Monday, June 3, 2013

My First Commission: Mark Texeira

When it comes to commissions, I consider myself a late bloomer.

Being a without liquid assets for much of my early life, and being in a place remote from conventions for a long time, I will be honest that I hadn't even heard of commissions before the early 2000's. When I moved to my current locale, I was suddenly able to attend a bunch of small, humble conventions where artists were going to be guests.

In 2005, I purchased my first commission ... this Supergirl commission by artist Mark Texeira. Suffice it to say, I was not prepared. I had no bristol board or sketch book. It is on the back of a comic backing board. I had no resource material.  I had to run to a dealer to buy a Supergirl comic to give Texeira so he could see the costume I wanted.

I got this great piece. Sure, she has an impossible female figure. But the face is soo perfect, smiling and upbeat and cute. And it really was a representation with the costume elements I love about the Matrix version, the pointed sleeves, the pleated skirt, shape of the belt.

Suffice it to say, I was hooked.

I have been asked in the past to write about my convention commission preparation and I don't know if it is worth it. But if I knew then what I do now, I probably would have a slicker collection.

Texeira has been around for a while. At the time, I loved his Birds of Prey covers and that was what led me to his table that day.

That was over 50 commissions ago!


Diabolu Frank said...

Wound, salted. Mark Texeira was the artist I most wanted to come to Comicpalooza 2013, and he was instead the first to cancel, months ago. The con was a disappointment in large part because my hopes were set too high too early by his announcement, and never recovered. He's a lifelong favorite, one of the first artists I actively followed (even if I didn't immediately realize I bought books specifically because he drew them.) Where many past favorites have fallen out of favor, I still love staring at his feisty art.

This piece is so lovely, I can't believe it's squeezed onto a backer board. You lucky S.O.B.

For the record, my first sketch was by Phil Jimenez, of Wonder Woman. I was utterly clueless, and similarly got it done on the board of a back issue I had handy. On the one hand it was free, on the other hand it was boring, and a reminder of my stupidity. I sold it cheap through my shop, and about a decade later, finally got into the commission game proper like.

ealperin said...

That piece is just GORGEOUS!!!
You're SUCH a lucky guy to get that one! :D

I'm heading to NYCC, this October & I plan on getting as many Linda Danvers/Matrix Supergirl outfit pieces as I can. 😉