I don't know why - but I think the fingers are the best part.
Eric, can I ask you a quasi-personal question? (It has nothing to do with Ohio and the legal age of consent, I promise!) When you made the decision to head off into the fine-arts/gallery arena, how did you wean yourself from the commercial clients? Was it 'cold turkey'? Did you try to juggle both at once? Share your wisdom, sir!
Eric, this is sick fantastic. Its perfect.
I wasn't sure what came after awesome, but now I know. You're a god.
wow the hand is so realistic. NIce!The eyes also. :) Good luck with the diehard painting schedule. :)
I love the colors that you used!
CGriffin- I would do both if I could. The work simply takes too long. So it's basically paint paint paint for gallery shows and do the starving artist thing:/
So you made better money from the clients, huh? I guess I knew that, in my heart of hearts. Was hoping to hear otherwise. I saw the piece you recently did for Tor; awesome, of course. Now, can you use that for a gallery show, too? Nice, if you can pull double-duty...
Every now and then a job comes along that can satisfy both. But it's very seldom. When I'm commissioned to do an illustration it's a guaranteed pay check. Spending 3 months painting for a gallery show does not guarantee any sales. Hopefully, in the long run my gallery work will exceed what I made as an illustrator. However, I believe honing my skills as an illustrator by working with others, and problem solving/creating solutions with my art has helped me continue to try and elevate my work. The freedom to express myself fully is worth the sacrifice.
Illustrators are so unsung. You need ten times the skills of fine artists, to be perfectly honest. You sold out your last show, didn't you? Strike while the iron's hot!
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