Friday, June 30, 2006

Heroes Dis United


> Tigerlily, Heroes Con Exclusive Print, 4 color offset, signed, stamped and limited to 200

Many apologies to Heroes Con, to the CBLDF, and to everyone expecting an autograph, sketch, or chance to buy original art this weekend. United Airlines (operated by US Airways) screwed up my check-in, and I was put on standby and couldn't make any other flights. It was a long day.

However, I will honor the first six commissions at Heroes and mail them out when they are finished. I'm disappointed to have missed the show; my wife and I were very much looking forward to it.

The print above will be available after the show when Chris Pitzer of Adhouse Books mails them to me for signature. Look for them on the site in a few weeks.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Fables 54 - The Witchhunter Wears Herm├Ęs


> graphite on bond, 5.5 x 8.5".


> Easel shot. Drawing transferred with Saral blue transfer paper and blue pencil onto Rives BFK. Sealed drawing with acrylic gloss medium. Applied thin washes of burnt sienna and pthalo blue. Painted with white gesso, ivory black, titanium white and trans. yellow oxide.


> Acrylic on Rives BFK, 22 x 30", NFS.


> Color corrected with type treatment in Photoshop CS. 7 x 10.5", 500 dpi.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Fables 50 - Ebay Auction

*It has come to my attention that someone is contacting the bidders for this auction and offering to sell the drawing, claiming the winning bid fell through. Rest assured, the drawing has been sold and delivered. This is not the first time this fraud has been attempted. If anyone else has received an email making a fake Second Chance Offer, please let me know: mail -at- jamesjean.com

Since the special, double-sized anniversary issue of FABLES 50 is coming out this week, I can finally post the cover online. There was much discussion about how to make this cover special: a wraparound cover was proposed, but was ultimately rejected due to budget constraints and ad space concerns. Thus, I had designed this cover to continue off to the left, revealing more wedding guests, but never had the opportunity to finish the composition. This issue would have been a good opportunity to revive the use of holograms and foil embossed stamping from the 90s -- some lace would have been an nice touch, along with a scratch n sniff patch on Snow White's bouquet.



> graphite on bond, 5.5 x 8.5" SOLD.

I was channeling a bit of Alma Tadema in the sketch. The composition is like a big ring, the characters circling around the logo in the middle.



> blue pencil, white chalk, gouache on grey Rives BFK, 15 x 22"

I've long promised to post this piece up for bid on ebay, and the time has finally arrived. Click here to place a bid on the original drawing!


> Photoshop CS, 4200 x 6340 pixels

Despite my attempts to mitigate the type requirements of the cover and the integrity of the image, Vertigo added some extra stuff on the cover which you'll see in the comic stands. Of course, there's also the ever-present UPC box which I've tried to integrate into the covers in the past. In any case, here is the 'director's cut' of the cover.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Shaun White HP Commercial


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The art I created for Shaun White's 2007 Burton snowboard appears again in this fantastic HP commercial. The pink sketch he discards doesn't actually exist, though there were plenty of sketches done for this project. Below are a select few. Shaun was very specific with what he wanted, and I worked hard to bring his vision to life.


> An initial sketch for the top of the board and some roughs for the graphic on the bottom.


> A tight sketch for the top art that was rejected in favor of having the art fade to black.


> Final sketches for the composition. At this point, it was decided that a 2nd board would be made to continue the action: the tall white figure breaks through the chains and clawing tendrils of the demonic, post-apocalyptic horde.


> Graphite drawing on white Rives BFK sealed and painted over with washes of acrylic. The two pieces measure 11 x 55".


> Digital color in Photoshop CS, 3055 x 15880 pix each.