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My computer's still busted but I'm expecting to get it back soon, at which point I'll be able to start posting what I've been working on.  For now I thought I'd just ask you all about something that's interested me lately, that being commissions.

Specifically, which characters you choose for commissions.  I know some of you out there are more fervent collectors than I am so I wanted to hear what you think.  Do you base it on the artist, or is it just which character is your favorite?  Or is it a little of both?  Let's say you're a huge fan of Superman, and you're also a huge fan of a certain creator, but said creator doesn't really draw a Superman you're in to.  Do you just ask for another character?

I know I had to get a Captain Marvel from Chris Sprouse because Cap's a favorite of mine and I've never seen Sprouse draw him.  Stuff like that.  I've slowly been making a list of characters I'd love to see certain artists draw, even if said characters aren't my absolute top favorites, I think they're well suited to the artist.  For my money, Yildiray Cinar :iconcinar: draws a great Hawkman.  I'd imagine Jonny Quest by way of Sean Galloway :iconcheeks-74: would be pretty sick, and I love seeing Rev. Dave Johnson :icondevilpig: draw the classic suit and tie Nick Fury.  I know I tend to ask for Captain Marvel or the Thing the most.

This goes for artists too.  Which characters do you get asked to draw most often, and do they match up to your own tastes?  Looking over the last year or so of my own commissioned work, there seems to be 2 major groups: Pulp characters (mostly the Shadow) and characters from DC's Legion of Superheroes.  This always strikes me as strange because I don't consider myself a huge pulp fan, and I know so very little about the Legion.  Not that I mind, I enjoy finding out about characters I've never heard of, just think it's funny.  Are there certain characters you would ask me for right off the bat?

So I guess treat this kind of like a forum, I'm really interested to hear all your answers to any of the above questions.
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:icondocshaner:
DocShaner Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Artist
I admit I first found Nord because of the Ultimate Human series he did with Warren Ellis. Even though I'm not a huge Conan fan I really enjoy his work on that as well.

Thanks for the recommendation on Parlov, I'll have to check him out!
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thejeremydale Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
For me, I like to get characters I like from creators I think would do that character justice. I'm not about to ask for a Spawn from, say, Steve Rude-- that's just not something I'd want to pay for from him. A Zeck Captain America? A JRjr Spider-Man? A McGuinness Hulk? YES, PLEASE. :)

I'm most often as an artist commissioned to draw:

1) Batgirl
2) Spider-Man
3) Captain America
4) Power Girl
5) Harley Quinn

Beyond that, it's mostly female characters, with an occasional Thing or Legion member.

- jeremy
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:icondocshaner:
DocShaner Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Artist
Ha, Steve Rude's Spawn would be something. I always wanted to get a Space Ghost from him. I'm not a big Spidey fan, but JRjr's is one I would definitely ask for. Same goes for McGuinness and just about anything.

You draw an awesome Cap, man, I can totally see that. I consider myself lucky to have all the work you sent me last fall, but I know that the next time I see you I'm getting a Thor.
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thejeremydale Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Woo! A Thor would be cool. Actually, here's a few characters I wish people would ask for more often:

- Thor
- Thing
- Green Lantern

Oh-- and I get a ton of Kitty Pryde requests. Forgot about that.
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:icondocshaner:
DocShaner Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Artist
I don't know if I can remember seeing you draw Thing before or not? Have I?

Well, now I know that I'm getting a Thor/Thing Throwdown from you next time, ha!
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thejeremydale Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
hehehe Done and done! ;)

- jeremy
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theadventurer Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Usually I pick characters that A)I'd like to see you draw in your style, and B)A Character that you probably don't get requested very often, or ever (ie: Judge Dredd/Astro Boy over Batman/Green Lantern etc...)

I'm not sure how much you hate it, but I like to see you draw stuff you might not usually draw. Just to see it in your style. Mostly because I know I'll see plenty of the other in the future from other requests/stuff you do normally.

But that's just me.

On the topic of lots of ';Pulp' requests. I think it might have a lot to do with your fantastic prior drawings of The Shadow/John Quest/Doc Savage/Captain America/Dick Tracy/Phantom etc... they are really really really good, and fit your style so well. So its an easy request for that type of character because we know it will look dynamite.
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:icondocshaner:
DocShaner Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Artist
That seems to be the general consensus, and to an extent that's the same way I go about commissioning work.

And I don't hate it at all, I'm quite happy to be drawing every day and I love taking on new stuff. That Judge Dredd was something I probably wouldn't have done on my own but I had a good time with it.

Thanks for the kind words regarding the pulp stuff James.
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Pol-Rua Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
I've seen two incredible theme sketchbook, one featuring monkeys and apes, and another which features cliffs.

But on the whole, I generally like to see people drawing characters they may not be known for but I'm interested in seeing their take on them.
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DocShaner Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Artist
I know the cliff one you mentioned, and that's a great one. Simple, and some creators do the best stuff with the idea.

And that's the best way to go with commissions I think. You want something special, something they're not going to draw every day.
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