May 21st, 2010

Reading the Newspaper

Two-Face ARTGASMSPLOSIONFEST! Professional Artist Edition (featuring stuff from my own collection!)

My very favorite part about going to a comic convention is getting original artwork. The day I discovered that most artists are nice enough to do sketches, oh man, my whole little world was turned upside-down. Here was an original piece, however simple, made by the hand of a notable comic artist, for me! Art became (and still is) the main goal of any comic convention I'd attend.

After I met somebody who would commission comic artists to do Batgirl artwork--and had subsequently acquired a stunning Batgirl portfolio--I realized that I wanted to do the same thing with Two-Face (and Hal Jordan, who was my second favorite character). Seeing as how commissions cost anywhere from $25-$150, my collection is not yet that huge.

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One of the biggest reasons I've been reluctant to commission more Two-Face artwork is that, well, there's nothing quite so dispiriting as having spent good money for an artist to put their hard work into a piece that just isn't very good.

Perhaps my worries are unfounded, as I can't actually think of any time I've ever received a piece that I wasn't at least satisfied to receive for what I'd paid. But I think it's a legitimate fear, considering all the subpar Two-Face drawings I've seen through my Google scourings and on DeviantArt.

Here's the best I've found so far from pro artists, both from con sketches and their own galleries. Most of these guys are biggish names, the kinds of pieces I'd love to stock in my own portfolio.

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And then, of course, there's fanart, but I'll save that for a future post. Has anyone seen any great Two-Face artwork, pro or otherwise?