Fan Expo Dallas this weekend!!!

Hey, Champ-Fans!!!

I’ll be at the Dallas Fan Expo this weekend, June 3-5, at booth 589 (which I believe is the same spot I was at last year, if you were there). Be sure to stop by and check out some of the original pieces currently under production!hodor

The Next BIG Thing…

If you’ve been following me on Facebook (and if you haven’t, you should be!), you probably know that I’ve been doing some #vaguebooking the past couple of weeks on a professional project I’ve been working on. Well, here’s the big reveal on this Amazing, Incredible and Uncanny project, that’s ready to Assemble!

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avengers-assemble-2013-53b98665b250bMARVEL-620x440I’m very honored to announce that I’ve been invited to do some work for the 2016 Marvel Masterpiece trading card set from the good people over at Upperdeck. This set is an homage to the 1992 Marvel Masterpiece set by Joe Jusko. I’ve been a fan of Joe Jusko’s work for years, so it’s a privilege to be asked to contribute to this set.

I’m creating approximately 60 cards for this set, each one drawing inspiration from the cards that Joe did on the 1992 set. I’m taking great care to select some really unique, classic characters to draw, within the parameters provided by Marvel, and I’m doing some techniques that you guys haven’t seen me do before. As soon as my art is approved, I’ll share it with everyone, including time lapse videos of me drawing them!

For those unfamiliar with how the sketch card gig works, I’m drawing on actualupperdeck_logo2 cards that measure about 2.5 x 3.5 inches; these are really top notch, quality little art boards, about as thick as a cutting mat, and these originals will be sent in for approval by Marvel. The cool thing is, not only will reproductions of this art be made for the individual sets (along with the work from other artists on this project), but the actual original art boards that we’re drawing on will be inserted at random into various packs that you buy! So you could end up owning one of these originals, which I’m kinda jealous of, cause these are coming out pretty cool!

Additionally, I have six artist proof cards that I’ll be able to sell directly to my fans! These are rare, and will not be duplicated for the regular trading card packs, so the buyers will be getting a really unique, collectible piece of art. Two of them have already been claimed, and if you’re interested in staking a claim on one of the remaining four, message me privately and I’ll give you the details on them. We have some limits on what characters we can and cannot draw, and even the artist proof cards will need to be approved by Marvel, which only increases the value of your piece. I have characters chosen for these cards which I’m NOT doing for the rest of the set, but if you want to choose a favorite Marvel character of your own, let me know and I’ll see if it’s one that’s allowed if you want to claim one of the remaining artist proof cards. Know that these will be the COMIC BOOK versions of the characters, not the movie versions.

I know there’s several of you waiting patiently for commissions and for work to continue on the Kickstarter book, but I believe that whenever you get an opportunity to work on a property as important as Marvel, you drop whatever personal projects you have going on and get that experience on your resume. I should be finished with the cards this weekend, and then roll right into getting ready for C2E2 in Chicago in a couple of weeks, which is one of my biggest shows of the year. I hope I get to see a lot of you out there! When I return from that, work will continue on outstanding commissions and the kickstarter book.

It’s been a great year so far. Between Game of Thrones for HBO, and now Marvel and Upperdeck, I’m getting to do official work on some of my all time favorite characters…

…and it’s only March. Let’s see where the rest of the year will go (and watch for a big announcement for Summer!), cause it’s time to GET MEDIEVAL on 2016!!!

Welcome New Fans!!!

Hey, Champ-Fans, old and new!!!

I’ve been remiss in updating the main site here, so let me bring everyone up to date on current projects (and be sure to follow me on the new social media links on the right to stay current on everything!)!

KickstarterTimelineThe Kickstarter Book: As some of you know, I successfully funded a kickstarter book to begin production at the end of 2014. And then personal finances got blown all to hell, literally, in the form of having to purchase two new cars, which I was totally unprepared for! The entirety of 2015 got thrown of schedule as I worked just about around the clock on various professional art and advertising jobs to make up for it, along with maintaining my presence at conventions across the country. Things are getting back on track now, and production on the book is well underway. The race is on to see who finishes their next book first…me, or George R.R. Martin! The delay has worked out to everyone’s advantage, though, as it’s allowed me to fine tune the overall project and I believe that when it’s all said and done, we’re going to have a nice, quality book here. Updates will continue on the kickstarter site and on my facebook fan page.
GoT_facebook_logoHBO’s Game of Thones Compendium: At the beginning of February, I received my copy of the official HBO Game of Thrones Compendium, which features my Jon Snow piece of art. It’s a beautiful book, and if you catch me at a convention appearance, be sure to ask to see pics of it. Very honored to have been chosen to be a part of this project, along with only 40 other artists. As soon as it’s available to the general public, I’ll let everyone now.

NextBigThing3Vaguebooking: I’m dropping some hints as to my next professional project on the facebook page; regardless of how far behind I am on the kickstarter book, when you get invited to participate in projects like this, you don’t turn them down! Official announcement is less than two weeks away!

My next appearance will be at C2E2 in Chicago! Be sure to stop by and say hi! I’ll post my booth info across all social media channels soon, and will be debuting a few new pieces. Hope to see you there!

2016 is shaping up to be the best year yet, I’m very honored to have you all along for the ride! Don’t be shy, shoot me a line and let me know what you’d like to see me draw, and I hope to see you in person when the Crusading War Rig rolls into your town! Until then…

…GET MEDIEVAL!!!!

He is the Watcher on The Wall…

…the shield that guards the realms of men!

Season Five of Game of Thrones may have just ended, but Lord Commander Jon Snow is still on duty in my Ebay and Etsy stores, available on the links to your right. This piece will be appearing later this year in the official HBO Game of Thrones Compendium, at which time it will be discontinued for sale on my sites. So GET YOURS NOW!!!
#GOT #GameOfThrones #JonSnow

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2015 Updates!

IMG_2323Hey, Champ-Fans!!! Sorry for the delay in between posts, the holidays absolutely destroyed my production schedule over here, and I’m working hard to get things back on track. I’ll be posting updates to the kickstarter book on my facebook page (see link to the right), so be sure to follow me there. Turns out I have a plethora of ginger heroines showing up in the book without me realizing it! Red Sonja, Black Widow, Ygritte from Game of Thrones, Batgirl…well played, kickstarter backers! I’m looking at doing a major release of the book at the end of April and throughout May, so stay tuned for info about the book tour.

Some other cool projects have cropped up during the new year, again, be sure to follow me on facebook. There’s a story behind the above image, something I’m really excited about that’s happening in April.

Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year, now…LET’S MAKE SOME ART!!!!

Holiday Sale!

I’m currently having a Holiday Sale over on my ETSY page. All prints are 25% off the listed price between now and Dec. 15th. Go order now so I can get it shipped to you in time for Christmas!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EpicStudios

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Almost done…

…with this batch of convention appearances, that is! Sorry for the lack of updates, the travel has been taking it’s toll. After I get past this weekend’s show in Allentown, PA, I’ll get a good, beefy update out here to bring all the new fans up to speed on what all I’m working on.

And for those you following the progress on the kickstarter book, it’s coming along. More updates on that after this weekend.

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