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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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Dwilesjr May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
well ya know me good sir probably better then the government does
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piotrov May 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
I've only really got a few sketches at conventions, and those I usually just let the artist draw whatever they want. I agree about having an artist draw to their strengths. The only character I remember specifically requesting was Atom Eve from Ryan Ottley, but that just kinda made sense to me... :)

I have thought about starting a "theme" sketchbook (probably Daredevil), but haven't yet. Maybe I'll do that when I can start making it to more Cons.
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DocShaner May 27, 2009  Professional Artist
It's tough to find the time to get sketches at cons, from the few I've been to. And yeah, I would think Ottley gets mostly Invincible characters.

I've drawn in a couple theme sketchbooks, an Usagi Yojimbo one and a Death (Sandman) too. Lot of fun seeing the various ways artists take on different characters. A Daredevil one would be fun.
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piotrov May 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I've seen some really cool theme books, like a Jack Sparrow one (with an awesome Tim sale pic in it) and a Smurfs one that had some crazy stuff in it.

I have drawn in one theme book - a Chilly Willy book, which was great, since I've always loved penguins. :)
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I just received my first sketch that i commissioned. I asked for Deadpool because he's a character that i really like and i started to think about my collection of memorabilia and trades. The number of DC and Vertigo titles vastly outnumber the few Marvel things i have and i decided i want to try and start to make it a little more even because i don't really have a bias against Marvel. But the other reason i picked Deadpool was he was a character i had never seen this artist draw but it seemed right up his alley so i gave it a shot. It turned out great and i want to get a binder to start collecting sketches so i can see all the different styles artists have in a less finished format than a comic.
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DocShaner May 27, 2009  Professional Artist
See I wouldn't naturally think a character like Deadpool who's face is covered by a mask would be a popular one, but I know the character himself is popular. I've used the DC/Marvel "balance factor" too, try to even it out. A binder is a good idea because Lord knows we can't frame everything.
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I know what you mean about Deadpool but I've seen some surprisingly different takes on him from different artists. Some take a very cartoony approach to him, while others (annoyingly so) do the Joe Mad dance and make him Rambo. It's just like Spider-man or Batman. So i gotta ask, What is your favorite character to draw? And on the other end, Who's your favorite to receive, regardless of artist?
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DocShaner May 29, 2009  Professional Artist
Ha, I like that you call it the "Joe Mad dance", well put. I like Ed McGuinness' take on Deadpool, which I always thought strikes a nice mid-ground on the cartoony/rambo divide.

Hard to say which requests I like the most. Western characters are always fun for me, or any of the silver age DC characters.

Captain Marvel and the Thing are the two I'll ask for if I can't think of anything else. Usually results in something fun.
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Nice! I'm not as surprised with Captain Marvel as I am with The Thing. With Thing i want to see something other than the old standby of "Orange, Rocky Hulk w/ cigar" that so many people get stuck in. But when i see something different? Like him in the super old school tights? That's interesting to me.

And McGuinness has a great way of taking well known and not so well known heroes and make them look unlike any other take previously done.
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at most shows people usually have a sketch book of one character or characters based around that main character. i've drawn a lot of original characters,which is really fun. but i think the character i've been asked for the most is gl kyle rayner.
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