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Hitting some amazing conventions this year! I hope to see you there, I'll be pushing some new stuff, most notably a new CREATURE sketchbook called THEY BITE! Come see me!

Here's the cons I'll be attending!

Emerald City SEATTLE Comicon, March 28-30.
SALT LAKE CITY Comic con April 17-19
C2E2 CHICAGO April 25-27
Motor City Comic Con Michigan May 16-18
Denver Comic Con, June 13-15
CHARLOTTE Heroes Con, June 20-22
BOSTON comic con August 8-10


The number one question I get is about commission prices and availability. I do sketches first come first serve, Some cons I change it up and do pencil head sketches for $80, some I do pencil/ink/color commissions for $200-$300, and some cons I'll do both of those options. Just ask me if I'm sketching and I'll let you know if my list is full or not. These will be very limited as I don't have a lot of time to draw. Also, I usually do most of the work on commissions that night after the con, so it's best to be there all weekend so you can pick up your piece the next morning. Thanks!

  • Listening to: vitalic
  • Reading: conan
  • Watching: justified
  • Playing: nada
  • Eating: pho
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYcdPL…

Another time-lapse, just penciling and inking this time! Let me know if you guys like watching these. I can do more every once in a while.

Ryan
  • Listening to: Grayskul
  • Reading: Locke and Key
  • Watching: Star Trek TNG
  • Playing: Candy crush, make it stop.
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
So I made a time lapse video of me drawing a monster for The BOG. I've been asked for process videos, tutorials, that kind of thing. Not much of a teacher but I'll record me drawing. Let me know if you liked it and want more.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eua88S…
  • Listening to: daft punk
  • Reading: savage wolverine
  • Watching: Ellysium
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
I'm loving Instagram and tumblr. I post TONS of random things there that I don't post here. SO, follow me.

Instagram> instagram.com/ryanottley

Tumblr> ryanottley.tumblr.com/

Twitter> I'm RyanOttley on Twitter  twitter.com/

Facebook> And Ryan Ottley on Facebook, find me.

Everything I post on Instagram and Tumblr automatically get sent to the other sites, so no need to follow them all. Pick and choose your fave! See you there!

Ryan
  • Listening to: the sword
  • Reading: saga
  • Watching: Rome
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
Go read an interview I did for Comic Book Resources, I talk about Robert's and my signing for Invincible 100, his stalkers, I talk about Cory Walker and his awesomeness, I talk about drawing and and and....

www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

Ryan
  • Listening to: the sword
  • Reading: saga
  • Watching: Rome
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
What a fun trip, thanks to everyone that showed up. You guys were awesome. Check the link for some pics of the celebration, that cake was delicious. I ate the whole head.  www.skybound.com/skybound/2013…

Ryan
  • Listening to: the sword
  • Reading: saga
  • Watching: Rome
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
For you Los Angelos and surrounding area people! Come meet Robert Kirkman and I in celebration of issue 100! Feb 2nd at Earth 2 comics. More info here> herocomplex.latimes.com/2013/0…
  • Listening to: Vinnie Paz
  • Reading: Prophet
  • Watching: Woody Allen movies
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…


Ohhhhhhh yes. This is a fun one ladies and gentleman.

Ryan
  • Listening to: Vinnie Paz
  • Reading: Prophet
  • Watching: Woody Allen movies
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
For Movember I along with Alan Tew, Brandon Dayton, and Geoff SHupe, drew on a wall of a great grilled cheese sandwich restaurant called the Melty Way. All money made there that day went to Movember which is a fundraiser for Prostate cancers.
Had a great time, hard to draw large, vertical, and with no pencil lines or pre-planning. But a lot of fun just winging it and draw whatever you want.
Really cool watching the time lapse video, it was 4 hours of drawing. Check it out.

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…

Ryan
  • Listening to: Vinnie Paz
  • Reading: Prophet
  • Watching: Woody Allen movies
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
So James Harren :iconjharren: and I have started a new art blog called THE BOG. So far it's fuggin fun as hell. It's not like the Sindicate where we would draw other peoples characters and do tributes, which was still a lot of fun to do. But this blog we decided will be mainly around the monsterish, creature type, our own designs. We pick a theme, our first one being BIRTH. We both post scans of our pieces as a work in progress until the final piece. So check it out here> the-bog.tumblr.com/

Ryan
  • Listening to: Vinnie Paz
  • Reading: Prophet
  • Watching: Woody Allen movies
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
For MOVEMBER I am going to be part of an awesome fundraising party happening this Saturday at www.meltyway.com/, November 3rd from 7pm to midnight. A few of us local artists will be drawing on a wall, trying to fill it up with whatever comes to mind. I will be doing some live tweeting from my twitter RyanOttley, but if you can, come down and support the event, grab a grilled cheese, kick back and watch me and my friends scribble rad stuff on walls for hours! I'm super excited, its always a challenge drawing large, so this will be a fun interesting experiment.

MELTY WAY
1036 Ft. Union Blvd., Midvale, Utah 84047

Here's all the info from the site!

For the month of November Melty Way in Midvale has teamed up with Movember, a charity that raises money to make a difference in the future of men's health. These generous donations support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. All funds are directed to programs run directly by Movember and their men's health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Melty Way will be raising money through it's change for change program for the entire month of November starting with an all day fundraising launch party. The Movember launch party will take place at the Melty Way restaurant Saturday November 3rd from 10:30am-10:00pm. All profits for the day plus additional patron contributions will be donated to Movember. Local artists including Brandon Dayton, Ryan Ottley, Alan Tew, and Damian Dayton are donating their time and talents to create live Movember themed art inside the restaurant walls that evening. DJ Y.E.T.I. is furthering the cause by bringing his musical talent to provide the perfect tunes for the night.

Live art and music starts at 7:00pm.

www.facebook.com/events/298040…

Ryan
  • Listening to: Aesop Rock Skelethon
  • Reading: Batman
  • Watching: my hand draw comics
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
I'll be there! Artist Alley table R1.

Happy to be a guest at New York Comic Con www.newyorkcomiccon.com/ this year.  October 11-14 2012. I've never been, so I'm pretty excited to see what the second largest American con is like!

I will be doing pencil head sketches for 80, and I'll have merch at the table, lots of original art, some prints.

Just so you know, I'll be late Thursday due to my plane getting in after the con starts. But I'll be there the rest of the time. And I'll probably do a couple panels if my nerves don't freak out too hard on me. So see you there!

Ryan
  • Listening to: Aesop Rock Skelethon
  • Reading: Batman
  • Watching: my hand draw comics
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
On Jack Kirby's birthday, many artists woke up that morning and did a drawing as a tribute to him. The drawings are to be auctioned off and all proceeds go to the Hero Initiative. Something that I thought was unique about Jack was he designed SO much. Made up so many of his own characters and creatures. So I thought for mine I'd draw whatever I felt like drawing, just have fun with it, which usually is a monster of some kind or another. No known characters. Might not sell as well as the others since most people want a known character, someone they are fans of. But if you dig my art and want to own an original, check out the link. Place a bid. Thanks.

www.comicartfans.com/auctions/…

Here's a close-up of the drawing> wya.deviantart.com/art/Own-thi…

Ryan
  • Listening to: Aesop Rock Skelethon
  • Reading: Batman
  • Watching: my hand draw comics
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
So my shelf in my office holding all my Invincible stock is starting to lean, I'm worried it's going to fall and ruin some books, and my life. So please, take them off my shelf, 20% off this week only. Sale code is SHELFSAVER. My store is on my website ryanottley.com, but you can click here to go straight to the store> ryanottleystore.bigcartel.com/

I put up the new Invincible vol 16 tpb. Also my new prints are also in the store, INVINCI-BABIES! See below!

Me and my shelf thank you!

Ryan

  • Listening to: Killer Mike
  • Reading: Saga
  • Watching: my hand draw comics
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
BOOTH # 2729. I'll have a full table, my buddy Derek Hunter will be helping me out with sales and stuff. He does art for Adventure Time for Cartoon Network and will be moving to LA to work in their offices after this con. He'll have comics and will do some commissions as well if you want! But mainly he's my helper to abuse as I please until he's officially moved to LA. So eff that guy.

Probably my last year for a while for Comicon, gonna do some different cons next year instead. I've never done exclusive con prints before, they've always been my covers turned into prints. So this year I thought I'd do one up all special-like, I'll post a peek of it in my gallery soon. I'll also have my sketchbook from last year and of course tons of original art from Invincible and I'll be doing sketches and commissions. The way I do commissioned art is you come to me and ask for a sketch or commission, I put your name on a list, you pay me and tell me who you'd like me to draw. Then I finish drawing it that night to bring back the next day. I wont be taking many large commissions, mostly pencils sketches. If you want one, come early as possible. Sorry if my lists fill up, happens every year, but i have original art from the series that's even cheaper than sketches or commissions. So be happy! Prices below.

Prints 20
sketches (8x11 pencil head sketch) 75
Commissions (11x17 fully inked and colored.) 400
Sketchbook 25
Original art prices are in folders.

Ryan
  • Listening to: Killer Mike
  • Reading: Saga
  • Watching: my hand draw comics
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
I read this cool article by Josh Flanagan over on Ifanboy asking if there are any superstar artists anymore. Read it here. ifanboy.com/articles/are-there…
I don't know what I'm talking about most of the time. I can easily have my views changed since its all a bit trivial, but this is how I see it currently. Feel free to change my mind! Discuss!
      Ive said this before but it seems like there are two main types of comic readers. There are character fans, and comic fans. Nothing is wrong with either! But character fans make up MOST of the comic reading, and they love their characters, so they are mainly a DC fan or Marvel fan, a certain character from their youth fan. Its what sells the most, its what most comic shops make most of their money from. It's all fine and good. But to them, I think mainly the characters (not the creators) are the real superstars for them. They'll buy the comic most of the time no matter WHO draws it. Of course if a known name is attached to the title it'll boost it even more. But it seems the MAIN boost comes from the character for these fans. Proof is when a known creator does a new creator owned title, the numbers on that are MUCH smaller, even if book is loads better than their book they did with a known character. The known nostalgic character wins over new characters for these fans.

Now a comic fan cravings are different. They want comics, not just characters. They want new ideas, new worlds, new stories, new characters.  They are open to buying creator-owned/indie books. They will buy big two books if they look good, but not just because a certain character is in it. This group is small compared to the other group. And sure, there is some spill overage, it's not a definite line in the sand. I like to think this group is similar to movie fans (which is most people we know right?). Moviegoers do like to see same creators/actors at times but seem more open to new ideas, sure there are those that are ONLY into horror or something but most people seem to be open to lots of different movies, actors, and directors. It does seem that when you mention comics to non-comics readers they think superheros, mainly big 2 superheroes. And I think that's the norm with the majority of comic readers as well, when they think comics, they think marvel or DC, anywhere else is just not important to them. But comic fans are more similar to the norm of moviegoers I think.

So when people wonder where the superstar artists are these days, I think it's fair to ask, superstar to what group? But a superstar is someone backed with a large audience right? So how can an amazing artist that does not work for big two ever be a superstar artist if they aren't backed by the majority of where most of the comic reading public is? They cant. But at the same time, Its hard to be a superstar artist at the big 2 when people there are mainly buying the book because of the super stardom of the character anyway.

So, there are no more superstar artists. Just personal favorites, that I think still deserve the title superstar even if they aren't backed by the majority of comic readers. So I will use that word when I wish.

My top 5 current list of superstar artists.

James Harren
Cory Walker
Sean Gordon Murphy
Greg Capullo
James Stokoe
  • Listening to: Killer Mike
  • Reading: Saga
  • Watching: my hand draw comics
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
I get asked a lot what pens and pencils I use. So I thought I'd post an updated list of my favorites. I'm a big fan of trying new things, I'm always buying lots of different pens to try out and in my search for the best tools to use for creating comics Ive found these to work the best for my needs.

My number one question that others ask me is "What do you ink with?"

I use Kuretake brush pens. Here's a link to a sable hair brush pen that I love, it's the closest thing to a real brush I've used. It is pricey though. www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-4…
The less expensive version is the synthetic hair, www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-1… this brush pen is similar to a Pentel brush pen. www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pocket-…
The cool thing about these Kuretake brush pens is the refill cartridges have nice ink in them that I use, but if you find you don't like the ink you can get a converter which allows you to put in your own ink. Now I've done this before and I think I used too thick of ink because it gummed up after a few days. So I'm fine to stick with the refills.

The other Kuretake brush pens I use are so great and guaranteed you'll fall in love instantly. They have such a great line to them, and are a great price. This was recommended to me by Cory Walker. The only sizes I use are the fine and extra fine. www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-Dispo…

The pens I use for finer detail and with rulers are Staedtler pens. I've messed with Microns and every other type of pen and I think Staedtler's are the best. Darker ink that does not fade that much when hard erasing over them. The only sizes I use are 0.05, 0.1, 0.3. www.jetpens.com/Staedtler-Pigm…

Pencils. I use a mechanical pencil for all my pencilling. I just don't like sharpening, I'm lazy. I do feel I should try a classic pencil and draw how the old school artists did, they'd use the side of their pencils for thicker lines and it's obviously a LOT faster than building up a line with mechanical. Which automatically makes me less lazy since I'm doing it the hard way right now. Heh. So until then, I use a 0.5 for my finished pencils with 2b lead. Which is a softer lead. Most people go with a harder lead. www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Smash-D…

I use a blue pencil lead for the layouts, I have a cheap pencil Ive had for years I put this lead in. www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Stein-E…

Sometimes I use a 0.3 pencil with HB lead for shaping up some of the blue pencil before I use my 0.5 finishes.

And those are my favorites. Also this Jetpens.com site ships SO fast. Definitely my favorite online art supply store. www.jetpens.com/

Ryan
  • Listening to: the sword
  • Reading: BPRD
  • Watching: chopped
  • Playing: temple run
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
And I will be there at table I-12!

Come say hey! I will be doing sketches, basically how I go about sketches is first come first serve. You come as early as you can to the show, ask for a sketch, and I'll put your name down with what you want me to draw, take your money, and you can pick up the sketch later that day or the next morning. My list does fill up, so I apologize ahead of time if you don't make it on my list. I don't have time to draw for everyone, I do my best! Not sure what I'm charging this year, can't decide if I'll just be doing pencil head sketches, full on commissions, or both. I'll figure it out and have a sign there with all the details. Thanks! See you at the show!

www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

Ryan
  • Listening to: the sword
  • Reading: BPRD
  • Watching: chopped
  • Playing: temple run
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
On my Tumblr site someone asked me for some general advice for an aspiring comic creator. This is what was on my mind. Thought I'd share it here on Deviantart as well.

Right now all I can think of is something I've been thinking about lately. And that is the depression some of us artists get about our art. Like our expectations aren't just "My drawings need to be good!", they are "My art needs to be PERFECT."

So I would suggest always try to improve, gain confidence, but expect good/average output. Don't expect perfect art, ever. By doing this only causes you to be frustrated, which in turn causes mistakes, which pisses you off more, then you're stuck in a lame spiraling circle downward to the pathetic whiny artist. Which in turn kills your deadline. Giving yourself freedom from perfection makes drawing much easier and better art is produced and on time.

I'm currently working on this piece where it started out difficult, I had high expectations for it, I was in a bad mood, nothing was going right. Lines felt SO stiff and uncreative. I had to take a breather and remember to not make it SO important, to have fun with it, to lower my expectations. Now I'm working on it again and it's going better than I expected in the first place. I'm just having fun with things, letting confidence grow with each line. When mistakes do happen I quickly change them into something that works. I'm just enjoying my self more than I have in a while.

Basically, to sum up. Perfectionists are rarely happy since it's unattainable. So fuggin stop it.

Sorry this answer probably isn't what you were expecting. It's just been on my mind. Good luck with the comics submission!

This feel good message brought to you by… comics! Buy some today!

Ryan
  • Listening to: the sword
  • Reading: BPRD
  • Watching: chopped
  • Playing: temple run
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
Since I sold out of VIOLENCE and PIGGYBACKS a couple years ago I've had to turn people away, BUT I just found 2 copies and so I figured I'd throw them on Ebay. Bids starting at a penny.

cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

Also, I've FINALLY opened a store on my website here> ryanottleystore.bigcartel.com/… Selling prints, My new art book VIOLENCE and PINWHEELS are still available, INVINCIBLE tradepaperback and hardcovers.

Thanks!

Ryan
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: ratatat
  • Reading: Nausicaa
  • Watching: chopped
  • Playing: infinity blade 2
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month