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It's finally available for purchase! You can buy a copy of Cafe Racer right here...

www.essentialsequential.com/Ca…

...but better if you buy it directly from my students when you see them at a show. :iconjt-ford: :iconboston-joe: :iconcmccormack414: :iconrinpin: :iconjcoelho: :iconpetevaldez:

They're not available on Amazon or from Diamond. Digital copies available from Comixology soon. If you're a shop and interested in buying the book in bulk, please contact jason@essentialsequential.com

Thanks everyone! Please spread the word--not for me but for my students!!!

Sean
Castlevania Marquee by seangordonmurphy
Castlevania Marquee
For fun, I'm going to do a series of pieces that are 23x7 like the marquee of a retro stand-up arcade machine (it's that plexiglass light at the top).

I did a lot of research on this one:

1. The logo is the original one to add to the retro vibe.
2. All the villains from the first NES game are in there.
3. I added the "tracking holes" like an old film--something the originals did as a nod to all the old movies they were working from.
4. Simon and the castle are my own designs.

Next one I'm going to do is Spy Hunter! Stay tuned...
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A few times a week I'll get questions in the form of “notes” on dA, emails, and private messages on Twitter, but I'm sorry to say that I don't normally find the time to answer them. But I've saved the most interesting ones in hopes I'd answer them during a slow work day. That day is today.


(Most of these questions are paraphrased, or a mix of two different questions.)


1. You charge way too much for commissions (between $1000-$3000 for 11x17). How do you justify that?


I agree it's a lot of money. When I first started pricing commissions so high, it was for 2 reasons: I only had time for a handful a year, and having a commission list stressed me out. I priced them high so less people would ask. Commissions are nice, but I see it as a short term money game, whereas working on creator-owned properties is more lucrative over time when you think about prints, t shirts, licensing, etc.


The work I put into a 1k commission is the same I'd put into a Batman cover. And I sell Batman covers for 3k. So, in one way, my commissions are a bargain. :)


2. Why don't you do a Batman title?


I love Batman. And I have open offers to do Batman titles--continuity stuff, minis, maxis, etc. I promise one day I'm going to do my Dark Knight or Batman: Year 100. And I'm even considering writing something myself. But not in the next 3 years. I have a long career ahead of me, and Batman isn't going anywhere, so there's no rush.


3. I hate drawing cars, motorcycles and other machines. You clearly love it—why?


Cars and bikes are exciting, and I love the challenge of drawing them. So many comic artists avoid drawing cars, so because there was a void in the marketplace, I went after it that much more aggressively when I asked John Arcudi to write me a Batman short that highlighted the Batmobile. I also started offering “hero plus his/her vehicle” commissions for 1k just to drive the nail in the coffin. An artist like Otomo in Japan draws some of the nicest cars I've ever seen, but even he had assistants. I'm not at his level yet, but I draw everything myself so one day I hope to surpass him.


4. When I met you at the show, you were nicer than I was expecting.


I get this one a lot.


I've written journals in the past where I made strong statements on topics ranging from digital inking to photo tracing to copyright law. I eventually realized that most people like looking at comics as a rock concert, and anyone who questions the stuff behind the curtain is ruining the show. As my career advanced, I got to see more “behind the curtain” stuff, and I felt a responsibility to try and share it because I thought the information would be useful to people looking to break in. But while some people really found those blogs insightful, most people were turned off by them. So I stopped, but the reputation still lingers.


Oh, and doing a comic where Jesus becomes an atheist probably didn't help.


5. I see some artists swiping your style. Are you aware of this?


I'm heavily influence by Zaffino and Toppi. If they saw certain pieces I did, they'd probably accuse me of the same thing. Being influenced by another artists means you run the risk of getting too close to their style, but when it's infrequent then it's a compliment. When it happens all the time, then you're a clone. And while I love Zaffino and Toppi, I'm not a clone.


When I see people influenced by my stuff, it's mostly just the inking and the textures. That's just the cheap, easy-to-see stuff that they're taking. What they're not getting is the storytelling and a lot of the subtle things that I'm juggling in my pages. Plus many of them haven't studied writing, which heavily affects how you draw.


Once or twice a year I'll see a drawing that I think is too close to my stuff, but mostly I'm thrilled that people are inking with REAL ink and inking themselves. And if I'm influencing that, then I'm flattered.

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sean
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Current Residence: Brooklyn
Favourite genre of music: Any
Favourite cartoon character: Batman Animated Series, Cowboy Bebop, Futurama
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It's finally available for purchase! You can buy a copy of Cafe Racer right here...

www.essentialsequential.com/Ca…

...but better if you buy it directly from my students when you see them at a show. :iconjt-ford: :iconboston-joe: :iconcmccormack414: :iconrinpin: :iconjcoelho: :iconpetevaldez:

They're not available on Amazon or from Diamond. Digital copies available from Comixology soon. If you're a shop and interested in buying the book in bulk, please contact jason@essentialsequential.com

Thanks everyone! Please spread the word--not for me but for my students!!!

Sean

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justinprokowich Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Your foreword in Sergio Toppi's "The Collector" was beautiful and insightful. Totally knocked it out of the park. The line "You don't need pretty lines to create pretty artwork" and the following paragraphs are resonating in me. Great description for Toppi's work and a great view on that style of illustration.
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seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Thanks! I tried to write something halfway interesting. :)
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superfanfan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
like your art so much !
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nascar-dano Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Wow, just wow!
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manololinares Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you're amazing!
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humoman Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student Artist
I LUV YOUR WORK!!!!
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turbosuo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I just wanted to say thanks for your journals.  They are hugely helpful.  I was so wishy washy about whether or not I wanted to try to be a pro or not.  But with what I read, hell no.  With the contracts, legalese, and now with what you mentioned about drawing trademarked characters, no thanks.  I will keep it as a passion, just not a professional one.  I have so much respect for how pros like yourself can still deal with the nastier side and not be discouraged by it.  Thanks for being up front about it.  I knew it couldn't all be sunshine, but for me the darkness is just a bit too heavy.  On the other hand, you got me interested and just a little bit more confident in experimentation.  That's priceless in my opinion.  So, thanks again.
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Kas-F Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey Sean. Love your artwork! I wanted to know what happened to your Wolverine Alphabet series? I was gonna show it to a friend of mine, but I guess you removed it from your gallery. 

Cheers

-Kas
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coolmonkeyd Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
you should do a daredevil piece it would sale like gang busters
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LovableWierdo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  New member
Hey can you improve (finish) this drawing for me? i want to see what itd look like if it was more comicy thats not a word is it..? meh anyway yes thats my question its quite obvious which one it is
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