Friday, September 25, 2009

Plate spinning...

I know it would be hard to sumise form this blog that I'm making headway and moving forward, but I am. I'm busy at my day job (storyboarding), busy with my freelance (more HarperCollins books), a few misc projects (character design and presentations) and I've actually caught up with all the 'in process' commissions. Now all I have to do is start on some new commissions (please be patient - you know who you are), finish work on a comic for my friend, Francesco Francavilla as well as keep my eyes out for the next job.

The plates seem to be spinning pretty decently so far...though there is always a plate that tries to stop spinning...

Yesterday, in the middle of scanning, my 4 year old scanner crapped out on me. Of course, I needed it to finish some work so I imediately ran out to buy a replacement. I soon found out that it's just about impossible to buy a flatbed scanner by itself these days - at least in a store. The only options at Best Buy were the combos (which , at this point I was willing to do even though my printer is still going strong), but only one of these combos had a scan surface bigger than letter size and it sure didn't seem like an upgrade. Even with my old scanner I already had to do a lot of cutting and pasting in Photoshop for bigger pieces (and almost everything is a bigger piece) so this wasn't going to do it. I took a deep breath and thought I'd look around and see what else was available before I settled, so I wandered over to Office Max (next door) and found an 11x17 scanner and printer made by Brother. Even if this wasn't the best scanner on the market (and the reviews seem pretty good) I was immediately upgraded to a much bigger scanning surface as well as the ability to print 11x17 - something I haven't been able to do for a long time. So, besides being able to now scan full size comic pages (assuming I ever do any more comic work) all you commissioners will also now profit from my scanner crapping out...


And speaking of which, here's the latest finished G rated commission...

9 comments:

Autumn said...

Rogue looks beautiful. :)

Blaze Rocket said...

I feel ya on the scanner. When I moved to Japan, there was just no way my scanner was making the trip. It's old, and huuuuge. Upon arrival, however, I learned that scanners, much like food portions and shoes, are some what minuscule here. I can't wait to get back and be able to scan full-sized with ease again.

Awesome commission, as well. Dress looks like velvet, and it's hard to go wrong with velvet.

100cartoonpeople said...

Hi Steve,
I love your work and put in an order for your sketchbooks. I hope to get them soon!

- Victoria

John Taylor said...

Hey Steve,

I was wondering why you make some of your pictures click-able, and some not? I wish you would make them all click-able so I could view them bigger.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words. You should be getting your books soon...let me know if you don't.

John, I never realized that was occuring. The 'clickable' pieces seem to be the ones I post that I've uploaded from a photoservice and the others that aren't 'clickable' are directly uploaded from my hard-drive. I'll have to watch that in the future. Thanks for calling it to my attention.

Steven E. Gordon said...

Oops...that last post was from me and I accidentally clicked anonymous and forgot to sign in. My bad...

John T said...

That's too bad about the pictures... I was really hoping to view the bigger pictures in your Tuesday, June 23, 2009 post. Is there any way you might be able to re post those... pretty please...

Isis M. Nocturne said...

So love that Rogue image you put up! Any chance there will be more new ones of her and Wolverine (possibly a few more of them as a couple)? Please! I'm such a huge fan of your skill!

Generic Cialis said...

men I can see that you have a real affiction to Rogue character, specially with the X-men Evolution design, no matter you have a incredible talent to do this pictures.