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I guess I'll upload some fresh art here. I'm rarely on DA, but I figure I should at least update it every so often.

You can follow me more up to date on my site www.brian-shearer.com


My first digital sketchbook, Scraps Vol. 1, is now available here (along with previews):  gravyboy.com/brianshearer/2012…

93 pages of art and sketches, much of which I haven't published online.
I'll be at SSalefish comics in Winston-Salem, NC for Free Comic Book Day.
I'm doing an ongoing Twitter art giveaway. Here are the details. gravyboy.com/brianshearer/2012…

Basically at every 500 follower mark (1000, 1500, 2000, etc) I'm giving away a free commission to whoever is first to send me an image of my follower list at or above the mark.
I'll be at C2E2 this weekend at table D6.  I'll have original pages from Doctor Who, Transformers, G.I. Joe and others.  And of course I'll be doing sketches all weekend.  Feel free to purchase.
I'm going to be posted daily sketches at my website's blog.  I was just copying and pasting them here too, but I've got to streamline my efforts a little.  I'll still post here and upload art, but if you want the daily stuff check it out here www.brian-shearer.com

There aren't enough hours in the day, alas.
I may have gotten a little carried away with today's sketch, but not being on a deadline at the moment means I have the time for such tomfoolery.

Today's sketch feels pretty mediocre to me.  The further along I got with it the more I felt it becoming uninteresting.  I blame Daylight Saving Time.  And though I really do like it staying light later, it has crane-kicked me in the head this year — probably because of that whole having a baby in the house thing.

But regardless, here it is.  Enjoy it.  Or don't.  Either way I'm going to go drink some coffee.

So, you've got your comic all finished, printed, and ready to sell. You've spent years going to comic conventions as a fan and now you're ready to be on the other side of the table, peddling your wares on your way to fame and fortune. Chances are you've got a table in the Small Press section (or Artist Alley, depending on the show,) your book and your banner. Now what?

My first comic convention was Heroescon in Charlotte, NC. We had a Small Press table way in the back of the hall and we were ready to sell, sell, SELL! We did that for a few years with a book called GravyBoy and did fairly well. I think we sold 100 books one year at that show — for an indie book in the back of a convention, that's phenomenal.

However, we made our share of mistakes as we climbed the convention learning curve and witnessed others wrestling with their own peculiar brand of foibles. So how can you sell hundreds of books at conventions?

I really have no idea, we only did it that once (well, twice counting SDCC, but that's another world entirely) and there were many more shows where we sold 50, 25 — or none — and came away tired with boxes full of books.

Well, maybe it's not completely true to say I have no idea. GravyBoy has (if I do say so myself) a good hook. It was easy to sell because the pitch intrigued people. So I know that you need 1) a good hook (or pitch) and 2) a good story to back it up.

So, let's assume you have the comic version of Citizen Kane and you're sure people are going to be reading it well after your death. That is, if only you could get them to buy it. How do you rise above the din and stand out among so many other independent creators?

Okay, NOW I have no idea. But I can help you not become the bane of artist alley as you try to figure it out for yourself.

1) DON'T BE A USED CAR SALESMAN

I was at a show once where the guy next to me came in acting like he was in between shifts at Willy's Used Cars and selling watches on the corner of Broadway and 44th. The comic book community is small, and if you stick with it any length of time you're going to keep running into the same creators over and over. So, try not to annoy the guys and girls who end up being your convention neighbors.

This particular creator's tactic was as follows

- Make eye contact with everyone walking down the aisle, even if they're nowhere near his table.

- Start yelling his sales pitch well before they reach his table.

- Pitch his book to people who walk up to my table.

- Keep laying on the used car dealer talk as they walk away.

The last one is what began to wear on me since people wanted to simply get away from him as fast as possible, which meant they were not stopping at anyone else's tables, including mine.

Also, in the middle of all this he kept calling me "Bri-guy."

Look, I get it. I know you've got to get people's attention. But even when I walk around the convention halls now I have a tendency to keep my eye out for the used car salesmans and avoid their aisles altogether. Don't be that guy.

2) DON'T HAVE A LOUD CONTEST/ MUSIC/ SHOUT/ SING OR DISPLAY YOUR MUSICAL PROWESS

Yes, you're very talented. Thanks for sharing it with us.

People out on the show floor with booths can get away with a lot of noise. Back in the tables, however, it overpowers everything else and the other artists will give you the evil eye as they collectively try to light your head on fire with their stares.

We did a contest when we first started and it was loud. To everyone that was within earshot of it, I'm sorry. Please don't set my head on fire.

I guess ultimately what I'm trying to say here is be considerate of those around you.  Try to be personable, give the pitch to those who are interested, and avoid gimmicks.  If your book is good you won't need them and in the long run it's better to build solid relationships with those in the trenches with you.  Don't try to drown everyone else out.


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Warm up for today based on a photo reference from :iconlindowyn-stock:

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My warm up sketch for today.  All she wants is next Tuesday off work from the Hallmark Store — And if she doesn't get it, then she will not be held responsible for what happens to those seasonal knick knacks.

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reference from :icontasastock:

If this guy asks you for change, I'd go ahead and give it to him.  He won't spend it on booze, he just wants to go to the Waffle House.

Besides if you don't he'll melt your face with his magic stick.






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Some days all you can manage is a sketch of a butler on a unicyle.

Today has been one of those days.

Today's sketch for March 5, 2012 - gravyboy.com/brianshearer/2012…

Deputy Witch is still going up twice a week -  www.deputywitch.com
Here's what keeps me sane when the work slows down: gravyboy.com/brianshearer/2012…
I was going to post a spectacular watercolor sketch this morning, but I quickly realized that it was turning out to be so completely horrible that it would be an offense to the human race to post it.  Instead I went back to something easy (after wasting 45 minutes to an hour) and did a sketch of some random girl on Canson paper.

Happy Friday.

So you want to start up your own squad of Henchmen?  New to the super villain game?  Here's 5 tips for maintaining henchmen:

1) Find someone who has street smarts, but isn't too intelligent.

2) Give him a standard uniform that's not too cool and covers his face, thus removing his individuality on the job.

3) Have a way to stop him if he goes rogue (e.g. an exploding helmet)

4) Pay him well, give him lots of vacation time and great health care.  Make him think he's got it made. Then send him to fight Batman.

5) Replace as needed.

The last of the Pixar/Dreamworks sketches.  I hope you've enjoyed it.  Next month I'm going to try and do an original character design every day.  Doing these sketches has helped me branch out a bit and try to get more practice at techniques I might otherwise not have practiced.  It's very easy to get into a rut.  For example, the last couple of days I've been dabbling with inkwash, and probably wouldn't have if I were just doing my regular comic pages and commissions.

Thanks to Justin Mitchell www.twitter.com/thecollector22 for suggesting the theme and Roger for suggesting today's sketch.

Today I threw a little ink wash for some greytones on the daily sketch.  Well, more of ink backwash, since I used whatever was in the cup I use to rinse out my brush.  It's been sitting there a few days.



February is winding down and it's gone by way too fast.  Only a few more days left for the Pixar/Dreamworks theme.  Next month I may do some original character sketches every day to stretch my brain a little.