Monday, January 30, 2012

Sherlock Holmes paper figure set for sale!

Finally, I've got something new for sale: SHERLOCK HOLMES PAPER FIGURES
This set of 8 paper figures makes an excellent addition to the collection of any Sherlock Holmes fan, whether one intends to display them on a bookshelf or reenact the great detective's exploits on the floor of the family play-room.
The figure set, professionally printed on a nice, heavy recycled matte card stock and packaged handsomely by my wife Liz, who did all the folding, stuffing, etc (see below), is available for $11. Shipping is free on this item, TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! Unless there's like some sort of post office in Antarctica and it costs seventy bucks to ship a letter there, or something, but that's a bridge we'll cross should we come to it.
Also, I'm a HUGE fan of the wonderfully done BBC Sherlock series (which is available both on DVD and on Netflix Instant), and I couldn't resist making a complimentary Sherlock and John figure. Now, before any of the rabid Sherlock fans ask, no, I'm not selling this one. Sorry. I don't want to incur the wrath of the BBC (which I love) nor do I want to make money off of their property. But I do want to make it available if anyone who gets the 8-figure set happens to be a fan. So I've included two "buy it now" buttons, same price - one is for just the figure set, the other is for the set plus the extra figure which I based on the likenesses of Cumberbatch and Freeman. Be sure to check the latter if you want the extra figure, and if you don't, please check the former. I didn't make nearly as many of the BBC ones, and want to make sure that those who want 'em do, in fact, get 'em. If this figure somehow inspires a fence-sitter to watch the show, hooray!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Captain Cane

Here's another character from Crogan's Vengeance: Captain Cane! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

"Catfoot" Crogan

I've been posting these labeled drawings of my interpretations of other people's characters for like two months straight, and I thought, "You know what? Maybe I should post my own!" So here's the first of a bunch of figures from Crogan's Vengeance: the book's protagonist, "Catfoot" Crogan.

As with the Sherlock Holmes figures (sets of which I'll begin selling on Monday), I plan to make these into sets of paper figures. I may make them available as papercraft downloads that you print yourself, but the downside with that is that these colors are too similar to each other to have good definition when printed on an inkjet, I may print them up professionally and have them available at shows and for sale online. I'd love feedback on that from whoever has a strong opinion. The other question I have is one which I hesitate to ask, for fear that if I end up deciding to go in a direction other than what someone suggests I'll end up alienating that reader, whereas if I just did it and gave no options then no one could be bugged. Ah, but I'm on the fence. Here's the question: If I were to make these Crogan paper figures available, would you all want them with the names serving as a stand at the bottom, as is currently the case, or would you want them absent this text? I feel like the text does a good job of giving them all a similar element that ties them all together, but I don't really know. Thoughts?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wizarding Wednesdays: President of the Slug Club

I almost forgot to post this week's drawing! Oops!

Sorry he's cropped on the side. Blogger only lets me do images up to 400 pixels wide, and ol' Horace is a big dude. Click him to see the full thing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wizarding Wednesdays: GILDEROY LOCKHEART

Wizarding Wednesdays: Gildroy Lockheart!

This week's Wizarding Wednesday character is the 2nd year Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and all around superstar Gildroy Lockheart! Is anyone else even half as awesome? I don't know, I can't remember. EDIT - I know, I know, I misspelled his name in the drawing! I'm a nitwit sometimes. It's not a quick fix, and Lockheart week is over, so howsabout I set it right should I ever plan to print it for anything?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Alatriste Characters: Malatesta

The last Alatriste drawing is Alatriste's nemesis Malatesta, the Italian Sword-for-Hire. I did another one of these, but I screwed up and sort of did an amalgam of two of the characters as I remembered them, and it accurately reflects neither, so I'm dropping it.

I've got a CRAZY amount of work over the next couple of weeks - I still have three radio scripts to write for the Decoder Ring Theatre Summer Showcase, I've got to put together a classroom guide for Crogan's Loyalty, and I've got to do 22 pages of pencils and inks for a comic (found out about that one day before yesterday, and am supposed to get the script today, I think). That, plus I'm teaching a full load, so it's going to be a real nose-to-the-grindstone January.

I mention this because I've been reasonably good about posting every weekday lately, and that's not gonna happen for a little bit. I've got a backlog of Harry Potter drawings, so I'm set for Wizarding Wednesdays for the forseeable future, but it may be a little while before I'm back on the every day schedule.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wizarding Wednesdays: Loony, Loony, Loony!

One of my students asked me if I'd draw Luna for this week's Wizarding Wednesdays. I said "Sure, I will." To this she looked down and said resignedly "No, you won't," and walked off, dejected.

See, Allie, no need to be sad!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Alatriste Characters: Inigo Balboa

The second character drawing from Arturo Perez-Reverte's Alatriste novels is INIGO, the young narrator. He ages over the course of the books, but I'm drawing him at his youngest, 'cause that's just fun.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Alatriste Characters: Captain Diego Alatriste

Today's drawing is Captain Alatriste, from the novel series by Arturo Perez-Reverte! I first read Perez-Reverte because I liked the Roman Polanski movie based on his novel The Club Dumas, even though everyone else I know hates it. Oh, well. The Alatriste series is fun - I've only read the first three books, as that was all that had been translated at the time that I read 'em. Maybe the rest are out? They made a movie of 'em, too, with Viggo Morteson. It was beautifully shot, but I fell asleep halfway through it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wizarding Wednesdays: Dumbledore, and also Lupin again

I know I drew Lupin last week, but I wanted to bulk up that Paper Figure collection thingie, so I redrew him. He still has his lil' fang.

Also, this week's Wizarding Wednesday submission: Dumbledore! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Master and Commander and oh, yeah, that guy too

Oh, Stephen. Your old boots are heavy and metal-soled, and you can't swim. How many times must your friends pluck you from the ocean floor? And if you missed that big man of a sanguine countenance, I drew him yesterday.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Master and Commander

I've only read the first four Aubrey/Maturin novels, but they're pretty darn good. I'll read the rest eventually, by which I mean as soon as my schedule permits.