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Monday, August 17, 2015

NYCC Pre-Show Comissions

What's up peeps. After being shut out last year, I have resurfaced like the majestic Phoenix and will be vending at the New York Comic Con, Oct 8-11th, alongside the mega talent that is Abede Lovelace of City of Walls fame​. 
More details will be coming soon, but in the meantime I am now accepting pre-show commissions. Here are the details:

Pre-Show Commissions

- Single character, Minimal background
- 3 sizes/types:
  • 8.5x11 ($80)
  • blank covers ($75)
  • 11x17 ($150)
- Paypal payment required unless otherwise noted
- Artwork will be delivered at the convention. No exceptions

Other notes on Pre-Show commissions
- Artwork can be picked up by someone other than the customer. Please provide name of the person picking up the commission.

-The commissions are produced for private art collectors. They are not to be reproduced without permission from the artist.

- The artist will have the right to reproduce the artwork as long as there are no copyright conflicts.
- No requests for different sizes, sketchbooks etc. will be accepted.

- Blank covers can be mailed to me at client's expense, but time for delivery will have to be factored in.

- SOME art direction is accepted, but at the end all artwork is at my sole discretion. No edits or revisions, No exceptions.

- Multiple characters or specific requests can be discussed but not guaranteed and an extra charge would apply.

- If a piece is not picked up, it can be mailed out after the show for an additional cost

Please contact pyroglyphics1@comcast.net with your request.

Thanks peeps
S



Monday, May 4, 2015

A Storm Is Coming...Er, Here.

It's been a while. But I won't do any preamble, let's get into it.

Last year, November 25th 2014, I posted an image online of my rendition of Storm from the X-Men. The piece was done with a hip-hop twist, and there was a lot of symbolism I wanted to get out there. 




This was after the time of the Ferguson injustice where Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. On November 24, 2014, it was announced that the St. Louis County grand jury had decided not to indict Wilson. Since then there have been countless shootings of black men with pretty much the same results. It's despicable!! 

Now, this is a repost, but it's sad how apt all of my thoughts still are and how it seems like nothing is changing, which is why I wanted to share my thoughts on this piece again.

It was around that time that I saw a post on a friend's facebook page basically saying that he didn't understand why there were posts coming through his feed that didn't have anything to do with Ferguson. Now, this wasn't written for the sake of any beef or anything, me and him were/are still cool and always welcome honest debate, but for a second there I was a little angry cause I thought, 'Who the hell was he to dictate what I posted?'
But honestly..? I also felt a little guilty due to the fact that for a while I had been promoting a sale I was having, and with so much going on in Ferguson, not to mention the world, I hadn't taken the time to publicly address anything other than ME. After some thought though, I recognize that there was more than one way to have an impact..or to speak one's mind...And for me that was with my art.


I believe that one way for me to honor wrongful acts of injustice to Nubians is to make sure I put out images that don't perpetuate racial stereotypes. I feel we (indy artists and creators) can manifest images and works that don't fall back on the coward's disguise of "satire". Case in point-- When I first brainstormed what images I wanted to create for a new line of shirts, the base concept was "superheroes in casual clothes". I then honed the concept to specifically be "superheroes crossed with hip-hop". I calculated who would be the best fit for this theme (and yes, who might be the most marketable). I decided on Storm, Wolverine, and Deadpool. Everybody LOVES some Deadpool, right?

Anyways, for Storm I figured I'll give her a classic 'b-girl" look: hoody, headphones, rope-chain and all...should be pretty easy piece I figured. I had nearly finished the image when I decided to pull up some rope-chain reference..ya know, just to make sure I nailed it. And then, not till then, after seeing image after image of cooning rappers with gaudy expensive jewelery side by side with images of ACTUAL rope and NOOSES that it hit me-- what was I doing? Why did rappers think it was cool to wear symbols of ROPE around their neck? 
 


 
 
Why were some of these same rappers who were so fast to talk about "killing whitey" and "the oppression of black people" wearing the same things that were used to end the lives of so many Nubians? Why was THAT representative of hip-hop? I felt like someone had slapped me in the face with a dose of Wakedafucup juice! And it was then that I made a conscious decision not to be a part of that anymore. I quickly scraped the idea to have Wolverine in that style, and to DEFINTELY nix the Deadpool idea. (Deadpool was going to be my "ghetto" character...I'm talking throwing up signs, Lil' Wayne tatts, low riding jeans, the works. As I crumbled the paper I was disgusted with MYSELF for even THINKING of some ratchet ass stereotypical self-deprecating shit like that)

So instead, I started thinking about what could I do differently. After google'ing various styles of necklaces, I decided to give my Storm an Afrocentric inspired necklace with her traditional original X-Men headband as the medallion. It was like a new part of my mind was opened. And I can't go back.

So I want anyone who has made it this far to know NOW- I will always be true to myself and my images. I refuse to be a part of the shucking and jiving artistic buffoonery that's being perpetuated just for the sake of a dollar. And for anyone and everyone who thinks the world stops because of whatever mission they want to take up that week, that's not the case. The world didn't stop when my father was killed in that hit and run and neither did the bills. I have to do what I have to do to survive, but I will honor what I view to be injustice in the WAY I see fit, HOW I feel I can. And what does this all mean? That I won't watch an episode of Love and Hip-Hop NY ever again? No, I'm far from perfect, but keep in mind what they say about rocks and glass residences. You never know what a person is thinking or how they're dealing with something.
 
Cause while the new religion that is "Social Media" and the omnipresent god that is Facebook tries to make it seem we as a society SHOULD be saying every single thing that we think, that's not the case. While it seems that nothing should be private or sacred anymore, that's not the case. While it seems like we're all SUPPOSED to confess every single secret and thought to the masses so that someone can acknowledge and give us praise for how witty we are or how "deep" we think, that's not the case. We can use it, it's HOW we use it. With that said, check out the newest version of my Storm piece, with colors by Tommy Shelton.

And if you're still here, thank you. Be sure to check me out on these other spots:
Instagram @Pyroglyphics1 / Twitter @ShawnAlleyneArt / facebook www.facebook.com/PyroglyphicsStudio

Peace
Shawn.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Komainu Pt3

Well, this is it people, the last day of the 47 Ronin contest. What 47 Ronin contest? Why, the one I'm participating in at Talenthouse.com for the new movie starring Keanu Reeves. The challenge was to design a mythical beast inspired by the movie which would then be subject to votes. (Deadline for votes is Monday December 23rd. Vote for my piece here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690
You can vote more than once on both facebook AND twitter of which I'm now a card carrying member-@ShawnAlleyneArt)

 Part 1 of this series was me showing a little of how I created the character:  http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/2013/12/komainu-origin.html
Part 2 was me exposing some of the artists in the contest for cheating(start up copy and paste): http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/
But now part 3 will bring us back to the making of.

Komainu are usually a pair of lion-like statue creatures that guard the entrance of many Japanese shrines and are meant to ward off evil spirits. 

I figured I would make him stand upright and anthropomorphic to give him more of a "presence" than being on all fours. I saw him as a wise celestial spirit that was peaceful but also bad-ass and could fight if need be. At first I was going to give him a khakkhara, which is a ringed Buddhist staff, to show that wise peaceful side, but I decided against it. In this version of him he has been corrupted by a demonic force and is all action.


 After some sketching I had his design and pose. I knew I wanted to incorporate the ball that is part of a lot of the statues somewhere in the design.

 I just thought it was really cool that these cat like creatures had this ball to play with, so I decided to go the Final Fantasy route where the characters have a lot of extra design elements that may not necessarily have any function. I threw a giant ball on his back, then gave him some ceremonial wraps to hold it in place. 


With the pencils done, it was time to bring in a little assist in the form of colorist extraordinaire Renee Clarke.
See Renee's work here: http://shizuka-shi.deviantart.com/)
Renee is not only an amazing colorist and artist in her own right, she's also an awesome person and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to more collabos with her.

And voila, after a lot of time and effort, the finished piece.

I hope you enjoyed this little peep behind the scenes, and I want to thank everyone who voted and shared the link.
See you next time.

S

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Komainu Pt2

This was supposed to be part two of a blog delving into the creative process behind one of my latest characters "Komainu". (You can read the first part here: http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/2013/12/komainu-origin.html)
To bring new readers up to speed, I'm participating in an online contest at Talenthouse.com for the new 47 Ronin movie starring Keanu Reeves. The challenge was to design a mythical beast inspired by the movie which would then be subject to votes. (Deadline for votes is Monday December 23rd. Vote for my piece here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690
You can vote more than once on both facebook AND twitter of which I'm now a member..sigh..@ShawnAlleyneArt)
Here's the official entry. 
Designed and drawn by yours truly/colored by Renee Clarke. The Lion-Dog spirit exists to protect the righteous and guard against evil, but it remains to be seen if this Celestial being has been corrupted.
Instead, this is going to a public service announcement. It was recently brought to my attention that some of the contests in the competition have blatantly stolen artwork, tweaked it and are calling it their own. This was discovered by someone who knew of the original and came upon the contest. Now, I won't put the names the artists out there, nor any direct links, I'll just show you the artworks and you can judge for yourselves. Below is one of the "official" entries in the contest..
and here is the original artwork that was ripped off...
Ridiculous. And this entry is in the top 5 of the contest!!!! As you can see this piece was stolen, cropped, then meshed together with a different head. That was probably stolen from somewhere else as well.

Here's another entry:




And here are stolen pieces used to create this piece..




Double ridiculous!!!!! This one just pisses me off for the fact that a minotaur has no place in Japanese mythology.
It pains me that these entries are in the top of the contest just because they were able to convince more people to vote for them. That's why I hate these types of competitions. It doesn't come down to skill or passion, just this new age facebook and twitter popularity bullshit!
But maybe it's me.At the end of the day I'm probably going to be called a hater. I'm probably going to be called a sore loser.Maybe I'm reading too much into it. You be the judge.

Once again you can vote for me here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690

And see all the contestants and rank here: http://www.talenthouse.com/design-for-47-ronin

Thanks for reading

Peace
Shiz



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Komainu- The Origin

What's up peeps. If you've been following my facebook page you should be aware by now that I'm participating in an online contest going on at Talenthouse. com for the new 47 Ronin movie starring Keanu Reeves. The challenge was to design a mythical beast inspired by the movie, and you can vote for my piece here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690
You can vote more than once on both facebook AND twitter(of which I'm now a member..sigh..@ShawnAlleyneArt)


What I wanted to do here was go into the details of my design called Komainu.
The Lion-Dog spirit exists to protect the righteous and guard against evil, but it remains to be seen if this Celestial being has been corrupted.


As with everything I design I start off brainstorming and gathering reference. Good ole Google came in handy as I looked up "Japanese mythological beasts" to see what was out there. When I came across Komainu image popped up I knew I had my idea. The name comes from the ancient Japanese statues of the same name, often called lion-dogs in English. The Komainu are usually a pair of lion-like statue creatures either guarding the entrance of many Japanese shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself. They can sometimes also be found at Buddhist Temples or nobility residences and even private homes.

Meant to ward off evil spirits, modern komainu statues are almost identical, but one has the mouth open, the other closed. This is a very common characteristic in religious statue pairs at both temples and shrines. This pattern is Buddhist in origin however and has a symbolic meaning. The open mouth is pronouncing the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, which is pronounced "a", while the closed one is uttering the last letter, which
is pronounced "um", to represent the beginning and the end of all things. Together they form the sound "Aum" a syllable sacred in several religions.There are however exceptions to the rule in which both komainu have their mouth either open or closed.



 There's a variation of the statue that resembles a fox.
I love the idea of the Komainu so much I plan on incorporating the theme into a modern version into the Aizan universe.  Next time I'll take a look at the details of the design a little closer.

Catch you then.

S

Sunday, October 6, 2013

P.O.D Day 6 "Knightseeker 19"

Happy Sunday(or whenever you're reading this), and welcome to Day 6 of my "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal. Every day in the month of October I'll be posting  a new piece of art plus providing some behind the scene sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.
Today features a piece done for the new Knightseeker illustrated novel written by Eric Cooper.
www.knightseeker.com



 This is Chapter 19 entitled "Disturbing Call". The description was:

(Single Scene) Setting: Ethan’s apartment living room.
Action: GUILLOTINE aiming FUSION BARREL of weapons staff at KNIGHT SEEKER. KNIGHT SEEKER aiming TRI-BLADE SWORD at GUILLOTINE.
LT. DIAZ aiming SHOTGUN at KNIGHT SEEKER. SGT. FLEMINGS aiming BOTH GLOCK PISTOLS at GUILLOTINE.

This one didn't come together right away, and I had to go through a lot of sketches to get what I wanted. Here are a few.



 
All in all the project itself was a fun one. This is the third(!) illustrated novel Cooper has dropped, and I've been lucky enough to have been Art Director for the last two books now. In addition to being AD, I'm also an artist for some of the chapters, primary designer as well as cover artist for all 3 books.
Shout out to Eric for the opportunity. See my last blog for more Knightseeker art.
http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/2013/10/pod-day-5-knightseeker.html 
 
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you continue to follow me on this path of me seeking to be a better artist and more productive artist. Feel free to give any critiques or comments. Catch you tomorrow God willing.

Peace.
S

Saturday, October 5, 2013

P.O.D Day 5- "KnightSeeker"

Hey peeps. Day 5 of my "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal where every day in the month of October I'll be posting  a new piece of art plus providing some behind the scene sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.

Today features a piece done for the new Knightseeker illustrated novel written by Eric Cooper.
www.knightseeker.com
This was Chapter 25 entitled "A True Test of Friendship".
The description was: (Single Scene) Setting: Subway tunnel by the single set of tracks.
Action: KNIGHT SEEKER shooting out one concentrated shot to GUILLOTINE’s chest peace. This will be a very violent shot that shatters the Guillotine chest piece.  GUILLOTINE whole body reacts to the hit. (Also Guillotine is unarmed. His weapon should not be in the scene.)

Here's the piece.
 
Knightseeker Book 3 illustrated novel chap 25 artwork. Pencils and inks Shawn Alleyne
So after reading the chapter and going over the description, I had a pretty solid idea of how it would look. I knew I wanted to play with shadows and action lines, and though I said in a previous blog that I'm not good at spotting shadows, doesn't mean I don't like to try. Due to the deadline I was at first going to use the blacks and lines in lieu of a background, but after trying, it felt cheap. So I added the subway tunnel to push myself. I definitly need to practice my action lines some more I feel.

The project itself is a fun one. This is the third(!) illustrated novel Cooper has dropped, and I've been lucky enough to have been Art Director for the last two books now. In addition to being AD, I'm also an artist for some of the chapters, primary designer as well as cover artist for all 3 books.
Shout out to Eric for the opportunity.
Here's the cover to the revamped edition of the first novel...
 

Knightseeker Book 1 illustrated novel cover. Shawn Alleyne on pencils and inks/ colors by Blair Smith
And the cover for book 2.
Knightseeker Book 2 illustrated novel cover art. Pencils- Shawn Alleyne/colors-Blair Smith  
Look for more Knightseeker goodness soon.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you continue to follow me on this path of me seeking to be a better artist and more productive artist. Feel free to give any critiques or comments. Catch you tomorrow God willing.

Peace.
S