ORDER


All domestic (US) orders: include $2 shipping,
plus $.75 per item for paypal purchases.
International orders: write me for shipping etc charges.
ben(at)daredetectives(dot)com
I accept check or Paypal

Pencils 8.5x11” — $80

Inks 8”x11” — $150



Super-Fancy Markers and Inks 9x12" — $200


Pencils 11”x17” — $150




Inks 14x17” — $250


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

daily doodle catch up

hi all! been busy lately, started a few talky posts, but don't know when i'll finish them. in the meantime, some recent daily doodles! $40 each, if you want any.

$40 if you want it.




SOLD.



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

day?? red skull


numbering is getting a bit confusing, but here's a red skull. based on a cartoony design i did for him when i was at toybiz, got bored, and redesigned the whole marvel universe. oh, memories!

gonna ink this bad boy some day, i think.

8x11", penicil. SOLD.




here's the inked version!


8x11", ink. SOLD.

ME RANT

hi all! quick rant:

you've all heard that the best way to get good at something is to do it. and do it again. but it's not simply a question of hours and labor. if you want to draw comics, then don't draw spider-man headshots over and over. 

draw ACTUAL COMIC PAGES: don't just draw a glory shot of wolverine punching aquaman (you know you were thinking it), because about 2% of comics pages involve stuff like that. pick up an existing comic script, or movie script or even a play/book and draw all the stupid stuff they have to draw: people shopping for groceries, a science lab, kids riding on a bus, kids riding on a bus that is smashed by a giant cyborg lizard (ok, sometimes you do get to draw the fun stuff, i mean it IS comics).

kissing: if you can draw 2 people kissing in your style, and make it both physically and emotionally believable, then congratulations! you are a goddam genius. everyone else, GET ON THAT.

different body types: sometimes women are young and hot and dress like ninja hookers. sometimes they look like actual women. it you can't manage to do both, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. if you draw a team of superheroes and their silhouettes are indistinguishable, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. (unless you're bruce timm. you can do whatever the hell you want, because bruce timm.)

cars and stuff: do you plan to draw every story in a cosmic void? are you independently wealthy? i hope so, because no one else is going to pay for that crap. figure out how to draw cars and trees and buildings. if you live in a desert where there are no cars or trees or buildings, look into something called the internet. if you can't get everything you need from real life or the internet, then you have bigger problems than drawing comics.

structure: did you draw a really cool shot of luke cage? can you do 20 more panels of luke from different angles? smiling? shouting? pooping? hey, i don't know, people always talk about "realism" and realistically, everyone poops. there's a book and everything. but i'll give you a pass on that one. all the non-pooping stuff? DRAW IT.

reference: pick up a goddam history book. yeah, you. you may or may not have to draw a samurai riding a sabre-tooth tiger's back one day. i mean seriously, isn't that EXACTLY why we all got into this? so why not be ready for it?

anyway, i'm too tired to go on, but that's enough to start with.nobody's perfect (except rodolphe guenoden), but if you're not working on these things, just stop drawing right now. because there are a lot of other people out there who are!



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

day 33 wolverine

in a pretty negative place lately (no, not reno) so i just did a little drawing purge. we'll see what comes next!

8x11, pencil. $40 if you want it...



the original pencil art



Friday, November 22, 2013

day 32 storm

trying a different ink/brush/pen this time. i chickened out and did the inks on a copy of the original pencils.



8x11", inks & pencils. SOLD.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

day 31 luke cage

trying out different inking tools and techniques...


8x11", inks. SOLD.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

day 30 - bilbo!

have to say, i enjoyed the hobbit much more than expected (i hated the LOTR films), and i'm cautiously optimistic about the next one! (i mean, jackson still has some serious problems with telling a decent story, but i enjoyed it in spite of the lazy junk he always resorts to.)



8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

...from st michel, which may or may not be 100% cursed.



hint: the answer is yes. it's always yes.


i did a second pic that i also really liked, and between you and me (and 1,041 other people) it came out fantastic. but i'm going to save it for another time... here's a sneak peek!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

day 27 psylocke

i'll be honest, she's not my favorite character... i guess at the time there were just a lot of asian ninja lingerie models running around comics, so she didn't make much of an impression on me. but it looked ridiculous when i tried to draw wolverine in the outfit, so...


8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

the secret of landscapes

quick color studies for an upcoming comic. just trying to nail down certain summer and autumn environmentals...


maybe more later. a lot of this stuff is being kept secret for now #hahanevergetsold

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

day 24b bonus doodle from nycc... dipper pines

8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it...

day 25 captain hook and tigerlily

you're a crook captain hook!
judge won't you throw the book
at the pirate king?

8.5x11", pencil. SOLD.

days 23 (bucky o'hare) and 24 (nycc catwoman)

hi all!

still catching up from nycc stuff, 2 more daily doodles:


8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.


8x11", pencil. SOLD.



ps - i didn't forget day 22, just want to post it with its own commentary, but don't have the time/energy right now...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

nycc 2013 and other updates

hi all! been crazy but wanted to catch up with a few things. first off, i've been getting a lot of questions at the con, so i thought i'd put some of the answers here for general convenience:

1) yes
2) yes
3) probably not, it depends on the hunting license
4) yes, but "if". it's a big "if".
5) texas, but you'd never guess it, right?
6) early next year.

now for some arts!

commission, ink/marker 9"x12"

and daily doodle 21
8x11", pencil. SOLD.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

daily doodle 19

can't remember when or why i restarted the doodles from zero, but apparently i did, and this is the nineteenth since then! anyway, i really missed doing these -- i've been drawing plenty, just not much i can post. hopefully this will continue tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow (in a petty pace, no doubt).

anyway, always loved the 80's x-men, really weird and not as cool as they later became. anytime you have a new-wave dixie flirt, a shy jewish teen with a pet dragon, and a mohawked punk from africa, good things are going to happen.

hope i'll see some of you at new york comic con, i'll be at table D6!

cheers!



8x11", pencil. SOLD.