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.