“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Saturday, July 13, 2013

PHOTO_update


'PHOTO' - A Collection of Art by Eric Canete (2013) 8.25 x 8.25 in (20.955 x 20.955 cm) - Full color cover, full color interior pages on vellum, heavy stock. 98 pages. Available at San Diego Comic Con 2013 - $25.00, or via Essential Sequential (www.essentialsequential.com) - $30.00 + shipping and handling.



Do you recall when you were wondering when that Italian exclusive book 'FOTO' would be available here in the U.S.? And do you remember when you'd asked over and over for a collection of my COPIC greyscale marker work?

Here is my very grateful and humble offering.

I understand that I'm announcing this book's availability a little close to the show, and that you may've already budgeted your trip. But if you would be so kind as to drop by my table at SDCC (Booth #1631) or Essential Sequential (Booth #4807) and buy a copy of the book I promise to make it worth your time.

As always, thanks a million for your support. This book wouldn't exist without your participation.






Saturday, April 13, 2013

DAPHNE IN HELL_commission


[27.9 x 35.6cm/11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board] 




This image was a wonderful opportunity to try new things - in both technique and approach.

I took this last commission at ECCC from BRIAN CHURILLA. He's always been very friendly and complimentary to me and my work, and when he told me that this was his very first commission that he's ever asked from a fellow artist, it placed added pressure (to be honest, I probably did it all to myself) on me to make sure that he walked away satisfied with the execution of his request. I hope Brian likes it, even if it look a bit longer than I had originally promised.

Thanks for your patience, man. I'll send this out as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GIRL READING BOOK_commission


[27.9 x 35.6cm/11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board] 




This was a pre-show commission for the recently passed EMERALD CITY COMIC CON.

It didn't take that long to conceptualize, but it took nearly all night (in the privacy and sadness of my convention hotel room) to render. I knew the girl was going to be pretty standard, but I was genuinely worried how well the leaves/background would turn out - I wasn't 100% sure that it's readability would be as straightforward as I had thought when I first roughed the sketch in.

The good thing is that the person who asked for it was very happy. At the end of the day, that's what matters most - customer satisfaction.


All that said, this upcoming weekend, I have another convention in my schedule. On March 15-17, MEGACON will be in Orlando, FL. To those who can make it to the show, it'd be a great pleasure to meet you, face to face - just look for the row of the purple banners that is ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL. I am also accepting pre-show commissions for this shwo via requests sent to my art dealer, JASON SCHACHTER . Please drop him a line with the specifics of your request, and and he'll be able to help you with all the details.

My sincerest thanks to all those who visited my table a couple of weeks ago in Seattle. That was the most intense Emerald City convention I'd ever been to and I had a ton of fun.

Monday, February 25, 2013

EMERALD CITY COMIC CON_update


[22.9 x 30.5cm/9 x 11" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]

[22.9 x 30.5cm/9 x 11" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]

[27.9 x 35.6cm/11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

[27.9 x 35.6cm/11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

[21.59 x 27.94cm/8.5 x 11" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/180gsm marker paper]

[21.59 x 27.94cm/8.5 x 11" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/180gsm marker paper]

[21.59 x 27.94cm/8.5 x 11" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/180gsm marker paper]

[21.59 x 27.94cm/8.5 x 11" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/180gsm marker paper]

[27.9 x 35.6cm/11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]






I know that convention season  starting gun' has started when I sart making plans to go to EMERALD CITY COMIC CON. This show has always been good to me - my experience, the people I meet (both pros and fans), the show organizers and the city of Seattle. I don't expect this year to be any different.

So if you're planning on attending (March 1-3, 2013), please take the time to drop by my table (TABLE U-05). As usual I will be sitting with the ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL crew; just look for the row of purple banners with our artwork on it - you cant miss them. Even better - look for the ridiculously long lines waiting for sketches and drawings and you'll have found either FIONA STAPLES or MIKE CHOI or TIM SALE or MATTEO SCALERA. I'm probably going to be the one right next to them eating a sandwich.

More importantly, if you're planning on getting a commission form me, it's best to get on my commissions list before the show starts. For one, it offers me a chance to start thinking about the image, if not start on it outright. And secondly, it guarantees you placement on my list which has limited availability.  I've come to realize that I'm not as fast as I used to be and doing these grayscale images seems to take me a lot longer these days. That said, in order to get on my list, please e-mail JASON SCHACHTER and discuss pricing and details with him. He's a lot more organized than I am and dealing with him directly will ensure that all the proper information is communicated to me, and that your commissions will be done, or at the very least, in line to be finished before convention's end.

I hope I will see as many as you possible. Thanks ahead of time to those who have always supporting my work. It is through your good graces and our time together that has made me appreciate ECCC each and every year. I hope I will get a chance to thank you personally.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SKULD, THE FUTURE_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.


WOMAN IN ROSE & THORNS_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.


QUEEN OF COINS_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.


PRINCESS OF WAR_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.


THE SUCCUBUS, MINA_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.


HEART BREAK KID_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.


DEVIL IN JESTER'S COURT_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.


BAT KEMPER_90 minutes

[22.9 x 30.5cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]
**THIS IMAGE IS FOR SALE** Please visit ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for pricing.



Wow.

I've been away for a while.

I feel bad about neglecting my blog, but it's only because I've been ridiculously busy trying to set up my 2013 by way of work so that I know exactly what I'm in for. I'm horrible when it comes to actually scheduling and parceling my time so that I meet most of my deadlines, and I'm trying to make a more concentrated effort in getting that part of my professional responsibilities on track.

Let me be honest with you - January just passed and I'm already behind.

It is to say, that in trying to stay ahead, I've managed to fall behind in updating this blog. I will try my very best to not make that into a habit. But... BUT! If you're in the business of seeing some of my WIP (that's 'Work In Progress', for the non-acronym savvy), you can always visit my INSTAGRAM account or follow me on TWITTER. And while I have a tendency to spout my mouth off at those two social media avenues, more than often I preview some of the images I'm working on before they're posted here in their full glory.

Anyway, thanks for always coming back and checking out the work and passing the link to the blog to others. I really can't thank you enough for the unique traffic hits. I'm humbled and grateful.

Okay. Enough with the talking. Here are some images.


PS - For those interested, the original for the image above is for sale from my art dealer's site. Please click on the ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL link right under the image in bold text. Thanks for your support!

Friday, January 11, 2013

NIGHT VISITS MAIDEN_update

[27.9 x 35.6cm - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]





Here's my very first post of 2013. I'm specifically grateful this year because between 'The Rapture', the end of the world based on the Mayan calendar and all the other doomsday prophecies that were supposed to bring the end of times at the end of 2012, we are all still here so that we can continue to mess up this little blue planet of ours.

Happy new year to all. I hope everyone had a very restful and wonderful holiday season.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CLEOPATRA_update

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]



I had promised this image to MS. LIANA HEE a couple of years ago. I attempted to finish it at this year's CTN ANIMATION EXPO, but unfortunate my efforts were foiled by the wrong sort of bristol paper - which made it VERY difficult (if not completely impossible) to blend the gray tones together in a decent manner.

I was frustrated all day and was almost inconsolable despite CASSANDRA POULSON'S efforts in trying to cheer me up and keep me focused on the show.

I guess I get really put off when I've made up my mind to start drawing something - with the objective of finishing by a certain amount of time - only to be put in a situation where I can't do just that because... well... for whatever reason. And this was one of those times.

Anyway, I stepped away from it for a while. I was actually compelled to do so because of other assignments that were looming. But in doing that, it forced me to get some much-needed perspective. It's like this: Just as much as I wanted to have the image done so that I could give it to Liana before the show ended and she had to travel back home, I realized that I'd rather give her something that I can really say I took my time with, an image that I put as much polish as I could, and that I didn't rush it for the sake of finishing.

So there it is.

I'd like to thank Liana for her patience in waiting for this thing for as long as she has. It was a lot of fun to do and I did so much learning in the process of doing it. It has SO man little areas that required me to make decisions regarding how and when to render and when to just leave it alone. I'm not sure I hit everything I wanted to do with 100% efficiency, but I think the exercise was a fantastic way to challenge myself - to wrap my mind around all the little puzzles that required problem solving.



I hope everyone has a fine Thanksgiving celebration and that you're all spending your time with the people you care about.

Monday, November 12, 2012

ECCC SOUVENIR BOOK_update


[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]




It's been a tough week with deadlines and more deadlines. Yeesh.

My weekend zipped by and I couldn't tell you where all my time went in those two days. I mean, seriously - 48 hours just came and went and it felt like it was 15 minutes. All I know is that when I woke up this morning, it was already Monday. The last time I took note of what day it was, it was Thursday of last week. So... there you go.

The saving grace was that great friends who make for even better company were hanging out with me the entire time. We watched movies, played the new and amazing ASSASSIN'S CREED 3 video game, and ate out at food places that are meant for much younger metabolisms.

So to them, I give my thanks. SAM LIU, JON TSUEI, and the 'Great Kappakappa' herself, NATALIE HALL - thank you all for swinging down and making the workload that much more tolerable.


The image above was drawn for the EMERALD CITY COMIC CON souvenir book titled 'Monsters and Dames'. ECCC is one of my favorite shows in the country and it serves as sort of a 'starting gun' for when convention season opens because it is one of the shows that happens earlier in the year. I always have a ton of fun (well.. there was that one time I was sick as a dog, running a ridiculously high fever, and I was screaming, "I'm gonna die! I'm gonna die!" while writhing around my hotel room bed. Ask MATTEO SCALERA about it. He bore witness to my death roll) I love the way the show is organized, and most important - the fans from the state of Washington are some of the best around, and are tremendous supporters of my work. I don't know if it can get any better than that.


Okay. Back to work.



Eric.



Monday, November 05, 2012

AURA_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]




"I was thinking Ming's daughter from Flash Gordon."

After explaining my "In The Spirit Of.." policy, the patron thought  about it a moment and that was what they had said to me.

Which was great because I had an affinity for  actress ORNELLA MUTI'S rendition of PRINCESS AURA from the FLASH GORDON movie (c'mon - MAX VON SYDOW is abad ass Emperor Ming the Merciless), and to say that I has a massive crush on her would be understating things a bit. Yikes!

I was excited to take on the commission and I was pretty satisfied with the results. More importantly, I believe that the person who asked for the image was also very pleased.

Win/win all around.

THE HUMMINGBIRD_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]




A commission done as gift from a son to his mom. The mandate was, "Please draw a girl with long hair riding a hummingbird - like you did with that girl riding that dragonfly."

I believed that was a worthwhile challenge.

The bird was the most challenging aspect to draw. I was trying to negotiate a technique in order to communicate that trademark way that hummingbirds' wings move. But I came to the conclusion that any sort of over-the-top rendering  in order to achieve that effect would probably overshadow the primary read when looking at the image - which is the bird and the girl. Besides, it was a gift and I didn't want to do too much experimentation and discovery for fear of getting lost in the exercise, as opposed to drawing something decent that the guy's mom would appreciate hanging on the wall.

Feathers are wonderfully painful to draw.


THE ROCKETEERS_update


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]




Here are the Rocketeer images I managed to draw for this past weekend's LONG BEACH COMIC CON. I did six in total including the one from the previous blog entry.

The lady dressed in the Rocketeer uniform was requested by a buyer at the lat second - I'd seen variations on that theme in previous cons and thought they were quite clever and fetching. And considering I'd never drawn that version before, I thought it'd be a decent challenge. But you know what? Just after I put down the last line in blue pencil before I went to COPICS then inks, I realized how terribly bored I was of the idea already. The saving grace of the exercise was to try and draw a different face shape than I had drawn in the past. On that front, I found it very engaging and exhilarating. I'd never actively drawn rounder, heart-shaped faces before - that was a nice change of pace.

Dammit all to hell if I didn't remember to put the intake vents on the sides of the helmet. I fail at design recollection and as a rocket backpack fan all together, I guess.

Thanks to all those how dropped by, bought the images and comics, and who showed their support for my work. I had a good time at the con. Now for some sleep.

Friday, November 02, 2012

LONG BEACH COMIC CON_update

[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]





LONG BEACH COMIC CON is coming this weekend (Nov. 03 & 04, 2012). Please come and find me along with the rest of the ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL crew starting at BOOTH #1101.

As a nice bit of luck and coincidence, IDW PUBLISHING sent me my comp copies of the issue I did of ROCKETEER ADVENTURES Vol.2, Issue #3. Did you you know there's a 'SKETCH VARIANT' (1:10) cover by DARWYN COOKE?

It looks pretty damned sweet, if you ask me.

Anyway, I'm going to sell quick drawings like the ones above for $20USD, which will be accompanied by a copy of the issues from the set sent to me by the publisher. There's about 10 copies in total, so the this premium is very limited.

I hope to see many of you at the show. I'm sure this will send my art dealer JASON SCHACHTER into a small panic attack. But I'd rather give you a copy of the issue so that you can enjoy the awesomeness that is The Rocketeer like I do, rather than storing them in my garage someplace.

So there you go. I hope to see you guys are the show.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

VALKYRIE OF THE DEEP_commission

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

AN ANGEL OF DEATH_commission

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

THE DAWN STAR_commission

[11 x 14" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

WARPED HAMMER_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

Monday, October 22, 2012

HYPERMETAL WING_video





The shooting of the video was great - painless and not at all cumbersome with this new camera. The editing, finding of the music, and re-editing however... that was hell.

Enjoy.

HYPERMETAL WING_90 minutes

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]




Here's the finished image from the video above. Tons of fun to do. Had issues with the over all composition, but in 90 minutes, I really didn't have much room to negotiate the space. Actually, to be perfectly honest - this thing was done in about 1 hour 07 minutes. So I guess I did have the time... just not the inclination.

Sigh.

You know, the more legitimate I try to be - with posting videos, marker renderings, limited editions prints, staying away from ™and © characters, etc. - the more I reveal I'm nothing but a flimflam artist.

Welcome to the smoke and mirrors show, ladies and gentlemen.

Friday, October 05, 2012

NYCC 2012 LIMITED EDITION PRINT_update

 [14 x 20" (35.5x52cm) on museum quality, archival 310g velvet rag. Limited to 50 pieces. $50USD]


[19 x 24" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]





I will be selling a color tinted version of this image as a print at NEW YORK COMIC CON 2012. Please visit the ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL row (Artist Alley, Tables A01-A09) to purchase.

The paper measures 14 x 20" (35.5x52cm) on museum quality, archival 310g velvet rag. The image itself is a few inches smaller in order to allow for framing.

The print is limited to a set of fifty total, and sells at $50USD per unit. Please inquire with JASON SCHACHTER via e-mail regarding the remarked Artist Proofs for their pricing.

I hope to see you all in a few days. Have a great weekend.


Eric.


PS - I will update with the color render version after the weekend. Thanks for your patience.



Thursday, October 04, 2012

ONNA-BUGEISHA_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]

BLACK SULTAN_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]




You know, calling someone with a moniker that starts with the word 'Black' doesn't necessarily mean that he's a black character. Which, if you come to think about it, used to saddle a bunch of black super heroes back in the day (Hi, DC COMICS!)

Anyway, this guy reminds me of the SULTAN from the movie Aladdin. Remember him? The befuddled, easily manipulated father of that really hot princess?


Yum. Princess Jasmine.

OOO_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]




When the guy first asked me for the commission of this character, I went into my whole sound clip of how I don't do © and ™anymore. Then he showed me his reference of the characters, as well as all the other permutations of the KAMEN RIDER. That's when it dawned on me that by doing my take, I'd inevitably end up drawing another version of this character who was already pre-existing in that very colorful universe of his. So instead, I decided to just draw the guys as-is and hopefully my style gave me enough nuance that it could still be considered my 'interpretation'.

 If not, there goes that whole "In The Spirit Of..." thing that I've been so proud of all these months.


Well... there goes that. Anyway, I love his belt.

VINTAGE SOLDIER_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]




I have a book called BRIGHTWORK which explores a lot of classic American car ornamentation. That's the main inspiration for this image.

The challenge at the moment was: "Don't give the guy the front hood of a car." Which, on my first pass, is exactly what I did - only to realize in horror that he sort of looked like a Transformer from the 1950's. SO back to the drawing board I went and this is what I cam'e up with.

Maybe it still looks like a vintage car, but to me it looks more like a vintage refrigerator.


That sort of gave me a good inner chuckle when I thought of it at the convention.


FRANKENHULKISH_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]





I don't know why when someone requests the "IN THE SPIRIT OF..." version of 'The Hulk', my brain goes to 'Frankenstein'.

It's an incredible computer, the brain. Most use theirs for good. I use mine for useless bullsh*t. And that's why I will never be granted super powers - because who ever is in charge knows I'll either squander it or use it for evil.


And they'd be right.

BIG CAT & NUDE_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]




I guess it's a well known thing that when someone signs up onto my commissions list puts says "Artist's Choice" in the request box, that I'm either going to draw something with a big cat or a nude.

In this case, obviously...both.

Monday, September 17, 2012

FLABELLUM_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]





The fan (as well as her whole forearm) in her left hand should have been in a deeper shadow to help 'turn' it away from the viewer and, in turn, would help with its depth.

I will try to do it better given another opportunity.

Friday, September 14, 2012

SON OF STONE_update

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]




I'm a fan of contrasting concepts.

For example, I remember reading and being absolutely wowed by XENOZOIC TALES by MARK SCHULTZ. If you haven't seen any of the art form it, do yourself a favor and look for the trade paper back. You won't regret it. The best part for me was watching Schultz' style evolve from what he was doing in the beginning of the series to the finely honed illustrative style he was doing by issue #14. Really a marvel to behold.

Anyway, I think that's why I liked TUROK an awful lot back when it came out as a VALIANT title in the 90's; it was dinosaurs and Native Americans in a 'Lost Valley' where 'Time has no meaning'. That's pretty sweet! I was hooked on BART SEARS' art and the idea that dinosaurs were given artificial intelligence and was pit against our hero. To me, that was pretty wild. I went back later on to read all the previous issues from Dell and found the stories to be pretty charming considering their date.

I was at HEROES CON this year where I met editor JODY LEHEUP and he told me that he was onboard at the latest incarnation of Valiant and I explained to him that if he ever needed someone to do art for a Turok series to please consider me. I don't know if it will ever happen, and I think I may have been talking out of my ass considering I have absolutely no discipline when it comes to doing monthly comics, but I think that'd be a pretty fun job.

For somebody else.

That said, I'd better invent that human cloning machine soon so that I can have an army of me doing all the other things that my schedule won't allow for now due to my ridiculously heavy work load.

One can dream.



PS - My dear friend SARA RICHARD - an amazing artist who absolutely adores dinosaurs - will probably tar and feather me for drawing such a horrible rendition of... whatever that is I drew up there, but whatever. I had 90 minutes to draw this bad boy and it was all I could do to not get caught up in super-accurate details. Sorry, Sara!

Monday, September 10, 2012

THE SCOURGE_kickstarter

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]




"Actually, what you're drawing is 'scale mail', and not so much 'chain mail' as you had described in your previous description of the drawing. Base level scale mail offers a much better protection against melee attacks and a -1 versus magic. Chain mail is just pretty standard armor. So, you know... they're very different."

Yep. That's an actual conversation I've had with someone when they were correcting me after I had moaned about how difficult it was to draw chai... er... scale mail.

It just goes to show that you can take the kid out of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, but you can't take the Dungeons & Dragons out of the kid.

Nerd.