So my shelf in my office holding all my Invincible stock is starting to lean, I’m worried it’s going to fall and ruin some books, and my life. So please, take them off my shelf, 20% off this week only. Sale code is SHELFSAVER. My store is on the right of this blog post. Or click here> http://ryanottleystore.bigcartel.com/
Also my new print is also in the store, INVINCI-BABIES! See below.
BOOTH # 2729. I’ll have a full table, my buddy Derek Hunter will be helping me out with sales and stuff. He does art for Adventure Time for Cartoon Network and will be moving to LA to work in their offices after this con. He’ll have comics and will do some commissions as well if you want! But mainly he’s my helper to abuse as I please until he’s officially moved to LA. So eff that guy.
Probably my last year for a while for Comicon, gonna do some different cons next year instead. I’ve never done exclusive con prints before, they’ve always been my covers turned into prints. So this year I thought I’d do one up all special-like, I’ll post a peek of it in my gallery soon. I’ll also have my sketchbook from last year and of course tons of original art from Invincible and I’ll be doing sketches and commissions. The way I do commissioned art is you come to me and ask for a sketch or commission, I put your name on a list, you pay me and tell me who you’d like me to draw. Then I finish drawing it that night to bring back the next day. I wont be taking many large commissions, mostly pencils sketches. If you want one, come early as possible. Sorry if my lists fill up, happens every year, but i have original art from the series that’s even cheaper than sketches or commissions. So be happy! Prices below.
sketches (8x11 pencil head sketch) 75
Commissions (11x17 fully inked and colored.) 400
Original art prices are in folders.
Digital layouts there in that first scan, before I print that out I change it to a very light blue, print it out on 11x17 cardstock, and add more blue lines if needed. Like for other details or shaping up a figure. Then finished pencils on top.
I get asked a lot what pens and pencils I use. So I thought I’d post a list of my favorites. I’m a big fan of trying new things, I’m always buying lots of different pens to try out and in my search for the best tools to use for creating comics Ive found these to work the best for my needs.
My number one question that others ask me is “What do you ink with?”
I use Kuretake brush pens. Here’s a link to a sable hair brush pen that I love, it’s the closest thing to a real brush I’ve used. It is pricey though. http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-40-Fountain-Hair-Brush-Pen-Sable-Hair-Refill/pd/3958
The less expensive version is the synthetic hair, http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-13-Fountain-Hair-Brush-Pen-Red-Body/pd/2661 this brush pen is similar to a Pentel brush pen. http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pocket-Brush-Pen-for-Calligraphy/pd/1793
The cool thing about these Kuretake brush pens is the refill cartridges have nice ink in them that I use, but if you find you don’t like the ink you can get a converter which allows you to put in your own ink. Now I’ve done this before and I think I used too thick of ink because it gummed up after a few days. So I’m fine to stick with the refills.
The other Kuretake brush pens I use are so great and guaranteed you’ll fall in love instantly. They have such a great line to them, and are a great price. This was recommended to me by Cory Walker. The only sizes I use are the fine and extra fine. http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-Disposable-Pocket-Brush-Pen-Extra-Fine/pd/3073
The pens I use for finer detail and with rulers are Staedtler pens. I’ve messed with Microns and every other type of pen and I think Staedtler’s are the best. Darker ink that does not fade that much when hard erasing over them. The only sizes I use are 0.05, 0.1, 0.3. http://www.jetpens.com/Staedtler-Pigment-Liners-Marker-Pen-0.1-mm-Black/pd/7937
Pencils. I use a mechanical pencil for all my pencilling. I just don’t like sharpening, I’m lazy. I do feel I should try a classic pencil and draw how the old school artists did, they’d use the side of their pencils for thicker lines and it’s obviously a LOT faster than building up a line with mechanical. Which automatically makes me less lazy since I’m doing it the hard way right now. Heh. So until then, I use a 0.5 for my finished pencils with 2b lead. Which is a softer lead. Most people go with a harder lead. http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Smash-Drafting-Pencil-0.5-mm/pd/2412
I use a blue pencil lead for the layouts, I have a cheap pencil Ive had for years I put this lead in. http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Stein-Enhanced-Silica-Pencil-Lead-0.5-mm-Blue/pd/5938
Sometimes I use a 0.3 pencil with HB lead for shaping up some of the blue pencil before I use my 0.5 finishes.
And those are my favorites. Also this Jetpens.com site ships SO fast. Definitely my favorite online art supply store.
Really cool someone commissioned me to draw Cory Walker’s awesome character Ostrichard at the Emerald city con. I would love if Cory did a one-shot or something with this guy.
Ink and Copic markers on 11x17 cardstock.
I always love ECCC. My favorite con, so much love for Invincible there. Thanks to everyone who came out and visited me at the table.
Here’s some pics of the con that my cousin Brian took, this first one is at the Skybound panel. It’s the first panel I’ve been on. I always refuse to do this, not into public speaking at all but when I walked in and sat in the back Robert said “and here is Ryan Ottley, sitting at the back of the room as usual, come on Ryan, get up here!” I went up, didn’t say much, then doodled the rest of the time. Heh. That’s how I roll I guess.
I have pics of all the sketches I did. I’ll post those later.