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It's been a long while since I posted some art on here, and I NEVER make journal posts, as much as I'd like to make more. Here I am on a day off with a decent backlog of drawing and sketches upload, and a dvr full of stuff to watch. So while my wife figures out how to stream the season finale' of Walking Dead, I'm gonna use the wifi to get some stuff up on here and Facebook.
  • Reading: The Road
  • Watching: Walking Dead Finale'
  • Playing: Assasin's Creed 2
  • Eating: Late breakfast
  • Drinking: The last of my coffee
The summer's running along at an amazing clip. The kids will be back in school in no time at this rate.

I've started on another commissioned book cover for Quicksylver Publications. Things are running well with that, and I'm seeing improvement in my coloring, which I'm happy about, of course. There will be a posting of it here soon as it's done.

At the same time, I'm trying to build up a portfolio to send to a local gallery and I've managed to set up a few travel plans to take care of some tattoo clients out of state.

I'm still keeping open slots for commissioned comics sketches/quickies. Request here and receive it in your very own mailbox. How cool is that?!

Delivered art will be roughly 6X10, card stock paper in a plastic sleeve.

Single Character, bust to mid-thigh: Pencils- $15, Brushed Ink- $20
Additional Character: $10
Shipping: $3, per shipment. (ie, request multiple pics, it's all $3 to get it to you)

A word on original characters: The more info or picture reference you provide me, the more likely it will look like what you want it to, but I can't guarantee it will be exactly what you have in your head. Rest assured, I'll endeavor to get it as close as possible.

Contact me through a direct message with details, info, and payment if interested.
  • Listening to: Scott Kurtz ranting
  • Reading: Bold Visions
  • Watching: The Older play some Zelda
  • Playing: Bayonetta
  • Eating: Late breakfast
  • Drinking: Chocolate silk coffee
Alright kids and grownups,

I'm finishing up several projects and opening up some time for the summer. I'm now finally prepped to take on open commissions for some quickies.

Delivered art will be roughly 6X10, card stock paper in a plastic sleeve.

Single Character, bust to mid-thigh: Pencils- $15, Brushed Ink- $20
Additional Character: $10
Shipping: $3, per shipment. (ie, request multiple pics, it's all $3 to get it to you)

A word on original characters: The more info or picture reference you provide me, the more likely it will look like what you want it to, but I can't guarantee it will be exactly what you have in your head. Rest assured, I'll endeavor to get it as close as possible.

Contact me through a direct message with details, info, and payment if interested.
  • Listening to: Scott Kurtz ranting
  • Reading: tea leaves... again.
  • Watching: A little Firefly
  • Drinking: Black Tea
Here I am again for what's becoming my yearly post here to my DA journal. Really wich I could get around to posting to this more often, but there you are. By all means, if any one reads this, lemme know.

So, this year in the works: I'll finally be getting off my kiester(?) and creating my comic book which I've dreamt andplanned for for quite a few years. In preparation I've designed, written and drawn a short, 10-page comic ass a means of determining whether or not I can actually do a comic, before I go destryoing my comic idea that I hold so dear. It's my baby, you see, and like all fathers I want to see it grow up to be the best it can. That means not messing it up before it even sees the light of day.

Joining me in this endeavour will be my very good friend and business partner, Canadian treasure: Desz Kern, :iconcanuckdesz: .

Wish us luck, stay in touch, and if things work out well, there'll be good things a comin.

Eric
  • Listening to: Podcasts
  • Reading: tea leaves... again.
  • Watching: Star Dust
  • Drinking: Coffee
Out of January, which I'll now call Sketchuary, because of a Facebook group I got involved with. Posted one sketch a day, every day all month next to some very talented and fun fellow artists on FB. Had a blast, and got some much needed confidence with my tools, including photoshop and the wacom.

I'll be posting here more often as I can, mostly some random sketches here and there. Some may be from the Sketchuary posts I made, and most will be fresh and new sketches. I'm just really wanting to get more active all around. Some of the sketchy posts may lead to more polished and finished pieces, and all together I'm hoping to see some serious improvement over time. It's all about doing something more and more often.

Since they're little quickies, I'll be taking some suggestions from those who are following me, and especially those who have continued reading this far into this journal post. Good-on-ya! I'm not promising that I'll do the suggestions, but it'll be a free pic, and you can consider it a gift.

Chatter later,
T
  • Listening to: SModcast, and lots of it
  • Reading: Hamlet! Cheese and WHINE!
  • Playing: with a Hardware failure!
  • Eating: Crow
  • Drinking: Black Tea
As an art community, I'm encouraging anyone with a spare buck to take a look over at this fellows work and buy if you can, or donate a buck or two (a little adds up fast) to help this artist out, and keep his copyright on his intellectual property. It's his art, he should be able to keep it!

Consider this a chance to stick to a genuine asshole, while helping out a gifted metal worker.

www.johntunger.com/legal-defen…

Re-post to your own journals and social net sites. By helping him, we help ourselves.
  • Listening to: SModcast, and lots of it
  • Reading: High Magic's Aid
  • Playing: Ghostbusters
  • Eating: too many cupcakes
  • Drinking: Coffee and Green Tea
Read This!

My life and career aren't the easiest, but I have fun, and I have high hopes. I'm confident and dedicated to my love and abilities in my field of artistic endevours. To think that someone could take away my chances for a fulfilling career in an artistic field simply because I don't have the money to compete with the them, based onthe new laws they managed to pay congressmen to pass frightens me. It frightens me because after all the changes I've seen taking place in the world, I know how close it is.

Please take the time to read this article and do a bit of research. Know what's going on. Then write that letter, make that call, make your voice heard. If too many people believe it's going to happen no matter what, it will.

If enough people know they can stop it by their screams of indignation, it will be stopped.
  • Listening to: Walls of Jerico
  • Reading: Dark Apostle
  • Playing: COD4
  • Eating: Healthier
  • Drinking: Coffee and Green Tea
Well, I've amde it to and past Dragon Con, and I'm feeling a little like a boat with no rudder. I made a couple of contacts, and I spent four days with some great friends, got many, many pictures, far more than I usually take, and I had the best time I've ever had at Dragon Con. There may be some hope for this convention franchise yet.

The exhibit booth at DC was fun. Mostly sat around, yelling at people to stop for a moment and get a quick shot of their costume, sketched out the occasionally drawing here and there, and kept general morale at a peak. My friend Desz started a quote sheet for the con, and I dominated most of page one fairly quickly with gems like, "I am SO squeezing your tooth paste from the middle," and "Run, Pimp, Run!" Good times, good times...

Time not spent at the booth, I was found wandering about Hilton and diving into the dealer room and the rest of the Exhibit hall. I kept my camera at the ready at all times, and got some great shots of some truly well-made costumes, and some not-so-well-made costumes as well. I shot over to the Hyatt for the speed sketch competition, and I knew I should broke that chick's kneecaps before we got started. I may have had a chance. I'm taking it next year, with the gods as mah witness!

Another week, and I hope to have completely re-integrated with civilian life.
  • Listening to: The hum of a drink machine
  • Reading: The Watchmen
  • Watching: Smoking Aces
  • Playing: Gears of War (again)
  • Eating: Healthier
  • Drinking: Coffee and Green Tea
Ok, so as my second genuine post, I'd like to announce that I've reunited with my family, and it feels so good. For the past two years, I've been living between Atlanta and Charlotte, driving down to work at Sacred Heart tattoo in GA, and coming back up to Gastonia, NC to be with my wife and kids for my weekend. I've now found a small, lovely shop in Hickory, NC, a mere 45 minutes from my house, and it is here that I've set up shop, for the time being at least. While I'll miss my friends I've made with the Sacred Heart Familia, my family comes first, and the reputation will come to me, if it takes a while.

The shop and business have slowed down rather inexplicably. While it's expected to happen every year, it's a bit early yet, and it might not be so bad if I was caught up on my bills in the first place. Suffice to say, if you'e in the area and have been thinking about getting a tattoo, or getting one started, now is the perfect time! Baby needs a new pair of shoes!

Also Dragon Con is looming ever close. The September issue of Dragon Magazine, and Dungeon Magazine will have a full page add for Quicksylver Productions in it detailing our showcase there. It's my work in print, ya'll! I can't wait to see it. What's more, it will be a super-sized issue, as it's the last printed issue. After this, they go all web, so be sure not to miss it.

That is all. Keep your eyes on the stars, keep the engines cool, keep flying.
  • Listening to: Gogol Bordello
  • Reading: The Watchmen
  • Playing: Ninja Gaiden
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: coffee
MAJOR ARCANA - THE TEMPERANCE - NUNO GOMES

Here runs the river you glimpsed in prayer.
It's chill and pure, quick with ancient trout that speak.
Gills fanned, silver at ease in deep pools,
they gossip of prophets and warfare,
of the metallic fate of all heroes.

Mute irises flower on the bank
but keep their stories locked in root.
At their base, thyme smothers dull rue,
blooms under rosemary, tells its own
sunny tale of ease and simple growth.

Gabriel stands before the herbs,
dawn at his back, absorbed by his task.
Water pours between two cups he holds
and as it flows from hand to holy hand,
the destroyer of Gomorrah is still,
transfixed by control and containment.

This peaceful land is the end of the boneyard,
the source of myth, the garden of fable,
and yet, beyond it, a dirt path winds eastward,
upward toward mountains: an uneasy trail
for those who must know what lies beyond heaven.


I found this poem very.... relaxing. Very much like the card it's written of. Since I didn't want to lose it, and wanted to see it often, i decided to place it here. I hope Libellula won't mind.
  • Listening to: what the voices tell me to
  • Reading: cards
  • Watching: paint dry
  • Playing: with myself
  • Eating: my own words
  • Drinking: vodka dnd tonic, sans vodka, sans tonic
I'm a husband to one, a father of two, and I've been tattooing professionally now for about 4 years. I got my apprenticeship in Gastonia, NC, near Charlotte, and I've worked for three companies in that time between Atlanta and Charlotte, till I found my home here at Sacred Heart Tattoo 3 in Norcross, GA, near Atlanta. As the better half of "The Brothers Grimmer," I've came into la Familia here at Sacred Herat knowing I had allot to learn, and so learn I have, picking the brains of every co-worker I've come into contact with. I truly count my co-workers, including my brother at the main shop in Little Five Points, Atlanta, as MAJOR influences in my work. Without all of them, I wouldn't be the artist I am today. As for illustration, I became "involved" with comics back in high school, as all good geeks do. From there, the gateway drug as I call it, came D&D, Rifts, Cyberpunk, and all my formative Role Playing years. You can't play allot of Dungeons and Dragons and not learn a little something about courage. It was only natural I should pick up the pen and pencil and start sketching out characters. Ten or so years later, I started getting good at it, since I'd started tattooing by that time and found myself drawing all day everyday. As Commander Mark said, draw draw, practice your drawing everyday. He wasn't just whistling Dixie, kids. With no formal education though, it's taken me this long to figure out some tricks I probably could have learned far earlier on. I'm also recently entering a period of experimentation and finding a style I'm comfortable with. Artists I look up to (read: Idolize) include: BROM, Luis Royo, Jim Lee, Ed Benes, Scott Williams, and Bernie Wrightson. And Stan Lee, who let's face, gave me my start. Ah, Stan. What I use: Tattooing- I have two next generation machines I've tuned up with the help of my co-workers, Mikey and Tom into separate color and black-and-gray shaders. I have one Danny Knight liner I picked up at our Atlanta Tattoo Convention this past June. I use Pelican ink for black and grays, and eternals and intenze pigments. Illustration- I like the Staedtler 980 lead holder with nonphotoblue and standard leads. Speedball superblack. It's black as a witches heart, lemme tell ya. I use a number one round for my brush. A soft natural bristle for wide passes, and a stiff bristle for line work and tip control. I'm learning to use Paintshop Pro 7 and cs2, and hope to bust out with some colored pieces here in the near future. It's slow moving though, for my work schedule. I'm an easy going spirit, for the most part. I welcome critics and the occasional line. I hope to be able to post back here more often than I ever did my livejournal. I'm still guilty over that thing... I got real friends in there. Feel free to chat to me. I'll get back to you. If I don't, forgive me, I'm still working for a living.
  • Listening to: what the voices tell me to
  • Reading: entrails
  • Watching: paint dry
  • Playing: with myself
  • Eating: my own word
  • Drinking: vodka dnd tonic, sans vodka, sans tonic