When I jumped on Facebook this morning, I saw a notification (you know how they do) about my "most liked" image of 2013. The image is called Love's Gonna Getcha, and there is quite a story to be told about this drawing, so sit back and enjoy.
Okay, so I drew this sometime during my time working as a professional cartoonist (my official title was Junior Media Developer, but I got paid to draw people, places, and things for animation, so cartoonist is what anyone who was NOT a complete corporate drone would call it) for an E-Learning company.
It was a commission for a guy who approached me at a comic convention wanting a tattoo design of "a chick with an afro." A wise choice, since my drawings of chicks with Afros are weapons-grade.
Anyways, I got to work on it and sent him the pencils...
I didn't hear back from him. Now this could mean he didn't like it, or it could mean he missed the email, or his contact info could have changed.
In my book, no news is good news, so I kept drawing. By this point, I decided that this was Cupid, a femme fatale I created a long time ago for a comic book idea (she also moonlights as the mascot for my pop-culture machine GhettoManga).
That informed how it turned out (in particular the twin guns).
So this is the finished artwork. I emailed it to him and never heard back. I'm not sure why, but he paid up front, so I didn't harass him. I hope he likes it.
I waited a good while before posting it on the internet. And when I did, my fans responded.
I was contacted sometime later by a lady who runs a site where crafters download images to make their scrapbooks and assorted brick-a brack.
She showed me a bunch of images where people had traced my artwork, including the face and hair of this drawing, to upload and sell. I didn't write a blog post about this one, so I couldn't find pics to show about that one.
This is a good time to say that this happens a lot, and is a big part of the reason I don't post on social like I used to. By the time I (grudgingly) got on Instagram, I was basically through with social media.
I'm full up on comic book artwork clients for now, but I'm looking to take on one or two more clients for my comic strip service. Drawing comic strips with clients is fun and pretty easy, so I can squeeze in the right client.
So if you have an awesome idea for a comic strip, but you need help with it (whether it's writing, drawing, editing, social or email marketing, web copy, Facebook ads), or you just want guidance on next steps for your comic or strip, just CLICK HERE to email me, or click here to hit me on messenger.