When I started doing my 7-7-Sunday artcasts, I thought it might last a couple of weeks and that would be the end of it. I had no idea if anyone would be interested in buying my convention-style head sketches off of an internet web show.
Two and a half years later, I'm still selling out every show and it shocks me every time I do. It's been an amazing ride doing these shows and I have no plans to quit doing them.
That being said . . .
I always told myself that if 7-7-Sundays ever stopped being fun, I wouldn't do them anymore. After supplies and shipping costs, I only make a few dollars off of every commission and the only reason I have kept up the Sunday night Otis Frampton Live tradition is that I genuinely enjoyed the interaction with my chatroom guests and saw it as a fun challenge to be given seven characters that I have to draw live and within a certain timeframe. For me, 7-7-Sunday was fun, and that was why I kept doing it.
But over the last month or so, I've felt frustrated while doing the shows and I've found myself just going through the motions while drawing. In other words, it stopped feeling like something I wanted to do and started feeling like something I had to do.
Now, I really have no plans to stop doing 7-7-Sunday artcasts. But I definitely feel like I need a break from them, at least for a little while. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as they say. So, 89 7-7-Sunday artcasts in, I'm taking a break. I'm not sure how long the hiatus will last, but I know that I'll be back.
I want to thank all of my artcast viewers and everyone who ever ordered a commission during one of the Sunday shows. You guys have kept the weekly (okay, sometimes bi-weekly) event alive for the last two and a half years. If you didn't show up each time and place the orders, there wouldn't even be a show. So I thank you, and hope that when I return, you'll be there.
I am currently offering the following options for ordering commissions and original artwork from me:
Big Fat Digital Commissions: A single character, digitally-colored 7.5"x14" piece for $150 (You will receive both the original line art and a high-resolution digital file of the final colored piece). The piece can include text upon request. Add $25 for each additional character.
I will never use Digital Commission images as prints/posters to be sold or in any other way distribute the high resolution files for reproduction. Only the buyer of the Digital Commission and myself will ever have access or permission to print or make copies of the final image. This policy serves to make ownership of a Digital Commission unique to the buyer in the same way that a traditional ink & marker drawing would be. I will only use low-res versions of the final images for online promotion to encourage further sales and as samples in my general art portfolio.
Here are my most recent Big Fat Digital Commissions:
Big Tall Digital Commissions: New! A single character, digitally-colored 11"x17" piece for $150 (You will receive both the original line art and a high-resolution digital file of the final colored piece). The piece can include text upon request. Add $25 for each additional character. This format is ideal for poster or comic book cover style images.
Here are my most recent Big Tall Digital Commissions:
Standard Sized Digital Commissions: New! A single character, digitally-colored 8.5"x11" (tall) piece for $75 (You will receive both the original line art and a high-resolution digital file of the final colored piece). These commissions will feature single characters with an abstract/color background. No scenes and no text. Here are a couple of samples of my Standard Sized Digital Commissions:
9"x12" Pen & Marker Commissions: An original, full-color piece of artwork featuring one character drawn on 9"x12" Bristol with Micron pens and Prismacolor markers (and sometimes watercolor) for $100. Add $25 for each additional character. Here are a couple of my most recent Pen & Marker Commissions:
Note: For both traditional and digital commissions, I will be working on 3 commissions per week. I will be taking one month's worth of orders at a time and placing subsequent requests on a waiting list. This means that you will only be charged when I am ready to put you on my schedule and no one will have to wait more than one month for an order to be completed. I will complete each order live on my artcast so that the buyer can see some of their commission being created.
Big Fat Sketch Cards: These wide-format cards are available through special sales that I announce through my website. The next sale starts on May 8th, 2010.
7-7-Sunday Commissions Drawn Live: Every Sunday night at 9PM EST I offer these commissions for purchase via my artcast. Go HERE for more information! Go HERE to view the 7-7-Sunday gallery!
I only accept PayPal payments.
If you have a commission request (or any questions) please send me an email at email@example.com and write "Commission Request/Question" in the subject line. Thanks!
I now offer free downloads of digital/mobile versions of Escape From Planet Nowhere for viewing on the iPad! There are two different versions:
* A ZIP archive containing the files necessary for reading Escape From Planet Nowhere via the ComicZeal app (my favorite iPad app for reading comics).
* A PDF for viewing in iPad apps such as Goodreader (my favorite iPad app for reading PDFs).
Go here to download the files! planet-nowhere.com/downloads/
I will be updating the two files every time I post a new page (or pages), so be sure to download and update as needed.
I am an advocate of reading comics on the iPad and I feel that these are currently the best way to read them on Apple's device. In fact, I'd rather have people read my comic on the iPad than read it on a computer screen.
I tried an ePub version of Escape From Planet Nowhere but was not happy with the results. I don't think we've scratched the surface of what is capable with regard to reading comics on iPad and I look forward to the day that a better app becomes available for taking advantage of the device's capabilities. It's time to stop thinking like we're in the print world and start thinking like multi-media content creators.